|FROM “BUSH BUNNY BRENDA“|
DATE: SEPTEMBER 25, 2021
BABIES LOVING PLAYTIME
With 12 infants in our care, I have warned the mothers that the “fun” times are coming when all 12 start walking!
I’ll call it chas’em and corral’em!
Eight of the twelve are now officially “toddling” or crawling while the other 4 are “observing their siblings” and thinking about crawling. I want to share 2 impromptu photos I snapped this week. I caught these curious tykes playing while their Foster Mothers worked nearby to cook a meal.
L to R. Julio and Chebane love their sandbox at house #6.
L to R. Fatima, Gilda, and Juma having fun outdoors.
FRIDAY EMERGENCIES KEEP US ALL HOPPING.
Phone rings 6 a.m. with the Children’s Director, Anna, saying our newest infant, Reginalda, had suspected malaria. She needed me immediately, as this baby is still on the “severely malnourished” list weighing only 4.7 kgs/10.3 lbs. at 7.5 months of age. Five minutes later, I loaded them into my Kingcab, and off we went to the hospital for a malaria smear.
Baby REGINALDA last week before malaria hit her.
While Anna and Angelina, the Foster Mother, waited for the lab results, I rushed back to our mission to find our construction trainee, Alferes, having a grand mal seizure!
Alferes hard at work yesterday, before becoming sick this a.m.
Capena rushed to help me by bringing a Land Cruiser (single cab pickup) to the dorm, so we could load him into the open back in a laying down position. Capena and Pastor Jose rushed him to the emergency room, while I headed off to treat toddlers Julio and Salvador who are presently on malaria treatment at home. Once a baby is over 5 kg/11 lbs., he is old enough to take oral medication, PTL!
It felt like I was coordinating a disaster scene instead of an orphanage this a.m.!
We had to call in our “hospital helper mother”, Mariamo, to be with Foster Mother Angelina in the hospital. One mother watches the infant while the other takes a break.
Since Angelina is the head mother of the Ostrich House, Assistant Children’s Director, Fatima, will “live in” temporarily at the Ostrich house until REGINALDA is released from the hospital.
Thankfully, our staff is very good at “flexing” to whatever job needs doing.
1. BABY REGINALDA was admitted for 5 days of malaria treatment as she must have I V medicine (not oral) due to her low weight. The malaria larvae ate her red blood cells causing anemia. With her Hbg now down to a critical level of 7 she needed blood. Normal is 12 to 14. She is being transfused as I write this Friday evening.
2. ALFERES does not have malaria, PTL, and his seizures stopped with proper medication. He was sent home Friday afternoon on bed rest, and the dorm father, Armando, will keep a close watch on him. His seizures occurred because he forgot to take his Magnesium for the last few days. I don’t think he will forget again.
3. Julio and Salvador were out playing as if they weren’t sick, so no worries there. Amazing how fast little ones overcome this killer illness when the right treatment is given immediately after symptoms begin.
NEVER A DULL MOMENT WHEN KIDS ARE INVOLVED.
Plz continue your prayers for all of us. With food giveouts completed on Thursday, we all expected a simple day on Friday. Just Praising the Lord that it is all under control now, and the sick are on the mend.
FYI: Two other infants with very low blood counts benefited from the pint of blood given to our Reginalda. PTL for Jesus’ healing power that spreads to others as He heals our little one.
BUSH BUNNY BRENDA LANGE
AND THE FANTASTIC STAFF IN BALAMA