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Ebola!

Saturday, August 30, 2014

West Africa is in the midst of the biggest Ebola Epidemic ever. It keeps spreading. It is now in Liberia, Sierra Leone, Guinea, Nigeria and yesterday I heard that there was a case in Senegal. A different strain has started up in DRC but that one does not seem to be connected to the same epidemic. Here is a CDC link for more information on Ebola.

www.cdc.gov/vhf/ebola/

I live and work in Gabon, a country on the West coast of Africa but on the equator. It is considered in Central Africa. Although Gabon has had a few Ebola outbreaks in the past, it has never been in the province where I live. Gabon is the size of the State of Colorado to give a bit of perspective. The current epidemic is not located in any of the border countries with Gabon. It is thousands of miles away.

Ebola can spread by air travel. Many of the airlines have stopped going into most of the countries that currently have cases. But there are still some land borders opened between those countries and other countries.

Let's pray that the Ebola Epidemic be controlled then stopped!

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Today's Positives:
1. There is no Ebola where I live!
2. I'm making progress at sorting, throwing, giving, selling and packing my household before my November move back to the States for eventual retirement. I try to do some of it every day.
3. It's SATURDAY!!

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JAMER123 8/30/2014 9:09PM

    Carolyn, you and the people in your area are being prayed for by many people and we will keep the prayers going until there is no more Ebola. Thank you for the Geography lesson. I hadn't realized it had spread so far and we can only pray it will spread no farther. November will be here soon. Are you going to have problems leaving and returning to the States? I haven't heard of Gabon. What is the country noted for as far as any exports.
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MOONGLOWSNANA 8/30/2014 1:30PM

  Ebola is a truly frightening disease. The pictures coming out of Africa on TV are heart wrenching. I am praying that it will be stopped soon.

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GINA180847 8/30/2014 1:29PM

    Thank you Carolyn for addressing my question about ebola. At a community picnic I was talking to a paramedic here in northern Canada and asked the likelihood of finding it in our communities and she said it could happen in a heartbeat. I was under some illusion that it existed only in hot countries but she said it exists best at body temperature and that exists everywhere.

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SLAYINGDRAGONS 8/30/2014 7:44AM

    The possibilities are frightening and I pray that you and your friends, colleagues, students do not need to make decisions in regard to this present epidemic. I can only imagine what those people who have it in their areas must be experiencing. May God intervene!

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ROX525 8/30/2014 7:01AM

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ZELLAZM 8/30/2014 6:06AM

    Praying for you and my friends in West and Central Africa. I hadn't heard that Ebola had reached Senegal. I have a friend with Wycliffe there.

And Happy Saturday!

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Working as a TEAM!

Friday, August 29, 2014

I work on a TEAM here in Africa. I'm not on my own. There are doctors, nurses, a pilot, Pastor, maintenance couple and of course the kids.

Every year at our conference we take a team photo but also take a Funny Photo!! Here we are this year.





Today's Positives:
1. It's been a busy week but today is FRIDAY!!
2. I took off two pounds since my high after conference and I have kept it off for a week!
3. Just one week before the Nursing School starts up again!!

Have a good weekend!!

  
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GINA180847 8/29/2014 11:40PM

    How is your area for Ebola? I hope you never see any in that area, it is a real killer.

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JAMER123 8/29/2014 10:37PM

    Great pictures! Looks fun. I gues you are getting very busy now with organizing for retirement, travel home and teaching the new teacher for you. Time will fly and soon so will you.
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EMMACORY 8/29/2014 4:38PM

    God bless you for reaching out to others. We are all connected in the circle of life! emoticon

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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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Blowout!

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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SLAYINGDRAGONS 8/18/2014 9:57AM

    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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FLUFFYWONKENOBE 8/22/2014 10:49PM

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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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    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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SLAYINGDRAGONS 8/17/2014 9:43AM

    Woo Hoo!!! Milestones are great for evaluating and setting new goals! Go for it!!!
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JCLJR4547 8/17/2014 3:50AM

  HAPPY BIRTHDAY!

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DETERMINEDRUTH 8/17/2014 3:09AM

    Glad you are back and had a good conference. Happy birthday! emoticon

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

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