Saturday, January 30, 2016

Celebrity Sightings! (Part 1)

Hi.

OK, by the law of averages, sometime soon we should run into a celebrity here in Nepal!

(Each picture here is from the newspaper article linked to above it.)

Maybe it will be Prince Harry!
Prince Harry.

We already missed:  

...the Danish crown prince, but we were on vacation then!
Crown Prince of Denmark Frederik is being welcomed by locals of Pa Chowk in Lamjung on Saturday, September 19, 2015. Photo: Ramji Rana

However, Benedict Cumberbatch was here right after we came back!
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This picture from the article is from Prayush Khadka, Twitter @technicalyright.

He was shooting a Dr. Strange movie. We would have been in Kathmandu that day
if there wasn't a fuel crisis!  Now we have to limit our "Town Days." 

We have seen a Nepali movie being made at the spot in the photo some time ago, but of course I can't find the pics!  I know we saw Nepali celebrities, but we don't know who they were!
There was a traffic jam so I was able to get some nice photos.
Well, maybe I'll run across them sometime.

Anyway, this link shows Benedict in places where we often walk.  I usually don't pay attention to the people walking by, unless they are really noticeable--and some are (!),
but now I'm going to pay attention!
This picture, from this above article, 
Doctor Strange

was taken very close to here:

Of course, I have pictures of that exact spot, but I'll never find them!

This Ace Holidays post has a nice article with pics of celebs who have been here,
some of whom have been here since we've been here:
http://www.ace-holidays.com/hollywood-celebrities-who-visited-nepal/

Susan Sarandon came after the earthquake:
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/tvshowbiz/article-3095193/Susan-Sarandon-68-volunteers-earthquake-hit-Nepal-following-painful-split-boyfriend-five-years.html
Aftermath: The star saw the damage of the earthquakes as she visited with a woman who lost her home 

How fun to have run into one of them while walking around!
Would we have asked for their autographs?  Hmmm...would you?
Stay tuned for Part 2, when I'll tell you more...!

Have you seen any celebrities in person?

Please continue to pray for Nepal and all the troubles here.  Thanks.
We're praying for all of you!

At the hospital, Ramon has worked with ADRA Japan's Cleft Palate Repair Team

and Hong Kong Adventist Hospital's ENT Team.

We thank them for coming and helping those in need.

Have a nice day!

Saturday, January 23, 2016

Newspaper Stories

Hi!

Hope you're having a nice January!  We're fine, and are just keeping on keeping on as they say!
Nepal is still in a deep crisis, and, without heat, it's still very cold inside buildings, but outside in the sun it can be quite nice actually, although one must be careful of being in the shade and cold wind!
It's now about 55-56 F in our apartment

and not 51 anymore!
Yeah!
Still wearing 4-5 layers inside, but at least we have layers to put on!

The weird part for me is that it's cloudy every day, which has never happened during the winter since we've been here.  Previously during the winter we have had amazingly blue skies and awesome views of the Himalayas!  Usually our views are like this:

This year it's like this:
These two pics were taken in about the same place.  Hard to believe!
You can't even see the hills, let alone the mountains!

Anyway, today I'm going to post links to some interesting stories from the newspapers here.  I read The Himalayan Times every day, even when we're on vacation.

This story has great pictures of much needed winter relief in the mountains.
(I saw many people walking around without socks today just like you'll see here.)
Man!
http://thehimalayantimes.com/multimedia/photo-gallery/quake-survivors-get-relief-in-helambu-snow/

There are still aftershocks.

The quake fault is still straining.
https://thehimalayantimes.com/nepal/quake-fault-straining-underneath-kathmandu-study/

This festival recently occurred:

Another one is starting.
http://thehimalayantimes.com/kathmandu/onth-long-swasthani-brata-katha-begins-today/

For new readers, here is the link to a post early in this blog, soon after we moved here,
with a cute conversation I had about festivals with the kids at school:
http://himalayanhappenings.blogspot.com/2010/08/festivals.html

Recently a leopard wandered into someone's house in Kathmandu!

I also like to read The Kathmandu Post.

Earthquake amputees get new hope:
http://kathmandupost.ekantipur.com/news/2016-01-16/a-new-hope.html

Here's a look at the lives of Nepali ladies outside of the city:
http://kathmandupost.ekantipur.com/news/2016-01-16/beyond-the-city.html

Here are some Reflections:
http://kathmandupost.ekantipur.com/news/2016-01-09/stories-of-nepal-reflections.html

Well, that's enough for now!
Have a nice day!

