Exciting news about the Easter video the Church released Palm Sunday through Easter Sunday. 5 million hits through utube and over 100 million hits on Facebook alone. We hope it touched or helped change the lives of believer and nonbelievers alike, bringing added peace and hope into their lives.
Back from Kampala last night. We hitched a ride with our missionary zone leaders who went for their monthly training. Riding in the back of their much smaller hard-body over North Ugandan roads was no picnic, but we appreciate our good Zone leader's driving skills.
I (Brooks) had not been feeling well lately. Was actually sittng at the dinner table the week before reading scriptures with Pam when I couldn’t see the words and she said I began to slur my reading.
She said, “Let’s quit, you can’t read”. I agreed, placed my head in my hands, said “I don’t feel good.” and that is the last I remember. She caught me as I went to the floor; she laid my head down gently while my legs were still in the chair. I was out for a good number of minutes while she got the missionaries. I came to as the missionaries administered to me. Suffice it to say, there were all sorts of possibilities for what happened. Our Kampala nurse sent me to the local private hospital the next day for blood work which was pretty whacked out with high white blood cell counts so now we could worry about a viral infection, heart condition, TIA (mini stroke) or even adult onset leukemia.
The church nurse conferred with South Africa medical staff and wanted me in Kampala for more extensive testing. She said the hospital would be checking up the wazoo and back. I said I had never had my wazoo checked but if it would be anything like a prostate exam, I would just stay in Gulu.
I spent nearly a day with the nurse at two clinics…one doing an MRI on my brain, the other more blood work, tests, poking, pulling, BP, heart rate, EKG. Even had a basil cell spot removed from my forehead. These were very good hospital/clinics. Bottom line there is nothing wrong with me that a reduction in my high BP medication and some other minor changes won’t take care of. While standing my BP would drop to 100/60 from 125/80. Not too bad but low enough to keep me tired and run down all the time. My blood work came back positive so they concluded I had an infection of some sort.
The five senior missionary couples in Kampala are very busy with their individual assignments which are quite different than that of the Member-Leader-Support missionaries like ourselves. We know we increase their workload when they host us and the other MLS missionary couples, but we thoroughly enjoy our stay with them. We just hope they don't start calling us Elder and Sister Moocher because of all the free room and board we've had. Pam comes home with new recipes after nearly every visit.
Our mission nurse, Sister Squire and and her husband replaced the Johnsons in March. Like the Johnsons were, they are dedicated and loving to all they work with. The following activities don't accurately portray the many hours involved in their service but these are just SOME of what they did just this past week:
- back and forth to the hospital overseeing a missionary's pain management treatment for severe sickle cell anemia
- innoculating many dozens of African missionaries who had not had Hepatitis A and B shots before leaving on their mission.
- running over to mission home to treat a sick mission president and his wife, who just aren't "ALLOWED" any sick time
- spending a day with Brooks, transporting him/us to the various clinics and pharmacy
- Answering dozens of calls from missionaries across Uganda, Ethiopia and Rwanda with their specific needs
Yet, they always remain calm, cheerful and serve as if that person they are attending is their only concern! Like the other couples we have grown to love, we are very grateful for our medical missionaries.
Pam has a little contest going with some of the members who frequent our house. Our (not-so) stray cat is expecting again. Whoever gets the closest date to her delivery will get a milk shake. We wondered if "Big Momma" would have had them when we came back, but not yet. We'll keep all the cat lovers posted regarding the big event.
A bigger event is that our son Wyatt and his wife Jaime are expecting their first child, Anne, in just a few days. We hope they send us lots of pictures. Even though so far away, we feel very connected to our children because of frequent calls through Skype and the many pictures and short videos of the grandchildren they send.
Some pics from this weeks Kampala Trip
A couple of typical street signs heading out of town back home.