Saturday, February 15, 2014

Kenya #3

These are my final days spent in Kenya. If I could finish out med school here I would, another two and half months I could do. Granted I was ready to come home. One of the biggest challenges was the language barrier as the hospital was primarily staffed with Kenyans. Perhaps if I could speak fluent Swahili I wouldn't have been so ready to come home and work in a place where English was the primary language. 

Susan, Myself, and Benta during an af in the nursery 

Sunday, Jan 26: On call time spent in the nursery and helping a Susan with her powerpoint again in preparation for her Grand Rounds presentation tomorrow. She was so so so thankful and trusts God with all of her endeavors in a way that inspires me. Prayers with her before she left—feeling blessed.

Sinkeet serving our daily dose of chai!

Monday, Jan 27: Frustrated with poor patient management and a lack of communication between different services. But the incredible attitudes of the interns and an evening spent with a new diabetic teen eager to learn about his management brought me to tears. They probably thought I was crazy, but it truly pushed my heart past its emotional limit. He’d even copied the posters on the wall to keep notes about what to eat and signs of hypoglycemia. What a champ! And Susan rocked her Grand Rounds this morning—I felt like a proud mama

Tuesday, Jan 28: LOVE the fun you can have in the peds ward. The pictures should give you a good idea of our daily endeavors. I was also reminded of the circle of life. New babies being brought to the nursery and on my way home I pass by the area families gather with caskets of their loved ones—a frequent occurrence here.

         A morning full of chai and mandazi!!

Rounds with Dr. Minette Son visitng from San Antonio 

This was our fearless leader Dr. Bemm, the long term missionary pediatrician, who in the video below is proving that the nutritional supplement, although expired, is still good and will not back patients sick by drinking it himself. Fun times. 

This cute boy had a mama that had placed a Bible beneath his hand one morning, it brought a smile to my face as we were rounding one morning.

Wednesday, Jan 29: Intern Bible study was amazing. So blessed to be in a community so united by Christ. Also was able to take care of a beautiful little lady admitted for meningitis and thriving despite a HIV diagnosis 1 year ago. Her presence radiates such joy!

Thursday, Jan 30: Last day in the NICU, feeling for a mother named Joyce with twins. One has hydrocephalus and failure to thrive. She has a smile that makes me want to stay in the nursery all evening.

Friday, Jan 31: Left Tenwek this afternoon. Bittersweet. It was a good final morning in the ward. I was blessed by a young man with neurocutaneous albinism. The interns described those with albinism as an “endangered species” as they can be killed and their organs distributed with the idea it will bring wealth.  He was admitted for a probable basal cell carcinoma which required a large resection of his scalp.

Saturday, Feb 1: At the guest house in Nairobi, leaving at 4pm for the airport. Great breakfast with an orthopedic surgeon and his prayer warrior of a wife. Did OMT on a gentleman for lower back pain. Tea and mandazi with a peace promoter in South Sudan.  And lunch with Dinah! So many cool people.

The skyline of Nairobi as I headed to the airport

Wednesday, February 12, 2014

Safari and Tea

That a crop duster in the sky

Wednesday, Jan 22: Safari Day 1
What an experience a safari is—warm, eucalyptus washcloths for our hands, mango juice, and the friendly Jambos from the African staff made for a warm welcome. Met a spine orthopedic surgeon from Alaska who offed me an Alaskan rotation. (stay tuned…) 

Cattle we passed during our car ride to the Masai Mara
A construction site
Rafiki with her baby
Our ridiculously amazing accommodations 
Hippos who lived in the river outside our tent
Hippos are super loud animals and will keep you up at night
Caribou are my favorite animals of the antelope variety 
A giraffe family

Thursday, Jan 23: Safari Day 2. Saw elephants and lions today! And a cheetah eating a recent caribou kill. The staff here know us by name and bring coffee/tea to our tent in the morning for a very friendly wake up call.

Cheetah brothers!

An early safari with the traditional Masai blanket


Enjoying some Stoney's with the elephants

An example of traditional Masai get up

White Rhinos

The orphanage mama--someone I'd want to be friends with if I lived in Kenya


Friday, Jan 24: Left the safari resort and went back to join a meeting at a nearby orphanage/missionary school for Bible quizzing. So impressed by the ability of kids to memorize scripture. Met an awesome teacher/orphanage mama named Selina. She taught me Kipsigis for the hospital.

Such a blessing to see healthy kids!! 
 Saturday, Jan 25: Morning sunrise hike to Motigo—so beautiful! Then to Findlay’s Tea Factory in Kericho. An incredible inside look into the details that go into making tea. 6,000 acres of tea plants! It makes for a breathtaking view.
Motigo hike for a sunrise with the crew pictured below! 


Taste testing. Our tour guide told us he drinks about 20 cups of tea daily. Kenyans take chai very seriously.