If you are experiencing the East Coast Blizzard, stay warm and be careful!
Man!

Bye and Blessings to all!





Saturday, January 9, 2016

Goodbye 2015! Hello 2016!

Wow, I'm a little behind with my posting!
I guess time does fly when you're having fun!

These are the little ones at Esa Memorial School greeting me with cheers!
Isn't that a wonderful way to be greeted?!

Anyway, we made it through the difficult year of 2015 and are thankful!
We hope everyone reading this can also find many blessings to be thankful for!

We're fine, although the country is in turmoil.  Yes, we're still recuperating from the earthquake, and the continuing aftershocks, although thankfully they are not as frequent as they were.  Now there is the problem of the fuel crisis, which is hampering the progress of helping the people who still desperately need help, especially now that winter is here.  It's bad people, it's bad.  Just Google it, and you can find any number of articles about the dire situation.

This article is from a couple of weeks ago, and it's only gotten worse since then.
http://www.businessinsider.com/r-nepals-fuel-crisis-will-push-almost-a-million-people-into-poverty-2015-12

Normally we are blessed during the winter to have a gas room heater, but we can't use it now.  Five years ago I wrote this post about preparing for our first winter here:  http://himalayanhappenings.blogspot.com/search/label/Weather

 Now, without gas coming in, we have to save our meager supply for quick showers and load shed with the rest of the country to save the generator's fuel for the hospital's needs.  We can't use our ugly, but wonderful, gas room heater!  I miss it!  We're using two electric heaters, one for the bathroom and one for the living room, when there's no load shedding.  (We bundle up when there is load shedding!  I look like Jolly Mrs. Santa Claus with all my layers, but you do what you gotta do, right?!  I know many people don't even have room heaters, so I'll just add another layer if I get cold and keep going!  We bought an electric water kettle (we have to boil our water and put it into a filter before using it) and an electric skillet since we can't use the gas stove.  Those two, combined with our microwave and toaster oven, solve our cooking needs nicely.  However, as I mentioned, we can only use them when Banepa has electricity, which is usually three - four hours during the day!
Yep, that's how we're rollin' now!

 The operating rooms and the OB ward are the only places on campus allowed to have heaters on during the load shedding.

Here are some pictures I took of people waiting in line for cooking gas.

Obviously this line goes on and on both ways!


Imagine!

Here are some pictures I took of some of the lines for fuel.  These lines go on for about a mile for each fuel station.

As soon as one line ends, you see the next one forming.

Yes, one can get nervous watching the young men on top of the buses who volunteer for the top because there's no room inside.  Now that is nothing new for Nepal.  During some of the festival times, when people travel to visit families, buses can also get this crowded.  However, now they are
crowded because only about half of them have fuel to travel anywhere.

This picture is blurry, sorry (!), but you can see that the boys hanging on in the doorway because they couldn't fit anywhere else are just inches from the parked buses they are passing.  Yikes!

It's difficult to see the parked trucks and taxis because each one means someone
is missing a much needed paycheck.


This article has lots of pics.  It's sad:
http://www.aljazeera.com/indepth/inpictures/2015/12/crisis-nepal-india-border-blockade-continues-151223082533785.html

Well, that's what's happening here.  We're counting on your prayers!  We also will be praying for all of you reading this to enjoy a nice year and stay warm this winter!

For those who are interested, here are two more articles.  This first one is about how the fuel crisis has now become a humanitarian crisis.
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/2015-2016_Nepal_humanitarian_crisis

This second one is just a rather interesting one I stumbled upon.  Even if you skip some of it,
please don't miss the ending!
http://kathmandupost.ekantipur.com/news/2016-01-02/the-chepang-people-of-chitwan-and-their-conversion-to-christianity.html

Goodbye, take care, and God bless!
To close, here are the cutie pie first grade girls in the library...


...and the whole class with their books.  Beautiful!

Have a nice day!


Monday, November 9, 2015

What's Happening Now

Hi!
Well, a lot of time has passed since I last wrote because we were on vacation!
Yeah!
We were able to visit our families and enter the unreal world of long hot showers
and grocery stores filled with endless supplies of yummies!  Let me tell you, it was hard to make ourselves leave these two places!

