by: Alyssa, Rebecca, and Taylor
By: Alyssa Vance
August 23, 2014
When I first volunteered for this position I never knew it would take a huge toll on me. Every time they arrive with a new shipment of body bags it reminds me of the day when I witnessed my own family being buried.That's why I volunteered in the first place, I need to do my part to put a stop to this sudden outbreak so others don't have to experience what I've been through. I come to work everyday dressed in protective gear that's torn and is close to no use. This epidemic has been spreading rapidly and the bodies never seem to stop coming. It can be hard labor to wake up to everyday, and there are days where we get little sleep. I over heard one of my fellow workers saying, “We need more space, the burial grounds are reaching its breaking point.” I agree.
September 14, 2014
This last month has been hard on all of us. Although we did find room to bury the bodies they never seem to end. One minute you're patching up the most current grave and the next you see the second hand vans carrying more bodies on stretchers. Our supervisors worry for us, for they fear we will become “Ebola-positive.” If anything we are dying of exhaustion. Just the other day I dug 14 graves for the dead. The dry weather of West Africa doesn't show us any sympathy during the day hours. We do what we must though to help out our neighbors. As my mother used to say, “Even the smallest contribution can go a long way.”
By: Rebecca Vaughn
July 17, 2014
A new victim has been admitted today, he is only nine years old. Both his parents have already died from the ebola virus. He has shown a few minor signs and will hopefully pull through. We are giving him medication for his diarrhea and vomiting. I am afraid that is all we can do other than keeping him hydrated.
July 30, 2014
The boys symptoms have worsened since the 17th. He now has a pain throughout his whole body. His temperature is slowly rising and if it gets too much higher it will be fatal. We are planning to have an ice bath to put him in to bring down his temperature. If that doesn’t work we will try our best to cool him down with the resources that we have.
August 10, 2014
The boy’s symptoms are improving and he is getting better. He has lost his fever, since we put him in the ice bath, and no longer is puking. While he is weak, he is getting better everyday. We are going to keep him in containment for awhile longer just to make sure, but we believe that he will recover from the virus. When we are positive he is better we will release him.
July 19th, 2014-
I started feeling ill about three days ago. I am trying to hide out in my home because I am scared of the doctors and health workers. I hope that no one comes to my village today to check me and my family for symptoms. I have 3 children and I need to be here to take care of them since my husband is already in the clinic. I hope my children don't get the virus from me.
July 22nd, 2014-
They came to our village this morning. It's probably good that they did though, I was feeling very ill and am not able to stand. I had to leave my children behind. That was very hard. I got to see my husband today when I arrived at the clinic. He is looking better and hopefully will get to be home soon with the children. Meanwhile, they are giving me medications to subside the symptoms.
July 30th, 2014-
I heard from my children today. They wrote me a letter with what very little education they have. My husband also went home to our children yesterday. I am not able to stand any more and it is hard to talk to the doctors. All I do is sleep and lay on my cot staring at the top of the tent. I am not sure if I will make it into anymore days.