November 24, 2016 - Texas Today in the United States, we celebrate my favorite holiday of the entire year - Thanksgiving! This is a unique holiday in the USA which remembers God's goodness to the Pilgrims who came to Massachusetts in 1620 to escape religious persecution. Half of them died during the harsh winter, so… Continue reading Happy Thanksgiving!
January 1995 Over the next few days, Dr. Elaine assigned me to work in the Mennonite clinic which was hosting us in comfortable simple motel-like rooms on their campus. I watched Dr. Nancy examine patients all day long in much the same fashion as US physicians. She speaks some English and many of the medical… Continue reading Transcultural Nursing Course – Dominican Republic – Part 4
January 3, 1995 - Labor and Delivery With our trip half over, we returned today to the city hospital to work as a group so Tammy could translate for us. We made rounds in the pediatric ward and watched a skilled nurse easily start several IVs in babies, unlike yesterday. She wore a cap with… Continue reading Transcultural Nursing Course – Dominican Republic – Part 3
January 1995 - San Juan, Dominican Republic After awakening, I began reading my English-Spanish Bible in my Pan Dia village home, when Maria, a ten-year-old girl came in and shyly started reading over my shoulder. I gave her a Spanish gospel tract to read, and she was thrilled. Before we said goodbye, the cute children… Continue reading Transcultural Nursing Course in Dominican Republic – Part 2
December 28, 1994- Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic By God's grace, He opened the door for me to take my second course in graduate school over the next two weeks in the Dominican Republic. I was short three days of vacation time at work, but Marge RN, who is retiring on December 31, kindly gave me… Continue reading Transcultural Nursing Course in Dominican Republic – Part 1
October 1994 The Lord has blessed my first semester in graduate school tremendously as I study Nursing Issues. My brain has come out of mothballs, especially during group discussions and stimulating lectures from our professor. I just went to the hospital library to do some literature searches on my ethical dilemma for my paper. I… Continue reading Homework on Thanksgiving Day
April 1993 I have been sick often this past winter with four colds, a gastrointestinal virus, and bronchitis. I was only able to go skiing once in Vermont even though we had tons of snow. Things are going well as a visiting nurse even though I have been assigned to three different districts and had… Continue reading What is a Nurse Practitioner?
The previous post, I shared my experience with altitude sickness at 7000 feet on the rim of the Grand Canyon. After I returned home, I did some research on altitude sickness. The experts advise sleeping at lower altitudes, going up high during the day, and then returning to the lower altitude. In retrospect, I should… Continue reading Altitude Sickness
June 2010 Ever since I rafted through the Grand Canyon in 1993, I have wanted to see it again from the rim and the comfort of a hotel with hot showers, flush toilets, and a real bed. (See the previous post.) I was invited to visit dear friends who live in Utah near Bryce and… Continue reading The Grand Canyon – From the Top – Part 2
May 1993 A couple of years ago when I went white water rafting with some friends in the mountains of the state of Washington, I fell overboard and nearly drowned when I was caught in a whirlpool. Even though I am an excellent swimmer and was a lifeguard when I was in high school, I… Continue reading The Grand Canyon – from the Bottom – Part I