Sunday, January 20, 2013

Showers of Blessings...

This morning, the song showers of blessings came to my mind. I awoke, looked out the window and saw the rain pouring from the sky... It was one of those days that made it very hard to get out of bed... especially on a Sunday... especially after volunteering at the clinic for swing shift last night....

Swing shift... started slow... no women in labour, so we finished folding the gauze for sterilization. Around 4pm, a woman came in. She did not appear to be very active as she went to the CR. I looked at her chart. 20 years old. G2-She was pregnant with her 2nd child. Good, she "knows" what labor is... P1-She delivered her second baby, a quick glance in the file-baby was born here a few years before.
Then I noticed a two more notations beside... L-0... I looked through her chart and discovered that her last baby had died within his first two months of life...
I took her back and helped take her vital signs and listen to the baby's heart beat. All seemed good. I talked with her and discovered that her last baby had a disease that affected his bowels... after talking with the Supervisor I learned that if caught early enough, it can be reversed with surgery... We explained that we would keep a close eye and that it was very important that she return for post partum visits where we could monitor this baby (she had not returned for any of her checks with her prior pregnancy).
She was still (understandably) very nervous. An IE was done at 4:25pm and she was 7cm dilated We prayed together and talked more. She did not appear to be in much pain, but very focused on labouring well. We did kiay-kiay (hip swaying), we tried lunges, she laid down, she sat up, we breathed through each contraction. When the urge was stronger to push we blew "horse lips" and released the urge to push.
7:22pm SROM- I managed to not get a bath :) She wanted to push, so the Supervisor checked... only 9cm...
I continued to labour with this woman and her bana.
I was so amazed watching this young woman. She was so strong, so brave. She could not speak great English, neither could I speak good Visayan, yet we seemed to completely understand each other, only having to get a "translator" once or twice. She knew this was hard work, but it would be worth it. Every time I check the baby's heart either she or her bana would ask "Ok lang?" or "Normal lang?" and I would show them on the chart how their baby's heart was well in the normal limits. All was going well aside from it taking a while for her to dilate.
8pm, 8:30pm, 9pm... still able to breathe, but harder now...
9:30pm, a new Supervisor arrived and decided it was time to check again... this time she was fully dilated and ready to begin the pushing phase. We worked together, she tried lying down, then supported squat on the bed. It seemed to be working. Night shift arrived. She had been pushing for a good 30 minutes and the baby's head had not yet completely descended.... I endorsed to the next shift.... there was nothing left for me to do but pray....

I awoke this morning to my alarm and looked and saw the rain... I groaned inside... I didn't really have to go to church today-did I... my head swarmed with excuses, but in my heart, I knew I needed to go... I needed the encouragement and refreshment that only spending time in the Lord's house can bring....

It was a very blessed service! I was able to meet a very nice family and talk with them. They were so sweet! And surprisingly the husband had met one of my friend's family as they were on the plane to visit her in the Philippines! It is a small world! So as the rain poured down, the day was still richly blessed... I met some brothers and sisters in Christ, I was encouraged by the preaching of the Word of God, and I enjoyed the cooler day the rain brought...

"There shall be showers of blessing:
This is the promise of love;
There shall be seasons refreshing,
Sent from the Savior above.
Showers of blessing,
Showers of blessing we need:
Mercy drops round us are falling,
But for the showers we plead."

This afternoon I did find out the outcome of the woman from last night.  She delivered a little baby girl about 45 minutes after I left... God is good!

Saturday, January 5, 2013

Skill #1

For those of you who were waiting anxiously for the announcement...
Skill #1 for the month of January is.....

 

Knife throwing!!!!!
(How many of you guessed it?)

I received these beautiful throwing knives from my roommate Nancy for Christmas and have had the opportunity to practice a few times now... although I am still not very good, I enjoy this as a fun stress relief!

Well, that is all for now... try to stay on top of me and remind me if I forget a skill one month.... or let me know if you have any creative suggestions/or skills that I should think about adding to my list! 

Wednesday, January 2, 2013

A New Year!

Happy New Year!
This past year a LOT has changed for me... Moving to the Philippines to serve as a missionary has been the most major change, but there have been a lot of little changes too...
I have learned so much this year... and for that I am thankful! However, I am looking forward to learning even more...

Today I was able to welcome my first baby of 2013! After a long and very hard labor, Baby Mark was born...at 10:13 am...he weighed 8lbs!!!! I also had the opportunity to insert my first IV today!



As far as new year resolutions go, I am sure we all have a list... This year I wanted to do something a little different...Something to help expand my skill set... This "project" is original as far as I know, but if not, sorry :( just gonna borrow it :D....

Each month this year, I will plan on learning a new skill... this may be a random skill and will most likely not be perfected by the end of the month :D This may also included an addition to a prior skill (such as learning to cook a new style food, or learning to greatly enhance a prior skill such as using flamming poi, not just practice ones...). I hope to post a monthly update with the new skill and maybe even how the old ones are doing... just think that at the end of the year I will be able to look back and see 12 things I learned to do, 12 things I had never done before...
I think it will be a fun experiment... we shall see how wild and crazy I get with it!

Up first.... Skill #1 will be.....(drum roll)... any guesses?..... Will post an update soon!