Saturday, July 28, 2012

Arrived in US!

Well it has been a week since I left Zimbabwe. I flew 10 hours to Dubai. We arrived at 6 a.m. and it was 98 degrees and humid—a big change from 45 the morning I left Chidamoyo! I had 2 hours in Dubai so got a shower and breakfast and headed for my next leg, to San Francisco -- 16 hour flight! My travel agent arranged a great ticket for me in First Class and on the flight to SF I had my own suite—like a railroad car—even doors that closed you in. Flat screen TV for your movies, a built in bar and you ordered your food when you wanted to eat—it was so nice. I was met at SF with a limo ride to Santa Rosa—where I arrived on the 21st at 3:30 p.m. I was met by Sylvia, my brother Dennis and sister-in-law Kathy and my great nephews Maximo and Alec. Soon my nephew Marc and his wife Derekca and my sister Kim joined us for a BBQ. By 7:30 p.m. I was ready for bed!

Sunday I went to church at Sebastopol Christian Church—my home church and enjoyed seeing old friends and meeting new ones. I dressed for a warm day as it was in the 90’s and about froze to death when they had the air conditioner on high. I wasn’t used to have air conditioning for church! Sunday afternoon headed to Target to shop with my sister-in-law Kathy. Too many choices and had to keep my mind on not buying everything I saw because it was available!

Monday I enjoyed a lunch with 8 nurses I used to work with in Santa Rosa. Some are retired now and some are working towards that. It was great to catch up with everyone. Went in the afternoon to check out some shops and started driving—so far remembering to drive on the right!

Started Wednesday by going to COSTCO—the $100 dollar store! Enjoyed seeing all what was available and buying a few things needed. Went with my sister-in-law and my great nephew Alec and then we went to lunch. Then I went to see the doctor here. I had started fevers on Tuesday and when I got to the doctor it hit again—100.6. He said “if this was easy the other doctors in Zim and SA would have figured it out.” I am scheduled for an Ultrasound sound on my abdomen and a HIDA scan of the function of my gallbladder on Tuesday next week. We will see where we go from there, depending on what they show.

I spent Wednesday evening and Thursday all day in bed with fevers—so didn’t get much done.

Friday I went to Coddingtown mall and did some Macy’s shopping with Sylvia. We had lunch and then dropped her off for work while I went for a manicure and then enjoyed the opening of the Olympics program in the evening.

One week gone and haven’t been too busy which has been a nice rest for me. Stay tuned for more news.

 Flying home in my own cubicle

 Nancy Stedman--worked with me in SRMH
 Maximo McCarty
 Sylvia, Marc (nephew), Alec, Kim (sister) and Max
 Barbara Dutcher --worked with her at SRMH
 Mexican food--yum!
Judy Lindberg from SRMH nurse group

Thursday, July 19, 2012

Winter is here!

Exciting news!  We finally were able to move our kids back into the Pediatric ward after 6 months of the new addition being put on!  We moved them yesterday afternoon and already we have floor beds!  Rick and Sue are busy this morning starting to paint the old Peds ward which will add another 15 beds making it a 30 bed ward and hopefully no more floor beds!  The kids thought it was a lot of fun being moved in their beds and the moms were so excited by the new ward!
 Moving into new Peds ward
Chloe Levin is a nursing student from Sacramento, CA who is a senior in college at Boston College in MA.  She arrived on June 25th and has been busy at the hospital and helping with our Immunization and ART outreach clinics.  She has been helping in theater and with our doctors in outpatient and has been fun to have here.  Her mom is coming in August to join her on a week of safari. We have had some good laughs together!
Rick and Sue spent Monday working with our ministers and minister wives in teaching and setting up monthly times with them to encourage and develop them in their ministries.
Jordan has kept busy doing reports for me and helping me to ghet out of here on time.  It sure is nice to have a personal secretary!  I might get used to that!  She also got to see a C/Section and hold the baby after it came out--she was so excited!
Today winter really hit.  We had been having several weeks of only down to 60’s at night and then yesterday a cold spell hit and we were cold all day.  When the sun set last night it just kept getting colder!  Today it was 46 when we got up!  My dining room is a veranda—so it felt like eating breakfast in a fridge this morning!  We all found places to sit in the sun for devotions to thaw out a bit.  It’s sunny today and up to 70 right now but I still have my coat and scarf on! Brrr….

