Tuesday, September 29, 2009
Unfortunately just 3 days previous 30 girls from the Kijabe Girls Kenyan School were confirmed positive for Swine Flu. Thankfully the symptoms were caught quickly and H1N1 was expected. The girls were isolated and treated and as far as we know all are recovering normally. We are taking all the precautions we can here at Kijabe; although sinks, soaps, and disinfectants for hand washing are often unavailable. We have no word as of yet if, when, or how much of the vaccine will be available at Kijabe Hospital.
Our prayers are with the elderly, expecting, and the young children all over the world who are most vulnerable.
Monday, September 28, 2009
Sunday, September 27, 2009
As Sara begins to pack & Meredith unpack what Sara has packed for Daniel & Laura's wedding next Saturday Meredith and I have started a little conversation we repeat several times a day.
"Meredith what am I going to do when you go to Nanna and Papa's House."
"Daddy, I might miss you."
"What will I do?"
"Daddy I will call you on the phone or the Skype."
"Meredith, Amelia & I will miss you and Mommy."
Meredith then covers my mouth with her hand and says, "Daddy, don't talk about that. It's too sad."
We are excited that Sara and Meredith will be home for Daniel & Laura's wedding. We'll pray for a safe trip for them from Kijabe to Nairobi to Amsterdam to Seattle to Oak Harbor and back again!
Wednesday, September 23, 2009
While we have patients who delay seeking help, there are many others that try to get help and just don't. Sometimes I think this is from the cultural tendency to not tell patients when things are bad and to avoid admission that the medical person doesn't know what's wrong. Sometimes this is from the cost of seeing specialists that prohibits poorer patients from being referred. Sometimes I think the infrastructure makes is difficult for health workers to know whom to refer too: there's no physician directory here. Whatever the cause, it still amazes me that many of these patients who ultimately present in shock still survive. And I have to believe that this happens only by God's grace.
Tuesday, September 22, 2009
Daniel brought the special delivery in a small box with a piece of rope around the lid. Out hopped bunny #2 named Lucy by Amelia. Flower (the previous white bunny) we now know is not much of a flower (he is male). We don't know the gender of Lucy yet. Lucy and Flower share the same cage. We will see what happens...
Monday, September 21, 2009
Jesus said: "A man was going down from Jerusalem to Jericho, when he fell into the hands of robbers. They stripped him of his clothes, beat him and went away, leaving him half dead. 31A priest happened to be going down the same road, and when he saw the man, he passed by on the other side. 32So too, a Levite, when he came to the place and saw him, passed by on the other side. 33But a Samaritan, as he traveled, came where the man was; and when he saw him, he took pity on him. 34He went to him and bandaged his wounds, pouring on oil and wine. Then he put the man on his own donkey, took him to an inn and took care of him. 35The next day he took out two silver coinse]" style=" line-height: 0.5em; ">[e] and gave them to the innkeeper. 'Look after him,' he said, 'and when I return, I will reimburse you for any extra expense you may have.'
Sunday, September 20, 2009
Friday, September 18, 2009
About 400 employees, friends, and supporters of Kijabe Hospital participated in a fundraiser yesterday. Led by police escort and full marching band we walked from the top of the highway 5 km down the windy road to Kijabe Hospital.
Thursday, September 17, 2009
Wednesday, September 16, 2009
Wednesday morning at 8:00 is hospital wide chapel. Around half of the 600 person Kijabe manage to attend this weekly service which includes greetings, announcements, time of praise and worship, brief sermon, and prayer.
Tuesday, September 15, 2009
Monday, September 14, 2009
Sunday, September 13, 2009
Friday, September 11, 2009
Wednesday, September 9, 2009
There are many unique medical abbreviations in Kenya and probably in every country, common things get shortened. However, sometimes these abbreviations can be a bit mind boggling. Some of my personal favorites ISS (immune sero status-HIV), 1PS (one previous scar), PMTCT (perinatal mother to child transmission), and BOH (bad obstetrical history). BOH took me a while to figure out and remember, and indeed many histories here are simply "bad." So today there was a C/S for a BOH. This mother had 2 babies die during prolonged 2nd stages (pushing) and I advised a C/S this time. Showing her, the vigorous baby boy was a delight. 2 weeks ago I delivered another mom who had lost 3 babies during or immediately after delivery. Above are the pictures of these little ones. I think a new abbreviation can be added to these charts: BOH BPG BL (bad obstetrical history but praise God baby lives).
Tuesday, September 8, 2009
Sunday, September 6, 2009
Saturday, September 5, 2009
Major ethnic and linguistic groups
Kikuyu 22%, Luo 13%, Luhya 14%, Kamba 11%, Kalenjin 12% and others.
Swahili, English (both official), Kikuyu, Luhya, Luo, Meru and others.
Protestantism 45%, Roman Catholicism 33%, Islam 10% and Traditional Beliefs 12%.
Life expectancy (at birth)
Infant mortality (under one)
78 per 1000 live births
Under five mortality
123 per 1000 live births
Maternal mortality rate
1000 per 100,000 live births
Adult HIV prevalence rate (ages 15-49)
Percentage population with access to safe drinking water
Adult literacy rate
Proportion of population living on below $1 a day