Also, later, will be Part 2 of our April 26 Earthquake story.
Just no time now!

OK, so what is happening in Nepal six months after the earthquake?
Yes, it's been six months--man, six months!  In some ways, it doesn't seem like it was that long ago!
Maybe it's because there are till aftershocks now and then!  

Also, because you can still see people living in tents.
I took this picture the other day, soon after we arrived.

People, this is not the same as camping in Yosemite, which I thought was fun and super enjoyed!
(photo credit:  yosemitepinesrv.com)

I don't think I can say that the people still living in tents are super enjoying it,
nor would they say it's fun!

Here is a photo post from ABC Australia by Care International's Brian Sokol 
that shows you current scenes in a village in Dhading District.  
Things look pretty much the same here.

Winter is coming and this means hardship under normal circumstances.  
Imagine now.
This article was in The Himalayan Times recently:

On top of everything else, there's a fuel crisis.  We are on strict orders to conserve all gas.
We use gas for cooking, heating, and hot water for showers.  We have to save the gas for quick (very quick) showers (which we actually did during the aftermath of the earthquake--who wants to be in the shower when there's a strong aftershock that makes you want to run outside) and to boil our drinking water.  Thankfully we have a microwave and toaster oven.  However, we have to be careful not to use too much electricity either, because if the hospital's generator's fuel supply runs out, and there is no fuel to buy, well, you get the idea!  Read about it here:

Most people have run out of gas and are cooking outside with wood.  Here is where our canteen's  wood fire is.   Yes, they ran out of cooking gas and are cooking outside right there.  They put up the tarp to keep the smoke away from our apartments.  

The other day, some cylinders of gas came to Banepa, and people waited in line for hours and I heard that many slept in the line to keep their place.  I'm not going to lie--it's hard.

Of course, food, medicine, blood, and other supplies are dwindling and prices are soaring.
This article in The Kathmandu Post tells about the medicine shortage:
http://kathmandupost.ekantipur.com/news/2015-11-09/with-supplies-halted-key-drugs-running-out-of-stock.html

People smile, but the look in their eyes is sad.  

Every industry is suffering, except perhaps those which sell electric appliances!
http://www.ktm2day.com/2015/11/06/electric-cookers-demand-rise-in-nepali-market/

Here's a picture I took of some vehicles in a line at a closed gas station.  This line went on and on.  They sleep there and wait until whenever their turn will be, which could be days.

We passed lines like this almost all the way to Banepa from Kathmandu (17 mi.)
As soon as we'd get to a gas station/petrol pump there would be just a short hop, skip, and a jump before the next line would start and snake its way along to the next closed pumps.  Of course, sitting in the hospital's jeep, I couldn't get a better picture.

However, look at this:


This picture is from this Kathmandu Post article:
http://kathmandupost.ekantipur.com/news/2015-11-07/spiraling-out-of-control.html
Man!
To see more photos, go to Google Images and type:  petrol lines in nepal

So, just keep the whole country in your prayers please!  THANKS!
Here are the precious darlings I get to spend time with who won't know you're praying for them,
but I will and that's enough!  I'm glad they don't understand what's happening
and are just enjoying their childhood.


OK, I'm going to go and see what I can make Ramon for dinner using the microwave and
toaster oven!

 Take care, God bless, and stay tuned for Part 2 of our April 26 story.




Saturday, August 29, 2015

Our April 26 Earthquake Story--Part 1

This post is "Remembering April 26, 2015--Part 1."

The best part of that day was actually waking up that morning!
Yeah!

If you missed what happened to us on April 25, you can read about that day in these three parts:  

At the end of Part 3, we were trying to fall asleep on a mattress outside of and in front of the operating room.  It was hard to sleep--our minds were churning and so was the ground under us!  

For those who are interested, here is a page from a website that lists all the aftershocks above 4 on the Richer scale:  http://www.seismonepal.gov.np/index.php?action=earthquakes&show=recent&page=4
You can see what we were dealing with and the frequency.
If you were still, you could feel the ground shaking with the tremors under 4, 
and they were in between the ones listed.  With those above 4 you could hear it and then 
definitely feel it.  It's freaky!

This still is happening.  Today I was taking a nap and felt slow shaking.
As far as I have heard, there have been over 23,000 aftershocks under 4, 
and about 380 above 4. 

