Saturday, May 23, 2015

Major's Birthday, Visitors from North Carolina, New Support groups for kids

On Wednesday this week we celebrated Major's 51st birthday.  We started with his favorite breakfast of  French toast and then had Snicker cupcakes and then dinner of chicken friend steak and mashed potatoes and gravy!  We celebrated with cake for all after Bible Study.

Thursday the doctor was gone to Harare to get his certificates and so it was a very busy day for me.  Lots of very sick patients and lots of procedures to do.  I tapped fluid out of one man's lung and it was 6 liters!

Thursday Fanny Nyamutora, a local young man who is now a minister in Gweru, came with a group of 10 from Mid-Atlantic Christian University in North Carolina.  They spent 2 nights in his village home and they came to see the hospital and 2 went out on Immunization and ART clinic with our team.  That night we had them over for a braii (BBQ).  It was a quick visit, but it was nice meeting new people.

Friday we had new support groups for our kids who are on ART drugs.  All of these kids were born with AIDS and we want to give them a chance to meet and have a chance to talk about having AIDS.  We divided them into 3 groups of Ages 5-8 and 9-14 and 15-19 years.  We had 34 kids total who attended and our counselors worked with the groups.  We are thankful for sponsor of these groups through a grant from Rosemary and Roses group in Seattle.  The kids had a great time and enjoyed a drink and a packet of cookies together.   We hope to do this group every 2 months for each of the ages.

The famous Chidamoyo hat and pin everyone must wear on their birthday!

 Happy Birthday Major!

Carolyn (Major's daughter) holding his cake

Group from Mid-Atlantic Christian University

5-8 year old group

9-14 year old group

15-19 year old group

Saturday, May 16, 2015

Eye team, ZCC students, new doctor and new surgeon--life is good!

On the 6th and 7th of May we had 2 eye nurses from Norton Eye Hospital  who came to assess cataract patients.  They had many people to see and they have chosen so many people to come back on the 25th of May to do the eye operations for 3 days.

On the 8th of May our second group of Zimbabwe Christian College students came for their hospital visiting training.  They spent until Monday with us and went out to preach on Sunday.  They always say they enjoy this practical experience for future hospitals visits with people for their congregations.  They graduate on June 6th so they are all excited about finishing their program.

On May 11th we were so happy to have Dr. Ngwaru Munodawafa join us as our send doctor.  He has just finished his residency program and we have been working since September 2014 with only 1 doctor.  Dr. Isala and I were both excited to have him here as it has been so busy keeping up with all the work we have so adding this doctor will help us a lot.  On the 15th of May Dr. Isala left on a month's vacation so it will still be busy for awhile.

On Friday this week Mr. Chihaka, a surgeon from Harare came to do operations for our patients.  Dr. Kajese, our doctor who is in an anesthesia residency, came to do the anesthesia.  They arrived at 10 p.m. Friday night, ate dinner and by 6 a.m. they started the list for surgery.  They ended up doing 10 cases and then we ran out of oxygen for the anesthesia machine--so we had to cancel some.  They promised to come back and June to do the cases they couldn't do today.  Mr. Chihaka came because Mr. Kundiona that was coming before has left for a heart Head and Neck surgery fellowship in South Africa, so he recruited his friend to help us.  We are so thankful for their services and help to our patients who can't afford to go to Harare and have these surgeries.  It is such a benefit for us.  And we are so thankful to them.

Eye nurse examining patients

 Eye patients waiting to be seen

ZCC students being taught

Dr. Ngwaru Munodawafa

 Mr. Chihaka on right and Theater Nurse Mparadziwa working

Dr. Kajese and Dr. Munodawafa doing anesthesia

Mr. Chihaka

Monday, May 4, 2015

Visitors leave, Women's meeting, Bible College students, one of those days

On March 27th I said goodbye to Samantha D'Andrea who had been with us for two months.  She is hoping to pursue education to be a Physician's Assistant and we wish her well. She arrived back safely in Seattle.

On Thursday this week we started a woman's conference for all of our 52 churches here at Chidamoyo.  All of the women have been enjoying the lessons, the sermons, food and lots of singing and dancing and laughter.  Great fellowship by all.  It ends on Sunday after church.  It looks like the church is very full so we think about 400+ women have come.

On Friday evening we welcomed 7 students and 2 teachers from Zimbabwe Christian College.  Every year we teach the final year students about how to visit sick patients in their future congregations.  We also talk about AIDS and other health issues.  They leave Monday morning.  Another group will come next week for their training.  Tonight I am cooking dinner for 11!

Ever have one of those days…I got the dinner ready and was just starting to heat things up again when I got called to the hospital for a C/Section.  I turned over heating the dinner and serving to one of the guests and went off.  It was a difficult one, but mom and baby did well and I got home 2 1/2 hours later to eat my dinner.

Sunday morning I invited the 2 teachers for breakfast at 730 a.m. before church.  Sure enough at 0600 I got called for another C/Section.  I left a note saying the sausage was cooked--make your own eggs and toast!  Off I went and again we had some problems--the uterus ruptured at delivery (mom and baby doing well)--and so got home at 0830--got dressed for church and off I went.  I think I need to quit inviting people for meals or I may get called for a C/Section!

Major wishing Samantha good-bye

Dr. Nura Isala, Kathy McCarty and Major Mereki

Women's meeting at the Church--during lunch time

Teaching the Zimbabwe Christian College students

Sunday night church with patients and college students leading