My over-the-counter remedies had limited success. I knew I needed to see a doctor fairly quickly. I was concerned that I wouldn’t be able to do so in a timely manner, because I did not yet have a doctor in Brenham, and new patient appointments were limited. When I called, I was able to get a next-day appointment! Even with medical care, it took over a week before the blisters stopped appearing.
My fear of not getting prompt treatment made me think of all the women and girls who have complications during their labor and delivery. Is there nearby medical help? Even if there is a doctor or clinic in the vicinity, will the expectant mother be seen? Can she be healed from the damage caused by her prolonged labor? Will she develop a fistula that can’t be repaired even after 2 or 3 surgeries?
I love flowers and gardening. That’s why I was thrilled to have a role in establishing the nursery whose plants will serve the dual purpose of keeping down temperatures in House of Hope and Dignity, and beautifying the campus.
Beautifying the flowerbeds in my yard is a dream of mine. Being able to provide a place to care for and educate expectant mothers in their last weeks of pregnancy, is a dream of Dignity:Liberia. We want Liberian women to have safe, live births and not suffer from the pain and stigma of obstetric fistula.
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Kathy Beth Stavinoha
Kathy Beth recently retired from St. Edward’s University after over 21 years of service. She lives in Brenham, TX with her husband and cat. She graduated from high school in Monrovia, Liberia in 1977.