Lesson Learned

Many of you have heard this story, but I wanted to write it down as something to look back on.  People continue to tell me “you need to write this down” or “I hope you are writing all this down”.  Well, I have not been so I may be playing catch up these next few weeks.  Anyway, on with this story.
Our family first moved to Haiti in June of 2012. It was in August that our daughter, Kaylea, got a bladder infection.  She had been prone to infections in the past so we had a prescription of Bactrim on hand for her just incase. She had completed the entire 10 day dose and we all thought it had cleared up.  A few days later she is running 104-105 fever and symptoms of the infection returned at a heightened level.  We were alternating ibuprofen and tylenol every three hours with absolutely no lowering of her fever.  Let me mention that at this time we had no consistent power to operate fans and no AC so it was not a great combination with fever.
We were on the phone with nurse practitioners, doctors, and pharmacists from the states trying to figure out what to do.  They were all in consensus thinking her bladder infection had gone up into the kidney and if not treated properly, a kidney infection can permanently damage your kidneys or the bacteria can spread to your bloodstream and cause a life-threatening infection. Kidney infection treatment usually includes antibiotics that often requires hospitalization. Now, for those medical professionals reading this you have to understand Kaylea is allergic to penicillin and cephalosporins so her options of antibiotics she can take are extremely limited. What is also extremely limited is good medical care in Haiti. After weighing all this information out we decided I would try and get a flight back to the US with Kaylea. I kid you not, there was no availability on any airline to fly out of Haiti for 3 days! Now, notice I said “after all this information…WE DECIDED”.  We decided.  We did not pray about it, we did not go to the Lord first, we ran immediately to seek the help of earthly physicians and not our GREAT physician. After seeing there are no flights and hearing what I had heard from our medical friends, Matt decided to take Kaylea to a Haitian doctor. They waited outside the clinic in the hot sun for three hours, the doctor examined her with a flashlight and wrote a prescription for injections of Gentamicin which Matt had to search several pharmacies before finding.  She had to recieve the shots twice a day for 7 days so Matt opted to administer the shots himself instead of having to take her back into the clinic twice a day for them to do it. Another long day passes, 2 shots administered, and Kaylea is still running high fever with no relief. I walked into my bedroom where Kaylea is laying with 105 fever and her brother Dean is constantly rubbing her down with a cold wash cloth to try and lower her temperature and I FINALLY cry out to God.  We dedicated Kaylea to the Lord when she was a baby, but at that moment I gave Kaylea completely and fully to God to do with whatever He chose even if it meant that He was ready for her to go home with Him. God did not choose to take her home at that time and I am so blessed to still have her with us today completely recovered with no damages to her kidneys.  What God did choose to do was teach Matt and I a lesson.  He had told us before going to Haiti that we would have to trust Him for everything but He needed to show us before we really got it.  We needed to learn that we can't always run to the doctor or back to the US for the conveniences we once had.  But we can always run to Him. This is definitely a lesson we all need to learn.  I am so thankful that God cares enough for us to teach us these lessons. I am so thankful Kaylea was able to see the Great Physician at work in her life.  I pray it is something she will remember and cling to during other difficult times in her life.  Maybe God has taught you a similar lesson.  Maybe you are in the midst of a problem and are still running to all kinds of people for advice.  Let me encourage you to run to the Lord first.  He says if we draw near to Him, He will draw near to us.  He is truly all we need.