Please pray for Abigail, the other family’s little girl who is staying here with us. She has had a really tough time so far with many medical problems. Yesterday her mom asked me if her drinking red Kool-Aid could cause her stool to be red. I said it would not. I asked to see it and it was very bloody. Abigail was treated for worms like Mila and after some research, we found that bloody diarrhea can be seen with worms. Abigail’s mom called their pediatrician at home and she described the amount of blood and the doctor said this was not related to the worms and Abigail needed to be seen by a physician asap. Things are very different here. You don’t just run your child to After Hours or the ER when something serious is going on. We have been told to avoid the hospital at all cost, because this is where people go when they are dying. Our lawyer said the place wreaks of death.
This morning Abby’s mom, Brandi, talked to one of the missionaries staying here and she suggested taking her stool sample to a lab to be tested. They just got back from there and we should know something in a few hours. I am not sure what the next step is when results come back. Our translator, Jules, said going across town to the doctor was not really an option today. I am not sure if it is because it is Saturday and traffic will be even worse. We so take for granted the conveniences and luxuries we have at home. We can just run to a doc-in-the-box whenever someone has a tummy ache or a fever. Not the case here.
I know her mom is scared. She looked to me for answers about what could be causing this and I just don’t have them. I don’t know, but I know that this much GI bleeding is not a good thing. I will keep you updated on any progress. Please pray that Abby’s parents will be led to the best way to get her well very soon and that they will have peace in knowing God is in control of this and every situation, that the doctor’s and lab personnel will be able to diagnose and treat her, and lastly, that she will be able to be treated without being admitted to the hospital. Our lawyer told Brandi last night that she needed to take her to the hospital and plan on staying for at least a few days-obviously this is not what we wanted to hear. The other serious issue is a possible need for a blood transfusion. This is one of the biggest no-no’s here. You do not want to get a blood transfusion because it is very unsafe and not regulated like it is in the US. Please pray that this will all be resolved very soon and Abigail will be healed by our Great Physician.