Veronica Returns to Kenya
It is the last few days before I leave on my fifth trip to Kenya and even more than usual I am suffering from ‘Imposter syndrome’, that fear that sooner or later you are going to be revealed to be something less than you proclaim yourself to be. Whilst the doctor in me realises that this condition is relatively common, that doesn’t make it any more comfortable to be in. It is, in many ways partially true, on one hand I know that I have experience of working in Kenya and have some knowledge of what to expect, I also recognise the limitations of my clinical experience compared with the range and severity of the medical needs that I will be expected to manage when I am on call. At those times I will be the most senior medical doctor on duty for the needs of the largest group of patients in the hospital. On the other hand though, I am in a significantly stronger position than I appear to be in; I am the child of the Most High God who made the universe and who called me to do this work and who has promised to be with me wherever I go, who has also vouched to ensure I will be properly equipped to do the work I am called to do. I believe that part of this provision is the kindness of friends and unknown strangers to give advice via the World Wide Web when I am out of my depth and also the many people who are praying for me as I go on this trip. I firmly believe it makes a big difference.
Last time I travelled I was meeting up with a doctor who I had worked with previously as a ‘short timer’ and knew I would be meeting up with others I knew. This time I only know that many I have worked with previously will not be there as they are taking holidays or on long leave and Kenya itself will be somewhat unsettled due to the forthcoming elections. Please pray for relationships to develop quickly between those who are ‘left’.
I am excited to be able to take a large amount of optical equipment with me. My two ‘hold’ suitcases have been stripped out and totally filled with the donations from a gentleman who services the equipment in opticians and passes on the replaced items to different charitable causes. I have literally nothing more than a box of instant coffee sachets for me in those cases! I am relying on the clothes that I left on my last visit to be safely available for me.
I hope to receive permission to take extra equipment in my hand luggage and I hope I will be able to carry this heavy consignment together with a pair of crutches also donated to the hospital. Whilst I will carry a certificate stating I am taking medical supplies, bribery and corruption are common in Kenya and an unobstructed passage through customs will be appreciated.
Thank you for joining with me in this adventure once again.