We Finally Got a Car

After 10 months in Kenya we finally have a car! Now we can get to know this beautiful country a little bit better. And the freedom to leave Kijabe without finding a driver . . . it is liberating! It is a 2006 Toyota Landcruiser. So Africa! The outside has some evidence of some hardships, but the engine purrs. We will add a roof rack, touch up the paint, get some new tires, and off we will go! We are coming for you Mt. Kenya!

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Weekend Trip to Mt. Longonot

All of this is just 30 minutes from our house. I love climbing up and looking into this crater. We finally have a car to get there!

 

Devotional Thoughts

Devotional thought before midterm break

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I am thankful for a school that tries to instill the deep truths into their students. I am glad Allison teaches there. This year was English, next year back to her first love, Spanish.

Thank You Volunteers

I am thankful for the Cornici family who came and spent a year with us working in the emergency department of AIC Kijabe Mission Hospital. There are lots of “goodbyes” in a mission hospital, but with that come lots of “hellos” and new friends. We are thankful for our new friends all over the world, even though for now we have had to say “goodbye”.

Kwaheri Cornicis

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If You Ever Forget Your in a Mission Hospital

I came up with this solution for a broken bed at about 4 AM while we were getting ready to do a cesarean section for a patient with placenta previa who was having a hemorrhage. img_2183Patients with placenta previa have the placenta down low in the uterus so that it is covering the cervix. That means that the placenta is between the baby and the exit. When the cervix begins to open and the baby wants to come out, the placenta begins to bleed so that both the mother and the baby are at risk of death. It is a medical emergency in obstetrics. This case was complicated by the fact that she was only 33 weeks pregnant when she started to hemorrhage (2 months early), and she had a history of three previous cesarean sections. Even in the absence of the emergency, doing a cesarean section on a patient who has 3 previous lower uterine scars makes me nervous. These patients often have lots of scarring which can make the surgery very difficult. In addition, in the case of placenta previa, the placenta is often stuck to and growing into the previous scars which can lead to different type of surgical emergency in which the patient ends up with a hysterectomy. I pray a lot when I am standing next to patients like this. We have scriptures up on the walls in lot of the operating rooms. This room in particular has a scripture hanging right in front of me when I am standing by the patient’s side getting ready to begin. I will look up at it, and I will pray for my patient and for myself. And when all is over, I will look up at it again and thank God that his promises are true. She did great!

Maternity Photos

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Resting after delivery watching her baby be checked over.

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Everyone enjoys a new baby, but not everyone is smiling so big for a picture

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Triplets coming soon. She is less than 34 weeks.

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His wife had preterm twins. So far they are doing well. Why do I look so tired?