A Personal Journey

I am in Tanzania, because 15 years ago, I walked into the Huntington Hospital ER with AIDS, living in perpetuating fear that my secret would be discovered. I was violently ill. The Hospital admitted me and that’s when I met Dr. Shriner. That week in the hospital was one of the worst moments of my […]

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Back to Basics

“Are you OK?” I ask as I jump back from the exam table in response to my patient’s scream. “That wasn’t her,” the interpreter clarifies. “It was a goat outside.” I have to stifle myself from laughing at my own ignorance. Being at Kisongo Clinic has been among the most eye-opening experiences in my clinical […]

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Surgery Update

2nd day in Tanzania. Yesterday we screened patients who possibly could benefit from – and for whom we could safely perform – surgery. Today was the first operating day, so it was early to rise. At 6:00AM at the Lodge, you arise to a quiet pleasantness – the nighttime sounds have stilled, and the morning […]

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Nursing Day 3

Today was an incredibly special day. Yesterday, we met a beautiful (but tiny) 10-year-old girl during a pediatric clinic we held at a government school. She had an obvious deformity to her chest. When we examined her, we discovered that she also had a very serious heart murmur. Because we are fortunate enough to have […]

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Exciting News Coming Soon!

Exciting news coming up on the status of the Kisongo Clinic! Stay tuned!

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Titanic Tuesday in Tanzania

  178 Medical and pediatric patients at Kisongo Clinic, pediatric clinic at Azimio school, 8 life changing orthopedic and plastic surgery cases at St Elizabeth hospital, lectures at St E,powerful home visits, the birth of many new donkey ‘equitarians’ at Azimio, 35 spays and 85 vaccinated cats and dogs, beautiful murals to celebrate animal kindness […]

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Day 2

I just can’t get the smile off my face! I was last in Arusha 40 years ago and recognize nothing of the small town it was then, but no matter… EVERYTHING makes me smile! There is all the traffic on the new 4-lane road with its dala-dala mini-buses and motorcycle taxis. Brightly garbed women and […]

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Uncharted Territories

  I’m titling this post “Uncharted Territories”. For obvious reasons I am calling it this, because today today was full of “the unexpected and unknown” for me. Having never been to Tanzania and never participating on a medical mission, I was not sure what we’d be walking into when we arrived at Saint Elizabeth’s hospital. […]

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Surgery Screening/Prep at St. Elizabeth Hospital

The first international flight of my life was less than 24 hours ago for the Phil Simon Clinic Tanzania Project. Fatigue from a very long flight was masked by the excitement of seeing patients in Arusha on day one at St. Elizabeth’s Hospital. Life-altering surgeries will soon be performed by a talented group of doctors […]

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Home Visits: Eyes and Heart Opened

Today was my first day doing home visits. The purpose of home visits is to check in with people who are HIV positive and find out how they are doing in terms of their medicines, general health and discussing what barriers might exist for them to receive the full benefit of their medication. We visited […]

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