In Septemeber 2008, I traveled 6000 miles to Haiti's Kenscoff mountains. My mission: to care for some of the orphaned and abandoned, the sick, malnourished and premature infants of this beautiful but beleagured Caribbean nation.

Sunday, 7 March 2010

An Update On Some Of Our NICU Babies

Yesterday, the day nurse did not come in for work; apparently there was civil unrest in Carrefour and she didn't think that it was safe to travel. I didn't here about that until 11am. The NICU nannies were very frazzled from trying to keep up with so many tiny babies.

Two of them are preemies. Both need tube feedings, and have trouble keeping their temperatures up, especially during recent the cold snap we have been experiencing in the mountians.

Donley came to us less than two weeks ago from Cazale. He has had problems with vomiting and he has not been gaining weight. Changing his formula and altering the frequency and volume of his feeds did not male a difference, but he has done very well since we started giving him medication for the vomiting on Friday. We dress him in several layers of clothing, wrap him in blankets and keep a hat on him. That way, he stays warm and happy.

Luc is our second premature baby. He arrived last week and was doing very well until yesterday, when he became hypothermic and had to be moved him into an incubator. It looks as though he has a stomach upset - he began vomiting last night. Although he was very dehydrated when I saw him this morning, he was all ready tolerating smaller, more frequent of milk. I have just checked in on Luc; he hasn't had any further vomiting today and he looks much better. Premature babies can became very sick, very quickly and so we will continue to monitor this boy closely.

Jerrensia is four months old and she is a very cute baby but also very demanding. She is a favourite among the nannies, which is actually a wonderful thing; Jerrensia has severe club feet and there is a lot of prejudice towards disabled people in Haiti. Many children who are born with deformities end up in orphanages - they are either given up or abandoned by parents who are barely making ends meet, and do not think that they can cope with the long term demands of caring for and providing for a disabled child. I am glad that Jerrensia is so loved by our Haitian staff.

Clercineau is another child, who has a special place in all of our hearts. Today, we celebrated another milestone; Clercineau has now crossed the 7lb mark, weighing in at 7lb 3oz! His personality is definitely coming out. He is quick to smile and he is a real copycat. When we nod, he nods, when we kiss him, he puckers his lips, leans forward and kisses us back.

He has some strong ideas about what is and is not good for him.Being constantly held, or at least entertained, apparently, is good for him, taking medicine, apparently, is not! Thankfully, two year old 'M' is a great help when Clercineau's medication times come round. 'M' has a special way with fragile infants. Clercineau, who is usually so intimidated by bigger babies, seems to understand that 'M' knows how to be gentle. And when 'M' claps and cheers for him, we have no trouble getting Clercineau to take his medicines.


Twinsplusthree said...

So appreciate you taking the time to update everyone on the children in your care. Our family prays for them by name. My daughter has come home from school and asked if there were any updates on Luc or Clercineau. Thank you for loving each of these babies. They are so precious in God's sight.

Cathy said...

Thank you so much for updating us on your babies. We know how demanding and busy you are. They are doing so well and will continue to pray for all.

anna k said...

Clercineau looks amazing Susan :) what a cutie, and that attitude must be getting worse with every ounce he gains- I'm so happy he's doing so well!

Anonymous said...

Clercineau is so cute! Do you think he is a primordial dwarf? He is so tiny.

Melanie said...

Thanks for updating on orphanage news. I especially liked the comment and photo of "M", he sounds like an awesome kid!!! I am hoping to meet you when you come to visit Heather.


M is just one cool little babe...he is going to grow up and make a difference ..look at his presence its quite commanding and endearing. How big can a heart get how much can a heart tuck away. As i am catching up on the goings on I keep taking another baby into my heart and its bursting with smiles and tears and holding my breath for fear of what will become of them...but i wouldnt not ever want to read this or know..thank you Susan for giving all those that care the special joys and the special sadness that makes for a full heart. May your cup brim over with the strength of god. Michelle