A rural mission hospital in NW Zimbabwe. Sharing the gospel of Jesus Christ through hospital evangelism.
Saturday, June 18, 2016
Urology team leaves and new guest Abbey arrives
This past week we continued to do a lot of hernia surgeries and also an open removal of a prostate by the urologists. Dr. Palleschi shared with our staff in our Continue Education meeting this week on some urology issues. Their team of 3 nurses helped with out-patient vital signs, went to an ART/Immunization clinic to help us this week.
On Sunday evening we welcomed Abbey Carson a senior in High School from Seattle, WA who has been doing her college prep to become a nurse. She has been following Caleb and Amanda, doing some paper work in our ART clinic and seeing lots of deliveries and surgeries. She is here for her whole summer--until September.
The urology team kept busy all week and enjoyed some hiking around the mission. Jeff taught some classes at the school (he teaches in Santa Rosa) and James, his son and a medical student who starts this fall kept busy at the hospital and went to outreach clinic with us.
My sister, Sylvia, worked doing a lot of vital signs at our outpatient department and went to ART clinic with me Thursday and helped in our research project for kids in which we have to draw Viral Loads. We also took Dr. Munodawafa with us so that he could "experience" his first outreach clinic. His car had a flat tyre on the way to the clinic and no spare so part of our team enjoyed an African experience for awhile until we could get another car to them!
We had Dr. Munodawafa drawing blood too. James worked with us making Dried Blood Spots of the blood. His father Jeff and Lynn worked giving vaccines and oral vaccines with the Immunization team while we were doing the ART clinic. Sylvia remarked how eager and open the people are now to get their ART drugs. We had a big group there and they all welcomed us with singing and dancing.
Sylvia and the 2 doctors and I have been getting up early to see the 3rd and 4th quarters of the Warriors game at 4:00 a.m. the days they play on TV. We cheered hard but they haven't been doing well the last 2 games. The last game is Monday morning our time but all my supporters are gone! I tried to talk them into staying to watch the last game with me!! They said they were tempted, but...
The Santa Rosa team left for Harare early this morning. Sylvia was going on to Gweru to spend a week with her family before she left. They had some time to do some shopping at the flea market and have lunch before Major dropped them at the airport to fly home. Major will stay in town to pick up the next visitor on Monday afternoon.
Abbey, Caleb and Amanda and I headed up to the hospital this morning and worked on catching up our ART patients paperwork and doing discharges.
Abbey Carson at work
Dr. Munodawafa drawing blood
Kathy and Sylvia working at ART clinic drawing blood on kids
James making Dried Blood Spots for us
Dr. Palleschi teaching staff
Team saying good-bye at hospital devotions on Friday morning
Saying goodbye with Dr. Duckett on Saturday morning