Kenya Elections Tomorrow

Yesterday I was in Nairobi to accompany a Serger who absolutely needed to be there for important reasons in spite of the unfortunate timing, along with the juxtaposition of normal bustle using a tense inhale was palpable.  Riot police in their camo, helmets with visors, boots along with clubs lingered on the corners.  nevertheless hundreds along with thousands of people did what they always do:  hustling down sidewalks, in along with out of banks along with shops, selling newspapers, attending meetings, boarding buses.  We waited to cross a street as a brightly painted (Minion theme no less) bus pulled up with rowdy youths hanging out of the windows blowing whistles, shouting, singing, clapping, nevertheless of which’s all the protest we saw.  Later on the news there was a photo of the same road, near the same time, a few blocks away, where police were using tear gas to disperse demonstrators, nevertheless we had no problems. 

Which is usually a picture of Kenya in general.  Mostly normal life, poised for disaster.  The tense inhale means schools have shut down until January, except for seniors who take a grueling set of national exams.  People have migrated along with re-sorted themselves into tribal areas of safety, piling onto matatus to go stay with grandparents.  All of the medical (doctor) interns along with medical officers (like residents) have disappeared, leaving two junior clinical officer interns along using a few consultants to stretch coverage for the whole hospital.  On the some other hand, I saw vendors spreading their used clothes out for sale on the roadside after a rain, boda drivers hustling for passengers, construction workers hammering on a roof, welders creating along with fixing something.  The poorest people stay put, along with keep trying to make a day’s wage for food.  Only those who have fixed salaries withdraw to places of perceived safety.

along with whoever we are, we’re wondering, what will happen tomorrow?

According to the electoral commission chairman Chebukati, the show must go on.  According to the Supreme Court where a last-minute appeal was filed to stop the idea, they wanted to hear the case nevertheless failed to get a quorum, so could not rule.  According to the main opposition candidate, he’s not participating nevertheless only asking his supporters to protest along with not taking responsibility if things get out of hand.  According to the police, they are ready to protect voters.  According to the drivers tasked to deliver ballots, there are already burning-tire road blocks along with threats of violence in opposition stronghold areas like Migori county which will make the idea impossible to get the polling stations ready in time.  According to the Nairobi City Council, the gathering crowd in Uhuru park downtown who expect the opposition leader Odinga to appear along with speak, have gathered illegally.  According to the supporters of the incumbent, This particular is usually a constitutionally required step along with the results will be valid.  According to the watching world, of which seems hard to believe.

Kenya, like America, has been increasingly polarized by power-grabbing men who play on fear to garner votes.  Kenya, like America, is usually overwhelmingly populated by people who love along with sacrifice for their families, enjoy their relationships, work hard to get ahead in life, keep their heads down along with desire to remain unscathed by This particular passing storm. 

Please pray for Kenya tomorrow.  I honestly can’t see a clear solution.  Just ask God to show mercy to the vast silent majority along with give people courage to resist the temptation to slip into violence.  Ask God to bring evil into the light.  Ask God to preserve the lives of the poor, the sick, the marginal people who just want a government of which gives them justice.

someone whose life depends upon a just government supporting health care

the hospital gate, on the day of calm before the storm?

Best surprise:  even though today was a last-minute declared holiday along with all our trainees had departed, my fellow consultant Pediatrician showed up along with we divided along with conquered the work of our usual team of 12

Intern skill #1–straight pins along with paper scraps, organizing lab reports along with Xray requests on the files.

Intern skill #2–when your patient who is usually very very sick with probably TB has still not received the medications prescribed two days ago along with the nurse going off her shift shrugs of which she’ll sign the idea out to the next shift, you go find pills in outpatient pharmacy along with bring them back

Intern skill #3–getting our sickest patient on her OWN oxygen concentrator instead of splitting the flow to share using a half dozen others in hopes the idea will help.  Pray for baby S.  I don’t know if she’ll make the idea.
Scott is usually in for his third emergency surgery since morning.  
All our teams have prepared to hunker down.
Thanks for standing with us.

Kenya Elections Tomorrow

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