OK, back to our story.
Here is an excerpt from the end of Part 3 of my thoughts as I tried to sleep:

I wondered to myself, 
"I wonder how long I'll be able to go without washing my hair," and
 "Does Mitchum deodorant REALLY work for 48 hours as they claim?"  :)  

Here are the answers:

You can go longer than you think you can without washing your hair!
No one worried at all about how they looked and we all looked the same!

Yes, Mitchum deodorant really DOES work for 48 hours as they claim!
SMILE!
(We had brought some back from the States last year, and still had some!)

Well, I think we both finally fell asleep from sheer exhaustion about 3:00 a.m. and we woke up around 5:00-ish, when the sun came up accompanied by more aftershocks!  
We thanked the Lord for waking up!

If you looked at the aftershock list above, you'll see there was a large one at 2:52 and then the next one was at 5:01, and thankfully we were able to sleep during those two hours.  The next aftershocks followed at 5:21, 5:26, and 5:32!  No, we couldn't sleep any longer even though we'd only had two hours of sleep! 

We went to our apartment, where, in the front yard, many church members had spent the night,

and brushed our teeth!  What a wonderful feeling!  Then we actually took about 15 second showers, a rinse actually, changed clothes, and ran back outside.  Still had our passports, etc., in my purse and toilet paper and our no-bake cookies from my friend Diann's recipe (Yes!) 
and water in our backpacks.   

Ramon went to check on patients with his team and I decided to go around and see what was happening.  People were getting up and checking on their friends and family members.  Doctors and nurses were checking on the injured.  Someone had a newspaper so I joined the crowd to see
what had happened.
  


Someone translated some of the stories to me in English.
We were all in shock and it still didn't seem like it could be real.

I tried calling my mom and sister now and then.  Sometimes I could get through for a minute
and other times I couldn't.  Again, the phones were working off and on.  At least I could keep them updated on how we were and ask them to tell me what they were hearing on the news!  I asked Mom to call my cousin's husband who speaks Spanish and ask him to call my mother-in-law and tell her we were OK.  We didn't want her to worry and have a heart attack!

I headed out to see what had happened and was happening.






You get the idea.

Four months later work is still going on to fix everything.  Can't even guess when it will be finished!

Earlier this month we found out that all the stress underground was not released!
This means that there are real risks of more earthquakes.

Yikes!
All we can do is pray!
Thanks to all of you who have prayed and continue to do so!

Well, that's all for Part 1, so please stay tuned for Part 2!

I'll have pictures of some of our precious patients and also the 2nd outdoor C-section!
Here's a preview--a darling brother and sister, bless their hearts.

Bye for now and have a nice and blessed day!

Saturday, August 15, 2015

Our April 25 Earthquake Story--Part 3

Greetings!

We hope everyone is having a lovely day and a lovely summer.
We're fine and "enjoying" the hot and humid monsoon season!  We're sad though about the mudslides and sinkholes that have caused more deaths.  Plus, the aftershocks are still coming (I've heard the current number, as of today, Aug. 15, is 378 of 4.0 or above).

In case you're wondering, many people still are in great need here.

Anyway, before I forget what happened, I need to finish telling about the rest of our day that fateful day of April 25, 2015.  The previous two posts are Part 1 and Part 2, if you missed them. 

So, as I told about in Part 2, I had finally connected with my husband, which was joyful because I didn't know where he was in Part 1 , but we couldn't talk for long because he was so busy, so I went back to where the people were sitting and continued talking, praying, hugging and holding hands during each aftershock with ladies who instantly became my sisters since we were in the same boat.  As I mentioned previously, people just grabbed the closest person to them.  The difficult thing about that time, and the feeling is still with us, at least with me, during the continued aftershocks, is the total uncertainty of what was/is going to happen.  We just didn't, and still don't know.  It's hard for someone like me who always likes to read the end of a book first!

Here are some of the people I was sitting with.


There were groups of people all over the place.
I was wearing the red ski hat that Ramon asked me to wear so he could see me in the crowd!

