The Naomi’s Heart Mission Community Service Ministry (CSM) goes out each weekday and does simple medical screenings. They check blood pressures and temperatures. They check heart rates. They check blood sugar levels on older people or people who ask for that screening. Sometimes they clean and bandage wounds. They give out medicines such as pain relievers and antibiotics, some of which are available here over the counter.
Last week the team met a woman who had severe blisters on her feet. The blisters had become infected. Our nurse cleaned the blisters and treated them with antibiotic cream. She bandaged them as best she could.
This woman is a worker at a canning factory (probably for tuna). The workers in these factories wear rubber boots, but water can still get inside. She believes that chemically contaminated water was probably what led to the blisters forming. Because medical care is not easily available to most people and because taking time off from work means taking time without pay, she did not seek help. Our nurse was the first treatment she had received for what had to be a painful condition.
This woman has to work to help bring in needed funds her family. She is one of 6 siblings. Her choice to continue to work even while being in pain and discomfort is common here. The alternative may mean going without meals.
Our nurse was glad that she could be of service to this woman. We pray her feet will continue to heal quickly and that God will bless her family and continue to provide for them.