Nomashgar from Bangladesh! Sorry it’s been a while since we’ve updated–we’ve been busy! Katie and I have been working in the hospital every day and learning lots about the people and the culture here.
It’s been interesting to see the different types of cases that the hospital here gets. This past week, a 20-year-old girl came in with rice poisoning. Basically, people ingest rice pesticides as a form of suicide. It’s an awful way to go, so it’s not fun to see people suffering from this type of diagnosis, as many don’t survive. This particular girl was also 4 months pregnant, and she comes from an abusive home life, as many of the women here do. She wasn’t able to breathe on her own, so they intubated her because her body was producing a lot of secretions from the poisoning. We were able to observe how the staff handled the situation and sat for a few hours keeping her breathing with the ambu-bag. It definitely made us thankful for ventilators back in the States! One thing that we kept thinking while we were saving this girl was that on one hand, it’s great that we’re saving her, but on the other hand, we’re saving her just to put her back in a potentially harmful situation… It doesn’t really seem fair either way. We’re just hoping that God can use this experience to show her truth and to give her life hope!
Another case we got to see was an 18-year-0ld boy, who was sitting on the side of the road and was hit by a bus. From just below the knee down to the ankle, all of the skin was ripped off, the muscles hanging out, and the bone completely exposed. If any of you have seen the Body Works exhibit, it was kinda like that. It was interesting to see, but we couldn’t help but feel so bad for this boy! They were trying to decide whether or not they would be able to save the leg. Here in Bangladesh, an amputee is usually destined to live as a beggar unless they have good family support. The doctors are doing all that they can, but we’re still not sure if it will be saved yet.
There were also 3 boys that came in having been bitten by a rabid dog. Apparently there were about 20 kids involved, but only 3 of them came to our hospital. This is a pretty common problem in Bangladesh with all the stray dogs, but it’s a terrible diagnosis. If you don’t get treated within a few hours of the bite, there’s no way to reverse the rabies. So we were able to watch them get all stitched up and hopefully they’ll be okay! These few instances give a snapshot of the culture here and what the people here are facing. It’s been interesting to note that for the most part, many of the problems are the same as the States, it’s just the story of how the person got the problem here that is so remarkable.
Outside of the hospital, Katie and I have been having fun! People go to bed around here pretty early, so Katie and I have mastered the art of entertaining ourselves. There’s a pool here that we went swimming in, we finally got the DVD player working…kinda, and we’ve been playing lots of card games, and sometimes, the unexpected happens…
Like last week, for instance. I (Becca) was taking a shower when I noticed a HUGE spider sitting in the corner of the bathroom. It was probably about the size of your palm. So big. I’m not much a spider person, so the first thing I thought of was how we were going to kill this thing. I walked out of the bathroom, and said “Katie, there’s a huge spider in the bathroom! You should kill it.” Unfortunately, Katie is a friend of all creatures of the world, great and small, and she decided that this spider deserved a chance at life. I couldn’t believe it. I was not about to have this thing crawling on my face during the night, so some way or another, it was going to die. Katie knew this too, and she decided that in order to preserve our friendship, she would volunteer to kill it.
So we got out a broom, and a shoe, and multiple other objects of torture, and Katie, after several tries, swiftly swatted the spider into the tub. She then proceeded to whack it until we were SURE it was dead. Thankfully, it was, but we noticed something was amiss. Little did we know that there was a HUGE SACK OF BABY SPIDERS on the back of this thing, and with all of Katie’s whacking it broke open. So crawling all over the tub were hundreds of little baby monster spiders!! We quick turned on the shower to put them all down the drain, and I looked over at Katie and noticed she was very sad. “Not only are we killing the mama spider, we’re killing hundreds of potential spider lives!” “GET OVER IT KATIE WE’RE KILLING THEM ALL,” I said. (As I’m typing this Katie is telling me that she’s a true pro-life advocate and that I am completely heartless.)
So anyways, that was our spider experience, and since then occassionally I will go into the bathroom and see a baby spider sitting on the wall. I was killing them all, until Katie made me promise to her that I wouldn’t kill any more baby spiders. Sheesh Katie. As I took the spider outside to dispose of it, one of the guards on the compound came over to see what was going on. He didn’t speak any English, and kept trying to explain about the spider in Bengali. But when I asked him if it was poisonous, he got a big smile and said, “Yes, Yes!” Sweet.
Life here is exciting, as you can tell, and we only have one week left to soak it all in! Tomorrow we’re going to Cox’s Bazar, which is the longest natural beach in the world! So that should be fun. Thanks to all of you who having been keeping up with us and praying for us, we appreciate it tons and tons! Please be praying for the people we mentioned in the hospital, and that they would recover quickly, and also that Katie and I would be able to show them compassion despite huge cultural and language barriers. Also, you can pray for my health…I have a cold! I’m not sure how I caught a cold in Bangladesh, but I think it’ll pass soon.
And we were going to try an upload some pictures tonight but they’re taking forever so we’ll try to get some up tomorrow! Have a wonderful day!