Lillian was my last patient. Her mouth would not heal properly months after having several teeth removed. We took a biopsy two weeks previous.
The nurse returned with John's HIV status report. What had I done? I'm a dentist not prepared to counsel John medically, emotionally, spiritually. The test was negative! What a joy to give John this good news. "I want a copy," he said, "to show everyone. The doctors always told me I had HIV. Praise the Lord!"
Lillian's biopsy came back positive for multiple myeloma; a bone marrow disorder that we are unable to treat at Tenwek. Her prognosis is poor. I shared with her our findings--feeling inadequate and discouraged. We hope she can get to Nairobi for treatment. We don't know. We pray she will find treatment, and comfort in a God who can give her rest.
Expect the Unexpected my college soccer coach would say. Two agreeable Kenyans, their life changed in a moment. I get to be a part of God's puzzle.
Have you figured out the picture? This is the hand that welcomed me to Tenwek Dental Clinic: Dr. Peter Kuyaya BDS.