Kruger National Park- Skukuza

Drive 1- Lower Sabie H4-2 to Gezantfombi waterhole, then S28 to Lower Sabie. Drive 2- Lower Sabie H4-1 to Skukuza. Night 2- Skukuza campground. In bed by 8:00p and up at 5:00a to get out of the gates when they opened at 5:30. Ah, the excitement in the bathroom in the wee hours is reason […]

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Kruger National Park- Lower Sabie

Drive 1- Crocodile Bridge to hippo pools, H4-2 to Mativuhlungu Loop to Lower Sabie. Drive 2- Lower Sabie to S29 to S122 to H10 to Lower Sabie. Drive 3- Lower Sabie H4-1 to N’watimhiri causeway and back. Night 1- Lower Sabie campground. Our first drive in the park was like living The Lion King. I […]

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Kruger National Park, South Africa

Since G and I fly standby it’s dern-near impossible to make any travel plans beforehand, other than maybe some lodging with flexible, last minute cancellation policies. Before this trip we only booked a hotel for two nights after we were hoping to get into Johannesburg (and cancelled and rebooked at least three times due to […]

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The Final Days of Surgeries

After our final surgery was stabilized in the ICU, Fekade (Dr. Fekadesilassie) took us to tour the “other” Addis hospital. I solemnly swear to keep my opinions to myself and my photos unbiased. These kids’ families asked me to come in and take pics of them. I don’t know what they were in for and I […]

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The Surgeries, part 3

19 February 2015 Our third day of surgeries and everyone did great. K. is 12 yo, is 4’7″ (139 cm) and weighs 52 lbs (24 kg). The surgeons repaired her mitral valve with an annuloplasty ring to fix the leaking around it and some some artificial chordae to help hold the repaired valve in place. Chordae are your […]

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The Surgeries, part 2

18 February 2015 Sun! Glorious sun! I got up early to sit out on the roof and soak up those gorgeous rays and read and journal. The sun sets around seven here so once it went down I just went back to bed. I told the girls I was going to wait for a ride […]

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The Surgeries, part 1

17 February 2015 Surgeries started today! I tried staying up as late as I could, but I only lasted until about midnight. The other gals were up early to get to the hospital but I’m covering the night shifts. I got up at 7:30 to stash some of the hostel’s free breakfast away for later, […]

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Meet the Patients

16 February 2015 The mission had ten patients to choose from and only six surgeries planned. On Monday we went to the Cardiac Centre to see what supplies they had, check out the ICU, and start screening patients. Wells, Sandy, Adessa, and I went to meet our patients before the screenings to get some of […]

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Addis Ababa, capital of Ethiopia

15 February 2015 I woke up with a foggy memory of a scream in the night and some commotion from the girls. They were sharing a double bed while I took the mattress on the floor. No offense, I just don’t sleep well with anyone but my husband, who I spoon and coodle and cuddle […]

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Intro to Addis Ababa

14 February 2015 Our first Ethiopian coffee and a gorgeous sunrise- Lion King style- on our flight to Addis Ababa. I love this continent. Ethiopian Airlines was a real gem. Though only a two hour flight from Nairobi we still got a piping hot breakfast of seasoned, spicy potatoes and a fluffy egg loaf. After […]

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