Second Colony Experience: Calvary Nagar
This day was a really special one for me. The colony we visited is one I don't think I'll be able to forget because of the experience and feelings I had while there. It was one less visited and there were a lot more people needing help.
|Awesome cow hanging at this neat looking house. There are cows everywhere!|
Most nights last week, I felt pretty tired because I was doing some work from home late into the evenings, and Thursday morning I was really feeling the exhaustion, despite my early morning run. All that morning, I kept trying to be more focused on the Lord, on our Savior and asked to be able to give His love to those we worked with. Once we arrived at the colony, my energy jumped up and I felt so alive and happy to be there. I was assigned to work with the nurse at the bandaging station. We put on double sets of gloves and then she taught me how we would bandage their wounds.
|Our vans from Rising Start - one carries the volunteers and the other the nurses and whoever doesn't fit in the first van. They have been really nice to travel in and we love our drivers. Super good guys.|
|Aunin - we LOVE him! He's such a great driver, so funny, childlike and also super helpful and honest. We met his daughter and wife and they were so cute - he was so happy seeing them too and that made me happy :)|
|Waiting in line for the clinic|
|Those that come to the clinic bring their records in hand, get their blood pressure checked, and their blood glucose checked. These numbers are recorded in their records and then taken to the nurses who decide what medications are necessary.|
These are beautiful people with beautiful souls - I wish I could stay here, live here, and serve them forever - But really, we are here to help, the nurses and us do this as a necessary help and also as a reminder for these people affected by Leprosy to give themselves good self-care. A couple of leprosy afflicted individuals came dragging their bodies in as they moved, many had stubbs for hands or feet, or partially missing hands or feet. It was quite humbling to witness. And couldn't help but imaging the Lord being close to these beautiful people - being friends with them, laughing with them, and loving them. It made me feel comforted as I felt so emotional seeing their pain.
One of the most heart-wrenching moments for me was with this one women - I wish I knew her name. She sat down and the nurse started cutting away the rotten flesh and bad skin around the ulcers - but there was one area around her ankle that she didn't want the nurse to cut. The nurse explain that part really needed cutting and removing, but as she started into that area, it was quickly apparent that the woman was in great pain. She began to cry and even now, as it is several days since then, it still causes emotion within me. I didn't know how to console her and just kept rubbing her upper legs, squeezing her arm, and telling her it would be okay, but she quietly cried and cried. My heart ached for her pain - not just for that day's pain, but also in the knowledge that this was one of a lifetime of experiences that would continue because of her disease - I couldn't help crying but hid it as best I could behind the face mask we all wore - I knew I needed to be upbeat and positive because this was so hard for her.
|Men from the colony getting their medications from two of the nurses|
With all that, I sincerely loved bandaging their wounds - it just felt like a sweet experience, even though I felt so nervous for the first few individuals, my hands shaking because I wanted to do it the right way and not mess up. But our awesome nurse was wonderfully helpful and super patient with me as I learned how to wrap the foot and leg properly.
|Loved these two men. The one on the right is the leader of the colony. Beautiful people and so fun and happy to talk with.|
The very last man who came in could hardly walk. J. J., one of the volunteers, helped him move from station to station and had to be careful with his leg because his ulcer was all the way up his leg, covering about half. It was difficult to see, to sanitize and made me cry. This man was also so humble, so sweet, and moved with great difficulty. We used 7 medical pads to bandage up his leg - unbelievable. I don't believe I've ever seen something so bad in person and it smelled terrible - of course it did. He couldn't get his sandals on (people and organizations have donated shoes for many of these colonies so that they are tailor-made for whatever type of shape/stubb/partial foot each person has) and was super weak so that he had to sit on the ground against the building as we put away the clinic and left the colony, so he get his strength up. That was tough. Again, beautiful person and I wished I could lift him.
|Washing our hands after the clinic|
|Church building in the center of the colony|
|Beautiful little kids at the school next to where we held the clinic|
|We've seen a number of these signs on various buildings so far - a variety of churches and organizations sponsor building projects, clinics, churches, homes or other structures in the colonies. Pretty neat.|
|Little worship spot in the village before Rising Star's campus.|