Caught in the crossfire (30/12/16)
Dec30

Caught in the crossfire (30/12/16)

[Note: As a volunteer doctor, I am in Kenya to care for the sick and vulnerable. Our family is here at the invitation of the Africa Inland Church and several non-profit/relief organisations, with the approval of the government. This post is not intended to criticise any involved stakeholders (government or medical) or to take sides.  It aims not stray into criticism of any of the parties, and reflects only my personal thoughts.]...

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Ghostbusters (guest post by Mary Adam) (20/12/16)
Dec20

Ghostbusters (guest post by Mary Adam) (20/12/16)

In 1984, I was a medical resident in pediatrics, living in Arizona.  Bill Murray and Dan Aykroyd starred in the hit movie Ghostbusters and Rod (my husband) and I went to see it in the movie theater. If there’s something strange in your neighborhood? Who you gonna call? Ghostbusters! If there’s something weird and it don’t look good. Who you gonna call? Ghostbusters! Little could I imagine that 30 years into the future the song would...

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Prayer Log:  December 2016
Dec06

Prayer Log: December 2016

Thank you for praying for us, and/or just being concerned with what is important to us! This month we’re feeling festive, so here’s some pictures describing our “grateful for” and “request prayer for” this month. Andy visited the planned site for a new mission hospital in West Africa this month for a final engineering assessment to develop a master plan for this important project.  We’re...

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Update on Riley:  3 years and growing (4/12/16)
Dec04

Update on Riley: 3 years and growing (4/12/16)

Three years ago many of you walked with us through a time of great uncertainty – Riley’s poor growth, tests to figure out why, the alarm over a potential pituitary tumour, relief that it was only a cyst – and the conclusion that she is deficient in growth hormone, and will need daily injections until she reaches her adult height. This month marks 3 years since we found out her diagnosis, and we had her regular...

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12 hours, six children (27/11/16)
Nov27

12 hours, six children (27/11/16)

9:39pm.  I’m on call for pediatrics after a full day’s work at the hospital, and have just kissed the kids goodnight.  The phone rings  – Dr Faith, a family medicine (GP) trainee working under my supervision tonight.  She’s out of breath and running.  “ICU 2 – has extubated – can you come?”  I start to run. It’s a 2 year old (child #1).  He had his tonsils out today, but his airway...

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Back on peds – or, “plus ça change, plus c’est la même chose….” (11/11/16)
Nov11

Back on peds – or, “plus ça change, plus c’est la même chose….” (11/11/16)

Since handing over the Medical Director role, I am officially back on the peds team, rather than filling in occasional gaps.  It is wonderful, different, reassuring, familiar, exhausting and lovely. Many things have changed since Jennifer and I came to Kijabe – instead of 2, there are now 4 full time pediatricians.  In addition to a nursery and a 20+ patient peds ward, we now also have 3-5 pediatric ICU patients and a 7 bed...

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The long, slow work of collaboration (6/11/16)
Nov06

The long, slow work of collaboration (6/11/16)

I had the privilege from Oct 19 -30 of a whirlwind trip to the US to talk about and raise support for East Africa’s first training program for pediatricians in Pediatric Emergency and Critical Care. In Kenya, 85 kids out of every 1000 under the age of 5 die, and 87% of those who die after making it to hospital die within the first 24 hours.  These kind of critically sick kids need doctors who are trained in emergency and...

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Prayer Log:  November 2016
Nov06

Prayer Log: November 2016

Thank you for praying for us, and/or just being concerned with what is important to us! Looking back… We are grateful: For a safe and productive trip to West Africa for Andy, who met with a team of architects, engineers and surveyors helping create a new mission hospital, in a country currently experiencing fuel shortages (they had to bring their own in jerry cans on a 12 hour drive) and strikes. For an encouraging trip to San...

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Unfolding vistas (or, the last two months in summary) (10/8/16)
Aug10

Unfolding vistas (or, the last two months in summary) (10/8/16)

It’s been almost two months since we had margin to write down some thoughts or share any stories…we’re sorry we’ve been so quiet!  They’ve been full, fruitful and encouraging months, marked by events and visits reminding us of our roles in a larger story–one in which we are co-participants with God in an ever-unfolding, ever-more picturesque landscape. In the Hebrew scriptures, a word often used for...

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Prayer Log:  Aug 2016
Aug10

Prayer Log: Aug 2016

Thank you for praying for us, and/or just being concerned with what is important to us.  Here’s a snapshot of a few things we’re grateful for in the previous couple of months, and what we need prayer for in the coming month(s). Looking back… We are grateful: For the prompt and generous response of our partnership team in raising additional ministry funds!  Well done and thank you all 🙂 That Mardi was accepted into...

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