There has been lots of injuries and sickness here in the short time I’ve been here. It has been extremely fun helping out in the clinic. One of the SM’s just graduated with her RN license and has taken the clinic over since she has been here. One of the smaller boys named Abraham had mumps. The poor boy had a swollen neck for a few days, but then was better within a week. Praise God no one else got it. There is always someone who is sick or hurt, mostly minor things. However, not too long ago, one of the men working on building the girls dorm was carrying a large rock on his shoulder and somehow it fell right on his head then rolled off. He came to the clinic with blood all over his head. We cut chunks of hair off to see what the damage was, then cleaned it. That took a long time because there were bits of rock and dandruff from not washing his hair. We put some ointment on all the cuts and scrapes. One of the cuts was really deep, but we decided that it wasn’t bad enough to do stitches on him.
Another time the older boys were playing Kabaddi a fun tackle tag kind of game, and three of them collided with each other. Mikey somehow landed wrong and totally broke his clavicle. The bone was concave causing excruciating pain. I could see it poking out of his back under the skin! We got him to the clinic in town, but they sent him back to the orphanage for a couple of days until the surgeon could fix it. He’s healed up nicely now.
One of the older girls has been sick off and on with difficulty breathing, racing heartbeat and blood pressure. She’s been in and out of the hospital. We are still trying to help her.
Many of the women staff here are always asking about getting their blood pressure checked. Many of them have all the symptoms of diabetes. Unfortunately one of the staff went to the hospital one night recently and died the next morning from kidney failure due to uncontrolled diabetes. Lots of people were devastated. It makes me mad that their diabetes could have been controlled and taken care of, but people here are so poor and don’t understand or know how to keep their bodies healthy. We are hoping to get a health screening going soon to help with this problem
Of course we’ve had lots of minor cuts and injuries too.
Bangladesh is polluted, there are trash piles everywhere you look. Driving out of Dhaka, were mounds upon mounds of trash. The air is thick with rotten and sewage types of smells. Dogs using their paws and digging for any kind of sustenance. An old, frail, shirtless man sitting on a pile of trash with an umbrella, shielding himself from the crippling heat. People looking around for anything that looks like it could be reused.
On the way back to Bangla Hope, from SAMS, I couldn’t believe my eyes but we passed two huge ELEPHANTS on the road. Robyn said that he has only seen about nine elephants and he has been here for six years. I couldn’t believe it! Only the second full day of being here and I have already seen these magnificent beasts.
After church and lunch the first Sabbath here, we took a van and headed out to an Adventist boarding school called SAMS (Seventh-day Adventist Maranatha Seminary), holding about 800 students. A long time ago when Bangla Hope was working on having a school on its campus, they were only able to have up to 6th grade and some of the older kids had to be sent away to SAMS. Bangla Hope now has up to 9th grade and hopefully 10th grade by January at the beginning of their new school year. There are approximately 25 students who are from Bangla Hope at SAMS and we try to visit them often. Some of the Bangla Hope students were getting baptized, for that reason we went over on that Sabbath. SAMS has a ginormous campus. And it was great to meet the older Bangla Hope kids too. The coolest surprise of was to witness how many students gave their lives to Jesus.
We arrived late afternoon on a Thursday, student week of prayer, at Bangla Hope. The kids had a week off from school because they had exams the previous week. The guest speaker’s names were Elder Shin, Dr. Joo, and Pr. Lee from Korea. It was comical because Elder Shin was speaking for Friday night vespers in Korean, Pr. Lee was translating it into English, and then one of the Bangla Hope members translated English to Bangla. That was a very long sermon or should I say sermons.