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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Life is More Spiritual In Kenya

Scan through this latest notice and tell me you do not agree that life is viewed more spiritually here.Screen Shot 2020-05-16 at 5.52.09 PMScreen Shot 2020-05-16 at 5.52.23 PMScreen Shot 2020-05-16 at 5.52.39 PMScreen Shot 2020-05-16 at 5.53.03 PMScreen Shot 2020-05-16 at 5.53.22 PMScreen Shot 2020-05-16 at 5.53.40 PMScreen Shot 2020-05-16 at 5.53.50 PM6th Presidential Address on COVID-19 – 16th may, 2020

Lots of Rain – The Plagues

No water into blood, but we have had innumerous cicadas,

 

locusts,

 

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nairobi flies,

 

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and now constant rain. I would not want to be on the train seeing this for the first time. It looks like an Indiana Jones movie! Reports are no one was injured.

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Shopping

The little Super Duka has just what we need . . . tortilla chips, Coca Cola, Frosted Flakes, and candy. All are part of a well balanced diet.

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Shopping for groceries at the Duka

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Not much to add . . .

All is well in Kijabe. Staffing is a bit tight in the hospital as the usual volunteers that make our lives a little easier have not come this time around. Even if they had wanted to, Kenya would not let them in. So we have fewer doctors to cover the hospital responsibilities, meaning time off is precious when you can get it. I am trying to make sure everyone takes a break before it possibly gets busy. We are in the middle of our second 21 day quarantine of Nairobi. For us in Kijabe, it does not change things much, except that we do not have access to Nairobi. However, food delivery is considered essential service, and so we can order groceries from Nairobi and have them delivered. The RVA cafeteria has connections with suppliers which allow us to get good fruits and vegetables. The German butcher still delivers, and so meat and sausage gives us the protein we need. Our local duka keeps us supplied with the cooking essentials, which can be interpreted as tortilla chips. Our houseworker brings milk, the cheese and butter comes from the local processor, and onions and potatoes are always available. Otherwise, we have lots of people come to the door. I sometimes feel like I am the main employer or customer for about a dozen local small-time businesses. I buy as much as I think is reasonable, and it is always “keep the change”. Slowly people we know are trickling home on emergency flights back to the US. It is weird to be left behind, even when you are choosing to stay. However, I think life is a bit better here compared to what I read is going on in the US. I do not think I would want to go back until things are open and society is functioning normally, and I guess in truth we do not really have much of a choice. And there is so much less panic here in Kijabe . . . how does anyone handle a 24 hour news cycle where bad news sells? With all of that, receive our blessing from Kijabe. God is good! Have a great Tuesday!

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?