Friday, 24 February 2012

Arasidatou, burn

Here is Arasidatou once again. She's riding a toy bike and holding her twizzler (one of the many candies I have given her this week alone.) :)

Her graft looks GREAT! They put her on a ketamine drip for 5 days to decrease her movements in order to have the graft take. Saskia (Dutch doctor who works here) did an excellent job with the graft so with the ketamine drip they had wonderful results! Praise the Lord!

She still has a long road of recovery ahead but she is looking great.

Hemophilia brothers

These two brothers both have hemophilia. This wasn't known until they both were circumcised and it would not stop bleeding. The bigger brother was receiving three blood transfusions a day as we don't have factor VIII to give them. They have been here several weeks trying to stop the bleeding and then correct their anemia.

Severe Nephrotic Syndrome

Alou came to us with his face so swollen he couldn't see. We diagnosed him with nephrotic syndrome and started prednisone. His dad had been traveling so he suffered like this for about a month before coming to see us.

It's hard to look at this picture and say he is doing better but that's exactly what Brett and I both said when Brett's nurses sent this picture to us while we were in Kenya. He is improving little by little each day with  steroids.

Thursday, 23 February 2012

Baba (noma) went home

After six months of living at the hospital, Baba and his famil have finally gone home. He will have to return in December for one more skin graft to finish everything completely.

His little sister Ma Fitini is so cute. This picture doesn't do her justice. We will miss her around here.

Baba showing off some of what he got while he has been here. He loved wearing the sunglasses Carol (dental hygienist) gave him...even though they were ladies sunglasses. :)

Ousmane, congenital leg contracture

Ousmane came to our hospital unable to walk. Since birth he had hamstring tightness.

We have been serial casting him to force his leg to stay straight. He actually started to walk with the cast.

A friend in the States was able to make a brace for him to keep the leg extended. We put it on yesterday and he was able to walk with it. We are hoping he will gain strength in his leg with time through the use of the brace.
Helping kids walk is really one of the coolest parts of the job I think. To see a child unable to move on their own for whatever reason to be able to walk is truly fun and energizing to see. Thanks Louis for making the brace for Ousmane!

Amina, lymphoma

Amina came to us with her abdomen quite large as you can see below. We initially began treatment for abdominal TB and drained her ascites regularly. After a couple months of treatment and no improvement we considered other options as to what this might be. After talking with Alan Anderson, our peds oncologist friend, and seeing matted abdominal lymph nodes, we now believe this to be non-Hodgkins lymphoma.

After draining her ascites in the beginning of her treatment.

She is now about a month into her chemo treatment. I will admit she isn't looking great. She is wasted away and weak. Her potassium was so low the other day that the machine could not read it. We have since fixed this but she is still weak. The matted nodes that were in her abdomen in the beginning, have changed in their appearance and aren't as large as before so we are hopeful that the chemo is working and we will soon see more improvement.

Brett and Sheri x 2

If you follow my personal blog, you know that I recently got my first "netoma" which is a child who is named after you. Netoma literally means "my name" and that is how you refer to the child and never by your name. Families name a child after someone as way of honoring them. There are lots of Daniels running around because the OB here is named Dan.

My dear friend, Sabi, had a baby in December and she named her Sheri. I was quite excited, I must admit. :) The mother of Baba (child with a noma) had a baby just two weeks ago here and she named the baby Brett. Sheri had to come up to be weighed so we had both babies here at the same time so we thought we should get a picture.

Here is the whole gang. Baba, his mother Sitan, his little sister Ma fitini, Brett with baby Brett, Sheri with baby Sheri, her older sister Wassa, and my friend Sabi.

I told Sitan that in 20 years she needs to send Brett back to Koutiala so that he can marry his Sheri. :)

Arasidatou, burn

Arasidatou has been with us for over a month. She was actually burned months and months ago and then finally came to us for treatment. She was burned when she got too close to the fire and her shirt caught on fire. Her back, arms, neck and head were severely burned.

Sharing a snack with Ma fitini (my little one) who is the sister of Baba who has been here for treatment of a noma.

She is extremely limited in movement due to the burns but she continues to walk around little by little. She is a sweet little girl but I have yet to get her to smile (not that I blame her, I wouldn't want to smile either). I am now bribing her daily with candy in hopes to get a smile out of her before we leave for home assignment in three weeks. :) It's worth a try!