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Dr. Albert Schweitzer's Hospital !

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

While at conference some of us took a tour of the Schweitzer Hospital. It continues to function today but the old buildings are now a museum. I remember studying Albert Schweitzer in grade school but I kept getting him mixed up with David Livingston. Well, since 1977 when I moved to Africa and first got to tour the Schweitzer Hospital, I will not get them mixed up again!
Here are a few photos:

Dr. Schweitzer's home plus nurses' dining hall(now a museum), piano (no I was not touching the piano) and some of his microscopes:

Dr. Schweitzer's operating room and maternity delivery room:

Dr. Albert Schweitzer's original hospital buildings, grave (he died in 1965) and cemetery:

My trip to the Schweitzer Hospital last week was my last before I leave Africa in November, to return to the States for retirement.

Today's Positives:
1. After about 45-50 minutes of a wild bird flying around in the Nursing School office, a yardman finally got him OUT of the office!
2. I took a short walk outside today.
3. I sold some more clothes that were left over from my earlier garage sale.

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ZELLAZM 8/25/2014 6:28AM

    Thanks for the tour!

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JODIRICHARDS 8/23/2014 6:23AM

    Very interesting, looks like you've been adding to his legacy. Thanks for sharing what is going on in your part of the world.

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ALIHIKES 8/20/2014 5:46PM

    Thank you for sharing this blog. I remember how inspiring Dr Schweitzer was to me as a child reading about him. The photos made his history very real.

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KATHYJO56 8/20/2014 12:50AM

    What a wonderful trip for you to take while still in Africa. I am sure that you are taking home so many wonderful memories, you could write a book. I know that I enjoy reading about them.

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JAMER123 8/19/2014 11:31PM

    emoticon for sharing a wonderful historic site.
I have trouble keeping the two apart as well. Love seeing the area he worked in which helps to bring him more into reality.
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MOONGLOWSNANA 8/19/2014 9:57PM

  Thank you for sharing your tour. It really looks interesting. You have seen so much and provided so much for so many during your stay in Africa. Thank you for that as well. You also leave a legacy behind in all the nurses you have trained. You have done well. I hope you enjoy your last months of work before you retire and return home.

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GARDENQE2 8/19/2014 7:29PM

    What a dedicated doctor he was and a fine human being!
One of the world's true heroes.
It's great that you got to visit that place and help in your own way the work he started!
Retirement is a fine thing, too!

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GINA180847 8/19/2014 4:00PM

    How wonderful that the Dr. Schweitzer hospital survives as a museum for us all to remember.

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Monday, August 18, 2014

On my way to the conference I just attended my car had a blowout! I was able to control the car ok. I can no longer bend my knee enough to change a tire. Friends started to help to change the tire but those tires are SO heavy so everyone was glad when a man in a passing car stopped and did the actual tire change. We drove about a half hour to a town where I could buy a new tire before we headed on our way.

After buying the new tire we traveled another hour and a half to get to the location of our conference. I ate lunch then went to get my car washed. While there two different people told me that my new tire had lost a lot of air!!! Next I drove to a close by tire shop where I hole was found in my new tire, like it had run over a nail!!!! My new tire was already flat!!!!! It was then repaired.

Today's Positives:
1. We did not have an accident when the tire blew!
2. I ate too much yesterday but I did not have an eating "blowout"!
3. I have already lost a bit of the 3 pounds I gained at the conference.
4. Yesterday was Independence Day here where I live in Africa. Today is also considered a National Holiday so I do not need to work at the hospital. I will use the time to study a correspondence course I must finish before renewing my nursing license this fall.

Thanks to everyone who wished me a Happy Birthday this weekend.

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JAMER123 8/18/2014 9:41PM

    Wow, the tire really shredded! Glad you got some help but them to have a puncture in the new one! You are right to have a good positive with no accident. CONGRATS on the weight loss too!!
I don't know if I saw it was your BD this weekend as I was very busy with a family wedding reception so I will wish you a belated Happy Birthday!!
Now fully retired, I let my license expire so don't have to do the CEUs' any longer. I do miss the new information coming out though as will read some anyway.
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    Congrats on not choosing that 2nd blowout!!! So glad you had a good time and are back home again safe and sound!

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SINGINGLADY47 8/18/2014 5:54AM

    emoticon you had this problem. That tire was a real mess.

