Celebrations at Chidamoyo Hospital

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…

A new fence and a new digital X-ray machine

Exciting things are happening at Chidamoyo Hospital this week.We are having a fence put in at the hospital to keep animals and thieves out and control the visitors.We are also fencing off the diesel tanks where we keep diesel for hospital in and fencing my house to protect our vehicles that are kept there at night.
We have not had any problems but with people so desperate we have seen the need to be preventive.The fence was paid for by RBF which we get for our work that is paid based on amount of work we do as well as quality and is used to improve the hospital.The Friends of Chidamoyo paid for the fence at my house to protect all the vehicles we park there at night, which is great.Thanks to all who helped with this.
Also this week they came to install the Digital X-ray machine that has been donated by the Japanese Embassy.It took a long time to be sent from South Africa and to clear customs.We fought for 5 months to not have pay duty and customs since it was not equipment to make money…

Zimbabwe, New Truck and Bus Accident

It has been a busy and exciting couple of weeks.In Zimbabwe from day to day we have to totally trust in God to help us through.Shortages in the stores or limits on how many you can buy continue in grocery stores.Yesterday I went to Chinhoyi for a nurses meeting and went to the store and found more items back on the shelves.They got their price increases so they started putting things out again.
I saw sugar on the shelves (limited to 1 bag per transaction).Beans in  a can was limited to 1.Bread was back after a raise from $1.00 to $1.50 and unlimited.Coke and other cool drinks were bank—some stores limiting, others not.No cooking oil, no regular margarine (butter $18/pound).And best of all fuel was available with no queues!I pulled right up and filled up!Wow, I felt like I hit the lotto.Just little things like filling up our tank makes us so happy!We take very little to make us grateful in Zimbabwe!
Yesterday I went to the bank to get cash as you can get  $300 Bond out a week in your acc…

Lots of activities in Zimbabwe

This week we had our first rain on Tuesday early evening and got 1 ml.The next morning, we got a few sprinkles and Wednesday afternoon a few sprinkles to get the land wet.  Saturday we had a big downpour of 5 mls.   We are hopeful this is the start of a great rainy season with lots of crops grown and plenty of food harvested for all.  Things are already getting green!
On Monday I got my results back showing I had a UTI so had to have the catheter changed and start on IV medication.I had 2 days of the medicine I needed from the last time I used it and then sent my drivers to town to buy 5 more days.With all the upheaval from the Economic meltdown going in Harare they went to 8 pharmacies and hospitals until the finally could buy enough medicine.I was getting worried and started praying they could find it.When I heard they couldn’t even get it at a hospital and knowing this med is used for resistant bacteria I began to worry for all the sick people!He was finally able to find it at a tra…

Zim dollar days again, truck accident, sick again!

It has been a busy 2 weeks at the hospital with lots of patients coming from all over the country to be seen.
On October 1st the Zimbabwe government announced new rules for the economy.Suddenly all bank accounts that were in US dollars were wiped out and put in Bond (local currency).Also, to make more money for the government you are taxed 2 cents for every dollar used on your debit card or transfer to pay a company.This has led to an economic meltdown where suddenly $1 US went up to $5 bond.
Immediately basic groceries disappeared or increased by 500%.There are no basic items like bread, cooking oil, sugar and fuel.It has been hard to transfer our ambulance patients because we can’t get fuel when we go to town.
Oil went from $3.50 for 2 liters to $15 overnight at our township!The most terrible thing is that Pharmacies closed throughout the country.Our hospital could not buy drugs and suddenly we had no IV fluids, Anti-hypertension meds, pain medications of any kind so we had to cancel t…

I became a patient this last week!

Well on Wednesday I left Chidamoyo in the morning with Major and Emily, our visitor who needed to come to Harare to renew her visitor's permit.  I had been feeling bad on and off since the 3rd of September. I had gone on  IV meds at Chidamoyo and felt better for a few days and then fevers on and off.  Finally my urologist said to come to see him in Harare because maybe I was resistant to all the meds I was taking.  By the time we got to Harare and got Emily her visitor's permit and went to lunch my fevers started.  It was a hot day in Harare and I ended up putting 2 jerseys on and still feeling so cold.  We went for my  doctor's appointment at 3 and I stayed laying down in the car.  Major checked me in and the nurse came to the car and called the doctor still doing surgeries and he said go get blood, urine done and an ultrasound and come to meet him at the hospital for admission. We got everything done but the ultrasound which they scheduled for the next morning! Major he…

UW Physical TherapyKathy team and more visitors and staff party

It has been a few weeks of very busy time for us at Chidamoyo.On August 20 we welcomed a team of Physical Therapy students from University of Washington.We welcomed Ben, Brian,Ellee, Nicole, Elisa, Sam and 3 teachers Sara, Kendra and Lisa.Kendra has been here 3 times and Sara twice, so it was great to have them back again.
The students kept busy with our Rehab Tech, Brighton Kamhuka. They did several teaching sessions with Village Health workers, a workshop for parents with kids who have Cerebral Palsy and went out to some outreach clinics in the area.They saw a lot of patients and helped our Village Health Care Workers to identify people with disabilities.
They also helped with a couple of Well Baby Clinics and did some in-services for the nurses.They kept very busy and enjoyed their time here.
They spent a weekend at Major’s village and ended their time here with a trip to Rhino Camp with Major and then they flew on to Victoria Falls for a few days before leaving.
While they were here K…