• Haiti - Something Special

    Today I have been living in Haiti for 6 months! I never thought I would be here, never dreamed that this would be my life. I could never have anticipated how amazing it would be or how incredibly difficult, how sweet the joy or how deep the sorrow. I still don't like to use the word missionary: I'm just a girl who loves Jesus, providing nursing care to babies in Haiti without getting paid. That's totally different! I know beyond a shadow of a doubt that God brought me here to this place at this time and I plan to stay until He tells me otherwise. The feeling of being exactly in the center of God's will is more than I hoped for, more than I dreamed of. I know this is how it should be. I want to thank each of you for your support, prayers, encouragement, and for sharing in this journey with me.

    I've been keeping a list of all the "firsts" I have experienced during these 6 months, in no particular order:

    1. killed a tarantula

    2. lived in another country

    3. drove a manual truck

    4. told a woman she was going to have a baby

    5. told a woman she was not going to have a baby

    6. ate goat

    7. taught someone how to use a tampon

    8. diagnosed illnesses

    9. prescribed medication

    10. swam in the Caribbean Sea

    11. snorkeled

    12. scrubbed into the OR and participated in a real surgery

    13. learned another language fluently

    14. gave a tetanus shot and actually prevented tetanus

    15. provided medical care at the scene of a terrible accident

    16. got a staph infection

    17. mixed a song, choreographed and performed a dance to it

    18. rode a motorcycle

    19. drove a motorcycle

    20. explained menopause to a perimenopausal woman

    21. fell in love

    22. inserted nasogastric tubes

    23. started IVs in infants

    24. sutured several wounds

    25. watch the decline of a child from HIV to AIDS

    26. ate entire meals consisting of nothing but Nutella

    27. had a curfew

    28. got hives

    29. superglued the tip of somone's finger back on

    30. I like round numbers but I can't think of a number 30

    For my next few blog posts, I want to focus on the things you want to know, the questions you have. post a comment on this blog or e-mail sheila.denouden@gmail.com (or however else you normally contact me) to let me know what you want to read about next.

    4Comments

    • 1. 27-Apr-2012 11:01:00byMateja

      Sheila, you are a blessing to me everyday. I am so proud of your eagerness to work 7 days a week for 6 months straight.

    • 2. 28-Apr-2012 21:19:00byHolly Bennington

      How awesome, Sheila. I am so happy to hear how you are flourishing there in the center of God's will. I'm excited to be able to follow your journey ~ will be lifting you up in prayer!

    • 3. 28-Apr-2012 21:45:00byMegan Hartley

      Great post! I'd love to read more about #21 in a future blog post ... ;)

    • 4. 29-Apr-2012 20:26:00byJulie

      I'd love to hear more about a "typical" day at COTP for the babies

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