Sometimes life at the clinic can be...well not quite boring, but perhaps routine. Every day there are difficulties, and patients with needs that outstrip what we can currently do, in every area of the clinic. Last week though we had yet another patient that is almost becoming routine...the ones where we are very concerned they might die.
Jennifer is 13 and was having extreme breathing problems. We are working on getting our own oxygen system (an investment of about $1,000...not sure yet how that will come about) but in the meantime somehow the family knew a neighbor with a portable system we used until an ambulance could show up to get her to the hospital, which sometimes can be a very lengthy process. This time it was under an hour total, which was amazing.
We won't speculate here as to what provoked this near heart attack, but it was scary for all involved.
This is just one very extreme example that reminds us to ask you to pray for the staff of the clinic, that ministers to the patients that come seeking answers daily. Answers for physical problems, but also often for problems that run much deeper.
Also join us in prayer for the ambulance we are working on buying. That will be a future blog post with all the details once it gets here and we start the process of putting it to work, hopefully by late May. Already though we see its needs for our community.