Saturday, September 3, 2011

Please Pray for our Missionary Friend...

We have some friends who are missionaries on the island of Papua, in Indonesia. We recently received an email that the Dad (his name is Kevin) has contracted a mosquito born sickness called Dengue Fever. Unfortunately, there is no treatment for Dengue, so they just have to treat the symptoms, which include, but are not limited to...

·  Horrible headache. There is intense pain in the forehead and behind the eyes.
·  Pain in eyes; it hurts to move the eyes, neuralgia type pain.
·  Swelling and achiness in all the joints of the body. Known as "breakbone" fever, this symptom is worse than all your achy flu symptoms put together. It hurts to move. Your back will ache and there is a chilliness accompanying it.
·  Sudden onset of symptoms in 50% of the cases. A high, stunning abrupt fever, face becomes flushed with severe, attacking back pain (lumbar region) and joint pain.
·  High fever (up to 104 degrees). This fever will be a "saddleback" kind of fever. It will be there for 5-6 days, then abate for 3-4 days, and then come back for 5-6 days. There may be profuse sweating.
·  Muscles will be extremely sore and ache.
·  A red rash (sometimes misdiagnosed as measles) may break out all over 6 to 12 hours before the onset of the fever.
·  Lack of appetite.
·  Pulse may be slower than expected with the high fever.
·  Lymph glands become enlarged.
·  Skin: the rash may appear between day 3 and 5, which will appear slightly raised, red patches and if pressured with finger, the redness will disappear. Usually appears on torso first, and then spreads to extremities and chest. 

Kevin is totally miserable and their family could really use your prayers right now.


In Christ,
Elizabeth

3 comments:

Mikailah said...

I will be praying! We know that our God is a healer. He will give them strength to over-come.

Blessings in Christ,
Mikailah

Mikailah said...

Hey Elizabeth, :)
Okay.. here are the instructions to get the homemaker in training picture on your blog.

1. Right click on the picture and select "save as".
2. Save it to a folder on your computer desktop.
3. Go to the "Design" page from your blog and click "Add a Gadget". Scroll down until you get to the gadget "Picture". Click that.
4. Hit "Chose file". Go to that folder and select the picture.
5. (Optional) Give it a title, caption, or URL to a website.
6. Click "Save". Then you can move it around wherever you want on your "Design" page. :)

Hope that helped!
Blessings in Christ,
Mikailah

Elizabeth said...

Thanks, Mikailah!