Our friend Nolan has a really good post on their blog Wrights in Peru about how he is helping a young cystic fibrosis patient as she struggles with the complications of her disease.
Marriela informing me her right side doesn’t hurt anymore (where the drainage tube was)
The past week I’ve been treating a little girl with cystic fibrosis. Before coming to Peru, I had never seen a patient with this condition (basically all my experience has been in outpatient orthopedics). She came to the hospital about 2 weeks ago from Cusco with difficulty breathing, fever, etc. and was quickly admitted to the ICU. She was found to also have pneumonia. I first saw her in the ICU about a week ago. She had a drainage tube coming from the right side of her chest and had labored breathing. I was asked to do some chest physical therapy to help with drainage in her lungs. The treatment was a bit limited due to her pain and decreased mobility from the chest tube, however we got through the first treatment.
Nolan Wright has another good post about the life for kids here in Curahuasi. The situation is tough for them. Abuse is common. To say that the parents are relaxed in how they care for their kids would be an understatement. Often very young kids take on the responsibilities of adults. I know some kids sleep on the streets because of the unsafe environment at home. Please pray for these kids. From the Wright family blog.
I can’t imagine hiking that trail every day, and two, I don’t think I could let my kids do this alone. However, kids here grow up fast. They have to. Many have 3-6 other siblings and their dad may or may not be around. Their mom works all day and they have to help with the family chores and often fend for themselves much of the time. Every day I see shepherds guarding their flocks” (by day) and those “shepherds” are almost always kids. First thing in the morning I often see kids walk down our dirt road for water and carry pales back to their house (most do have water at their house(but often not in it), so I’m not quite sure what they are doing… yet).
A picture of two boys working up in the mountains caring for their flocks. From the WrightsinPeru blog.
We got our new letters up on the hill outside of Curahuasi. You can see it in the picture. Read how it happened from Nolan Wright. The following quote gives a glimpse of the work required in the construction. “Unfortunately (or fortunately), I was unable to make the first workday which consisted of clearing the design and letters, but I did get to participate in hauling the powder (which was cement) up the hill. When I arrived at the bottom of the hill and saw the truck full of cement bags, I asked how we were going to get them up the hill. I was quite suprised when he told me we were going to carry them.”
From the blog “Wrights in Peru” the Diospi Suyana School logo on the hill above town.
From our friend Nolan Wright’s blog comes a good description of the work he is doing in the physical therapy department at the hospital. I have many patients each day who need PT much more than they need medicine. I am so glad that Nolan is here to help us. Take a look at this his post titled Day at Work from their family blog Wrights in Peru. We are glad to have his Nolan, Konika, Benjamin, and Sydney with us.
L to R: Sarah, Peter, Benjamin Wright, Jon Paul Cunningham, Sydney Wright, Annie, David, and the blur in front is Mateo (I think!)
On Friday nights we have a English speakers Bible study. It is a time of mutual encouragement for all of us, with the intention of praising God and seeking his will. We share a meal and usually pray and sing and then the adults try and study the Bible amidst the noise of many kids. There are 8 more kids 5 and under that are usually with us that are not included in this picture. It can get LOUD! One night we had just under 30 people in our house. This picture was taken on a night when the older kids shared what they had been learning with Finley Wright during her afternoon of homeschooling the missionary over the summer break. The kids sang some songs in Spanish and gave reports and spoke about things they had learned in the Bible. I was impressed by their presentation, and I am thankful to Finley for taking the time to help teach our kids this summer.