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March 22, 2018

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Hey Y’all,


I know I have not been around much since the new year started. That was something I anticipated as I have taken on a new project for this year. That project takes two to three weeks of my monthly free time so something had to be cut back and this was the first thing cut. There have been other cut but they happened behind the curtain.


This week, my wife is on a medical mission trip to Haiti with fifteen others from our area. Most go to our church but several don’t. For those that don’t know, my wife is a RN and works in our local Mayberry hospital in the Intensive Care Unit. She has seen things and done things that quite frankly scare me. But I am a chicken, so that isn’t much of a shock.


Yesterday, in Haiti a little girl showed up with a urgent need. This girl was suffering from a condition that was full blown and it was something that my wife had never experienced in her twenty plus years of nursing.  She had read about it, studied it, she was almost positive she knew what it was when the girl was carried into the clinic and we have friends who had kids with this condition but it always treated. But my wife was so taken back by this girl’s condition that she reached out to her contacts back home as a confirmation of what she was looking at. The doctors and other nurses on the mission trip were doing the same thing. No one wanted to be wrong. I will put pictures at the bottom of the article. Don’t look if you don’t want to see. The girl is nine months old and has a severe case of Hydrocephalus which is a condition in which there is an accumulation of cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) within the brain.[1] This typically causes increased pressure inside the skull.[1]


That definition came from Wikipedia. About 2 newborns in 1000 have this condition. In the US and other modern nations, it is identified very quickly, treated immediately and has a hugely successful rate of cure. In newborns, they wear a specially made bicycle helmet that helps the skull grow properly after a couple of years they can jump motorcycles, snowboard, and do WWE dives head first off the roof with no danger to their brain. Well not any additional danger than any other kid.


This little girl was being seen for the first time by the doctors from my wife’s medical mission team when they came to her village for the first time. The doctors are working trying to figure out how to get her to Miami or another US children’s hospital for surgery or how to bring a neurosurgeon and their special equipment to tap into her head and drain the fluid.


Here is what I would like to ask from you guys. If you are a believing Christian, toss out a couple of prayers for this girl, for her family, for the doctors and the immigration agents of both Haiti and the United States so that she can get into the proper medical treatment as soon as possible.


If you are of another believing religion, please throw out a prayer or meditation to your supreme Deity asking for the same things.


If you are antagonistic, call out to the either and send this little girl your warmest thoughts, your best wishes and do the same for the medical professionals.


If you are an atheist, please send out good vibrations to her and to the people trying to extend this child’s life.


I really don’t care what you believe or don’t believe because this has nothing to do with belief or conversion. This has everything to do with the human condition. It has everything to do with those who have more and those who don’t. Somewhere lost in the political discourse, I think we have forgotten what it means to be trapped in an environment where there is no clean water, a lack of food, no sanitation services, substandard living conditions and no access to health care. This has nothing to do with insurance, this has everything to do with finding a trained professional who can stick a needle into this 9 month old girl’s head and drain the fluid that is killing her.


WARNING: I am going to put some pictures of this girl up. I think that they are very disturbing. Don’t look if you don’t want to know. All I am asking is that you pray happy thoughts for this girl.


I am going to sign off here. I don’t think it matters what you choose to believe or how you feel about others. To see these images, tears me up. I am sure that I am not the only one. Thanks for reading, praying, thinking, meditating, and sending your good thoughts to this girl. Maybe collectively, we can encourage everyone in the chain of events to do what is right for her.


Until Next Time, Keep on Rockin.
























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