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Comfort from the Word

March 31, 2015

I’m going through a pretty big test in regards to my faith and my career. I can’t really disclose why or what but I seem to have more enemies than I naively thought, who are really trying to hurt me. With that said, the Word of God always has a comforting message and for the […]

Just Thought of This

April 5, 2011

I was talking with my mom and she was mentioning that the thing they love about me is that I don’t know how talented I am. In all honesty I don’t see myself as especially talented but I know all mothers probably think their kid is special. However I think her comment brought up an […]

Interviewing on the Sabbath

November 20, 2010

Happy Sabbath! Praise God that this hour not only marks the beginning of the Sabbath, but also the last orthopaedic surgery away elective that I will take as a 4th year medical student. I had a great 3 months, but being away from my pregnant wife has truly been harder than I imagined. I board […]

Lost to Follow-Up

June 4, 2010

Writing discharge summaries are often the bane of every medical student or resident’s existence. It takes a long time, it quite tedious (especially on peds), and it requires you to go tell the patient how/who they need to follow-up with once they leave, or what labs need to be checked on when the patient leaves […]

Adventist Orthopedic Blog

October 31, 2009

There are 2 main Adventist missionary hospitals in the country of Zambia in Africa. My wife and I went to Mwami Adventist Hospital the summer after our first year of medical school. Yuka is the other mission hospital in Zambia and it is far more remote than Mwami, which is why we went to Mwami […]

VIDEOS

July 26, 2008

I have finally uploaded the videos I took while I was in Zambia on the mission. Reread the posts in June and July to view them!

DEATH: The Enemy?

July 9, 2008

1Now a man named Lazarus was sick. He was from Bethany, the village of Mary and her sister Martha. 2This Mary, whose brother Lazarus now lay sick, was the same one who poured perfume on the Lord and wiped his feet with her hair. 3So the sisters sent word to Jesus, “Lord, the one you […]

Baby Town

July 4, 2008

Monday and Tuesday are national holidays for the country of Zambia and every mother that was in our OB ward today decided to give birth before the long weekend started. Everyone got to catch a baby today. I actually got some great video footage of Jessica and Brittany delivering a baby, and I will upload […]

I finally got one

June 30, 2008

So yeah, I definitely ate something I shouldn’t have because today I woke up with explosive diarrhea. After taking some Cipro I went to the hospital to see if anything was going on. There were 3 OR cases today, 2 of which needed spinal anesthesia. The first spinal anesthesia stick I did the nurse anesthetist […]

Outreach Day

June 29, 2008

Today was outreach day, so we piled into a bus and set off. Its truly a wonder to me how the people that live in these remote villages make it to the hospital for emergencies. The roads are really just that bad. I honestly think it would be easier to ride a bicycle than to […]

Sabbath and Visitations

June 28, 2008

The story of Zaccheus can be found in Luke 19. You know, Zaccheus hadn’t exactly lived a good life. He wasn’t an upstanding Christian or Jew. But when Jesus toldhim that He was coming to his house that day, Zaccheus was overwhelmed. That Jesus thought enough of him to visit him melted Zaccheus’ heart and […]

June 27, 2008

June 27, 2008

Today was pretty good (I say that alot huh, lol). We rounded on the OB ward first, seeing all the patients who had a C-section done. The lady who I did the sub-cutaneous suture on is in pain from the surgery but she is doing fine. Her would looked beautiful if I should say so […]

June 26, 2008

June 26, 2008

Today was a good day. I woke up nice and late after being called in for the C-section and praying with Mr. Myembe. My wife and I started rounding in the Peds ward. We checked the two kids that we operated on yesterday (the forehead cyst and the inguinal hernia). Then we went to the […]

Long Day

June 25, 2008

Today was actually a pretty good day. I woke up, had personal devotion and then prayer with my wife (something that husbands as priests and heads of the household should strive to do). Today was Dr. Ang’s last day in the OT (operating theater as they like to call it here; we call it the […]

More Rounding

June 24, 2008

So today was pretty routine except that we rounded in the Peds ward today. The theme of the Peds ward is MALARIA, MALARIA, MALARIA. Almost every kid presented as, “This is Jane Doe, age 2years, who presented with vomiting, diarrhea, fever, and splenomegally.” The Lord is good and most of the children service, but some […]

Monday at Mwami

June 23, 2008

Today was pretty great. Of course I was up since 3 am because my circadian clock is still completely off. So I continued to read Jesus, M.D. for about 3 hours. I really praise the Lord for his book because it has helped me overcome many of the fears i had about being a missionary […]

