Prayer log:   July 2016
Jun30

Prayer log: July 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 one. Looking back… We are grateful: 1.  That a fellow colleague has agreed to serve as Medical Director when Mardi steps down as planned in October this year (after her repeatedly-extended three year...

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Mud and muck (24/6/17)
Jun24

Mud and muck (24/6/17)

Here on the northern edge of the Rift Valley, it’s 7000 feet above sea level and an hour or so’s drive south of the equator.  We don’t have summer or winter, we have rainy and dry seasons.  April-June is the season of the ‘long rains’, and it gets cool and WET, particularly in an el Nino season like we’ve been having. Our main access road into Kijabe has been under construction for a couple of...

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Whose kingdom is it anyway? (18/6/16)
Jun18

Whose kingdom is it anyway? (18/6/16)

Founder’s Syndrome: a difficulty faced by organizations where one or more founders maintain disproportionate power and influence following the effective initial establishment of the project…  The passion and charisma of the founder(s), which were such important reasons for the successful establishment of the organization, become a limiting and destructive force, rather than the creative and productive one it was in the...

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Down, but not out! (14/6/16)
Jun14

Down, but not out! (14/6/16)

It’s that time of year again here in Kijabe…it’s approaching the winter months in the Southern hemisphere, and temps here just south of the equator at 8000 feet are getting colder.  Time for fires in the fireplace to heat our drafty Kenyan home, ’tis the season of respiratory viruses and asthma episodes. Mardi’s on her second respiratory virus in two months, and Liam’s had three in the last four...

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Wild dialysis chase (27/5/16)
May27

Wild dialysis chase (27/5/16)

A few weeks ago a new sign popped up on the highway just above our hospital: Dialysis is not a service Kijabe Hospital can offer; we refer patients with kidney diseases to the national hospital in Nairobi if they are critical, or to a private providers in Naivasha if they can afford it and are stable.  So last week, a few of us decided to go and check this mysterious new dialysis centre located so close to us and check it out. Turning...

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5 small joys (21/5/16)
May21

5 small joys (21/5/16)

5 things that have made me smile this week: 1. Martin performing an ultrasound of a baby’s heart – Martin, the Clinical Officer we hired a couple of years ago to help us in intensive care, is now expert enough to give me a refresher course on how to do it myself.  A rare skill in Kenya.  With less training required than for physicians, Clinical Officers help to fill the massive physician gap in Kenya:  2 doctors for every...

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Prayer Log:  May 2016
Apr30

Prayer Log: May 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 month, and what we need prayer for in the coming one. Looking back… We are grateful: 1.  For a fruitful and encouraging CMDA conference this past month, followed by a much-needed week’s holidays.  We returned to Kijabe rested and refreshed. 2.  That our...

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Encouragement and education (26/4/16)
Apr27

Encouragement and education (26/4/16)

The first 2 weeks of April were a chance for me to attend the biennial Christian Medical and Dental Association (CMDA) conference in Greece with Andy and the kids – 9 days of dawn-till-dusk lectures updating doctors, surgeons, nurse practitioners and dentists in topics that are continually changing and improving how we provide care.   Attendance provides some of the required “Continuing Medical Education” (CME)...

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On being centered in the fog (21/3/16)
Mar21

On being centered in the fog (21/3/16)

It’s been a productive but busy last few months, overlaid by an unusual level of issues at the hospital.  In our previous lives back in Australia or the States, these sort of issues would have been promptly resolved through (reasonably!) established and stable governance systems and leadership, but as volunteers working cross-culturally as guests here, we work within existing systems…including when necessary suggesting...

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Income-generating chickens (19/3/16)
Mar19

Income-generating chickens (19/3/16)

A local friend of ours, a single mother with an incredible work ethic, recently started a small income-generating project with our help.  She buys fertilised eggs and places them under one of our hens when they get broody. If you are like me and don’t have a clue about animal raising, “broody” is what happens to a hen when she gets an overwhelming urge to sit on eggs without moving (even to eat or drink much) for 21...

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