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Joy in the Midst of Sorrow

The physician strike in Kenya began December 5th. Government employed physicians walked off the job. This has been devastating to me. I remember almost 20 years ago in Arizona when physicians at Thomas Davis Clinic went on strike and how I mobilized, wrote editorials in protest of that action, took […]

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Making Room

The fairy tale trip to Germany is over. I am back at Kijabe and that means STRIKE DUTY. Strike Duty at Kijabe calls for innovation. Our overcrowded nursery with more than 35 babies in a unit made for 16, requires a creative view on what constitutes a bed. I have […]

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Rod and Ulm University Medical School

Last week Rod and I were in Germany to speak at the Tropical Pediatric Course put on by the German Tropical Pediatric Society. Of course a few additional and interesting side opportunities also emerged. This is Rod talking with medical school faculty at Ulm University where he also gave a […]

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Calm Moments

I was not on the hospital schedule this last week, but scheduled for time off. Our wonderful friends the Donelson’s came for a week. Safari is a fantastic way to celebrate your wedding anniversary (23 years for Roy and Angie). It has been a joy seeing Kenya thru their eyes, […]

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The Electricity is OFF

We called the kids Christmas morning, (Christmas eve for them). On Facetime we could see they were all bundled up, winter jackets, hats and gloves-all while sitting on the couch in Ben and Brooke’s house. I said, “You guys look cold!” They were. They had no electricity. No electricity=no heat. […]

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No Room

Its almost Christmas and the NO ROOM sign seems to flash, but the sign is on hospitals. No physicians at most government hospitals, due to the strike. At Kijabe we have NO ROOM, but we are trying to squeeze in more, causing severe work overloads, desperate patients, and sad outcomes. […]

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STRIKE!!!

There is a health care workers strike happening here in Kenya. It is nationwide and includes both doctors and nurses. This puts the “rights” of all Kenyan’s to health care (a constitutional right) in conflict with the government employees constitutional right to strike. Read about the issues in a Kenyan newspaper, […]

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Culinary experience during Travel

We are just back in Kenya after a 12 days in the US. As a result of my travel, I was able to “dine” in airports and on airplanes across 3 continents. Here is a run down of food on the return trip. Breakfast at the Phoenix Sky Harbor Airport […]

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Jet Lag of the Heart

There are important aspects of jet lag that are unmistakable.  The journey from Kenya to the US with its 10 hour time difference to the West Coast gives one opportunities to essentially flip days and nights. For those of you who do not make this journey often it is a […]

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Why I like living in Kenya

People everywhere are interesting. I like people and I like learning about them, but it seems Kenya has a larger than average set of interesting people. In a recent conversation with my friends Dorothy and Thomas, who have lived in many parts of Kenya, we were talking about college application […]

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