This is also Nadia's first full day at Maseno, so she and I joined Dr. Hardison for early rounds instead of walking to church at St. Philip's. We then observed Silus, a young medical officer working in the outpatient department, as he examined and admitted two very sick infants with suspected malaria. Such fine IV needle insertions on such tiny dehydrated people!
Nadia and I later wandered through the street kiosks in search of flip-flops ($1.05 or so per pair) and treated ourselves to a couple of Cokes (20 KSh = about 30 cents each). We returned to help Ruth and Jessica exercise their quadriceps for awhile. Since it was another beautiful 85-degrees day, we took our patients outside via wheelchair to "work." Ruth is now using a walker, but Jessica still seems reluctant and occasionally delusional, perhaps related to encephalopathy. She has two young children at home, however, so I am encouraging her to get stronger for their sakes. This afternoon I showed her pictures of my own cherished children -- and grandchildren!
Nadia and I met Mary, Liz and Zach -- just back from his Mt. Kenya climb -- at the Hardisons for a pleasant evening and delicious dinner. Mary told us more about the CCC ladies' crafts program and the duka (shop) they hope to open in January. The women have decided to name it "Karibu Tumaini" or "Welcome Hope" Crafts. We also learned a little about micro-finance in Kenya, including "table banks" and "merry-go-rounds."
Home by 8:30 PM, I fell asleep early, my own heart "humming softly in the darkness."