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Welcome to 2016!
I hope you had a good week between Christmas and New Years. We enjoyed some time off from the hospital and no emergencies--so that was nice.
On Wednesday a visitor joined me from Seattle, Nikki who is an RN and massage therapy person. She is with me for 2 weeks until she joins the Lake Union Crew for a week after that. She has been helping with Well Baby Clinics and dressings and is going to teach us some massage techniques.
We worked until mid-afternoon of the 31st and then got to go home early for the New Years holiday. We had church from 8 p.m. until midnight and the place was packed. No one went to the township but came to celebrate with us. At midnight Michael Mereki lit up the fireworks and they were loud! Everyone enjoyed and then started to go home after 1 a.m..
New Years Day I started to take down my Christmas decorations It was also very hot and I ended up jumping in the pool and then work awhile and back into the pool to cool off. We haven’t had rain in a week and the fields are really needing it! Pray for rain please.
We had a visitor in my jacaranda tree NY morning when we found a monkey! He is eating the mangos and other fruit! He has stayed around for a couple of days now. We haven't seen a monkey here in over 5 years.
The group building and Nikki went off to the village at Batanai to see Major and our village. They enjoyed that and saw the Sanyati river. There is a hippo that is walking around in one of Major's fields.
Today we went to work this morning and then got the rest of my decorations down and Monica came to do my hair. It was up to 100+ today and no sign of rain!
The Lake Union Crew are making great progress on the Waiting Mother’s shelter. They are almost half way through their time here.
Happy New Year and blessing for a great year in 2016.
On the 25th of August I went back to see the surgeon about my ulcers. After 9 weeks of treatment for ulcers I wasn't getting any better and was tired of being sick! He did a colonoscopy and another gastroscopy. More biopsies taken and no malignancies but this time it showed massive amounts of h. Pyloria, and infection in my stomach common in developing countries, and causes ulcers, so I was on the wrong treatment for 9 weeks. I started on a 14 day treatment program of antibiotics on the 28th of August and it seems a bit better. Hopefully this will put an end to the ulcers and erosion in my stomach. I have good and bad days but am praying this will end it! On the 2nd of September, Patience and Major and I took off for a short vacation to celebrate their 28th wedding anniversary. We spent the night of the 2nd in Harare and were able to have dinner with Dr. Shield and Mrs. No Kajese and their daughters Zoey and Alexis. We had a great visit and kept our social distancing! We bro
For my birthday, this year I went with Major and Patience back to Rhino Camp for 3 nights of enjoying animals. Major and Patience tried to fish but did not get much luck after promising bream to eat for my birthday. Major caught a large Vundu but it is on the endangered list so he had to throw it back! He was so disappointed. We enjoyed our time away and it was relaxing and incredibly beautiful. They cooked me fish for one dinner since Major did not catch one and a birthday cake! Nice way to celebrate #66! We came back on Monday evening and by Thursday we were on our way to Harare as my stomach pain was getting no better. I was referred to a new GI doctor who felt I was probably resistant to the antibiotics for H. Pyloria I was taking. He changed drugs and I will take them for 2 weeks and see him after 4 weeks. If I get worse, I may need another endoscopy to see if my ulcer is better and more biopsies. So far not much change in 10 days. We are praying for the b
I stopped chemo in mid-February and the oncologist tried a period of Immunotherapy by itself to see if it would work. In March I started to produce a lot of abdominal fluid (ascities) and had to go to the hospital every 2 weeks and then every week to be tapped to remove the fluid. They got off up to 8.8 liters a time which gave me a few days relief before it would come back. It made it hard to breathe without laying on my sides and I couldn't really eat without pain. So, I was in bed a lot of the time. They decided I needed to start Chemo again with the Immunotherapy. My Oncologist said it was not time to give up yet! He said the chemo helped before to shrink the tumor a bit so they felt if I could shrink it again I wouldn't have to go for tapping. I was all for that. He did remind me there is no cure only remission and that I have months not years to live but he felt there were other drugs to try if these don't work. I am usually not in pain so I am so thankful for