Tuesday, April 16, 2013

Lord, Dissolve My Frozen Heart

Ezekiel 36:26
I will give you a new heart and put a new spirit in you; 
I will remove from you your heart of stone and give you a heart of flesh. 

Lord, Dissolve My Frozen Heart
Red Mountain Music

Lord, dissolve my frozen heart
By the beams of Love Divine;
This alone can warmth impart
To dissolve a heart like mine.

O that love, how vast it is!
Vast, it seems, though known in part;
Strange indeed, if love like this
Should not melt the frozen heart.

The love of Christ passes knowledge.
The Love of Christ eases fear.
The love of Christ hits a man’s heart;
It pierces him like a spear.

Savior, let thy love be felt,
Let it’s power be felt by me,
Then my frozen heart shall melt,
Melt in love, o Lord to thee.

Thursday, April 11, 2013

Ms. Reedy's 2nd grade class

My dear friend, Amy Reedy, teaches 2nd grade at Linville-Edom Elementary School. During one of her diversity lessons, she discussed how children's lives are different all over the world; how they live in different houses and eat different foods. She also discussed that even though all children are different, they all still have the same feelings and needs. All children laugh, cry, smile, and play. She told them about how I am in Uganda helping children who do not have enough nutritious food to eat, and that many are malnourished. She showed several pictures from my blog to compare and contrast life in Uganda vs. Virginia.  Her students insisted on drawing "Get Well Soon" pictures for the children here at the Nyahuka Health Center.  I was very touched by their thoughtfulness, and today I had the privilege of passing out these pictures along with some stickers, coloring sheets and crayons for the kids. 

Thank you Ms. Reedy's 2nd grade class! 

Tuesday, April 9, 2013


We currently have 19 patients at the health center admitted for severe malnutrition. Typically we fluctuate from 8-10 patients.  Right now I have to admit that I don't even know them all by name. Right now I'm too focused on just making sure they all get weighed and that they're tolerating F100.... Right now I worry that if these children don't gain weight fast enough that their mother will run away with them before their treatment is complete.  Then I have little chance of ever seeing them again, and no chance for follow-up, unless they get desperate.

We have a large percentage of patients that "default", meaning they leave before the doctor discharges them. Typically the mother needs to return to their village so that she can care for her other children, or so she can tend to her garden, or so she can go sell produce at the market to earn some money.  It's a constant struggle.  How do you tell a mother to stay at the hospital to care for her malnourished child when she has 5 others at home demanding her attention too? How do I tell a mother that she needs to stay until her child has reached 15% weight gain, but he's been here  2 weeks with barely a 5% weight gain? How do I tell the mother that if she takes the child home that chances are the child won't survive?  Even when I do say these things, how does a mother decide what to do? is there a right or a wrong answer?

Please pray for the children at the health center:
-pray for weight gain and for healing.
-pray that they gain weight quickly.
-pray that the mothers will desire to see their child recover completely, even if that means staying several weeks.

Monday, April 1, 2013

More Photos

These photos are courtesy of Ashley and Kaitlyn. They are physician assistant students who helped out at the health center for 3 weeks.  

A sweet SAM patient who has severe edema, improving ever so slowly

Out patient program (BundiNutrition)-- taking weights

MUAC- Mid Upper Arm Circumference
...and lengths. We use weight for heights and MUAC's to determine if  a child is Moderately Malnourished,
or Severely Malnourished.  If Severe, they are admitted into the pediatric ward for aggressive nutrition therapy. If they are moderately malnourished then we enroll them in our outpatient nutrition program to boost their weight and prevent them from becoming severe.

some photos of the community

cocoa harvesting


The past two months have been a constant ebb and flow of interns and visitors coming and going. It seems like we're always in transition. Meeting new people and saying good-bye.  Most of the time they've accumulated quite a few photos during their time here, and are willing to let me use them!

These photos were taken by Varina Hart, you can follow her blog at http://ahartsdesire.wordpress.com/

traditional food: beans, rice with peanut sauce,
sombe (cassava leaves), matooke (similar to plantain) and kahunga.

Cash crop: cocoa beans being dried in the sun. 

market day

Adrona selling onions

various beans, rice, and peanuts

tomatoes, matooke and cabbage

Traditional Fabric called kitangy, made in Congo

roasted bananas

Photo of Varina with Rachel.