Tuesday, July 27, 2010
Searching for the cheapest, missionary flight lead us to fly Nairobi-Dubai-San Francisco and then Seattle. Amelia and Meredith enjoyed all the new movies and TV shows on the 15.5 hour flight from Dubai. They also liked all the drink choices only managing to spill 6 of the drinks received! Amelia gasped in amazement as a toilet automatically flushed at the airport (Meredith thought it was a little scary). Both think Nana's hot pool is fabulous. Amelia was able to celebrate her birthday with a beach picnic and got to eat the shrimp and fish she's missed (yes, she has high taste and also asked for crab).
Tonight Malin and I are going away for a night to celebrate our 10th anniversary and the girls will be spoiled by Nana and Papa. We pray this time refreshes us, reconnects us with family, and allows us to solidify what God wants for our family in 2011.
Friday, July 23, 2010
As I clicked on the site I began to wonder who would be my author-double-ganger(Malcolm Gladwell--great sociologist, JD Salinger--recluse, Rick Reilly--humorous sports journalist). So I pasted 8 different blog entries into “I write Like” Five of those said Malin you write like Dan Brown (The Lost Symbol, DaVinci Code). I’ve heard literary gurus claim Brown is hack, but on the upside he’s popular, entertaining, but also hard to decipher between fact or fiction.
Wednesday, July 21, 2010
Monday, July 19, 2010
Meredith has a way about her that's all her own. Probably every parent appreciates the uniqueness found in each of their children and look at certain traits in their children and wonder, "Where did they get that?" or "What possessed them to do that?"
Does the term missions itself hold a negative connotation?
What do you think of Francis Assisi's often misused quote, "Preach the Gospel always, and if necessary, use words."?
Has the pendulum of missions swung too far from spreading the Gospel to the ends of the earth to fighting social injustice?
How has missions changed in Africa now that the majority of the pool of potential converts is not up for grabs (90% are already Christian or Muslim)?
Are we directing Christian Missionaries to the right locations (82% of missionaries go to the Christian 3rd World)?
If you have ever wondered about some of these questions go to:
to read Brad Greenburg's column in the Wall Street Journal entitled "Have Missionaries Lost Their Chariots of Fire?"
By all means if you have an opinion share it in the comments!
Saturday, July 17, 2010
Friday, July 16, 2010
Wednesday, July 14, 2010
Sunday, July 11, 2010
In some ways I think the statistics for the past year speak for themselves. Sharon and I have together done more than either of us was capable of individually. But honestly, we have been responsible for more patients than a group practice of at least 5 people.
Summary of the work of Obstetrics and Gynaecology Department AIC Kijabe Hospital, 1 July, 2009 – 30, June 2010
Total Surgical Cases: 1303
Total Majors: 336
Abdominal hysterectomies – 165
Vaginal hysterectomies – 26
Ovarian Malignancy – 37
VVF/RVF – 21
Tuboplasty – 24
Repair of ruptured uterus – 1
Caesarean hysterecotomy – 13
Myomectomy – 32
Vulvectomy – 1
TOA – 6
Abdominal pregnancy – 5
Ectopic with partial uterine resection – 3
Total Minors: 395
D&C – 165
BTL – 81
Ectopic – 18
EUA – 62
laparoscopy – 9
Other minors – 60
Caesarean Sections - 572
Outpatient load: ~2000 patients seen per month in gynae clinic, MCH, casualty, and labour ward as outpatients.
Maternal child health clinic: average 350-400 patients per week
GYN Out patient clinic: average 50-70 patients per week
Summary of Obstetrics Data
Total Deliveries – 2133 (previous 12 months – 1990 deliveries)
Caesarean Section – 572 (26%) (previous 12 months – 32% CS rate)
Instrumental – 33
Vaginal breech – 23
Twins – 57 sets
Friday, July 9, 2010
Wednesday, July 7, 2010
This tissue hanging off the side of a 30 mm Ni-Ti file is the extirpated vital nerve of a central incisor. So if you were to slice and dice this tissue, slap it on a slide, and put it under a microscope- what would you see? Axons, dendrites, and all the other things I have forgotten that make up nervous tissue.