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SAISHA100CJ 8/18/2014 4:50AM

    Carolyn, I am glad you all are okay. It sounds like the tire situation, old and new, all worked out in the end, but, what an experience! I am glad that gentleman stopped by to help.
Good Luck with your correspondence course. You will do well.
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Have a great week!

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GINA180847 8/18/2014 12:28AM

    So glad you were not hurt but that was a lot of bad luck. Lucky that that man helped you.

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FLEMIDG 8/18/2014 12:26AM

    So glad to hear you were safe and sound after that blow out and that a gentleman stopped to help you.

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ZRIE014 8/18/2014 12:20AM

  i'm glad nothing happened to you. with all the technology improvement, tires are still pretty enough the same.

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LINDA! 8/18/2014 12:17AM

    Very happy that there was no accident with the blow out.

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KATHYJO56 8/18/2014 12:17AM

    You sure did have a blow out. There is nothing left of that tire. I'm ss that your new tire got a hole in it already, but at least it could be fixed.

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Passing a MILESTONE!

Sunday, August 17, 2014

Nope, I did not pass a milestone of losing a certain number of pounds.

Yesterday I had my 65th Birthday. I finished up at a conference that was held at a hotel about 4-5 hours from where I live. I am home now but the conference was great! I have enough material from my trip to write a few more blogs. For today though I will just say "hi". I'm back off my SparkBreak.

Here's my Birthday Photo.

Today's Positives:
1. God protected as we drove to and from the conference this week.
2. The conference was wonderful, and God spoke to each of us.
3. I gained only 3 pounds during conference. It could have been worse.
4. I am off SparkBreak.
5. I am on Day #1 of being ON TRACK!!

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GINA180847 8/17/2014 3:58PM

    Very Happy Birthday Carolyn!

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MJREIMERS 8/17/2014 3:46PM

    emoticon Congrats on your 65th birthday! I hope it's a great day and a great year! We'll have to celebrate at Panera's when you get back tot he states.

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A_RARE_BEAN 8/17/2014 3:34PM

    Happy belated birthday!

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SPEEDY143 8/17/2014 2:29PM

    emoticon emoticon emoticon on 65 trips around the sun emoticon YOU have blessed everyone who has had the privileged of knowing you emoticon may God continue to bless you emoticon emoticon emoticon

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JAMER123 8/17/2014 1:30PM

    Welcome back~It sounds like you ha a great time. Sending Happy Birthday greetings your way. Looking forward to hearing about your travels & conference.
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    Woo Hoo!!! Milestones are great for evaluating and setting new goals! Go for it!!!
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    Glad you are back and had a good conference. Happy birthday! emoticon

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PRAIRIECROCUS 8/17/2014 2:23AM

    Happy Birthday ! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon
Many Happy Returns !

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Carolyn's Capers!

Friday, August 08, 2014

I send out a periodic prayer letter to my prayer partners. Here is an edited edition of what I sent out today but without photos.... so you can catch up with what is happening with me during my SparkBreak. I'll try to post photos when I get back off break.

Dear Family and Friends,
Thanks for praying for me these past weeks. All is going well and I know it is because people are praying.

My big garage sale last Saturday, Aug. 2nd, went well. I wanted to be sure I had enough "stuff" for everyone to purchase something. I told people that clothes were not limited but everything else was limited to ten things. People seemed satisfied with that and everyone seemed to leave my home (not my garage) with what they wanted. Christine and Marguerite (hospital cashiers) were the cashiers at the sale. All went smoothly. Someone described garage sales here like shopping on "Black Friday" but it was not the case Saturday so I know people were praying. Since I do not leave Africa until the end of November I still have other things to sell but I will not have another announced public garage sale. I will sell the rest of the things little by little to whomever wants to look at the table that I will keep set up for that.

We have a new Missionary Nurse from France. Wendy joins Terry and me as professors in the Nursing School. She has been with us only one week but already has been active at the hospital. On Monday morning we had our first Teacher's Meeting.

Each Monday through Friday I walk upstairs to the "RADIO ROOM" to start the programming for our Hospital Radio FM station. I then stop by the office of Francois to let him know that the radio is running so that he will turn it off mid afternoon before he leaves work. It does not run on the porches during the night because it might disturb someone's sleep. I then stop by the Recovery Room where paralyzed Eric almost has his second home. He is in the hospital this time because he had bedsores but they are healing. Each day I turn on the radio and lay it next to Eric's head so he can listen to the Christian programs. Praise God for the growth in the Lord that Eric has had since his 2012 accident that paralyzed him.

