Thursday, March 1, 2012

One month behind us!

Sorry that I have not done much updating this week.  We are finishing our first month in Uganda.  The time has already flown by.

We rested on Monday and worked on laundry and getting back into our exercise routines.  Tuesday, Jill and I met with the Africa Renewal administration to discuss our schedule for the next few months.  We are mixing in about 4 more road trips and much work that is close enough to day trip from our apartment.  We are trying to mix in the arrival of our guests and keep in mind our budget.

Wednesday and Thursday, we made another trip to Bethany Village.  We finished the health assessments on their school kids. 

The number was right around 200 kids over the two days. 
Wednesday, we were able to deliver a wheel chair to the Ja Ja (grandmother) that we had met at our Bethany Village clinic 2 weeks ago.  She had broken her hip about a year ago, and has only been able to get around by scooting herself around on her bottom.  She was overjoyed!  A video of this encounter will be available later.
Thursday, we finished our school children exams and were able to make some home visits.  We visited Jane.  She has been doing pretty well.  She does not find the strength to dig and work in the fields, but she has gone for her HIV labs and is awaiting the results.  Her CD4 count will determine if she can start on her ARV medications.

We visited Eddy.  Eddy was on death’s door 2 weeks ago.  He had malaria and his blood count had dropped to a hemoglobin of 6.  We brought him, by boat, back to Gaba and he was admitted to the Wentz Medical Center and had IV fluids and antimalarials.  He had improved and had been back to his normal self.  But over the last couple of days he had developed a runny nose, fever, and cough.  He did not feel well today, but he looked WAYYYYYYY better than he did the last time I saw him.  We arranged for him to get antibiotics and some cough medicine.

We continue to be blown away by the people of Uganda.   I just wish that I had a more robust vocabulary to try to describe them to you in a way that would do them justice!

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