|FROM “BUSH BUNNY BRENDA“|
DATE: SEPTEMBER 30, 2023
BABY ANCHA WITH POST MALARIA BLAHS DUE TO ANEMIA
After completing the 3‑day course of malaria medications last week, Baby Ancha’s strength didn’t spring back as is usual with toddlers. Instead, she remains tired, lacks an appetite, and is running a low-grade fever in the late afternoons.
We took her to the hospital for a post malaria lab test which came back negative. That tells us that her symptoms are coming from her low blood count. Malaria’s biggest tool for killing little ones is the post malaria anemia it can cause. Ancha is receiving the maximum protein and vitamin supplements that are available, so now we must wait.
18-month-old Ancha is not a happy camper. Anemia is slow to correct itself.
Thirty days is a normal recovery time for this type of anemia when taking supplements. Please keep her in your prayers.
BABY JUMAIDA GIVES US A SCARE
It is always a time to celebrate when our very vulnerable infants make it to the 5 kg./11 lb. mark! That means they are usually strong enough to handle being out of their mosquito net and thus outside with her foster family.
Jumaida dearly loves being outside under the huge mango tree at House # 7.
Thursday, 2 pm, Jumaida presented with a little diarrhea. She was given the normal oral treatment and seemed to be fine since she was taking a bottle. At 6 pm, I received a panicked call from Head House Mother Gilda. Jumaida had just filled her diaper and taken a turn for the worse. “Come quickly!” Gilda said.
Racing to House # 7, I knew Jumaida needed IV fluids and medications immediately as she was almost non-responsive. Thankfully, the Emergency Room Director was working, as he is excellent with starting infant IV’s. With IV fluids, electrolytes, and IV treatment for the diarrhea, he had Jumaida awake within 45 minutes of our arrival! Thank you, JESUS! What a relief it was to see her looking around as if asking, “Where am I?”
PRAYERS REALLY DO MAKE A DIFFERENCE!
There is no doubt in my mind that God’s Angels were watching over our little Jumaida, making sure that she was well taken care of. Dysentery is so easy to contract. As adults, we deal with the inconvenience, take the medicine to stop it, and don’t think much about it. To a 3‑month-old infant, 1 microscopic bacteria from a sucked finger is all it takes to start the process.
Jumaida is an overcomer, as this is her 2nd illness needing hospitalization. She is one tough little girl for sure! PLEASE KEEP JUMAIDA IN YOUR PRAYERS, and I will keep you updated.
WIDOWS AND THEIR FAMILIES POUND THE RICE FOR ORPHAN GIVE-OUT
Our church widows working hard so others can eat.
These young ladies make rhythmic pounding of rice look so easy!
These precious widows and their grandkids from our church worked very hard for 4 straight hours to de-hull 10 sacks of rice for the elderly orphan caretakers whose “pillaring” days are over. Pillaring is hard work, as those poles weigh around 10 kg./22 lbs. each! That’s why the video of the little girls shows them using short poles that aren’t so heavy. TO PILLAR or pound the rice, is to remove its hull so the seed (rice as you know it), can be cooked and eaten. This week we had our first rice give-out. It went fairly smoothly even though we had to make many changes in our distribution methods.
LIFE IS ALWAYS CHANGING. ONLY THOSE WHO FLEX WITH IT WILL SURVIVE.
NOTE TO “LOVE GIFT” GIVERS: The August financial report blessed me to tears!
THANK YOU ALL SO MUCH FOR CONTINING TO GIVE SO THAT OUR LITTLE ONES CAN HAVE A JESUS FUTURE.
BUSH BUNNY BRENDA LANGE
AND THE BALAMA STAFF