Last night Heidi called me from Haiti saying that she thought Dad might have caught Malaria. He had started feeling bad in the early afternoon and within a couple hours his fever had spiked to 105 degrees. She gave him some Ibuprofen and took him to the hospital where she has worked as a nurse and they began giving him IV fluids. His fever began to come down and things seemed better. She asked me to find them a flight out of Haiti. After hanging up I called American Airlines, which had just started commercial flights back into Haiti this week, but they were booked until March 1.
I was awakened this morning before 5:00am and it was Heidi again. Dad had taken a turn for the worse and she needed to get him out of Haiti ASAP. Please take some time as you read this to pray for Dad. He is very ill and needs medical care that he cannot get there in Carrefour. If anyone knows a quick way to fly out of Port-au-Prince or has a helicopter that could pick dad up, please contact me. We know that dad is in God's hands and nothing will happen to him that is outside God's will. Pray for healing for dad's body and a way home.
UPDATE: Wes has been helicoptered to The Comfort, the military medical ship. This ship is amazing! If you have seen it documented on the news, it is a floating hospital with all the latest medical eqiupment. I'm sure they will be able to give Dad the care he needs. Heidi is accompanying Dad and its even possible that they will travel back to the U.S. on that ship, since it is scheduled to leave Haiti now anyway.
I have to say that immediately after Heidi called me with the bad news, I felt so helpless and I knew that I didn't have the means to get Dad out of Haiti. I felt such great responsibility. So then I did what I had learned so well to do when I was going through cancer a couple years ago - I prayed. I know that God can do so much more than I can ever do on my own. I am so thankful to have Him and that He hears me. He is such a good God. Then I made a few phone calls (none of which got dad out) and e-mailed the only military man I know. In my e-mail to him I made the comment that I didn't know anyone else in authority. I had to correct myself, because that's not true. I do know someone in authority and it is Jesus. Wes has served Jesus his whole life, and He will care for him now like he always has. Praise the Lord! Thank you all for your prayers. And thank you to Heidi for caring for Dad and for Lloyd & Darlene Smoker for helping to organize his flight out. Thank you to Bryan & Lisa Bartow for their calls to Haiti and everyone else who helped to get Dad medical care.