By Hermann Schirmacher
We have a really great team. All of them are in good spirits. We love each of them. Thanks for praying for us. Departing Quito went very well. Upon arrival all of our suitcases were quickly at hand and we arrived at the Samaritan's Purse base at Titanyen in the afternoon. That night, after our meal, they asked us if we would go to Bercy, some 30 minutes to the north to a rehydration clinic. We made the trip but we were very tired. We arrived back at the base at 9 a.m. very tired and you could imagine what we did—sleep!
Today we are approaching our third night shift and will continue for a few more nights. It's very quiet and cooler and more enjoyable. There are bugs that bite, but we need to hit them before they bite.
We have 50 to 70 cholera patients and, thanks to the Lord, none of them have died. Ten to 20 new patients arrive, and the same number go home. Some recover very quickly. It's incredible to see how much hydration some of them need.
Today during the evening shift an 18-month-old baby arrived in shock, and I thought she was going to die since she was unresponsive. We had various cases where it was difficult to find a vein. But María Isabel was the heroine this time avoiding a much more difficult alternative ( in the bone). It appears this child is going to survive. We hope to see her again tonight.