One of the potential dangers of traveling to Uganda was contracting malaria. All of our team knew this prior to going and we took precautions to avoid getting sick – mosquito nets, medicine, deet spray, etc. On the very last night that our team was in Uganda, Jonathan decided to sleep outside on the screened porch with a couple of the other team members. He was even advised to sleep with a mosquito net but he decided not to heed the advice of his older brother.
Thus, shortly after departure, Jonathan began to have the shakes, body aches, and a fever. He was given a pretty strong pill to help with his fever and body aches and all assumed that he was just tired and worn out since he had struggled with his asthma. Fast forward a couple days and Jonathan could hardly move as he ached all over and had a fever of 103.2.
Off we went to UMC (hospital) to have him checked out. UMC was no help at all. Jonathan was the first patient for the doctor we were given who had ever had the symptoms of malaria and it took UMC five hours and fifteen minutes to determine that “you are a good family, just keep what you are doing and let Jonathan take the medicine you brought back with you from Uganda. Besides, we don’t even have any malaria medicine here at the hospital.“
I just can’t wait to see the bill that we will receive that told us that we were a good family and to keep doing what we were doing.
However, we were able to correspond numerous times with a malaria expert! One of our own missionaries saw that Jonathan and Dave had malaria and contacted us from… Burkina Faso in West Africa. He has had malaria over 30 times and all of his family have had it at one time or another. He was able to confirm Jonathan’s malaria and a treatment for him. Our hat is off to Keith Shumaker, missionary to Burkina Faso! Thank you for all of your advice and input and help with Jonathan.
Although Jonathan tires easily, he is now back on the upswing. He has been very miserable over the past ten days or so. He has, however, continued to be involved and even played his trumpet on Easter Sunday.
I also would like to take a moment and thank all of the students at West Coast Baptist College who had a special prayer meeting to pray for Jonathan. You guys are awesome!