The last 3 weeks have been a little like Christmas for us – both at home and at the hospital.
When we moved to Kenya, we brought with us only what would fit in our luggage, as well as shipping a couple of boxes of essentials (*cough* insulated coffee plunger in with the car seats because we weren’t sure if they would be ubiquitous here). So we have really been missing the opportunity to camp, having left our tent, sleeping bags and other outdoor accoutrements at home. A couple of months ago our friends the Spornes, together with my parents, some friends and our church, offered to ship 2 boxes of goods over to us. After Dad navigating the labyrinth of our storage unit to retrieve our gear and the Spornes navigating the labyrinth of shipping unaccompanied baggage to Kenya, our boxes arrived.
What a joy – sleeping bags and a tent, ready for us to take our first ever camping trip as a family to a nearby park to sleep with the zebras and giraffes (and most likely to be harrassed by greedy baboons). Not only that, but clothes for the kids, Christmas pudding ingredients and Royal Adelaide Show paraphernalia from my mum, choc chips, Tim Tams, Charlesworth Nuts, a Veggie Tales movie and more from the Spornes and church… including essential textbooks for Andy’s studies. We really feel so loved and treasured, and are so grateful!
At the hospital, we have also been showered with necessary supplies. We have had a lovely visiting pulmonary pulmonologist helping us for a month, Raymond Lyrene from Birmingham, AL. In addition to his experience and wisdom, he brough us self-inflating resuscitation bags and masks, a new laryngoscope with blades, IO needles and more (including a Scrabble game that Andy had bought for me on Amazon, knowing that I was dying a slow death without it!). Lesley brought from Australia more IO needles (I cannot tell you how much we need these things – they are impossible to source in Kenya and used almost daily for pediatric resuscitation), as well as central lines, a glucometer and ear curettes. And then, quite unexpectedly, we had a suitcase sent from Germany – Holger, a pediatric intensivist with a long connection to Kijabe, pulled together a cornucopia of nursery equipment including eye shields for phototherapy, central lines, ECG monitor leads and much more. Jennifer and I were giddy as we sorted through this unbelievable bounty – all of which we have been missing and trying to cope without.
Friends and family in Australia, the US, Germany – without you, we simply could not be doing what we are doing. Thank you.