At one point I heard something and saw a large group of doctors and nurses surrounding someone who was on the ground.  It was sort of like this, only a lot more people.
This picture you may have seen before as I posted it on the hospital's news blog.  I didn't take a picture that time because I heard someone shout, "Where's Dr. Ramon?  Go find him!"  I just watched and prayed.  I saw him run over and he disappeared into the crowd.  I just continued praying.  Then the crowd slowly started to break up and the patient was carried away.  I ran up to Ramon and he told me that it was someone who had had a massive heart attack down in the town and had passed away before he arrived.  We prayed for his family.  I think we received eight or nine patients who were DOA that day.

So we continued--Ramon went to work and I went back to the people.

As the day went on, off and on, people were able to use their phones, even if briefly.  There would be a signal at least for a few minutes.  People asked me if I had called my mom.  "I'm waiting until I think she'll be awake.  I don't want to wake her up because I know she'll never go back to sleep."

Now, my mom and other family members were in Mt. Vernon, Ohio, where the Seventh-day Adventist high school, Mt. Vernon Academy was, for Alumni Weekend.  It was a significant weekend, because the school would be closing at the end of the school year--after opening in 1893!  It was our denomination's oldest boarding high school!  It was also my 40th reunion!  I was scheduled to give the mission story during Sabbath School live via Skype and had e-mailed my PowerPoint slide show to a former classmate, Dan, who would be running the program.  We had had a trial run on Friday night and it looked like everything was working well!  I had been looking forward to it!

I had a signal when it was about 6:30 a.m. Mom's time and I got through!  You can only imagine how happy she was to hear from me!  They were at a hotel, and my uncle in the next room had woken up early and turned on the news and discovered the earthquake.  He immediately called Mom and she had been anxiously waiting for a call from me.  She actually gave me an update on the situation at that time because she knew more than  I did since she and my aunt were watching the news.  I gave her instructions about how to meet with Dan.  She went early, found him, went over the slideshow with him, and from all accounts the mission story was a rousing success!  THANKS Dan and Mom! 

In case anyone is wondering, no, we hadn't eaten all day--not since breakfast.  How could we?  Even when I had run to the apartment to change, I didn't even think about eating.  At a time like that, food is the last thing on your mind and you have no hunger.  At one point, someone had invited me to go to her house because she had thrown together some food.  I thanked her, but just felt like there was no way I could eat yet

As the sun was going down, Ramon was able to come looking for me.  He found me easily since I had on the red ski hat.  "Let's make a run into the apartment and get coats (it was starting to get chilly) and toilet paper and decide where to sleep."  I was so happy to finally be near him.

As we walked, he told me that the young police cadet he had set up the outdoor ICU for had been successfully transferred to Kathmandu.  "Good news," I said, "but please tell me about the outdoor C-section."  "We had no choice!"  "But how did you do that?"  "The team was steady as always
and we just did it."

If you have seen the picture already of Ramon and the team doing an outdoor C-section, please note that it was taken the next day during another emergency during the 6.7 aftershock.  We have no pictures of the first one, but here is a picture of the brave mother, proud father, and the little sweetheart which I took the next day.

OK, so as the ground kept shaking now and then, we ran to our apartment, and there were several very strong shakes while we were there.  We grabbed our coats, passports, two bottles of water, and toilet paper and put them into backpacks as well as granola bars and apples, although I told Ramon I didn't think I could eat.  "You must eat something," he said.

Then he spied these:

OK, yes, those are chocolate no-bake cookies.  Yes, one of our favorites!  Yes, I was able to eat one that night since I love them!  Yes, I could only eat one, but at least it was something in my stomach.

Now, about two weeks before the quake, Ramon had said to me one day, "Hey, remember those no-bake cookies you used to make?  How about making those again???"  "Yeah!  I forgot about those!"  I looked online for the recipe, because if you don't get the exact measurements for the ingredients, they will not harden.  My recipes are in our attic and I've never unpacked them.  With the internet, I didn't feel the need.  Anyway, when I Googled the recipe, there were millions!!!  Which to choose?  I decided to Facebook message my childhood friend Diann for her recipe, which I knew to be perfect!  She sent it right away (THANKS Diann!  You saved us!!!) and I made them the day before the earthquake.  I took the picture to show Diann.  I never got around to sending it to her--after all, there was an earthquake and I was kind of busy!  So, finally, here's the picture Diann!  SMILE!

I quickly wrapped up those cookies into several groups with aluminum foil, threw them in a backpack, and we ate and shared them with others for several days actually!

