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Mary and the Loyola Healthcare MBA class

Thanks to my connections with Andy Kaufman who is a faculty teaching Project Management at Loyola you can get in on the class and hear about Project Management in the Maternal Newborn Community Health Project.

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Misnamed: My Name is Mary; My heart is Martha

I am misnamed. My name is Mary, but my heart is Martha. I confess. I am a doer by nature, productivity driven, and this confession exposes something about what I treasure. I want to be valuable; productive. While making a contribution is a good thing, and doing good work is […]

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Maundy Thursday and on Call at Kijabe

In the official Christian church calendar, it was Maundy Thursday.  In Mary’s calendar, it was on call night. Two died on my shift. Both babies with congenital anomalies, but it still hurts. Both were newborn surgical cases in infants from Somali speaking families. The Somali speaking Kenyan’s usual way to […]

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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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It all Happened in a Castle

A Castle in Germany. Wow what a setting for a week long course in Tropical Pediatrics. Rod and I were invited to speak at this course and it was a bit like living in a fairy tale. The course venue was in a Castle in Geissen, Germany that was connected […]

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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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