Longest 35 Minutes of My Life

Treating Ring Worms

Treating Dominique for Ring Worms

I described earlier about the thrilling experience of helping rescue Dominique from the slums near Kitale. Once rescued, the focus becomes nursing him back to good health.

As nurse at Mattaw, it is my job to get the new children tested–tested for HIV, typhoid, and malaria. So, my mission was to get Little Dominique to a blood lab, and get him tested. My heart was sinking, as I feared the worst. I got him there, and little Dominique was so incredibly brave; he just stuck his little arm out there and didn’t even make a sound while they were digging for a vein. Then came the worst wait (and weight) of my life. I prayed, and prayed, and prayed, and 35 minutes later, everything came back negative! He has many infections and is severely malnourished, but luckily none of this is due to AIDS. “Failure to thrive” is usually the big red mark of HIV.

Dominique is eating very well now and has made many friends. He spent the first week living with the Director of Mattaw while his new home was being built. During the day time, we took him to Mattaw, and all his soon-to-be-brothers grabbed his little hands and walked him all over the Village explaining everything. Here are some pictures of him and his new friends. The little guy is happy but he has not yet learned to smile. Maybe his short little life never gave him anything to smile about. I am anxiously awaiting to see his first smile. In the pictures below, he is the child in the front and center of the pictures.

15 Responses to Longest 35 Minutes of My Life

  1. RTD says:

    Your Dad is chewing out the followers of OPOD for not posting comments.
    I have never had a blog, but I know how my daughter felt when nobody posted a comment on hee site. She was real close to not posting anymore. So now I try to make a comment every time she does post. I will try to do the same for you.

    Boy, you talk about good news with Dominique. Those other ailments can be overcome, and we hope he can grow up to be a healthy man.


    • elizabeth says:

      lol, I will have to go read his blog post from yesterday. My internet was down.

      And, yes thank you for your post RTD! It is encouraging to hear from people.

  2. todd from NC says:

    great job keep up the good work if more people would help out the less fortunate instead of being greedy this world would be a better place,,,, THANKS.

  3. Al Luedecke says:

    What a relief to not be dealing with HIV ! Once “Little D.” gets on the feed bag, he, like most basically healthy kids, will come back to us. The unfortunate part is that there are many mror like him out there waiting for someone to care about and for them.

    It must be wonderful to be in a spot where everything you do helps someone. This must be a very little bit of the way Christ felt as he walked among us: every thing he did made it better for us. Keep up the good work and I’ll visit back from time to time. Al

    • elizabeth says:

      I love it! I am going to start calling him “Little D.” We have already given him the nickname Domino.

      Yes I am greatly enjoying it, but it is still very overwhelming. I don’t even know where to start. People here are so poor both physically and spiritually. Kenya is much like the USA. 80% claim to be Christian, but only around 10% really understand what that means on a biblical level.

  4. Kim says:

    I think you are a wonderful young lady, and it makes me happy to see the work that you are doing. THIS is how we change the world in a positive way — one child, one village at a time. God has blessed you and these children in bringing you all together. I enjoy the OPOD blog, and I think I will enjoy yours even more! Thank you for being an inspiration to others. Lots of love from CT!!

    • elizabeth says:

      Oh, Kim, be careful what you say! PJM doesn’t like when I get ahead of him, but I will say that is one of the finest complements I have ever received.

  5. Linda McWhorter says:

    What a wonderful thing you are doing for children who need it so badly. As with most good works I suspect you will receive more than you give. It must be great to be a part of making someone’s life better. Keep up the good work and the great stories. God Bless.

  6. Lynn B. says:

    I’m really glad to hear he is HIV negative. That is a huge relief for all. I keep up with your posts but don’t always have time to comment. Keep up your good work and know there are people out there who are following you.

    • elizabeth says:

      That is such an encouragement Lynn, thank you! I apologize if I don’t always respond quickly, my internet keeps going out and my power company isn’t that reliable. But, that is part of the charming third world country life.

  7. Nance says:

    I am so thankful that the little one wasn’t HIV. His expression and attitude just makes a Mama want to pick this little guy up and hug him and love him to pieces. So glad he’s got you and the other good folks to help heal. Bless your heart.

    • elizabeth says:

      Yes, I have him on two antibiotics and an antifungal and he is springing back to life. Unfortunately, I think I might have caught his cold though, I haven’t been very productive with my time this week.

  8. giroflée says:

    Hello ,I am from France ,my English is bad but I wanted to tell you you make a good job ,I was a nurse too ,and I want send you all my love

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