Thursday, June 21, 2012

God's perfect timing


Well this is a special week for the hospital.  We are in a special immunization push this week called NIDS (National Immunization Days).  Throughout the country every child under 5 years old is revaccinated for Measles and Polio and caught up with any other immunizations they might need. 

This is always a busy time as many moms wait until NIDS and then they have to catch up.  The first day the team was gone from 8 a.m. until 10:30 p.m. covering 3 areas.  Sarah, one our interns who has been with us for almost 2 months, went out for her first Immunization clinic since she arrived and boy was it an experience!  She came home exhausted but willing to go back for more fun the next day!  She finally got dinner by 11 p.m.!

We welcomed Dr. Dereck Taniguchi and his wife Jo and son Kevin and Kevin’s girlfriend Rachel from Seattle on Monday.  Jo and Rachel are nurses and Kevin is applying for medical school next year.  So the second day we sent them off to help with NIDS and they saw over 760 children!  They came home exhausted but willing to do it again for the rest of the week.  They come home tired and ready for bed each day!  Dereck stayed with us at the hospital to see patients.

It has been such a blessing to have these visitors with us at the perfect time when we needed them the most.  The last two days they have been gone from 8 a.m. until 5 p.m. without their help our teams would come back at midnight.  God is so good to provide just when we need them!

On Friday the 15th of June I went to see my doctor here in Harare with my results from South Africa.  He feels there is something sinister still going on and wants me to go to the US and see a Gastroenterologist.  Guess what? Dr. Dereck Taniguchi is a gastroenterologist and so I have been able to have a free consult with him and he has suggested some tests to be done in the US, and where we should go from here.  God knew what people we needed when!   So I am making plans to go to the US in July or August and see a specialist there to figure out what is wrong.  Maybe I will find Dr. House yet!
 Sarah giving Polio drops
 Jo giving Measles injections
The people waiting for their Immunizations
 Rachel playing with kids at Immunization clinic
Derek and Kevin in theater
Dr. Taniguchi making rounds with Dr. Kajese and Dr. Kabanzi
 Rachel giving measles immunization
Sarah drawing blood for CD4 counts

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