Malaria!! It is a dreaded word here and across the world.
I have experienced my first case of Malaria since living in Uganda for two and a half years. The night I spent in the hospital with my friend Eve, I got a lot of mosquito bites and I kept thinking, "It is malaria season!" But when I was helping Eve in labor I just didn't care so much! My pain was nothing compared to her pain.
Malaria takes about two weeks to incubate, so I waited and just wondered, but I didn't worry so much. Steve and I were in Kampala when it hit me. I started feeling weak and then I started shivering. Uncontrollable shaking and laying in bed freezing! The body aches started and I went from cold to hot. Then the SWEATING started! I am not talking about a little sweat! I am talking about clothes drenched in sweat and bed sheets wet! It was so crazy! I have never experienced anything like it!
I woke the next morning and felt a little better so we went about our business in Kampala. We bought our groceries and I was so tired, but still not feeling so bad! Just really tired! By the time we were finished with our shopping, I just needed to rest. I was still denying that it was Malaria, even though I knew the timing was right.
Steve had meetings in the afternoon at the Embassy so I just stayed back and rested. By three in the afternoon, I was feeling a little better and but yet not better! I talked to the manager of the guest house and she called me a boda (motorcycle taxi) and I went to The Surgery! At The Surgery they tested me for many things, but malaria immediately showed up as my problem! They put me on Anti-malarial and made me drink lots of water. After drinking water, they moved me to a different room for observation. I had to stay for four hours before they would release me. Steve then came and waited out the last few hours with me.
Once we arrived back at the guest house, I was exhausted and I went bed. I didn't want to move! Again, I was dripping with sweat the whole night! It is awful! Steve went and slept in the other room! He was a good husband though and checked on my every two hours!
Now it has been a week and I am feeling much better! I still feel tired sometimes, but I don't ache so bad. I don't feel like my head is going to explode when I cough or sneeze now! I am so thankful for God's quick healing!
Monday, March 24, 2014
|After Baby Asher was born, Catherine and I carried him back to the maternity ward and weighed him (no nurses were available to help). We then came and placed him in Tata's (grandmother) arms!|
|Auntie Catherine getting him all snuggly and warm waiting for mom to come back!|
|Eve and Baby Asher|
|We came back the next day to visit!|
|Tata holding Asher outside. |
Most people are outside during the day. Eve did have a room that was somewhat private. There was a curtain and two other beds in the room with lots of people attending to each patient.
|Amy holding Jessie (Josephine's 6month old)|
|Auntie Catherine and Asher|
|I am looking through the window into the surgery room. I was able to see little Asher enter the world!|
|The nurse handing us Asher. We then rushed with him to the maternity ward to weigh him. We then placed him in Tata's arms and headed back to surgery room so we could wheel Eve back on a gurney.|
|Babies are such a miracle!!|
|This is right outside the surgery room. We had to wheel her on a hard metal cart all the way back to her room.|
|Just out of surgery!|
|Back in her bed. We had to move her from the metal cart onto the bed.|
|Her sister, Josephine, a nurse, getting her all orgainized!|
Friday, March 14, 2014
|Meet Troy Andrew|
|Baby Troy was born at a place called Safe Motherhood. He was so tiny that they had him in this warming blanket! He was 2.39 kilos.|
|Making sure all the fingers and toes were there!! So cute!|
|Giving him a bath. My friends were scared to give him a bath, because he was so tiny!!|
|All clean in Mommy's arms!! This is my friend Rachel and he gave me the honor of naming her baby!!|
|All clean and ready to go!!|
Tuesday, March 11, 2014
This was such a fun day!! It was so awesome to be a big part of this marriage ceremony. We wore our traditional Ugandan dresses and escorted Catherine all around! We worked hard this week and especially this day. I pray that our family was a witness to the community of Pamba on this special day! Sorry some of the pictures are sideways, but I can't get them to turn!! Technology!!!