Sunday, May 19, 2013

Order in Chaos

One of my favorite things about Klinik Jubilee is the consistency is brings to our Jubilee community. People here know when to come for general clinic days, blood pressure or prenatal clinic, & can look at their clinic card to see when we have given them a follow-up appointment. This understanding helps with the desperation that can appear when people here feel that their options are few, & that this may be their one change to see a doctor or nurse. It can be explained. Plus, our consistent presence has given the proof that, yes, we will be open again next week to see more patients.

When I moved here last year, we had the privilege of having an eye doctor from South Carolina come visit. And he caught the spirit and essence of Klinik Jubilee.

He taught us how to perform basic eye exams, fit glasses, & treat all sorts of infections. Because of this, we have begun a monthly eye clinic. We treat the more simple eye issues, and save the patients with more complicated eye problems or need prescription glasses for Dr. Justin. So when he came a few weeks ago, we had an orderly line of people waiting to see him every morning. No pushing, no shoving. Easy to explain.

Vision is so important- kids who need to be able to read their schoolwork. Men who must have good vision to mend their fishing nets. Women who struggle to see when they sew. Even giving sunglasses to prevent cataracts. Giving the gift of sight.

Whether teaching in Keziah's nursing assistant class, doing eye exams on the kids at school, or playing ping-pong, it's always a good to week to have Dr. Justin with us. 

"To live no tight, neat role is truly sacrificial, it is also creative because it leaves us open and free (dare we say) like God himself."
-Alan Jones, Former Dean of Cathedral of San Francisco

Friday, May 17, 2013

I wonder what's going to happen exciting today?

I'd been dreaming of making nachos. But not just good ole American nachos. Nachos that are made out of ingredients that we can purchase here. Homemade cheese dip. Tomatoes, peppers, lettuce, avocado, onions. Ground beef. Papita (plantain chips). Homemade salsa & guacamole. So a few weeks ago, we did just that. A little bit pricey, but worth every bite.

"When you wake up in the morning, Pooh," said Piglet at last, 
"what's the first thing you say to yourself?"

"What's for breakfast?" said Pooh. "What do you say, Piglet?"

"I say, I wonder what's going to happen exciting today?" said Piglet.

Pooh nodded thoughtfully.

"It's the same thing," he said.

-A.A. Milne, Winnie-the-Pooh