Cheryl as well as Nurse visitor Abby have been helping me sort uniforms in the Hospital Supply building. Above see a photo of Cheryl and me. See also a photo of the Hospital maintenance crew in their new ALEGENT HEALTH uniforms!! These men are not usually given uniforms but I found some nice uniforms that had come from Omaha, NE and gave them each one. They were glad to get them. I was in an Alegent Health hospital when I had my knee and wrist break in 2012!!

Monday August 11th we start our annual Team Forum conference in another city. Forum is like FAMILY CAMP. Our special speaker will be Pastor Mark, brother in law of our own missionary Terry. He is coming with his wife Dianne (Terry's sister) and also a couple to lead worship, John and Judith. Pray that the Lord will speak through these who come to minister to us and that we will listen! It is about a 4 1/2 hour drive to "Camp", mostly paved but still dusty dirt on one stretch. Please pray for safety in travel to and from Camp. Various cars are traveling Saturday, Sunday and then on Monday two cars (mine included) will finish up the trips. All of us will return home on Saturday August 16th.

Speaking of August 16th.... MY BIRTHDAY. Not just any Birthday but my 65th Birthday. This week I tried two different days to sign up for Medicare (something to do before my Birthday) and was unable to because my Internet browser kept saying something about a Proxy. Then yesterday I tried to call the Omaha Social Security office to sign up and when I finally got it to ring, it would ring three times, go to music for a little and then say that everyone was busy and to call back! I had expected to have to wait on-line but that was not an option. I tried to call several times. I then tried again to sign up for Medicare on-line and was finally able to do so without getting blocked. WooHoo!! I needed to get that done before leaving for Team Forum (Camp) on Monday as there will be no Internet services at the hotel where we will be staying.

The Nursing School will start it's fall trimester with a September 5-7 Spiritual Retreat and then classes begin September 8th. More about the retreat and classes in a future letter. Pray for the preparation that we must do before those two events though. Thanks.

Thank again for your prayers.

Warmly in Christ,

P.S. I'm still on SparkBreak but I'll be back!

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AEO_SUNSHINE 8/11/2014 11:12AM

    Happy birthday for the 16th (same birthday as my older sister).
You sound sooooo organized - good for you!


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JAMER123 8/9/2014 12:51AM

    emoticon prayer letter. I am so glad all has been going so well and with continued prayer, it will be good through your trip home. I hope you can get signed up for your Medicare and SS. Also, I send Happy Birthday greeting a few days early but as heart felt. God bless you.
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KATHYJO56 8/9/2014 12:26AM

    What a wonderful prayer letter and I know that this is only part of it. I am happy that your garage sale went well and I pray that your social security gets started without any more issues.

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I'll be BACK!!

Saturday, July 26, 2014

I've had visitors for dinner three times this past week. I'm also orienting a new nurse who started working at the hospital and who will be here for two and a half months.
With my major garage sale next weekend and with other projects I'm behind on, I'm taking a SparkBreak for awhile. I'll be back!!

Today's Positives:
1. My garage sale will be OVER in a week from today!!
2. We have lots of visitors on the Station who have come to Africa to help us in various ways.
3. My new external hard drive arrived so I can adequately back up my documents and photos. My other external hard drives were too small.
4. It's SATURDAY!!!

I'll be back!!!!!!

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LINDA! 7/31/2014 12:44AM

    Hope to see you back soon!! emoticon

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MJREIMERS 7/29/2014 7:48PM

    I look forward to you coming back. I hope you get lots done in your remaining time. SparkOmaha reunion as soon as you get back to the states!

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KATHYJO56 7/27/2014 12:10AM

    I will look forward to your return. emoticon

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JAMER123 7/26/2014 9:23PM

    Enjoy the company and the training of new staff! Best wishes on your garage sale!!
Will await your return! Safe travels!
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CALIDREAMER76 7/26/2014 7:43PM

    Good luck with the garage sale, Enjoy educating the newbie and visitors.
See you soon.

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MOMMA_BEAR_69 7/26/2014 6:16PM

    Good luck with all your projects. Sounds like you need a break. Know that we will be here when you have the time to get sparking again. Just continue to take good care of yourself.
Prayers, blessings and hugs,

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GINA180847 7/26/2014 12:44PM

    Thank you Carolyn! I am dying to go out and buy some cucumbers and try this. I often buy them knowing I love them and they get forgotten and die an ignominious death in the fridge.

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PRAIRIECROCUS 7/26/2014 3:22AM

    All the best, with all your projects !
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