Joel and I went into this weekend pretty exhausted. The past few weekends have been jam packed with cultural events and new experiences. It is very tiring to be experiencing the unfamiliar and to be corrected constantly on what you say and do. I appreciate the correction because it is how we will learn, but it does take an emotional toll. Feeling the exhaustion, we realized that we needed to have a relaxing weekend and planned nothing.
Saturday Tyler fell. This happened late in the evening on Saturday. We thought he had just popped his arm out of joint, but were not able to get it back in. The hospital here doesn’t come the most highly recommended and especially not in the middle of the night, so we decided to wait it out until the morning. That was a night of little to no sleep. The next morning we ventured off to the hospital (an experience all of it’s own). We were very thankful for an African friend who came with us and ushered us to the right people in the hospital. We discovered that Tyler has two small fractures in his arm, which supposedly should heal in 10 days. We aren’t completely confident that the cast was put on correctly and are learning more from the internet about how to take care of a cast than we were told at the hospital. Pray with us that Tyler’s arm will heal well and that there will be no added complications.
I will be honest that I was more homesick Sunday than I have been in a long time. Partly we were just already so tired, but then on top of that I really missed having…
- A doctor that I knew and trusted
- People we could call for advice in the middle of the night
- The comfort of asking questions in English and knowing I understood the answer completely
- Confidence that I was getting good medical advice
With all that being said, we are praising God that the break was small and that we got it in a cast quickly. Tyler has been an amazing trooper with everything and besides the first night has rarely complained of pain. He hurt his dominate hand, but he has been stubbornly working to learn how to use his other hand and refuses assistance with anything.