November is a month that our minds travel to the things we are thankful for and there are many things here that we are truly thankful for.
We are thankful for Dr. Bill Holloman and his wife Kayleen who have been with us for the last 3 weeks. He has stepped in and helped us so much at the hospital. Even though everything is very different here (our charting, our limited drugs and no CAT scans or MRI's to order) he has helped with a smile and and has been encouragement to Dr. Isala who has been working on his own for 6 weeks before he came. We are thankful for his sharing devotions and preaching on Sunday. We are thankful his wife helped out in finding lost charts, going to vaccination clinic and teaching some health lessons.They are preparing to go home to Tucson, AZ in a few days and we will miss them being a part of our family around the dining table.
We are thankful for Amy, our nurse from New Zealand who has been here for the past 2 months working in the hospital and our many outreach ART and Vaccination clinics. She is so helpful and has fit in so well. We are thankful for her love for the Lord and pray for her as she looks for opportunities to serve in developing countries. She prepares to leave on the 25th of November.
We are thankful that we found 3 snakes this week and killed them before they caused harm to anyone. Amy found one sharing her shower when she went to put her clothes on a hook in her outdoor shower. My guard found one in my outdoor dining room under the freezer and when killing it they found another one--all banded cobras which are all poisonous! The heat brings them out!
We are thankful for my flat which sold this week in Harare and we are making plans to move into a new townhouse which is bigger and better and has water!! The flat we were in was a constant struggle for water! Now we have our own well--yeah! No more bucket baths! Thank you to all who were praying for us in this matter.
We are thankful for beautiful trees blooming this time of the year. After a dry 6 months we look forward to the start of our rains anytime now.
We are thankful for you, all of our supporters and friends, that allow us to serve the poor people of rural Zimbabwe and provide them quality health care. All the government hospitals have been on strike for the last 3 weeks and they have said they will return to work this next week.
As we look forward to Thanksgiving soon in the US--let's all remember to be Thankful the whole year!
Today is another warm day--up to 100+ (we don't like to look at the thermometer it makes us feel hotter) and gets to high 70's or 80's at night. We pray this is a great build up to a good rainy season which could start by mid-November. This has been C/Section week. We have done 5 C/S in a week--all repeat and started this morning with another one! A busy time for us as we have our regular work to do too! On Thursday (30th of October) we picked up new visitors--Dr. Bill and Kaylynn Holloman from Tuscon, AZ. Bill is an internist and they are here to help with our work for 3 weeks. It has been a big encouragement for Dr. Isala who has been on his own for 6 weeks. We put him to work making rounds and seeing outpatients. Kayleen started doing some work to clean up our ART records--a big job that I have been working on slowly in my spare time. We ended the day with a crash C/Section for a prolapsed arm and Bill scrubbed in. First time for him to be back in an OR since medical school. He jumped right in and helped out which was a big blessing to We have been busy plowing fields with our tractor to bring in some income for our hospital and to help our staff out, Our chicken project is going so well and the eggs selling out that we have ordered another 150 chickens! We are happy that we are selling out the eggs each day. We keep encouraging our patients to eat eggs to get better :)! I am trying to sell my flat in Harare in order to buy a bigger and better flat. Please pray it will sell. We really need to get out by the end of this month. Another prayer request is that Dr. Kabanzi has just resigned and so we are looking for another doctor to come and work with Dr. Isala. Please pray for the right doctor to be found and quickly to help with our heavy workload.