Kenya update 2/8/16

Greetings from Western Kenya!

The SHIP/LSU team set up our mobile clinic at Lumboka church on our 6th work day. The morning was cool (60 degrees), breezy, and overcast. The sun came out in the afternoon, but the breeze kept us cool.

Our clinic was less busy numbers-wise, but made up for it in intensity. We saw several more children with malaria, one of which had a seizure while waiting for his meds. We sent him to the hospital with a presumptive diagnosis of cerebral malaria. We checked with the hospital later by phone, and he was stable, but he will need extensive medical care, and lots of prayers.

We also saw a couple of young women with goiters and presumptive hyperthyroidism, and some quite interesting dermatologic problems.

We are all continuing to have fun and learn a lot. Please continue to keep us in your prayers.

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Three months until Kenya 2016

It is time to make plans and get prepared! I am feeling the eagerness a little more each day–God is providing another opportunity to teach, serve the less privileged, and spread the Good News in Kenya. Please keep me and the LSU team in your prayers.

This year we have decided to take two trips to Kenya to provide care. We are also overjoyed to announce that SHIP has worked with LSU Health to create the Global Health Elective for 3rd and 4th year medical students which will allow more students to attend the trip! Currently, we have 16 medical students, 3 attendings, and a resident planning to travel to Kenya in February 2016 and April 2016! Please keep watching out for news about what we are doing for the people of western Kenya!

The countdown timer for the February mission is in the right sidebar.

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Clinics in Kenya

I am almost recovered from jet lag, and hopefully able to post something more coherent than animal photos.

Our team in western Kenya saw more than 600 patients in 7 1/2 clinic days; in addition to every day complaints of aches and pains, we saw malaria, typhoid fever, atypical Mycobacteria, numerous parasitic illnesses, HIV, and various cancers. There was even a case of chickenpox (the students had never seen it!).

Our team worked hard and worked well together; I would be proud to work with them anywhere.

Thanks again to everyone for your prayers and encouragement–Mungu akubariki (God bless you)!

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It’s time to go…

I packed my bags last night, pre-flight
Zero hour–five PM
And I’m gonna be high as a kite by then…

Maybe not high as a kite, but I am pretty excited. The SHIP team from LSU Medical School is leaving this afternoon, bound for Bungoma, Kenya. Please pray for us as we travel and minister to the people of Kenya.

I am not sure how much I will be able to post while in Kenya, but I will bring home plenty of pictures. You can follow the team Facebook page here, where Roger Craig will be posting for all of us.

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