Update on the babies – originally posted 8/3/08

I have mentioned to some of you that there are two babies we are concerned about. The first is the son of our across-the-street-neighbor, Palmyra. She had come to visit me soon after her son was born, and he was very tiny but I didn’t think much of it. As the months have gone by, however, he has remained tiny and constantly been ill. I began to be suspicious that both of them have AIDS, since the mother is also conspicuously thin and tends to be sick. I had asked for prayer that the baby have a blood test to determine his status, so that he can begin ARVs if they are available (sometimes they are, sometimes they aren’t). However, I was not able to say “I think he has AIDS, you should have him tested” without seriously jeopardizing my relationship with the neighbor. It would be almost as if I had cursed him. So, I hinted to the next-door neighbors that perhaps he could use some tests to discover why he is continuing to be ill, and they seemed to agree with me. Meanwhile, this week he has gone into the Catholic hospital outside of town and is very, very sick. I have doubts that he will survive, and hope to visit there this week to find out his condition. Please continue to pray for Euclides.

The second baby I’ve asked prayer for is Clemilde, 6 month old daughter of my language helper. A few months ago, it was noticed that her muscle tone is very poor and the shape of her head rather large. After tests for hypothyroidism were negative, a local pediatrician determined that she is, in fact, a “little person” (a dwarf). I was astounded. Apparently this does happen here as the mother didn’t seem too surprised, and there is a history of some extremely short people in the family. I was pleased that the mother had a positive attitude and it seems that Clemilde is likely to live a normal life here in her community. She will need surgery on her legs, however, to correct some deformities. Please pray that this can be arranged in a way that provides her with the best care possible. I have already been for 4 visits to the hospital and clinic with mother and baby and suspect that many more will be needed.


First post – originally posted 7/27/08

This was the first post over at our camikevinupdate.blogspot.com site, after we made the switch from msn groups site.  Kevin has another blog, camikevin.blogspot.com, which will continue to operate.  I usually do these posts. – Cami

Dear Friends and Family:  for some time now I have been using the MSN Groups format to post updates about us, but the situation over there has been deteriorating and at this point I can’t even put in paragraph separations.  So, I have decided to move to a blog format, which will also allow you to go back and see previous posts.

We are linking this blog with our new webpage (which will be put up gradually) as well as with some photo albums I am going to post at Flickr.  Since our site is hosted by someone in America, this will allow me to easily edit photos and our update without going through that person.  I am hoping that this format works well and is easy for all involved.  Any feedback would be appreciated.

This blog is “owned” by Kevin, but I am usually the one to update here on this page.  We decided it would be easier to keep his blog and this one linked, so his profile comes up instead of a family profile.  Love, Cami