Hello all! I have been thinking over the past few weeks that I needed to write up an update, but my mind was blank! However, with kids in the house, nothing stays quiet for long…
Family First! Last Tuesday it was hot! We kept hoping for rain and it was getting very cloudy out. The kids were getting a little rambunctious in the house, so we went up on the roof to run around before the rain started. (FYI it never rained!) All a sudden we hear a big THUD and Micah starts crying. Michael went to check on him while I “gently” reminded the others to be careful. Then I hear “Nancy…” and Titus and Emma start panicking! I still did not see anything since Michael headed downstairs while I warned the kids that them panicking and shrieking was not going to help matters any. Starting downstairs all I see are drops of blood all the way down, Micah had blood all over his hands and face! (Good thing we knew head wounds bleed like crazy.) After we got the blood mainly stopped and Micah would let us look at it without trying to run away, we realized it might need stitches. We called another missionary to see if our local hospital would be a fine place to go for that, left the other kids watching a movie with our houseworker, and headed down to the hospital.
Before we headed to the hospital. He wasn’t too keen having his picture taken—he said it would hurt his head.
So we walked a the few blocks down to our local hospital. We’d never been in an urgent care situation here and we didn’t know quite what to expect. We got there, walked in, tried to figure out where to go, were told we had to buy a “ticket” first (!?), bought the “ticket”, and were show to the “bandaging” room. We waited maybe five minutes before we were called in. The conditions were not extremely sanitary in appearance, but they did a good job sterilizing every bit of equipment they used. They cleaned his wound very thoroughly, told us he would need stitches and that we would have to pay for the materials. Pretty soon he was laying down, getting his local anesthetic and being sewn up! He was nervous about the whole procedure, but he stayed still, didn’t scream, and didn’t even cry! (When we had to take the bandage off, however…)
This is his “Brave Army Guy” pose.
There was a little girl who was in front of us with a little cut on her chin. We were in the same room as her and she did not do so well. One of the first things he said once we assured him it was finished was,“I was braver than the girl wasn’t I?”
Cons of our hospital experience:
I can only think of one, and to me it is a big struggle with our life here. Let me just say, things are not as sanitary as we are used to in the Western Hospital system!
In a little more than an hour from when we left, we were home! This also included the stop at the pharmacy to fill a prescription. (Good thing we just live a few blocks from the hospital!)
For some anesthetic, 3 stitches and other various bandages and swabs we paid about $5. Plus a $2 cover charge to get into the hospital. Yes, you read that right—$7 bucks for emergency care!
Our next few months are going to be very different in schedule!
- September 20 – Finish with our French Sessions in Senegal
- September 21–26 Finish packing and organizing! This is also when the legislative elections in Guinea are supposed to take place. (They have been scheduled and rescheduled for over two years!)
- September 27 – Move to the mission guesthouse (out of our apartment). A mini vacation time!
- October 4–5 – Drive down to Guinea, stopping in for a few days in the northern part of the country. While here we will visit with friends from our previous time in Guinea and get to spend time with Michael’s parents. We will also help sort out some household goods and figure out what we will want to borrow.
- October 10 – Go to Conakry (the capital of Guinea) to move into our new house
- October 28 – Start homeschool, start up with French sessions.
Here is a brief look at our (very tentative) calendar:
Thank you for all your thoughts and prayers,
Michael & Nancy Dore
(with Titus, Emma, Micah, and Isaac!)