Having Cake is Fun

I love this! In Kenya we sing this song when we cut a cake. In Peru we had three songs we sang at birthdays! We have our songs in the US too, but there is something about the cutting cake song in Kenya that I especially enjoy!

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Eating cake is more fun in Kenya

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Anxious for COVID Results

We admit people to our COVID-19 ward nearly every day. We have partitioned half of our hospital to take care of all of our corona virus patients. We place all of our patients who present to the hospital with shortness of breath, fever, hypoxia (low oxygen levels) into this ward while we await their COVID virus tests to come back. When they come back negative, we move the patients to the normal ward. We try to get them out so that they are not there when the next patient arrives who might possibly be infected. So far we have been able to keep all admitted patients in separate rooms so that we do not cross-infect a negative patient from another who might test positive. Nobody has tested positive in the COVID ward, and we have been able to move them all over to the normal beds. Usually these patients “just” have tuberculosis. Once we start having positive patients we will not be able to transfer patients over to the normal ward, and all who end up the COVID ward will be staying there whether they are positive or not. Because once they are admitted into a ward that has COVID positive patients, they are considered exposed and possible transmitters. This desire to move patients to the normal ward makes us eager to get results, and so it means we make multiple trips to the lab with frequent calls to the lab manager asking if results are back. That is why you see Godfrey begging for results in the picture below. We want to get patients out of the COVID ward to the normal hospital where they belong!

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Tracking down labs

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Mudding our Way Through the End of April

Rainy season is in full swing! The kids have started back into their third trimester of the year. Both the school year and rainy season will end sometime in July. So far COVID is ok, but we are hearing sad stories from Tanzania just south of Kenya. I have a lighter schedule next week, and so I hope to get caught up on many mini-projects that I have on the brain. That is unless corona virus infections arrives. Then it is all hands on deck until it calms down. Keep praying for us! We are praying for you in return.

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Mudding through some rainy season blues!

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Home Office

There is not a lot of space at our house. When I work at home the porch that we built is my home office. The view is not bad!

Doing some COVID virus review

Do You Like to See People . . .

. . . hurt themselves in videos? I am a sucker for all those videos of people falling off swings, crashing skateboards, etc. This is not quite the same thing, but if you want to see someone suffer a little bit, here is a clip of me allowing the lab to practice doing a nasopharyngeal swab on me so that they can do adequate COVID virus tests. Its not comfortable.

Rainy Season

Rainy season started last fall (US fall), and then it was supposed to stop. It never stopped. We missed our dry season. Now the long rains have started and it has rained and rained and rained. The Nairobi flies are in plague mode as are the grasshoppers and locusts. Mud for the next 3 months until about the middle of July. We hope to come home this summer just as the rainy season ends, but that will depend on the end of the COVID season. Still no COVID cases in our hospital, although we may be catching more cases of TB!

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Rainy season

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Going into the COVID ward or preparing a pizza?