Kenya Update 2/17/16

Greetings from the LSU/SHIP team in Western Kenya!

We are averaging over 100 patients a day this week, so we are going through medications like crazy. Therefore, another stop at our supplier in Bungoma.

Another hot and dusty day of fun! Our mobile clinic today was in Chebukwa, north of Bungoma, at a clinic building built by Bishop Tom __. The building would not hold all of our team, so we set up the pharmacy on the front porch, then three patient stations on the inside, with three more on the outside.

There were more children with malaria and jiggers, and more adults with the musculoskeletal aches and pains of a life of hard labor. There was one older lady with congestive heart failure, probably secondary to rheumatic valvular disease. Another young lady had nephrotic syndrome, and had massive ascites (fluid in the abdominal cavity), pleural effusions, and extensive peripheral edema.

All of these problems we managed with the limited resources available to us. Sometimes our efforts seem inadequate (to us). There is so much more we could do for some of our patients here if we had the resources available in the United States; learning to do the best we can with what we have, and accepting that we have improved these peoples’ lives at least in a small way, is part of the Kenya experience.

Please continue to pray for our team and the folks we are striving to help in Kenya.


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