It has been a busy 2 weeks. We said goodbye to people and said hello to new people and then met up with old friends to see new places. What fun is that!
On the 22nd of May we had a going away party for
Dr. Isala and his wife Loraine. He had
been with us for 4 years as our doctor and Loraine had been here for almost
eight years as a nurse. They met and
married here in 2015. They left as of
May 31st to work at a private clinic in Bindura—80 kms North of
Harare. We had a wonderful lunch with
all the staff and gave them a rural life painting to remember us by in their
At the going away party we also said goodbye to Dr. Ben
Watterly who had been with us for 3 weeks from the UK and Courtney Walker, RN
who had been with us for 2 weeks from CA.
We had a great time with them and wish them well. Ben was going on for a month to New Zealand
to visit his brother and Courtney was going on to do another medical mission
trip in Ethiopia and then travel in Europe for 3 weeks before getting home.
We also welcomed a new doctor at the party—Dr. Mudzingwa and
his wife and 14-month-old daughter Abigail.
They arrived late Monday night to start as a doctor here. We had 3 doctors for a week! We are happy he is here to join us after
finishing his residency.
On the 23rd of May I left with Ben and Courtney to
take them to Harare and then went to the airport to welcome an old friend of
mine, Cathy Holdener, her husband Bart and adult daughter Jennifer. Cathy and I have been friends for 43 years
when we met when we started nursing school together at UCSF. We also had our first jobs together at Sutter
Memorial Hospital in Sacramento from 1977 until I left to come here in
1981. She still works in Postpartum at
the same hospital!They flew into Harare from Zanzibar after 3 weeks doing
safaris in Tanzania and seeing Zanzibar.
Bart had broken his arm the day before they left on their trip and decided to come and will get it fixed after he gets back. He did very well and did everything with us!