Wednesday, November 30, 2016

“Let me not pray to be sheltered from dangers, but to be fearless in facing them. Let me not beg for the stilling of my pain, but for the heart to conquer it.” ― Rabindranath Tagore

New plans today.  I will not leave for Mwanza until Thursday with surgery the following day, Friday morning.  Dr. Chris is flying to Dar Es Salaam today to do a favor in exchange for getting the best surgeon in Tanzania (studied in Cuba) to fly to Mwanza to do my surgery.  Dr. Chris has also gotten me a different hospital where he knows all the doctors, so I will get the best treatment.  This hospital, CF Hospital, was built by an engineer for his five children—one a surgeon, one an internist, one a pediatrician, one a pharmacist, and one a nurse—and Dr. Chris went to school with two of them.  Hard to deserve such a good friend and kind man as Dr. Chris.  He will fly back early Friday morning so he can assist with my surgery.  Shaban will drive me down and stay with me as long as necessary.  Recovery should just be three days, but it’s hard to know in advance.  Thanks to the many kind and generous people from all around the world including family, friends, folks from my watch forum, former parishioners of mine, former students of Karen’s, and people I don’t even know, we raised all the money we needed to cover the costs of the tests, camera crews, surgery, doctors, and hospital bills.  I don’t deserve such kindness but I gratefully accept it.  While Dr. Chris is in Dar Es Salaam, his wife (who is also a doctor) will see to whatever I need by coming to my house.  Again, how do you deserve such love and caring?  While I am recovering in Mwanza, John will be flying to Dar Es Salaam on Saturday to continue working on his rural solar projects.  So proud of that boy.  I would worry about Karen being here alone, but she is surrounded by people who love her and would do anything for her—and she has her dog, Sissie.  By this time next week, I should be back home and returning to normal or as normal as I ever get.  There won’t be any blogs from Friday to Wednesday but as a famous Austrian movie star and former governor would say, “I’ll be back.”
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