Last night, Ammi went from feeling tired with a headache to spiking a 102* fever. After 3 doses of meds and some cool wipe downs, the headache only worsened and the fever remained the same. We made the judgement call to check out the international health care system, this morning. Our own team medical care hypothesized that she had a sinus infection/virus but since we are in unknown territory both physical and microorganism wise, we all thought an in country opinion was worth the trip.
While the rest of the team went to Korah for day 2, Richard, Ammi and I went with Adrienne and Allum (a local woman who also needed medical care), to a Christian Korean hospital. The hospital was not unlike those at home, clean, friendly staff but a bit quieter. The doctor believed that Ammi had the flu and ran blood work and urinalysis to rule out anything else. While we waited for the results, our guide, Henok took us to a local restaurant on the roof of a building.
Allum, a resident of Korah, had never been to the nicer part of town, never rode in an elevator and had never eaten in a restaurant. As we all ate together, taking in the sights of the huge city around us from this vantage point, it was hard not to marvel at the moment. We were getting to share an experience with a woman, which varied from terror to humble thankfulness. It was beautiful. Kongo!
Once we returned to the hospital, the doctor had left and we were unable to get a reading from the labs, but a print out of results was sufficient for Adrienne to diagnose a virus - seemingly acquired in Uganda, given our time frame in Ethiopia. So, Ammi got the Ugandan flu and we all were able to share some precious glimpses into a life far removed from our own and marvel as they intersect.
The Lord does not allow things to happen without cause. He doesn't err. We take each step in life, every day, only by His authority. There is always a plan, and we are not the designer. Today, we were exactly where we needed to be. Thankfully, we were even blessed enough of recognize it.