Wednesday, May 16, 2018

A Whirlwind 2 weeks!


It has been a very busy 2 weeks and hardly time to catch everyone up!  We of course, had many visitors over these few days.  On the 9th a team of 8 from or Research project came to visit from Tuesday-Friday.  We went over some issues with our ongoing research on Adolescents on ART.  We have enrolled close to 350 children in the study.  We are looking at Viral Loads, kidney function, urine, and how compliant they are on their drugs. We started in February and will go through February 2020.

Dr. Ben Wattley from the UK continued his visit with us and he worked Monday morning drawing Viral Loads.  Since the week before had been a holiday—we had 2 weeks’ worth to draw.  We ended up sending more than 250 samples.

On Thursday the 11th I went out to Batanai to draw Viral Loads.  The road has gotten a lot worse in 2 months!  It was a killer!  We did get the blood drawn and the kids are doing well at this site.

On the 11th of May, Courtney Walker, and RN from my hometown of Santa Rosa, CA arrived for a 2 week visit before traveling on to another medical mission in Ethiopia.  She works at Kaiser hospital in Santa Rosa, and we put her to work right away helping me with 2 C/Sections over the weekend.  She is a cardiac nurse at home, so she was excited to be helping with babies!  She helped me resuscitate one.

On the 11th-14th we had Seniors from our Bible College (Zimbabwe Christian College) here for the weekend to train them how to minister to sick people in their future congregations.  We began this program in 1992 and have continued every year since then to train these future ministers.  They spend time in the hospital with us on Saturday and go out to preach on Sunday at our churches.  Saturday night we have a dinner for everyone and Sunday night I have snacks for them at my house after church, so we can do a critique on churches they went to and about the sick patients they see.  They leave on Monday morning after devotions at the hospital. 

This past week we had 7 men and 1 woman and 2 faculty members who came from the College and this next weekend we will have the same number—so it is a busy time.

Ben was off to see Vic Falls on the 12th-14th and just came home from Harare last night and we put him to work again.

This week we started an HPV campaign in the country for girls from ages 10-14.  We have been covering 6 schools a day for the whole week.  Courtney has been going out to help and Ben joined her today.  They come home very exhausted and dusty from head to toe about 6 p.m.!  We are happy for this program as Cervical Cancer is so high in Zimbabwe, which is almost all caused by HPV.

On Monday afternoon we were joined by Evelyn Haasbroek and her friend Ben who are pre-med in North Caroline at Bob Jones University.  They will be Juniors this fall.  Evelyn is from Chinhoyi and came out here three years ago when she was in high school to see if she wanted to pursue a medical career.  This experience decided it for her and she wanted to come and observe and help for a few days.  They leave on Thursday afternoon.

Ben and Courtney are off for a weekend at Rhino Camp this weekend and then we all head into Harare next Wednesday as they leave on Thursday.

 Ben drawing viral loads

 Ben on left assisting Dr. Isala with a C/Section

 Courtney holding C/Section baby we resucitated

 Out at Batanai to draw viral loads at their ART clinic

 Caroline, part of the research group, giving devotions for our staff and patients


CBART Research group


 Ben from US helping take vital signs on outpatients

Ben and Evelyn taking vital signs on Outpatients

 Courtney drawing blood on ART patients

Zimbabwe Christian College students learning in my office at the hospital


Saturday, May 5, 2018

More visitors, a new car and goodbyes

This week has been busy and it started last Saturday night when Dr. Dale Erickson, our first doctor at Chidamoyo in 1968 came for a visit.  He arrived on Saturday evening in time for dinner.  He has been in Zimbabwe visiting friends and giving lectures at the Medical School for a short 8 day trip.  He was suppose to come for the reunion in January but had to postpone because his wife was not doing well.  We are happy she is doing a bit better now and Dale was able to leave for a few days to visit us.


We had a great visit, even though short and he preached for our Sunday night church service at the hospital.  The highlight of that service is seeing all the 9 month pregnant women who are staying in our Waiting Mothers shelter, singing and dancing!  We always have 60+ women at a time waiting.  Many dance very hard so that they can go into labor and go home, so it is always fun!


Stephanie and boys got back from Rhino Camp on Sunday afternoon with Major.  They had a great time and caught 2 cool boxes full of fish!  They were so happy.


Dale left for Harare after breakfast on Monday and Major caught a ride with him.  He went in to pick up a new to us vehicle that Steven and Lorraine Marshall left for us when they left the country.  We are so happy to have this Range Rover for the hospital.

Tuesday was a holiday here (May 1--Workers Day) and Stephanie and the boys went to Major's village in  Batanai to spend the day.  They walked to the Sanyati River and enjoyed seeing how people live in their rural homes.  They also enjoyed Sadza and Fish for lunch!

Tuesday at midnight we were joined by another visitor, Dr. Ben Wattley, from the UK.  He is visiting and working with us for 3 weeks.  He is from Norwich area.  He has been busy seeing in-patients and out-patients with our doctors and seems to be enjoying it a lot.


We always have a big ceremony for anyone at the hospital that gets a new car to sing and bless the car.  Our staff surrounded our new to us car and prayed for all who would ride in it to be safe and for it to be used for God's glory.  We did that with the new car on Thursday after devotions.


On Thursday  at devotions we said goodbye to Stephanie at the hospital and she gave us one last lecture to the nurses and doctors so we could learn from her.  We are so happy she and her boys came to spend 2 weeks with us.  The boys kept busy putting in Viral Load results into the computer  and helping Major put the Petty cash vouchers in order and the computer. Stephanie saw several patients and taught the doctors a lot about ENT.  She plans to come back again next year.


Friday morning Stephanie and boys and Major left for Harare.  Stephanie and family went onto Victoria Falls this morning and Major had a Bible College board meeting in Harare.


Waiting Mothers dancing and singing


Major translating for Dr. Erickson at Sunday night church at the hospital



 Dr. Erickson and Dr. Huang

 The new Range Rover

 Staff singing and dancing to bless the new vehicle


 Stephanie giving us an in-service lecture

Kathy and Stephanie

Stephanie saying goodbye with Major translating at the hospital



Julian, Kathy, Stephanie and Lucas