My goal is to take only the essentials to work—to have everything I need for the day in my pockets. This morning I loaded up. Two pens, small notebook, chapstick, and phone in the right top scrub pocket. Hat and mask for the OR, set of keys, and extra bottle of glucose strips for the babies in the left top scrub pocket. Tape measure, cheat sheet on NICU protocols, and miscellaneous papers in the cargo pocket. Badge clipped on my shirt, stethoscope around my neck, camera bag over my shoulder—couldn't quite fit the new camera in a pocket.
I love the variety of my work. Stethoscope for working as a NICU nurse—a specialty in which I’ve never had any formal training. Tape measure for the pediatric building construction project—no classes on how to build in my nursing course. A camera for filming a teaching video—and in another language! Did I go to school for any of this? Nope. I have a normal Bachelors of Science in Nursing.
And yet here I am, wishing I had some experts to manage some of these things for me. Where is the trained NICU nurse when I have an extremely septic baby going to die, I know his mama lost her last baby, and I’m desperate for this baby to live! Where is the engineer when questions need answers on how the pediatric building is being built? And where is the expert to help me with sound, lighting, and editing? It’s just me—with a stethoscope around my neck, tape measure in my pocket, and camera bag over my shoulder.
What is unseen is that God has given me friends—experts around the world, just an e-mail away, giving me advice when I need it. I might be the one here at Kibogora, but the friends God has placed in my life make it possible for me to do my job both physically in nursing, building, and filming, but also spiritually. Thank you, everyone, who prays for me, gives me advice, and e-mails me just to say hi. Thanks to you, my team that surrounds me. Together we’re getting the job done!