Chloe at work
Rick teaching ministers
Sue with minister's wives
Jordan working as my Secretary
 Chloe giving out ART at Kapfunde ARY Outreach
 Chloe taking blood for CD4 counts
Chloe helping with a C/Section--holding the baby!

 Sue and Rick painting the Peds ward

Jordan holding baby in C/S
It is cold--down to 46!

Sunday, July 15, 2012

Another exciting week at Chidamoyo!

Well it has been another busy week at Chidamoyo!  On Monday the 2nd of July we bid farewell to the Taninguchi family and Rachel who were with us for a short 2 weeks.  They were all a big help in our special polio clinics, counting pills, seeing patients and helping in theater.  They also were here at the end of the month and got to do month end statistics—a favorite with everyone around here-not!

As we bid them goodbye, 3 new people arrived.  Rick and Sue Hahn from Sana Rosa, CA and their granddaughter Jordan from Napa, CA arrived.  Rick and Sue served in my home church in Sebastopol,CA  as the ministers for almost 30 years.  They have been here 4 times before and now they are retired and have come to help us for 6 months.  We are so excited to have them!  Rick will be working with our ministers to encourage and teach them and Sue will be working with our ministers wives in some teaching and sewing projects.  They are also helping out at the hospital with painting of the new buildings, getting pills ready for our ART outreach and Jordan has been busy doing some computer tasks for us.

On Tuesday the 3rd we had visitors.   Mrs. Eva Mbangani who lived here with her husband and 2 children in 2003-2006, came for a quick visit.  We had dinner and she and her sister left in the morning,  Dr. Mbangani was our doctor here for 3 years.  Eva is expecting a new baby in September.  It was great to have her with us, even for a short time.

On Wednesday the 4th of July we enjoyed a traditional American dinner with BBQ hotdogs, hamburgers, baked beans, potato salad and all the trimmings.  We invited our doctors and Major’s family to come.  We had 14 people to celebrate.  Then after Bible Study that night we served Red-White and Blue cupcakes and then went to set off some fireworks.  It was quite exciting as we had Chinese fireworks leftover from NY Eve which had no instructions and the first one went off and we went running as it went all over exploding on the ground!

On Friday the 6th we wished Sarah a farewell after 2 months with us. Sarah was kept very busy putting all our ART patients on computer for us and starting a debtor register on computer.  She gladly handed over her work to Jordan.  She also helped in our Well Baby clinics and kept going back for more even during the busy NIDS week.  We appreciated her time with us and wish her well as she continues her pre-med studies at America University in Washington, D.C.

On Saturday the 7th of July we took 23 people from the hospital to Chinhoyi to visit Chinhoyi Caves and have a special dinner to honor our long service people.  We had 2 people who have served 30 years (including me) and 1 for 25 years, 1 for 20 years, 1 for 10 years and 1 for 5 years.  Each person brought one guest and then our doctors and visitors went.  We had a great time seeing the caves and a wonderful dinner and program at the restaurant there.  We got home at 12:30 a.m. after a wonderful day.  Many of the people had never seen the caves before or had dinner in a restaurant, so it was exciting for all!

This week Rick and Sue and Jordan have been putting another coat of paint on the Pediatric extension building and putting up the boarder wallpaper.  The men are working on the new nurses’ station/recovery room and we hope to be painting it by the end of the week.  We are thankful for the children of Sebastopol Christian Church who raise money for paint and the boarders during their VBS program in June.

I am leaving next week on July 20th for a month trip to the US.  Through the generous help of Dr. Palleschi in Santa Rosa he has arranged for me to see a gastroenterologist in Santa Rosa, CA to try and figure out my health problems.  God has provided the Hahn’s to be here to help Major while I am gone and has opened the doors for me to get the care I need.  Please pray for the hospital and work here while I am away and also for my trip and for the doctors to be able to help me feel better.
 Taniguchi Family getting meds ready for ART clinics
 Major greets Rick with Jordan and Sue behind at Harare airport
 Kathy and Eve Mbangani
Rick cooking BBQ for 4th of July
 Eating 4th of July dinner
 Major lighting the fireworks
 Sarah's farewell at hospital
Sarah's farewell dinner