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A New Surgeon!

Saturday, July 19, 2014

Our African hospital has had a Surgical Residency program since 1997 but only this month have we had our FIRST National surgeon to graduate from the program. All the others were from other countries who came here for training. Dr. Simplice is from this country and he will stay to help us at the hospital. He will now train other surgeons!! Praise the Lord that we now have a local surgeon instead of only Expats!!



Dr. Simplice is not only the first local surgeon we've had, he is the first local DOCTOR of any specialty who works here at the hospital. All others have been from other countries. It has been hard to get doctors here in the jungle. Everyone wants to live in the city.

I have two weeks before my garage sale now but I also have many other projects. A new, brand new, nurse arrived here from the States yesterday. Abby passed her Nursing Board exams only last month. She is interested in Missions in the future so wanted to have experience working overseas before starting a job in the States. She will be here for two months and during that time I will be here work "coordinator". I'll also make sure she gets plenty of cultural experiences.

I have three dinners planned for various visitor groups. One is tonight, then there is Wednesday and one week from tomorrow, Sunday. We have a lot of visitors out here now and I try to have everyone to my home once during their stay.

Today's Positives:
1. We now have Surgeon Dr. Simplice to work at our Hospital.
2. The dessert I'll serve tonight is already made and just needs to come out of the freezer. The rest of the meal I still need to make.
3. It's SATURDAY!!

  
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GINA180847 7/20/2014 7:12AM

    What a wonderful accomplishment if he stays at that hospital. It is the same every where, hard to keep well trained people in the remoter ar

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JAMER123 7/20/2014 12:00AM

    emoticon What a wonderful addition to your facility!!
I am sure they will both be very busy!! Thanks for sharing!

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ALIHIKES 7/19/2014 9:18PM

    It is great news that your hospital has a surgeon from that country, and that a new nurse is interested. Hope your party is a big success~!

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NYKIMMIE 7/19/2014 8:50PM

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LACEYKYLE 7/19/2014 7:11PM

    emoticon to Dr. Simplice and PTL for Dr Simplice!!


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MOMMA_BEAR_69 7/19/2014 6:38PM

    emoticon emoticon on your new surgeon, Dr. Simplice who will work at your hospital and is a local doctor!!!
Also exciting that you have a new nurse who will be working with you for two months and is interested in Missions.
Enjoy your dinners with your visitor groups too.
Continued prayers, blessings and hugs,
Helen

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KATHYJO56 7/19/2014 4:28PM

    emoticon to Dr. Simplice. I know your village needs him. Enjoy your dinners.

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SINGINGLADY47 7/19/2014 2:09PM

    Great story of dedication and inspiration. Thank you for posting this amazing story. God bless.

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MOONGLOWSNANA 7/19/2014 10:13AM

  It sounds to me like your jungle is quite exciting! I live in the country and I often visit my daughter who lives in Columbus, OH because of doctor appts. When I am there I so appreciate the convenience of shoppingg in a variety of places without the need to drive a minimum of 45 minutes. It is always worth the two hour drive to the city. I love the country but long for the city life and all it offers as well. I miss being able to see music concerts and plays without the long drive. I do enjoy seeing great blue herons geese and bald eagles, watching the corn grow and the farmers at work. We raised our kids in the country, but they all live in cities for their work opportunities. I am excited for you having the local surgeon who is willing to stay where he was planted now that he has achieived so much and he will give back to his people at home! Roots and wings are both important. Fortunately for all of you his roots run deep!

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ZELLAZM 7/19/2014 8:27AM

    This young surgeon - What a blessing!

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DETERMINEDRUTH 7/19/2014 6:05AM

    That is great that you have a doctor in your hospital from your locality. Sounds like you are busy, but a good kind of busy! God bless!

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KPETSCHE 7/19/2014 4:41AM

    Exciting stuff going on with you Carolyn. Big YEAH on the new surgeon! That's got to be a great thing, I would think.
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DUGDIXIE1 7/19/2014 3:21AM

    So happy for you. It's nice to have a surgeon on board and a new nurse. What a blessing. I am happy for you. emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon need to have a party but maybe you count your dinner. emoticon

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Making Progress!

Thursday, July 17, 2014

Am I making progress on weight loss? Well, no. I did lose a pound this week but it's one of those that just keeps coming back and going away. I do plan for losing more weight this week though.

So where is my progress being made? In getting ready for my August 2nd garage sale. It will actually not be held in the garage but in my house, in two rooms. I had a teenager here today to help me. He brought down two heavy objects from the attic and helped me arrange one of the rooms. I also had lots of old computer cords and other equipment. We sorted it, figured out what to throw away, what to give away and what to keep. Progress!!

Here is one of my latest photos. It was taken July 6, 2014. I'm standing a Pastor and his wife that I have known for over thirty years.



Have a good day!

  
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MOONGLOWSNANA 7/19/2014 10:32AM

  NSV, non scale victories, can be so satisfying! I wish I was having your garqge sale! I did manage to take one load of things to our local thrift shop this week. That is my NSV. I also took the recycling with me to the city and got it out of the way. Organizing my house will eventually help me with my weight loss endeavors. With the clutter gone and the closets organized a lot of stress will be lifted from my daily life. Less stress will clear the way for losing ounces and pounds. Less stress and better sleep will increase the possibilitiy of more time for planning meals and cooking and offers more time for exercise and hobbies, like finishing the quilts for the grandchildren. Persistence rather than perfection is a key ingredient. So the turtle that I am is up and about!!! Onward! emoticon emoticon

I hope your garage sale is a huge success!!!

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JAMER123 7/17/2014 9:52PM

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KAYTIE22 7/17/2014 9:27PM

    Great job preparing for your"garage sale" and congratulations on losing a pound. I know more weight loss will come.

