Feb 16

It seems Jon shared most of what we did this past weekend and seeing as we did the same things, it seems silly for me to comment much on the weekend’s festivities. The weekend was pretty relaxing and we were ready to start seeing patients in the clinic today, but unfortunately there was no doctor who felt the same! Instead, we sat in a stifling room for over an hour and then were finally told there wasn’t a doctor available to see patients, so we left to find something to eat (we’re both feeling a bit under the weather and that added to the heat makes us more hungry than usual). I’m sorry to say that stories of STDs and different skin conditions will have to wait until tomorrow or Wednesday! 😦

Over the weekend, we did have an encounter with some cute kids. We live on the university property, but it seems there are quite a few private homes as well which means there are usually young kids running around. We went to the church that’s nearby to check our email (there is a wireless signal somewhere near there we can use) on our pocket pc’s and there were some kids who were watching us curiously. At least one of them spoke English and would speak to us, the others just laughed or stared. Once we finished, we started walking back to the house and they followed us! They kept yelling wuzungus and then asked if we had any money. We didn’t have any on us so we said no and kept walking. We weren’t sure what we were going to do with them if they followed us into the gate, but luckily they didn’t. They were pretty cute, and evidently we got to be part of their entertainment for the afternoon.

The children here have a lot of responsibility, especially in caring for younger siblings. We often see babies carrying babies! Young girls not more than 6 will be carrying infants or toddlers on their backs just as their mothers do. It’s adorable and sad all at the same time. Most of the children know how to ask ‘how are you’ and respond, but not much more English than that. Perhaps they know more, just can’t understand our accent, but I’ve not been able to talk to them much more than asking how they are. When they respond you have to listen very carefully or you’ll miss it. Everyone here speaks so quietly that if you don’t pay attention and really concentrate on listening you won’t hear a word (and even when paying close attention I usually only manage to understand about half of what is said). Sometimes people will speak up when speaking to Americans, but often they won’t. I don’t have any idea how people here can hear each other, but they seem to do just fine when speaking together.

I’ve tried several times to load my pictures, but haven’t had any luck yet. I’ll try again today, but I might quit after today if it doesn’t work. It seems like it should, but the program just closes right when my pictures are almost loaded!

Oh, I did finally get a hold of Chris and Jane over the weekend (they are American missionaries who have lived here a long time and are good friends with people from my church at home)! They had been in Nairobi for awhile and were back in Kampala just for a couple days and then taking off again for a week and a half. Jane said she would call and we could get together once they’re back again. It will be really nice to meet them and both Jon and I are excited.

Well, for not having much to say, I guess I managed to say quite a lot. We both really appreciate all the comments and look forward to reading what you all have to say. I very much appreciate the prayers and encouragement as it often feels as if we are doing very little while being here. There are days we love it and days we feel completely overwhelmed and useless…it’s very much a roller coaster of emotions! It’s so nice to hear from people back home though and to know we’re being prayed for.

Advertisements

7 Responses to “Feb 16”

  1. Susan from Nebraska Says:

    Hi Katy – and nice to meet you Jon – I have been away on a little vacation with Jerry – your “away” is a lot more exciting than mine was!!! Anyway, so glad to hear your stories and you are both so good at telling what you see and feel. I know it is hard. I lived in Africa and was born there also – missionary kid – so a lot of what you talk about is familiar and to hear you explain what you see a feel is like seeing it all for the first time again thru your eyes!!! Enjoy – be wise – pray all the time – and you will be just fine!!! I am so glad you finally connected with Chris and Jane. You will LOVE meeting them and they will have a lot of wise advise for you.
    Also, about feeling like you are doing anything – look at it another way – what are you receiving???? You might not think you are doing much but this experience will change how you look at medicine here in the States and how you look at people forever. It is an awesome base to build your career on!!!
    Miss you Katy!!!
    Susan

  2. Susan from Nebraska Says:

    Hi Katy – and nice to meet you Jon – I have been away on a little vacation with Jerry – your “away” is a lot more exciting than mine was!!! Anyway, so glad to hear your stories and you are both so good at telling what you see and feel. I know it is hard. I lived in Africa and was born there also – missionary kid – so a lot of what you talk about is familiar and to hear you explain what you see a feel is like seeing it all for the first time again thru your eyes!!! Enjoy – be wise – pray all the time – and you will be just fine!!! I am so glad you finally connected with Chris and Jane. You will LOVE meeting them and they will have a lot of wise advise for you.
    Also, about feeling like you aren’t doing anything – look at it another way – what are you receiving???? You might not think you are doing much but this experience will change how you look at medicine here in the States and how you look at people forever. It is an awesome base to build your career on!!!
    Miss you Katy!!!
    Susan

  3. Arlene Hiatt Says:

    Katy,

    I so look forward to reading your blog! God is using you to touch lives; and those same lives are touching you, changing you forever! What an awesome experience you are having.

    Young girls (not more than 6 or 7 years old) carrying their sibling babies on their backs caught my attention the first time I saw it in rural Kenya. I realized that the young girls become responsible at a very very young age. And your comment about the children asking “how are you” . . . brought a smile to my face. They are proud of being able to speak to you.

    You continue in my prayers … that God will give you wisdom and discernment and protection and health and strength and all you have need of! Look forward to seeing pictures, if not on the blog then when you get home.

    Love,
    Arlene

  4. Mom Says:

    Katie and Jon, you both have given me so many good stories to talk about in class, the blog works well for that, even the students get excited about plumpy nut as they have seen the video! And both of your descriptions speak for themselves so thank you! Lots of prayers are coming your way especially that you feel well enough to go see the gorillas.
    Love, Mom

  5. Dad Says:

    Pretty amazing stuff, Katie and Jon. Don’t for a minute think you’re not making a difference. You are dropping seeds all over the place – most you don’t even know left your seed bag. Where and what they grow into, you’ll mostly never know.

    It’s God’s work!
    Love, dad

  6. Dad Says:

    Just a note about the pictures. When you try and upload them, try just one picture by itself and see if it goes.
    dad

  7. Arlene Hiatt Says:

    How was your trip to see the guerillas?

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s


%d bloggers like this: