Our second clinic day is in the books! It was full of so many amazing experiences and stories to share. One highlight from my clinic day was a sweet young woman that waited ever-so-patiently outside my room while I was running behind schedule. I looked up and caught her gaze, and could just see it on her face that she was in pain. Once we finally called her name, she sat down and I asked what brought her in. She told me that she was 37 weeks pregnant and was experiencing terrible pain. If there’s one thing in medicine that is out of my comfort zone, it is most certainly obstetrics! I uttered a quick, “Jesus help me, give me wisdom” under my breath and proceeded to ask more questions. With tears in her eyes, she explained that she’d had 3 previous miscarriages, and had already been hospitalized during this pregnancy for preterm labor. She then went on to tell me that she was having contractions that were 10 minutes apart… to spare you the details, it became very apparent that this woman was in ACTIVE LABOR!
Andre was wonderful to jump in and perform an ultrasound. We could see that the baby’s heart rate was normal, but her amniotic fluid levels looked low. We did our best to reassure her that the baby did not look stressed, but that it was important she got to the hospital right away. The patient shared with us that she didn’t have transportation to the hospital until later in the evening… But, God! One of the church staff members just happened to be dropping off lunch in 20 minutes, and we were able to arrange a ride for her to get to the hospital. We heard later in the day that she delivered a beautiful baby boy. The hospital doctor told her that the baby had stopped breathing and they were able to deliver him just in time. Wow!
God is so faithful in His love and care for each of us. I was reminded of this truth early this morning as I read 2 Corinthians 1, verses 3-4 say: “Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of compassion and the God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our troubles, so that we can comfort those in any trouble with the comfort we ourselves receive from God.” And I saw this truth so clearly as I watched God orchestrate the events of this day to allow a sweet new life to come into the world.
Wow!! What an amazing story about that patient giving birth to a healthy baby! What a blessing :) Love seeing all those pictures, looks like the team is working so hard! I wish I was there to clean out some ears, but…..maybe next year :) We are praying for your safety, your spirits and to encourage you guys during these long tiring days. Sending our love!
Heather, Drew and JayJay