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Lots of visitors, container arrives, surgeries, Rhino camp and more visitors!

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On June 25th we welcomed our research team from Stanford and BRTI Labs in Harare.We also had visitors from Gilead Drug Company in San Francisco, CA that is sponsoring our research, Dr. Dennis Israelski and his two sons Alec and Aiden.We put the kids to work on our IT problems and they were a big part of improvement for our research.They left on 27th after 2 days of hard work by everyone.
On June 26th we welcomed a new container from Sebastopol, CA.It was full of equipment for the hospital and we were able to start downloading it on the 28th and have been busy ever since working on it.
Dr. Kajese and Mr. Kudaona (the surgeon) and Mrs. Kajese and Pam came from Harare for surgeries on Saturday the 29th.They left Harare at 2 a.m. and were here by 6 a.m. for breakfast and then started on their long list of 16 people.They did hernias and 1 lipoma removal.They worked straight through the day until 5 p.m. to finish and then left at 4 a.m. the next day.We are so thankful for their generous donat…

Visitors and Friends of Chidamoyo Gift

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It has been great in the last couple of weeks to meet up with old friends and new friends.What joy friends bring to our lives and what a great time of fellowship.
On 14th of June Major and his wife and I and his wife’s relative, Christine, travelled into for a quick trip to Harare and returned the next night.Christine and Patience spent most of Friday cleaning up my flat, which needed a thorough cleaning.I really appreciate this as many guests have been coming in and out.
Major and I got to meet up with Steven Marshall for lunch on Friday as he was back in the country visiting for just a couple of weeks.Steven is the son of the late Dale and Mrs. Linda Marshall who were our nearest missionaries in Chinhoyi for years.It was so good to see him and catch up on “old times.”He now lives in Boise near his mom.
On the 18th we were visited for a couple of days by Larry Van Dyke and his wife Candy.Larry’s mom and dad were missionaries in the 60’s and 70’s in Mashoko, Chiredzi and Masvingo.Larry’s…

Visitors and a Wedding--both celebrations!

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Last week was a busy week with visitors, lots of procedures and wedding!What fun we had.
Dr. Stephanie Huang and her sons, Julian and Lucas and her friend Ling from Malaysia arrived on the 2nd of June to spend a week with us.Stephanie is an ENT in my hometown of Santa Rosa, CA and this is her third year in a row she has spent her vacation time with us.
Her sons, twin, 17-year olds, came with her for their second time and her friend Ling came for her first visit—and we hope not her last.
We put them to work.As Stephanie scoped ears and throats, Ling and the boys helped with computer work, giving out lots of gift they brought (pens, toothbrushes and toothpaste, and hats) and helping to watch surgeries and transporting patients to and from theatre (Operating Room).The boys and Ling also went out on Immunization Clinics.They were kept busy every day.
They left here at noon on Friday to get to Harare in time to fly out Saturday morning to see the Gorillas in Rwanda—lucky them!
We thank them for…

Saying Goodbyes

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This week was busy with undergraduate students here from the University of Illinois, Urbana/Campaign.We kept them busy helping in all departments, seeing 2 C/Sections, watching normal deliveries and traveling out to do Immunization Clinics as well as a weeklong HPV vaccination clinic for girls 10-14 years of age.
They were kept busy in the many activities and seemed to enjoy it.We wore them out as they were ready for bed by 8 p.m. most nights!Breakfast started at 0645 so they had a long day!
Friday (yesterday), we said goodbye to Elliot Harris who has been with us since 3 February!He left for a couple of days in Harare before he flies home to Seattle on the 2nd of June. He was very helpful at the hospital and at home so we will miss him a lot and wish him well as he prepares to apply for medical school!
This morning (Saturday,) our University of Illinois group left for 3 more days visiting in Zimbabwe before they head for home on Tuesday.I asked if they were anxious to leave and one girl…

Power cuts, new student group visiting

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Well it has been a busy couple of weeks around the hospital. Slowly, winter is coming here and already it is getting into low 60’s at night and early mornings but still up to 80’s during the day.I have put the duvet on the bed and ready to get out my electric under blanket!As my visitor Elliot from Seattle, WA keeps saying “this is perfect Seattle weather!” He is wearing shorts in the morning!! brr...
Elliot is winding up his 4 months with us and leaves for home on June 2.He is getting more experience in assisting in surgery and putting sutures in.He doesn’t mind getting called out at night for C/Sections.
This past weekend I agreed to be on call from Friday night to Sunday for anaesthesia to cover our doctor who had to go to Harare.Of course, an hour after he left, I got called at 10 pm for a C/Section and before the night was out, I got called again at 0400!Got home just in time to start breakfast!
Sunday, they called me at 11:15 a.m. and  I was just getting lunch ready for 12 people t…