 OK, so we headed outside and tried to decide where to sleep.  People were just laying down anywhere they thought looked like it might be safe.  I pointed to this slope near where I been sitting.  "How about just laying here?  The slope will be like a pillow."

Ramon said, "Well, I'd rather go near the operating room in case I have a surgery."  We headed to that side of the hospital, grabbing one of the few empty mattresses we saw on the way.
Here is where we went, which is very close to the O.R.

We joined the group already there, which was Ramon's assistant and his family and a couple of nurses.  I whispered to Ramon, "This is the first time in my life that I have gone to sleep without brushing my teeth or washing my face!  Even when I traveled around Europe on the trains I somehow managed to do both of those."  (When we had been at the apartment, we just grabbed what we needed and I felt lucky that I was able to quickly use to the bathroom!)  "Do you want to go back and do those things?"  "NO!"  "Well, let's try and go to sleep.  Tomorrow may be another long day."  "OK."  We prayed and then tried to go to sleep.  My mind wouldn't sleep.  All over the country I don't think many people slept, or at least didn't sleep well.  I kept praying the childhood prayer as I felt the ground shake under us, "If I should die before I wake, I pray the Lord my soul to take!"  In this instance, it was a real prayer.  I really didn't know if I was going to wake up.  Sometimes the ground was just moving back and forth, and other times it was a real shaking with the accompanying boom. 

By the way, it sounds like a car backfiring, either close or far away.  It feels like you're in a car going over a railroad track--or many tracks if it's a long shake. 

 I wondered to myself, 
"I wonder how long I'll be able to go without washing my hair," and
 "Does Mitchum deodorant REALLY work for 48 hours as they claim?"  :)  

OK, how long did we sleep?  What happened the next day?
Stay tuned for the next post: Our April 26 Earthquake Story.

Have a nice day.  Thanks for keeping us in your prayers!

Here is an update from last week on one of the hardest hit areas, for those who are interested:

       




Saturday, July 25, 2015

Our April 25 Earthquake Story--Part 2

OK, so here is Part 2 of "Our April 25 Earthquake Story!"  Yes, there will be a Part 3!

What's happening now, three months on?
This Himalayan Times news article explains many things:
http://thehimalayantimes.com/nepal/monsoon-troubles-nepal-quake-survivors-three-months-on/

Yes, it's still tough.

When I ended the previous post, I was in the aftermath and aftershocks of the "big one" and didn't know where my husband was, nor could I call him (no service) nor ask anyone (all too busy).  If you missed it,  click http://himalayanhappenings.blogspot.com/2015/06/our-april-25-earthquake-story-part-1.html

If you've read or heard about it, there were aftershocks at approximately 15-20 minute intervals all day--and all night too.  They are actually still continuing!  (There was one this morning.)  Of course, they're not as strong now as they were then, but I'm still pretty jumpy every time I hear an expected sound!  The last current count I've heard was about 355 aftershocks above 4 on the Richter scale and over 20,000 under 4.  That 20,000 hasn't been updated for awhile, since I suppose that once you hit 20,000, you sort of lose track!  I felt one the other day as I lay in bed just relaxing and the mattress started softly shaking.  Ramon had already woken up and was in the other room, so it wasn't him turning over!  I would say the shaking lasted about 20 seconds or more.  I didn't move and just prayed in my mind, "Help us Lord!" and "Thank you for helping us!"  I usually don't feel those as I'm moving about during my days.  

Well, OK, back to our story!  At some point I decided to make a quick break for it and change out of my Sabbath dress and shoes--and go to the restroom!  I made a mad dash to our apartment where I changed in record time!  I just threw off my Sabbath things, let them fall where they may, and threw something on!  Yes, there were aftershocks while I was in the apartment. (I was shaky and chanting in my mind:  "Help us Lord!  Help us!")  However, what a surprise to find that we hardly had any casualties!  This is all that fell out of the kitchen cabinets:

Nothing else in the kitchen was broken!  All our plates, bowls, and glasses--safely in place!
The doors of the cabinets had all opened, yet the contents remained inside!
There the cabinets were--doors knocked open, yet everything in place!  Man!

