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Abi's Time in the Hospital

Well, Abi has been home from the hospital for about a week and a half and she is certainly back to full health! If it's possible, it feels like she is healthier and has even more energy than before! The final diagnosis was "food poisoning," though we're not sure where she was infected. By the time we got her to the hospital, her potassium levels were depleted from all the vomiting and diarrhea and she was quite dehydrated as well. They treated her with IV electrolytes and antibiotics for three days.

Everything went pretty smoothly. Our normally very active little girl was generally pretty content sitting in her hospital bed watching Sesame Street on the laptop. Even being tethered to the IV was not nearly as difficult as we anticipated. We explained to her that her hand was drinking the water in the bag, so she would hold her IV hand up to her mouth and "sluuurp". (So darn cute!) In fact, she became so accustomed to having the IV pole follow us around everywhere that she actually cried when they were wheeling it away!

All that being said, the time certainly had it's difficult moments as well! The worst being the several times they had to draw blood and/or insert the IV. To begin with they had to swaddle her to keep her immobilized, which she absolutely hated. Then, her tiny veins were apparently impossible to find so the nurses had to poke her and "dig around" in multiple locations to find a suitable vein. Meanwhile, Abi screamed and cried at the top of her lungs! And to top it all off, the whole process always left looking nasty looking bruises on her arms and legs as reminders of the traumatic experience!

The other difficult thing was the matter of sleep. Abi is really not a very good sleeper to begin with, so the constant flow of nurses in and out made it pretty hard for her to sleep. The first night she woke at 2am. When 3pm arrived and she hadn't slept for more than about 45 minutes, we decided to ask the doctor for some sleeping medicine. Boy, did it do the trick! She slept like a rock from about 4pm until midnight. She woke up, went potty, had some dinner, took a walk around the ward and then slept again from 2am to 8 am. (Without a doubt, this was the BEST nights sleep I've had in 2 years!)

All in all, we're thankful for God's healing hand and for the availability of good health care in Chiang Rai. And, of course, we appreciate the prayers of so many during this tough time!

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Abigail is in the Hospital

Hi everyone, just a quick note.

Abi has been sick for the last three days with vomiting and diarrhea and a slight fever. This morning she got even worse and was admitted to the hospital here in Chiang Rai. Her blood work has shown no infections, but a severely low potassium level.

Please join us in prayer that she will return to full health completely and quickly.

We're getting familiar with this place...

It's a little upsetting that this makes two blogs in a row... we have a lot of things to share and I will be working on them today, but first we would like to get a prayer request out. We are back in the familiar environment of Kasemrad Sriburin General Hospital. Two days ago Lori had what we thought was a bladder infection but after she got a fever we came down to Chiang Rai to get her checked out. We learned that she has a kidney infection and she has been admitted for treatment. The fever broke this morning and she is improving but the Doctor wants us to stay for at least one more night. Please keep praying for us and especially for health. There is a lot going on in our village right now and the stresses of new culture, new language and just attacks from the enemy are rough on our bodies. The care in the hospital is wonderful (although Lori has gotten so good at "caring for the sick" that she is struggling a little bit in being cared for) and the rest is good.

Sorry about the lack of contact, we are working on a way to get an internet connection in Mae Salong so we can update you all a little more often. We are praying over a number of decisions right now as we settle more and more into Northern Thailand. I will be writing more posts today to let you all know everything that's been going on but now it's back up to our little apartment on the fourth floor to see how Lori is doing.

Thanks for all your prayers! Lori would love to hear your encouragement if you want to email her.

Tonsilitis in Thailand...

Last Tuesday morning Paul woke with a sore throat. We were in the village and so he spent most of the day inside resting. Unfortunately, by 7:00 that evening, he had developed a fever of 102°. I gave him some ibuprofen thinking that it would take care of it, but when 45 minutes had passed and his fever had risen to 102.5°, I began to be worried. Luckily, I was able to call friends in Chiang Rai who advised me to do anything and everything to keep that temperature down. So in several minutes, my poor shivering husband found himself lying under wet sheets with his feet in a bucket of ice water and a fan blasting at full speed! Well, needless to say that night was a long one! The fever never broke, so at 6:00 the next morning we set out on the two hour drive to Chiang Rai. By 9:00 we were in the emergency room at a local hospital. By then his fever had risen to 103°. When the doctor looked at this throat she was visibly shocked! Of course we were expecting the worst, so we were somewhat relieved when the doctor said that he had a severe case of tonsillitis. At least we knew what it was!

He was admitted immediately and they started him on an I.V. The hospital was excellent! The nurses were very sweet and despite the language barriers, Paul felt very well cared for. Our room had a couch, so that I could stay and keep Paul company. We even had a small fridge, to store Popsicles for the sick guy. For the first day or so Paul was pretty much out of it; that fever really took a toll on his body! But after he began to recover a little, we set up our laptop and were able to watch a few movies to stay entertained.

He was released on Saturday morning (after three nights) and he's now recovering well at home! We are so grateful for God's provision through this entire process! It made us think about how easy our lives are compared to the lives of missionaries 50 years ago. Back then you had to hike for days to get in and out of the villages. Something like tonsillitis could have been deadly.

Well, we will be heading back up to the village in a day or so. Please continue to pray for Paul's quick recovery and for continued health for both of us! On the 19th, we'll be heading down to Chiang Mai to bring a little boy named A-Wa, from our village to a special school for the hearing impaired. Please pray for safe travels and for a special comfort as he adjusts to life away from his family and village. Many blessings!

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