Just last Wednesday, May 8th, I worked a day shift (6am-2pm). I had an assignment due, an IV written test, and my practicum for IVs too. Luckily, we were fairly slow on shift, so I had time to study, take my test, and then make it upstairs to successfully insert an IV into my classmates arm. I headed downstairs back to the birthroom to do a checkup for a past patient and her baby. It was fun chatting with my patient, Ching (see a few posts ago for a picture of her) and seeing her 6 week old baby. Just as I was done, I checked my phone and my continuity patient, Joy-Joy had texted me and said her labor pains were unbearable and she was on her way to the clinic. Now I had been waiting a good two weeks for this text, because I really wanted Joy to deliver, but I was already very very exhausted. Sure enough, about 20 minutes later, a very disheveled and in pain Joy arrived. I checked her in, barely able to take her vital signs because of her frequent contractions. After checking, I found Joy's cervix to be completely dilated and just a little bit later, she gave birth to a beautiful baby girl, Yvonne Marie. ;) It was my first continuity patient to deliver, and I couldn't have asked for a better experience. Even though I was quite tired, I was thankful that I was already at the clinic, because if I had been elsewhere, I may not have made it to catch her baby! She the pictures below of JoyJoy and her baby girl!
|Just a few hours after birth. Love these two!|
|Aww sweet, sweet girl.|
This is Joy's mom, the baby's Lola (grandmother).
|Sweet little girl, wearing some clothes that were sent in my last box!|
|Joy, Yvonne Marie, and I at her 1-day baby check-up!|
|Inday and baby Junior. He is so tiny!|
|Baby boy at his 3 day checkup|
And I also worked this past Sunday. I was for certain once again that I would not be catching a baby, seeing as how I have caught 2 just days before. However, we were once again endorsed a busy shift. I was happy to labor and help deliver my patient's baby. Arlyn gave birth to her third baby, L-Jay, early on my shift. I was thankful to be her midwife, because she is an outreach patient from Isla Verde, the area that I visit for outeach prenatals. I had done her first prenatal of four. It was especially sweet to experience a birth on Sunday because it was Mother's day! What a cool experience I was blessed with! Here is baby L-Jay.
Thanks again and again and again for your prayers and support. I know God is so faithful to hear your prayers and bless His work here because of them. Continue to pray for my patients as well as for me, as I do outreach in June and also am trusting God for the funds to finish out my second and final year here. (See my last post about Adopt-a-birth to help me reach my goal of 15 by the end of May!) Love you each and all,