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DUGDIXIE1 7/17/2014 6:16PM

    Good for you. Keep up the good work. emoticon emoticon emoticon

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SHANTODD420 7/17/2014 5:13PM

    Looking good and keep up the hard work.

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SPEEDY143 7/17/2014 3:40PM

    Progress is always a GOOD thing emoticon emoticon

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KATHYJO56 7/17/2014 2:21PM

    emoticon with getting ready for your sale! I love the picture with you and the pastor and his wife.

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MOMMA_BEAR_69 7/17/2014 2:13PM

    emoticon emoticon emoticon on making progress!!! Good luck on getting rid of everything at your garage (indoor house) sale in August.
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Blessings and hugs,
Helen

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Making Cucumber Pickles!

Saturday, July 12, 2014

Cucumbers grow here this time of year and I bought a lot of them the other day. Today I'm making cucumber pickles. They stay for weeks in the fridge. I love to eat them on my plate as a salad or else in a sandwich for something crunchy.

Here is a link to my recipe. I see that SparkRecipes added a photo to it:

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Today's Positives:
1. Cucumbers are in season.
2. I am enjoying my Saturday, doing various projects.
3. I will soon take a walk outside.

Have a good day!

  
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DETERMINEDRUTH 7/12/2014 10:56PM

    I have been thinking of dill pickles lately. I should break down and make some. I have not seen any real good dill pickles in India.

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JAMER123 7/12/2014 9:12PM

    Cucumbers don't like me so I don't like them in return until they become a pickled pickle:-) One of my favorites at lime pickles which we used to make years ago. Haven't had one for yrs. emoticon emoticon

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NYKIMMIE 7/12/2014 7:37PM

    I love cucumbers! Enjoy your Saturday emoticon

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KAYTIE22 7/12/2014 6:30PM

    This recipe sounds really good and it gets a lot of good reviews too. Thanks for sharing. Will have to try it one day soon.

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KATHYJO56 7/12/2014 4:14PM

    I have never made these, but think I may give them a try. Enjoy!

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MOM2ACAT 7/12/2014 3:10PM

    I love to make those; I like them even better than "regular" pickles.

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LACEYKYLE 7/12/2014 2:12PM

    You have a great Saturday also!!

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KITT52 7/12/2014 10:54AM

    thanks for sharing I'll have to try these

have a healthy week end

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ZELLAZM 7/12/2014 9:43AM

    Yum! Might just follow that recipe this weekend.

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ELRIDDICK 7/12/2014 9:39AM

  Thanks for sharing

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BBQ and Graduation!

Monday, July 07, 2014

Here is another July 4th BBQ photo. I'm in the back in the red top.



Two of our Surgical Resident Doctors became Surgeons yesterday. At 11am, after the morning church service, we went right into a formal Graduation service. Then there was a large meal for those who were "invited" including Government officials, Pastors in all the churches in town, all of us Americans and all of the Hospital staff.



Today's Positives:
1. It was 66 degrees Fahrenheit in my kitchen window this morning. That is COLD for here. Nice sleeping weather though.
2. There are two people who is will take over the Radio ministry when I leave the country for Retirement. That is good.
3. This morning I got a lot of walking in at the Hospital.

Thanks for visiting my blog today.

  
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MJREIMERS 7/8/2014 8:04PM

    What a nice 4th and graduation ceremony. I'm so glad your getting things in order for when you retirement. It will come quickly! Yay, can't wait to see you!! Enjoy this time.

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JAMER123 7/7/2014 10:05PM

    Wonderful!! Congrats to the 2 new surgeons and their hard work to complete the course! It will certainly help your area. Have a fantastic day!!
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SHANTODD420 7/7/2014 5:59PM

    Have a wonderful day.

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KATHYJO56 7/7/2014 1:49PM

    Congratulations to the graduates for all of their hard work. They have important jobs ahead of them. Thank you for sharing this happy occasion with us. emoticon

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ZELLAZM 7/7/2014 1:02PM

    Nice gathering and congrats to the grads!

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KMVBBAM 7/7/2014 10:25AM

    Love your positives!

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UMBILICAL 7/7/2014 10:10AM

  Oh yeah!

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July 4th and BEYOND!

Saturday, July 05, 2014

Yesterday we celebrated American Independence Day at 4pm with a BBQ on the Tiki Porch. Here are a few photos.



I'm having a hard time uploading photos... so I'll send more another day.

Right now I weigh more than I have ever weighed before. I'm not making progress. I MUST!

Today's Positives:
1. We had a good July 4th BBQ yesterday with 23 present.
2. I walked outside today.
3. My progress at getting rid of everything in my house is SLOWLY coming but it is coming (I move from Africa back to Omaha, Nebraska, USA at the end of November).
4. I WILL do better!! I MUST!!

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ZELLAZM 7/7/2014 4:55AM

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ALIHIKES 7/5/2014 11:11PM

    Looks like a lovely 4th of July celebration Carolyn! And best wishes in losing weight and getting fit. I know you can do it!

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JAMER123 7/5/2014 8:53PM

    emoticon emoticon Glad you had a good 4th!!
You can do it!! I have faith in you and the old cliques don't hold water here. Take time for yourself as you are preparing for your return to the states.
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KATHYJO56 7/5/2014 3:50PM

    Wonderful that you got to have a good ole American bbq for the 4th. emoticon

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RD03875 7/5/2014 10:51AM

    Glad you were able to celebrate!~!

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WIFE48 7/5/2014 10:44AM

    I live just up the road in South West Iowa. Just one step at a time. emoticon

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BYEPOUNDS 7/5/2014 10:16AM

    Seems as if you are using Sparks, that in itself is progress. Progress not necessarily perfection is the way to win. Best to you!

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