Thursday, March 19, 2015

A new visitor and the Kitchen is Done

We got the kitchen all done now.  The 2 new countertops were put in last week, new better lighting over the sink and the drawer fixed that was broken--yeah it all looks so nice.  Thanks again to the Coibion's for this great work.  I actually look forward to coming home to my new kitchen each day!  Easter will be the first big meal I will cook in the kitchen--and I can't wait!


On March 7th a new visitor, Samantha D'Andrea from Seattle, Washington arrived.  She is a research assistant in the G.I. department of Harbor View Hospital.  She is also a phlebotomist.  When she came through immigration they had to come out and find Major for the address of Chidamoyo and the immigration officer asked her if she was a nurse, she said no.  So he asked her what she did and she said she was a phlebotomist.  So he said "Oh, a footballer" and Major just laughed and said YES!


She wants to get into Physician Assistant school and so wanted some global experience.  She is keeping busy going to vaccination clinics and helping me out in Out-patients and theater.  We have been very busy since our doctor has been gone for 3 weeks and won't be back until next Monday because of workshops!  I am getting very tired and ready for a break.


Next week on the 27th we will be interviewing for a second doctor from some men who just recently finished their residency.  We have been working without a second doctor since September--so we are looking forward to having help.  Please pray for the right person to be chosen.

 Kitchen is now done

The countertop has been finished

 Looking from kitchen into living room

Samantha helping do CD4's and drawing blood

Drawing blood for CD4s



Monday, March 9, 2015

The new kitchen is done (almost)

After 2 months of rebuilding, tearing apart and putting back together my kitchen is remodeled!  Wow--is it nice!  Amazingly I filled up all the new cupboards and realized how much kitchen stuff I have!  Now I can easily get to it and I am ready to cook for all my visitors.  Its all new floor in the kitchen and dining room, all repainted and new lighting and cupboards-wow!  The best part is my gas and electric stoves are right next to each other now (they used to be in different rooms!) so if the electricity is off (frequently) I can easily switch to the gas stove. We remodeled part of the pantry and have more room there too.  It is amazing and a BIG change from before!

They shorted us formica tops and so 2 areas still need the countertops which will were bought when Bob and Rose went to town on their way to airport.  He was marking and cutting tops in the parking lot of the airport!

It has been great having Rose and Bob Coibion with us a again and this time their grandchildren (2 of 7) came to help too--Brendan and Andrea.  Bob and Brendan kept busy remodeling the kitchen.  I kept Rose and Andrea busy with computer projects, ART cards and moving me back into the new kitchen!  It was such blessing to me to have them here and we are already planning Bob's 9th trip here when we will be building a new rehab and administrative building in the future!

During February we also had 2 medical students from Ohio State University, Jeff Burrows and Meghan Beddow.  We kept them busy seeing patients, going out to ART clinics and doing deliveries.  They left for home Saturday after a visit to Victoria Falls for the last few days.  Hope they can tolerate the "cold weather" in Ohio after a sunny and warm summer here!  They were hoping for an early spring at home but doesn't look like that!  We wish them good luck with the upcoming match time that they get the residency they want!

We had a surprise visit by Flo Khosa from Seattle who was instrumental in helping us get solar into our hospital with her brother Gerald.  Gerald installed our system and came out to work on fixing it.  Flo was in the country and came along to see Chidamoyo.  We are happy our solar backup is now up and working after almost 6 months down--it is a big help to us!  We are so thankful for this project which was sponsored by Friends of Chidamoyo.

On Friday the 27th of February I rushed into Harare to see my doctor after an all night pain bout which I diagnosed as a kidney stone.  The bumpy road we travel seemed to have jarred it lose and by the time I reached Harare I felt much better, just sore!  A CAT-Scan showed no more stones, so the next day turned around and came home and have been fine since!  I knew our terrible road was good for something!

Our doctor has been gone since the 1st of March for a workshop in Harare and won't be back until the 17th of March.  This has been a bad week with lots of emergencies and I have sent the car with patients to Karoi 3 times this week--ectopic pregnancy, repeat C/Section and a bowel obstruction!  I think I will be ready for a vacation after this!

The Coibions left on Wednesday with a stop for 2 days in Dubai on their way home to CA.  They kept talking about hitting Krispy Cream Donuts and In and Out Burger on the way home from the airport!  Wish I was with them!

 Major saying farewell to Cobion's at devotions

Bob, Andrea, Rose and Brendan

My new remodeled kitchen looking from sink into living room

Looking from living room towards sink.  One countertop still need in unit straight ahead and one to right of sink.

View from my new kitchen window out to my back yard

New addition of kitchen and door is behind planter to enter by dining room

Meghan doing a C/S with Dr. Nura Isala



Flo from Seattle with Kathy

 Meghan and Jeff giving an inservice for the nursing staff

 Rose helping with weights at Well Baby Clinic

Andrea helping with heights and arm measurements at Well Baby Clinics

Bob and Brendan working on the new kitchen sink!