I think that if you asked missionary parents what some of their biggest fears are, or some of the biggest sacrifices to taking their kids to the missions field, one of the most common responses would have to do with health care for their kids. We know missionaries that have moved to rural parts of Chad, India, and Tanzania, to name a few, and have been hours and hours of rough travel away from clinics and hospitals. These are brave parents that have much faith. Over the years, I have come to realize how unique our situation is, to not only have access to a doctor but to MANY doctors, not only access to a clinic but to a whole hospital which, while it has its limitations, is set up to provide most of the care we and our kids could possibly need.
Everyone on our team has their role to play. Alyssa acts as the official "team physician" but the rest of us fill in for more specific situations (no one on the team has let me deliver their baby yet...ahem...). When Carlan joined our team, we initially thought of him as another primary care doctor, but he has rapidly created an important new position and emergency room at the hospital. We also had no idea how important it would be to have an ER doc as our neighbor. Maggie actually stuck a bean up her nose last December. I guess I always thought, who are these kids sticking beans up their noses and in their ears? My daughter, I guess. Carlan was able to fish it out with some random ENT equipment that we found on the bookshelf.
In the past month, we have had several more serious mishaps that Carlan has helped to patch up. First, Sammy accidentally got his entire pinky fingernail ripped off while outside playing with rocks. I have no training in fingernail repair, but Carlan was quite familiar with the necessary steps to making sure that the fingernail WILL someday grow back (seems to be a success so far).
Of note, I had just finished writing this post when John stopped by. His face accidentally collided with a metal pole. Guess who sewed him up? Our team seems to be a bit more accident prone than usual lately...