A couple of things fell out of the hutch, which of course was full of glass cups, and not one of them fell--only a few unbreakable things!  Yes, the doors were open and all the cups were just sitting there as if there had not been an earthquake!  (I did take a second to put rubber bands on the door pulls, so they wouldn't swing open again.)  The Norman Rockwell had been on top of the hutch, so it fell quite a distance, but didn't break!  That "thing" at the bottom is a statue of a pregnant lady, which we have to remember all of the C-sections Ramon has been involved with.  She was up there with the Norman Rockwell pic.  Her head was broken, but she can be glued back together!

A few books and CDs fell off of one bookshelf (of course I can't find the picture right now),
but that is all!  The other bookshelves--nothing!  It's a really amazing how little damage we had!

Anyway, I noted these few things, but I didn't stop to pick anything up.  That's right--I just left the guacamole right there and ran back outside as quickly as possible--
after putting the rubber bands on the hutch and pushing the kitchen cabinet doors shut.

Soon after I came back down someone came up to me.
"Ramon is looking for you!"  YEAH!  "Where is he?"  "Over there!"
Do you see him?  He's in the blue hat on the left.

I was so happy that my knees started wobbling!
As I headed up there, the person called after me, "Ask him about the outdoor C-section!"
I stopped and looked back.  "WHAT?"  "He led the team outside for a C-section
and now he's doing an outdoor ICU.  He wants to see you.  Hurry up!"

I ran up and over to him.  Maybe you've seen this picture before.

He had set up an outdoor ICU.  The patient was a badly injured young police cadet.  Two of his classmates had come to the hospital DOA.  This young man survived, but it was touch and go for awhile.  His sisters we walking up to him at the same time I was and stood beside me.  They were crying.  One reached out to hold my hand.  Ramon said to them, "You can come and talk to him, but you must stop crying first.  Get a hold of yourselves, and come and talk to him.  It will transmit strength to him which he really needs."  They took some deep breaths and went over.

Ramon smiled at me and I was so happy and thankful he was OK.  He gave me a red ski cap which he had taken when he had had a chance to run up to the apartment.  "Put this on and don't take it off.  I need to be able to see you in the crowd."  I put it on and actually wore it until the next morning!  The weather was a little bit cool, so I was fine.  We said a quick prayer together and then he went back to work and I went down to be with the other people where I had been.

The pregnant girls had all been taken to this area, which is normally a parking lot for staff,
so they could all be together for quick check-ups.

I told our church's youth that I was proud of them for helping where they could.
Those with gloves on were helping to push stretchers and help carry/move mattresses.

They also helped set up tarps.

Some of the nurses and student nurses had a moment to sit down and calm themselves.
It was very important to remain calm.

All this time patients continued to come as did the aftershocks!  I have to say that I don't believe all the ambulance, car, and motorcycle drivers who risked their lives to bring the injured to every hospital and health clinic in the country are not getting the recognition they deserve.  Man, it was scary to just be there in that area behind the hospital.  I can't imagine what it must have been like to be on the road.  Besides that, countless people carried their friends and families, sometimes far distances, when there were no vehicles around.  There are many unsung heroes wandering around Nepal!  I want to say, "THANK YOU!" to all of them!!!

I didn't get very many pics of vehicles, but here are two.


Did you see the hospital's post about the little girl with the brave uncle who drove her here on his motorcycle during the very strong aftershocks?  If not, here it is:
http://scheermemorialhospital.blogspot.com/2015/06/earthquake-part-12-help-me.html

Update on the family:  The father got a job working reconstruction construction in their village and the surrounding areas.  The mother and children are here living with friends and the kids are still at  our school.  We love them and are happy they can be with us for awhile!
Look how precious they are!  They are strong little survivors!

Here are just some of the motorcycles in front of the hospital that day.
All had carried injured patients and were driven by brave folks.
I know they would all just say, "We did what needed to be done.  That's all."

Did you see this hospital post about the men who carried their friend in their arms for 11 hours
down a mountainous path?  If not, here it is:  http://scheermemorialhospital.blogspot.com/2015/05/earthquake-part-4-hes-not-heavy.html

We will never know about all the heroes who stepped up to the plate during a difficult time.
To all of them I say, "THANK YOU!" as well!

We all felt like this man's face shows.

OK, to find out what happened as the the stressful day finally ended,
stay tuned for Part 3!  I'll just say that we were all thankful that this day was finally ending!

I hope everyone reading this is having a great day!

If you have supported Nepal in any way, even with prayers, I also say, "THANK YOU!" to you!

Bye for now!