Sunday Rounds

June 22, 2008

Since today was Sunday, rounding started a little later today. While we were waiting for D.r Peduche to arrive I had a chance to chat a little more with the clinical officer students (physician assistants). Their training is pretty rigorous and similar to medical student training except they don’t get into as much basic science […]

Sabbath at Mwami

June 21, 2008

Today was my first Sabbath at Mwami and I truly enjoyed it. We woke up in the morning and had devotion. I have been reading the book Jesus, M.D. and it encouraged me to take myself away from everyone else and go on rounds with the Great Attending (Jesus Christ). I would recommend that book for […]

Our First Day

June 20, 2008

So it is currently 18:00 hours and I just woke up after taking a nap. Of course the nap didn’t help me switch over to this time zone, but it felt oh so good.
Today was our first day in the hospital. Since it was Friday, the whole hospital got together and had worship. There was song […]

More Travel

June 19, 2008

I woke up at 2 in the morning today which is about what I expected. My body thought it was really 4 p.m. and thought it was time to wake me up from my afternoon “nap”.
The travel to get to Chipata was quite intensive:
Los Angeles to London: 10 hours 20 minutes
London to Nairobi, Kenya: 8 hours […]

Finally in Zambia!

June 18, 2008

I ACTUALLY GOT INTERNET ACCESS HERE SO I’LL BE TRANSFERING MY JOURNAL ENTRIES ONTO HERE. I CAN ONLY UPLOAD THE PICTURES FROM AFRICA. I’LL UPLOAD THE VIDEOS WHEN I GET BACK ON JULY 23. At the end of each post, I’ll add some pictures that were relevant to the day.
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So after leaving the LAX airport […]

What to Take on a Mission Trip

June 14, 2008

So you plan on going on a medical mission trip? That truly is great, but you need to be prepared. In my last post you saw all the medical supplies that we are taking over. Below is a description of personal items I think are essential and helpful to have on the mission:

1. Old Spice […]

Mission Preparation

June 7, 2008

So my wife and I and one of our classmates leave for our mission trip to Zambia, Africa in a little over a week. When we e-mailed the surgeon at the Mwami Adventist Hospital in Chiapata, Zambia, asking him for any needs that the hospital had, he responded that they needed some basic supplies and […]

Finals Week Testimony

May 13, 2008

As you know from looking at the finals week schedule in my last post, last Thursday, my wife and I took our comprehensive Patient Diagnosis test. The Patient Diagnosis class was on a whole a huge and intensive class that took alot of studying and preperation. I knew how important this final was (worth like 40% of our […]

Does the Day Really Matter: An Evidence Based Analysis

April 18, 2008

There is no way that you can get through medical school without taking some sort of evidence based medicine course. In this course, you will learn how to critically analyze studies, find any biases in the study, and choose the right study to apply to your patient. As I have read different papers in the […]

A Letter from the Mission Field

February 10, 2008

A couple of days ago, I received a letter from one of the Zambians that I worked with when I did mission work in Zambia and Zimbabwe. I received the letter during the stressful test week that just ended, and it immediately warmed my heart and put a smile on my face. Sometimes, the process […]

Zimbabwe Mission Trip

June 26, 2007

It is so good to be back on this side of the Atlantic! I have so much to say, and so much to tell, so you will have to bear with me on this entry. At first attempt, I began to write this entry like an article, but that format was entirely too formal. The […]

Love

May 11, 2007

I know I promised in my last post that I would post a complete road map of my time in college, but that is taking a long time put together, so I wanted to post something else for everyone to contemplate. As you know, I’ll be leaving for Zimbabwe on a humanitarian/evangelistic mission on Wednesday […]

A little info about the Sabbath

May 14, 2006

Well, I’m getting ready to pull off for the mission in Lake Charles, LA. Like I said before, this will be a mission primarily composed of bible studies but we will do relief work too. During the morning we will do rebuilding of different people’s homes that were destroyed by Hurricane Rita, then in the […]

Mission Trip Journal

July 15, 2005

BACKGROUND
Hey everyone. This is just a little background information in case you just started reading my diaries. Last summer I went on a mission trip (for 6 weeks) to Zambia, Africa with the National Association for the Prevention of Starvation (NAPS). It’s a mission group that is based in my Biology department. Whenever we can […]

*******DISCLAIMER******* Hello everyone. I kn…

April 9, 2005

******DISCLAIMER******* Hello everyone. I know having a disclaimer is weird, but this post is either going to offend a lot of people, or its going to make them think. I am a Christian, a Protestant Christian, a Seventh-day Adventist Protestant Christian. Anyone who knows about the Protestant church knows that it arose in opposition […]