A Day in Pictures

I’ve been meaning to get this post up for over a month now but haven’t been able to get around to it.  What follows is a collection of photos from one Monday at the hospital.  This was a busy day that included forty-nine patients in the clinic, three minor procedures and two major surgeries.  Thanks to our amazing staff and my doctor colleagues I still made it home in time to play with my boys.

Monday mornings start at the Chapel with Morning Report
The chapel is one of the original build and stands at the center of the hospital grounds.
Chaplain Moses leads the staff in a devotional thought to start the week.

After morning report I head for the pediatric and medical wards to see consults and then to the surgery ward to round.  As I’m starting rounds we find out there is a cesarean section that needs to be done before I start seeing clinic patients.

The operating theatre staff (yes, the British colonial influence lives on) had the patient ready and mother and baby were soon headed back to labour and delivery safe and sound.  I couldn’t do what I do without such committed, caring and compassionate co-workers.

With the case done we all head for the surgery clinic to get started, a little late but all the patients are still there waiting.  Walking through the ER on the way I find Dr. Bill and Dr. Erin  stopping the bleeding from a patients arm who had been assaulted with a machete.  Looks like I have another case for a little later.

The rest of the morning and early afternoon are spent bouncing between the clinic and the minor procedure room.  Later in the afternoon we head to the Operating Theatre to finish patching up the man from the ER.  During the case the skies open up with a downpour, it’s finally raining in PNG again!!.  The afternoon rains also serve another purpose, they cool of the OR.

I take one last look at the ER door through the trees as I make the turn for home, hoping I don’t get called tonight. On the walk home I enjoy the views and the smell of a rainy PNG highlands afternoon. I’m almost home when I hear, “Daddy!” and see Simeon sprinting up the road towards me. It’s now a very good day. I’m grateful that we are here.

4 thoughts on “A Day in Pictures

  1. Jane Andrus December 9, 2015 / 10:37 pm

    So wonderful to see and hear about the work you do in PNG. Love to you all. Aunt Jane


  2. Sue Noll December 10, 2015 / 4:30 am

    I was just wondering yesterday whether you were getting rain yet! Always good to hear about your life in PNG! Blessings to you all!


  3. loradonoho@gmail.com December 10, 2015 / 4:28 pm

    Fantastic. Keep em coming. Lora

    Sent from my iPhone



  4. mariabrown25 December 11, 2015 / 11:30 am

    Ben and Katherine, I THOROUGHLY enjoy your posts. Thank you for these glimpses and thank you for serving our God. Sending love and prayers from Ohio! -Maria B.


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