Panama 2020

Up to the Mountains of Panama

March 9-12, 2020 As the mountains surround Jerusalem, so the Lord surrounds His people from this time forth and forever. Psalm 125:2 Our tour bus continued on the Pan American highway until we arrived at a stunning small beach resort popular with ex-pats. Guests relaxed beside the sparkling pool and gazed at the Pacific Ocean.… Continue reading Up to the Mountains of Panama

Christian Single, General Nursing, orthopedics, Rehabilitation Nurse

Knee Rehabilitation

November 16, 2004 I thank the Lord for the progress I'm making progress here in the rehabilitation center after my knee replacement on November 8. I now only need Percocet for the pain every three hours, which my stomach can tolerate after I eat a snack. I enjoyed 7 whole hours of sleep last night!… Continue reading Knee Rehabilitation

International Nursing, Panama 2020

Coast of Panama

March 7-9, 2020 In light of the Coronavirus that is quickly spreading through the world, I packed a travel medical kit with nitrile gloves, masks, bleach wipes, salt to gargle with at night, powdered Vitamin C, digital temporal thermometer, my worn stethoscope, and my pulse oximeter to check my oxygen level in the mountains. I… Continue reading Coast of Panama

Christian Single, General Nursing, Marsha Swinehart RN, Nurse Practitioner, orthopedics, Rehabilitation Nurse

Total Knee Replacement

October 9, 2004 "What man is he that fears the Lord? Him shall He teach in the way that He shall choose." Psalm 25:12 (KJV) If the Lord tarries, my total knee replacement surgery will be on Monday, November 8. I visited three rehabilitation (rehab) facilities and chose the nicest one with a private room… Continue reading Total Knee Replacement

Christian Nurse, International Nursing, Panama 2020

Adventure in Panama

March 2020 Dear Readers, I'm taking a little break from my usual historical narrative of my nursing career to tell you about my recent trip to Panama this month in light of the Covid 19 pandemic and my encounter with the impressive health care system in Panama. For security reasons, I have changed the names… Continue reading Adventure in Panama

Christian Single, General Nursing, orthopedics

Pain, Pain – Go Away!

April 22, 2004 I had my painful left knee injected with cortisone yesterday because I could barely walk. I have been trying to climb more flights of stairs at work to get in shape for ascending the Great Wall in China, but it has only made my knee worse. How I wish I never would… Continue reading Pain, Pain – Go Away!

Christian Single, General Nursing

What Next, Lord?

January 1, 2003 My Pastor had a wonderful message last night at the New Year's Eve service at church on Philippians 3:13-14, "This one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind, and reaching forth unto those things which are before, I press toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God… Continue reading What Next, Lord?