Emmanuel June 2007 3 pounds 11 ounces
November 2008 going home first time 20.5 pounds
March 2009 back in RC for the second time with kwashiorkor. His lowest weight 17 pounds
Going home July 2009 23 pounds
Back in the RC for the third time at 19 pounds Oct 2009
This makes three times this little guy has been here. His mother is dead. I have been in contact with his uncle/dad ( sometimes he tells me he is the uncle and sometimes he is the dad) Meaning he brings him sick and then I do not hear from him for months. I talk and talk and have the nannies talk to the family. We talk about what food are good to eat, what causes kwashiorkor, loving him etc. When he came this time he saw us and began crying and reaching for us. I put him down to walk and he started pumping his little arms up and down and yelling. He ran to the table where the kids were eating and took one of their bowls of food. He started eating as fast as he could to get as much food in. He was starving and was so excited to see food. The lady that brought him did not really know him that well. She said the family said to tell me that he did not want to eat any food that is why he was so skinny. I looked at her and asked he to please go back to them and tell them what she had just witnessed.
These are the hard times and difficult times to make decisions about what is best to do. They are not taking care of him. They do not come to visit him. They leave him with neighbors and other family for days at a time. They will not put him up for adoption. I cannot keep him long-term that is just not what we are set up for. Is helping him for months at a time here and there really helping him. Why get him better to return to a home life where no one seems to want him or love him. Should I get really mean with the uncle/dad and tell him that he is going to die if he does not take care of him? What if I make him mad and then he does not return later when he gets sick again. How many times can his body take this? Or maybe I should just tell him I have reached my limit and need to pull back some? Sorry no room today for him, my beds are all full? These thought are all running through my head today. What would you do?