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.

Saturday, 12 May 2012

Deep Thoughts, But No Words

In the mid 1950's James Westwood, a young father from Alloa, in Central Scotland,  left his wife and three year old son, and set sail on assignment with a merchant shipping company. Thousands of miles from home, on the Atlantic ocean, he fell seriously ill. It would be three days until his ship reached inhabited land, with a resident Doctor.

On the 1st of May 2012 at shortly after 10am in the morning, the man's granddaughter, me, a young nurse serving at an orphanage in Haiti's Kenscoff suddenly felt unwell. Over the afternoon, I developed a set of vague symptoms; a migraine, slight discomfort in my upper abdomen, along with nausea  and light-headedness. By 10pm that night, the pain had moved to my lower abdomen. I spiked a fever and began vomiting. A busy orphanage schedule, and torrential rains lead to a delay in receiving medical treatment. Three days after the pain started, the grand-daughter was admitted to a Port-au-Prince hospital.

Details of James' condition at the time of surgery are scant, but I, having developed a severe intra-abdominal infection, was suffering from peritonitis. I was in septic shock when I underwent surgery for removal of a perforated appendix.

James Westwood died shortly after his surgery. He was 29 years old. He died, and I survived and I am somewhat awestruck, and humbled beyond belief, thinking deep thoughts that over the next few days, I will try to put into words. Somehow.

1 comment:

Jane Blannin-Bruleigh said...

Welcome to the group of "I can't believe that I had to have surgery!" Lots of prayers continued for your recovery! I remember being in a state of disbelief that I had actually would have to have surgery and then still surprised that I actually had the surgery. Continue to heal and recover. Blessings to you.