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Thursday, July 28, 2016

Health Concerns at Kingdom Kids Home

This past week has been a tough one for us. We took our oldest boy Darmawan to the doctor because we found out he had coughed up some blood. Apparently he had been taken to the local doctor some time ago and was given vitamins. However, after an examination and x-ray Darmawan was diagnosed with active Tuberculosis. As a result we thought we should get all of the children and carers checked which means an x-ray for everyone. We started with Kadek, Yohana and the five boys who have had the most contact with Darmawan. According to the x-ray reports Kadek and young Agus were clear, Lorens has active TB and the other four had inactive TB which was explained that they had TB but now it's inactive.

But this is where the problems start! That diagnosis is according to the doctor at the hospital clinic that takes the x-rays and provides the report, as well as the GP. The problem is that according to the information available that I researched there are two kinds of TB, active and latent. Latent affects 30% of the worlds population, usually has no symptoms (and therefore unknown to the infected people), and 10% of latent cases turn to active. Once active, around 50% of infections are fatal if not treated, and it can only be cured by a 4-6 month course of a cocktail of antibiotics.

We have some significant challenges, not to mention the obvious. For example:
1. According to the information I have, latent TB cannot be detected with an x-ray. Combine that with the fact that active TB can only be cured by a long course of antibiotics, then the question is what on earth is the inactive TB that the local doctors are talking about? If by inactive they mean latent then they would never have seen it on the x-ray. And as far as I can tell there is no way TB can go from active to inactive all on its own. They are saying the inactive needs no treatment but just needs to be watched.
2. We have been told that there is a government sponsored program for TB medication, however the Indonesian government in their infinite wisdom states that people can only get the medication from the clinic nearest their local (original) village. It all has to do with their ID card which is attached to their original village. This means we would have to take each child (from school) on weekly trips to their villages in Kintamani, Singaraja, Bon Dalem (all over Bali) etc, to get their medication not to mention the impossibility of going to Sumba which is over an hours flying time away (five of our kids are from Sumba). We are trying to find a way around the situation but knowing how things (don't) work here I am not holding out much hope, we will just have to wear it.

On top of that, when we took Darmawan to the doctors I made Kadek and Yohana have a medical checkup including blood tests (preventative medicine is unheard of here). Unfortunately, Kadek has been diagnosed with Diabetes and has to see a specialist and Yohana has extremely high cholesterol. Big changes in cooking and eating habits are on the way.

If anyone knows of someone who can provide some qualified advice (a second opinion) or some factual information it would be much appreciated. Please let me know if you can help. And above all please keep us in your prayers.

I just love a good news story!

Kadek and I headed off to Singaraja last week for the baptism of another five people from Bungkulan, which is always wonderful to be a part of.

Following the baptism we found out about Ibu Wardani's story, one of the ladies who had been baptised. Her husband had died about 6 years earlier and she had four children ranging in age from 3 to (about) 16 years. The two older children have left home and are working in Denpasar, but apparently aren't able to help much financially.

The second youngest, now about 15 gets work 2 or 3 days a week and earns 35,000 rupiah a day or about AU$3.50. They have been squatting in temporary 'lean-to's', however they often get moved on. Also, due to the 'Indonesian system', if a child doesn't have a permanent address it's very difficult for them go to school so the youngest son, now 9 hasn't been to school and had no prospect of doing so. Finding people in situations like this breaks your heart, but to see them put their faith in the Lord, and also find that we as their 'church' can do something to help them, is what it's all about.

Ibu Wardani, Samuel and Dika (and mutts)
This poor family won't be given a handout and left on their own. Now they have a real family, will be loved, cared for and helped to help themselves.
Their hovel from behind
Rain on the way

So the good news is... temporary accommodation has been found for Ibu Wardani and her sons that will at least allow them to stay dry in this unseasonably wet 'dry' season. We will also be renting a small home that will only cost Rp2,000,000 per year (AU$200), provide a small amount of money for Ibu Wardani to start a small 'soto' (chicken soup) business, and find some funding for her son to go to school.

All's well that ends well. Praise the Lord!