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Extra hours, extra nights, extra patients.

Extra hours, extra nights, extra patients.

jose-gabriel Pulling charts, scheduling patients, ordering medications, checking equipment, arranging sponsors and transportation, confirming translators, doing clinic orientation…it is nonstop.    We also have various physicians on furlough right now, and yet the number of patients coming to the hospital hasn’t slowed down in the least. All the docs have picked up extra hours, extra nights on call, extra patients. (Are you getting tired reading this? I am getting tired reliving it as I think through all that has gone on and continues to go on!)  Just in case that wasn’t enough, we also added a 4th foster baby to the house for a little bit (just to help disrupt the nights a tad more).  Jose Gabriel is a scrawny little 3-month old who behaves more like a newborn than a 3 month old. He is one many of you prayed for after last month’s newsletter, and I am happy to tell you he has finally left the hospital.  Adding a baby went much smoother this time than it did last time — turns out having an Angelito who is just a few months older makes a world of difference!  The jealousy was much less, and he loved helping with the baby (as did Marvin and Ever). Jose Gabriel stayed with us until a spot became available for him at the Children’s Center, and then he transitioned to living there. While he still remains a diagnostic mystery (i.e., we have yet to figure out what it is he has, and all the tests I want at this juncture, I cannot identify a place in-country with the abilities to do), he is gaining weight and starting to gain some developmental markers, and for that we are thankful.

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