Tuesday afternoon, after putting in to many IV’s than I can remember, burying a child that had died, trying to get a small 4 pound baby to drink plus everything else that goes on here, we had a child that was left in front of the gate. His mother left him sitting outside on the ground. Lori went out to see what has happening. I was dealing with another problem inside. When I went out he was sitting on the hot dirt with nothing on but a shirt screaming and crying. Unfortunately, we are not aloud to touch the child without the judge coming and making a paper. Fortunately, the judge was inside the clinic at the time talking with me about another problem.
The judge (pictured below writing on the paper) went out and made a paper so that I could take the child inside. We are so extremely blessed to have a judge that comes 24/7 for any problems that we have. He is even on vacation this week, but was there to help us. Once I saw the child I knew him. He had been in the RC and returned home with his mother in Feb 2009.
I know you all do not want to hear the WHOLE truth but sometimes it is to much to hold inside of me. I do not tell you a lot of stories. I usually would just say. Here is a child that was abandoned in front of the gate. But….. This child was returned to his mother. The day that I gave him back to her she told the staff that she did not want to take him home. She said that her new guy said he would not take care of another person’s kid. He said if you die I will bury him with you in the casket. Lovely boyfriend huh? There was also a neighbor of hers that happened to be at the clinic that day. She said she would show us the mothers house. We sent someone from RHFH to go to the mothers house to see what she had to say. She was hiding and would not come out. The judge requested that she come to Cazal on Wednesday to see him. She said she would come if I would give her taxi money. She did not come but she sent word that if she comes and we make her take her child she will leave him along the road on the way back home. This child is abandoned, but has a mother that I know, so it cannot be considered and abandoned child. Interesting. What to do now? I do not know today. I most likely will not even have time to think about it for several more day. He is here and alive and that is enough right now.
We ran out of IV fluids today. I had two bags left this AM. I had to pick whichkid needed it the most out of three that were severely dehydrated. Dad is in town trying to find some for us as I write this. We have a least 5 kids on IV’s right now. The last few days there has been a bad case of diar vomiting traveling through the RC. It is bad for any child, but when that child is already weak, sick and malnourished it becomes a life and death situation really quick. The kids could use your prayers today. We at RHFH could use your prayers. It is not always easy.
Psalm 91:14-16 (The Message)
14-16 “If you’ll hold on to me for dear life,” says God,
“I’ll get you out of any trouble.
I’ll give you the best of care
if you’ll only get to know and trust me.
Call me and I’ll answer, be at your side in bad times;
I’ll rescue you, then throw you a party.
I’ll give you a long life,
give you a long drink of salvation!”