Firsts (14/9/13)
Sep10

Firsts (14/9/13)

The last 2 weeks have been exciting times in the Steere household – a fortnight of firsts. Here they are! First day of RVA kindergarten (reception) for Liam. When we got back from Australia, he was able to attend preschool 2 mornings a week with many of his classmates for a few weeks, so he has been looking forward to being in school with mostly the same friends – Lydia & Hale, whose dads are doctors and whose families...

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Sweet dreams (8/9/13)
Sep08

Sweet dreams (8/9/13)

This is one of a series of posts about the departments I am privileged to serve as Medical Director – today it’s anesthesia. __________________________________________ The first baby whose life was saved by a Caesarian section was not actually Julius Caesar – it was probably a Chinese baby named Jilian in around 1030BC. His father apparently had six sons, all born by “cutting open the body” – one...

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A Perfect Storm (30/8/13)
Aug30

A Perfect Storm (30/8/13)

This post is one of series about the different departments at Kijabe Hospital.  Today, you’ll meet the remarkable Internal Medicine (Physician / Hospitalist) team. _______________________________________________ If you are a 56 year old man in the US, Mayo Clinic recommends that you regularly visit your doctor to screen for health problems such as high blood pressure, cholesterol, colon & prostate cancer, dental problems....

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Goat roast! (29/8/13)
Aug29

Goat roast! (29/8/13)

I must admit, I’ve been wanting to roast a goat ever since we arrived in Kenya. Being male, I feel the desire to roast meat over an open flame deep in my bones…and we’ve been hoping to have an occasion to host a Kenyan traditional ‘nyama choma’ (roast meat) for awhile now.  So the return of good friends the Hansens (pediatric surgeon) from their home assignment in the States and the departure of the Mumas...

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Prayer Log: September

Do you pray? Or just interested in what’s on our minds? Here’s the top things on our minds for the next month. We also like to reflect back on the last month and share what we are grateful for. Thank you for praying for us, and/or just being concerned with what is important to us! Looking back… We are grateful for: 1. A smooth transition and enthusiastic welcome for Mardi in her new role as Medical Director 2. Visits...

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Tufanye mazoezi! (21/8/13)
Aug21

Tufanye mazoezi! (21/8/13)

….  or, let’s exercise!  This is another blog post in a series I’m doing on the different departments in the hospital, and today it’s physiotherapy (or physical therapy, for my American-friends-who-don’t-like-abbreviated-contractions). _____________________________________________ A couple of weeks ago, Eli left Naivasha in his truck at 5:30am.   By 6am, he was trapped in the driver’s seat in the...

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Schoolgirl (15/8/13)
Aug15

Schoolgirl (15/8/13)

As part of orienting myself to the medical director role, I’m spending time with each of the 15 departments to see how they work – the joys, challenges and people who make it happen.  This is the first post in what will be a series of posts about the people in the hospital that I am privileged to serve. ____________________________________________________ Tomorrow is Pippa’s birthday.  She is 15, going on 16 and in...

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Meet Mardi (15/8/13)
Aug15

Meet Mardi (15/8/13)

Mardi was honoured to be profiled by photographer Bess Brownlee in a series about the modern missionary woman…Bess is such a talented photographer and marvellous human being, we reckon she ought to profile herself, don’t you think? You can see her stunning photographs here:...

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A day in the life (11/8/13)
Aug11

A day in the life (11/8/13)

Early last year, I was asked to take on the role of Deputy Ministry Head for the Institutional Partnerships team within SIM Kenya. This team includes people (like us) who were working professionals in a field in the west (educators, medical, engineering) and choose to serve an existing Kenyan school, hospital, or project rather than creating their own. We call it the “Institutional Partnerships” stream, which always makes...

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Prayer log:  August
Jul26

Prayer log: August

Do you pray? Or just interested in what’s on our mind? Here’s the top things on our minds for the next month. We also like to reflect back on the last month and share what we are grateful for. Thank you for praying for us, and/or just being concerned with what is important to us! Looking back… We are grateful for: 1. Improved physical health in the family 2. The launching of our beekeeping project in Kijabe 3. New...

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