As I write this, Mako has just reported to me that little Emmanuel (the baby with the worm I talked about in the previous post) is filling his diapers with worms - lots of worms - thousands of worms. Both Emily and I kept calling Emmanuel a girl until we learned his name. I guess his tiny tiny body made us think he was a girl.
My doc in the States did some research and sent me an email explaining that there was not a lot of hope but we could try an intensive treatment with the worm pills we had on hand. He also suggested it was many worms and not one worm. He was right. He said, "there's not a lot of hope but its all you can do". So given the circumstances we are doing it - and we are seeing results.
We've put his mama, Fatu, on vitamins and will try to supplement the baby's feeding with whatever we can to put food in him, now that the worms are leaving and he will receive food again! I don't know that he will make it, but for now we are hopeful.
We went to Kroo Bay today and gave them another round of medical supplies, thanks to our last visit to Supplies Over Seas in Kentucky. I plan to visit there again so for more supplies to keep both Kroo Bay and the villages in the upper provinces stocked up.
We gave out more bags of rice to families today and will do more give-outs this afternoon.
James and I found Betsy at her work today and brought her baby food and other baby supplies this morning. Yesterday, Salu and his family visited. We gave them a bag of rice, a little supplement money, and some medications - including worm medication. It was a joyous occasion to see the whole family looking so very healthy. They've had a rough life, but are looking so good. Little Salma is growing and shining -going to be 7 years old soon. And their newest daughter looks great! Good results of your help to this family... its working well.
There is slight breeze today and it looks as if rain is possible. I welcome this.
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