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Rain, beautiful rain!

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Well things have quieted down a bit in the country.Still no buses moving in our area and a few Kombis.This has kept our patient load down a lot, bringing in only the most serious patients.Many are coming in Scotch Carts or paying someone with a private car to bring them.
This last week we have had lots of rain in our area which has been great.Some of the maize might be saved in our area.We have enjoyed rain every day since last weekend and cloudy skies which helps keep the land wetter.Keep praying for rain!The southern part of the country will have drought this year.With the bad economic times in the country this means many will be without food.
This week I had 3 young college graduates join me here.Claire, is from Illinois and has been accepted into a Physician’s Assistant program in Boston that starts this fall.She was here in Jan-Feb 2018 and decided to come and join us again before she starts school.  She is here for 5 weeks.
Elliot and Serva are recent graduates of University of Was…

Tense times in Zimbabwe

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Sorry it has been a month since I have written anything.   A month is almost gone from 2019! Life has been busy and interesting. We celebrated New Years Eve at Batanai by having a band come and play music and hold a church service until midnight!  We didn't tell anyone but people were on the road waiting for something to happen!  We started the music and over 200 people came!  Then we showed movies and sang and danced the whole night to welcome in 2019!  At 6 a.m. we served tea and bread (there had been a shortage of bread over Christmas so we had been saving to have enough for NY Day!).  People had a great time and especially lots of kids came. We gave out sweets to all the kids the next morning!  We rested the whole day and then a heavy rain came as we headed for home and work the next day! On the weekend of January 11-13, Major and his wife and son Michael and I travelled to Juliasdale (3 hours East of Harare) into the mountains to attend the Memorial Service for my friend, Glady…

Christmas Celebrations 2018

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Christmas 2018 has come and gone and soon 2018 will be gone.We had a great Christmas time with many activities and we look forward to a bigger and better 2019!
On Christmas Eve we closed the Outpatient Department at 1 p.m. and had our annual Christmas lunch for our staff.It had been up in the air if we were having a lunch this year because of the food shortages we have been suffering from since October.Also, I wasn’t sure if I was going to get out of the hospital and home in time.It all worked out and we had a wonderful lunch with Major as the MC and lots of jokes and dancing!
We always give a bag of groceries each year for our staff and this year we were finally able to find enough groceries for 100 people to put in the bags.For awhile we were thinking they might be an empty bag only.We were able to get 2.5 kg of flour, 2 kg of sugar, 2 kg of rice, 1 liter of oil and 1 big bar of soap.We were able to get the funds to buy the goods and Major found the groceries, running around Harare…

CHRISTMAS 2018

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CHRISTMAS-2018 Thinking of all of you, or friends and supporters.Wishing you all the best of holidays and good times with relatives and remembering the birth of or Lord!
Zimbabwe is having a difficult Christmas this year.We always give our staff a bag full of groceries for them to have on Christmas day with their family.This year we have had acute shortages of basic food stuffs and when you cold find it you were limited as to what you could buy, and most costs have increased 300-500% since October 1st.
Fuel has also been short with people sleeping in queues and long, long lines when the fuel is delivered.We have been trying to save or fuel we have for ART outreaches, immunization clinics and ambulance runs.
Then I went into the hospital on December 12 to have my kidney stent removed and came home in 1 day but ended p 2 days later back in the hospital for an infection.Stayed 5 days and took awhile to feel better so everything was on hold for or Staff Christmas party!
I was discharged on Wed…

Celebrations at Chidamoyo Hospital

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Hey it has been a busy few weeks.Our rains have started and with it we got struck by a big power surge through or electric company, ZESA.We lost our modems to our internet and so we have been without internet except on our phone which is incredible slow and won’t do attachments or scans—so bear with us as we try and get our internet up and working again.
We had a great Thanksgiving dinner on the Friday night after Thanksgiving and had 14 for dinner.We can’t get turkey here but we were able to get chicken rolls and have stuffing, pumpkin casserole, corn casserole, carrots, mashed potatoes and gravy, fresh rolls and pumpkin pie!It was a great time to share with each other things we were Thankful for in the past year.  Everyone ate and ate.  One of  researchers with s from Harare thought we eat everyday like that until Christmas--ha!
I started putting up Christmas decorations the next day and it took all weekend but finally got them up!The next week we were joined for the weekend by or res…