Happy Birthday, Rachel! and Les’ Busy Day

Today (Sept. 10) is our beloved daughter, Rachel’s 25th birthday. We are so proud and thankful
for her walk with the Lord, for her beauty and musical skills, and for her gifts as a social worker.
We love you and miss you, Rachel! Happy Birthday!

It seems there is so much to write about lately – and we haven’t written much of anything!
We’ll start by telling you about the crazy day Les had yesterday. He felt as if he needed to be in
four places at once most of the day….

It started with a phone call at about 3 am Sunday morning. Les was on back up call for maternity since the on call doctor was an internal medicine doctor and doesn’t feel comfortable with maternity. The resident phoned and was distraught because a woman who had been laboring normally had ended up losing her baby because the shoulders got stuck during delivery and they couldn’t get the baby out in time to save him. Les went up right away and determined that there had been no risk factors (second baby, normal labor, etc) and that all had been done correctly…it was just a tragedy that no one could have prevented. He spent time with the other ladies who were in labor (and were asking for c-sections out of fear), and time with the grieving mom and with the staff. He was able to come home around 6 am to sleep for another hour before returning to work.

He started morning rounds on the medical ward with the resident and intern – there were 35 on the ward (in a max 32 area) and 8 – 10 other patients in halls and other areas of the hospital. While trying to get to all the patients, word came that there had been a bad bus accident and that people were on their way to Tansen hospital. About 20 – 25 people arrived to the ER and Les and the other senior docs who were in the hospital and the residents and interns were able to work their way through everyone. It was another tragedy that is too common here – a bus went off the side of the road (which means falling down a mountainside). 10 – 13 people were dead at the scene and the injured were sent to Tansen.

At the same time Les was busy in the ER, he was supposed to be starting a training course run for Nepali government health post workers. Because of the bus accident, that didn’t get started until about an hour after the scheduled time. After teaching the initial session, Les did get a break for lunch.

As soon as Les arrived back to the hospital and was starting to see patients in the clinic, he was called to talk with the husband of the woman who had lost her baby earlier in the morning. He was able to spend some time with them, but it was hard for them to understand that sometimes things don’t end up well even when everything was done correctly. He tried to encourage and comfort them as best he could.

He was then called back to the training course and he spent much of the afternoon assessing the clinical skills of the trainees by observing them seeing patients and doing physical exams. He was also supposed to be seeing patients in the clinic on his own at the same time! There were still a couple of government workers left unfinished at closing time for the out patient clinics, so he took those trainees to the ER to watch them do exams on patients there. He sent the resident and intern to the wards to do final rounds on the patients and write up notes – telling them to call him for any problems…

Les made it to the English language worship service at church only a few minutes after the 6 pm starting time – looking a bit weary. Fortunately, he just was attending this service and wasn’t scheduled to speak or have responsibilities! It was good to just worship and then chat with other attenders while drinking tea after the service.

We arrived home about 12 hours after Les had left for morning rounds – this day had been a bit long and stressful!

We are thankful for a good night’s sleep – and for your prayers which give us the strength to go on in the face of the multiple daily tasks, disasters, tragedies and joys that we encounter.

One last joy to share – this morning the surviving quadruplet came into the clinic again – she is doing very well and is almost up to 1 kg in weight!! It is so good to see her continuing to beat the odds – a miracle baby! Thanks for your continued prayers for her and her mom!



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4 responses to “Happy Birthday, Rachel! and Les’ Busy Day

  1. Risto and Martje

    Dear Les and Debbie,
    Congratulations yourself too for bringing up this ‘little’ girl and teaching her that God is in control and that serving Him is what we should do. As she does that to the best of her ability we thank His Holy Spirit for guiding her in the life given to her.
    WOW, what a day, Les. Neither of you will forget a day like that easily and when Les hit the pillow that night he would not have known he did, being asleep already …………..! I will never forget an accident ‘like that’ coming in, a severe food poisoning after a wedding party and a busload of guests coming in. The whole of the nursing staff, off duty and on duty appeared to come and help. They were fantastic.
    Sometime, can you let us know who the Director of Nursing is now?
    Please give our love to anyone of the staff who might still know us and also to Rachel. Thanks very much!
    Lots LOVE, Risto and Martje

  2. Val Watson

    I well remember those days of not knowing what was coming through the door in maternity and the joys and sorrows that there are. Shoulder dystocia is such a frightening thing when it does happen even here where you might hope for a good outcome it’s not always the case.
    Thank you for the insights you give us into your life there both the good times and the hard.
    Val and John

  3. Margaret Fain

    Hi Deb & Les. Thanks for the amazing story of a day in your life! The photo of the survivor quad is amazing too. Bless that Mom. Stay well and strong. Thanks for your card for our birthdays and our 50th wedding anniv. The party was so fun, I of course had more fun than anyone. You are in our daily prayers.
    Love, Maggie

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