Friday, June 18, 2021
Saturday, June 12, 2021
They got here the day before our Hospital Expansion Project Mumu. Scott, in his time here, worked hard to get that project started and had a vision for what it would look like when finished, but he left before it was finished. So it was special to have him back for the mumu and to get to see the finished project that he worked hard to bring about. Scot Pringle being here is a great blessing with us having a new OB/GYN doctor in Laura. Scot is a great teacher and many of us have enjoyed having him teach us about Csections or delivering babies and we hope Laura will appreciate having him around as well. Our new doctors - Sheila and Spencer are always enjoying having him around to teach them. Jim and Kathy have touched so many lives in their years of service here, but it is especially nice for them to be back and see their kids (Ben and Katherine) and grandkids and their lives and service here.
Thankful for these friends and for all the others who weren't able to come back this time, but have been a part of this Kudjip Family through the years.
Friday, June 4, 2021
There is only so much that we can do medically. I tell patients all too often, that we have nothing medically to change the situation, but God has the power to heal people, and sometimes he makes the blind see, the lame walk, and the deaf hear. I have seen some miracles, not as many as I would like to see, but I have definitely seen some, and Steven was one of those.
I walked into the ER and saw a number of charts waiting for a doctor to see them. I picked one up, and glanced at the chart that the nurses had started. It said, patient died at home, heart started beating, brought in. I scanned the physical part of the chart and found the patient seemed to be unresponsive and had a very slow heart rate. I wasn't too optimistic as I headed over to Bed #2 in the ER.
I got to the bed and found a very nice mattress under a man who didn't seem to have much life to him. I asked the two people with him, who I assumed were his parents, if they could share with me what happened and what brought them in. They told me that their son, Steven, had died yesterday. They had cried and kept his body at home, but this am, his heart started beating and so they brought him in to see if we could help. Looking through his clinic book, I found that he had a history of liver cirrhosis, so it wasn't looking good that we were going to be able to help him.
When I examined him, I found that his heart was beating only about 50 times/minute (which is slow), he didn't withdraw his arms or his legs when I tried to induce pain, and his eyes had a film on them and didn't react to light. None of this looked promising for his future, but he was alive and they wanted our help and so I talked to the family and wasn't very encouraging, but they asked that we admit him and see what happens, so I did.
The following day, I rounded on our medical ward, and he was just laying in the bed, didn't look like he had moved at all. When I talked to his family, they didn't provide me with anything to give us hope that he might turn around. I told them we would keep doing what we were doing, but it didn't look good, they seemed to understand.
The next day when I rounded, I noticed that there were blankets on bed number 27, but there was no one in the bed. I assumed that he had passed away sometime during the previous day, and a new person had come in to take that bed. But shortly there after, a guy walked down the ward and sat on the bed. I picked up the chart and found the same chart I had the past 2 days for Steven. I looked at the guy sitting on the bed, and I asked him his name, certain that this wasn't Steven. He told me his name was Steven. I couldn't believe it. His family wasn't with him, so I couldn't ask them what happened, so I kept talking to Steven. He seemed just fine, he in no way seemed like he had been on the edge of death just 24 hours earlier.
When we finished talking, I asked him if he went to church, he told me he did. I asked him if he knew the story of Lazarus, he said he did. I told him I was going to call him that. The patients and family members around him laughed, and then translated what I said into his Tok Ples. He laughed once he fully understood what I was saying. I told him if he looked this good tomorrow, he could go home.
The next day when I got to the ward, he was sitting there smiling, as if everything was fine, his mom next to him at his bedside. I greeted him as Lazarus and he laughed, and then after a brief visit I sent him home. I will never know what happened to make him almost die, nor why God choose to perform a miracle in Steven's life. I don't know if Steven heard something like Lazarus did when Jesus called to him in John 11:43-44, "Lazarus, come out." The man who had died came out, his hands and feet bound with linen strips, and his face wrapped with a cloth. Jesus said to them, "Unbind him and let him go."
Some things we just will never understand in this life, but I know for sure God does miracles and have seen a number of them in my time here. While I wish there were more, I am thankful for the ones I do see, and thankful that Steven's was one of them.
Saturday, May 29, 2021
Sunday, May 23, 2021
Friday, May 7, 2021
When the rest of the world was dealing with the Global Pandemic, for a long time, PNG was spared of the devastation it was causing, but all that somewhat changed in the beginning of this year. We went from having about 1000 cases to now over 11,000. Compared to some countries, our numbers are still quite small, but it is affecting us.
We got 500 doses of the vaccine this week, which should be enough to put into the arms of all of our Hospital workers and Front Line Workers here. We were able to start putting it into the arms of some of our workers this week. Many of our doctors and some of our staff have been waiting and couldn't wait to get a shot. A number of the doctors and some of our Surgery Staff were the first to get the vaccine. While there is still apprehension and fear from some of our workers, we hope that by getting it we can encourage others to get it also.
We not only want to try and protect ourselves and our families, but also our patients. We are diagnosing around 3 new cases a day, but likely are seeing even more with mild symptoms that we don't even recognize or they don't recognize. So by getting vaccinated, we want to be able to ensure our doors are still open, because our staff is well and not out with Covid. We want our operating rooms to have enough staff to do the emergency surgery or Section, our Delivery room to have midwives who can help our moms deliver babies, our Emergency Room has nurses who can care for those who need help, and more.