In the blog of July 4 , I wrote about Joseph, how good he was doing. That same month he got malaria, which didn't react on the treatment we gave, he had to go on Quinine IV drip, which made him really weak. In his situation is that extra dangerous, because of the low immunity. He got sick and weak and 3 weeks ago he started to have convulsion like contractions. we have been to the doctor, was put on medicines, on which he didn't react, medicines were changed and still there was no improvement. We got more worried and 2 days ago the doctor changed his medicines again. But this morning I took him again to the hospital, he could hardly see!! The doctors from the HIV clinic did a very good examination and they took us to the eye doctor, one eye was not working and the other eye a bit. Then they wanted to see if meningitis was there, so we took Joseph for a spinal tap. You can see on the picture that Joseph is laying in the hospital, waiting for the doctor to take the spinal fluid. We took it for examination, but everything was normal, no meningitis. We carried him back to the car, Joseph is too weak to walk. The doctor changes the ARV medicines, we pray and hope that it will help to build up his immunsystem. It is such a sweet boy.
In the blog of Sept. 8 I wrote about a girl who was brought by the police, because she was mistreated by her aunt. Lots of talks have been there, with the aunt, with the family. The probation office and the police were not sure if the aunt was the good place fore her. The aunt is the sister to her mother, who is remarried and her new husband doesn't want Joan in his house. The agreement was that the aunt wouild come every day to Amecet to spend some time with Joan, than they would decide where she was going. But the aunt was not very consistent in her visits. Last week Simon, the probation officer and the police drove to the home of the father. They talked with them and the neighbours and found that Joan was very welcome in their home. Only the family of the mother didn't want the father to have any contact with Joan. So the decision was made, Joan was going to her father. We also asked Joan what she wanted, she wanted to her father! So the grandfatehr and the uncle came, together with the probation officer to pick her. I will miss her, she was a sweet girl and happy with us. We pray that Joan will get used fast to her new family and would get a feeling of belonging there.
In between we also picked Susan and her baby from the hospital and brought her back to Amecet. Naome and Janneke were with her, they told us to pick her at 10 am, so I brought them to the hospital, the same time as Petra and I went with Joseph to the doctor. They called me at around 2.30 pm that they had the discharge papers and were ready to go. Because of Susan's young age, many people just want to "see" her, and it is quite hard for Susan, if she is in the Zoo. When we came in Amecet we had a bed ready for her in the night duty room. She was so happy to be back and see her friends! I saw her smile again! And to see her chatting with the other girls, while giving her baby the breast, it looked almost natural. We will have to see when to go to the orthoprdic centre in Kumi with the baby, but for now, they are home and happy!