Good to be Home

Wilsons_2013 Posted by Rory Wilson on Mon, 15 Oct 2007 | Bookmark: digg this Post this to del.icio.us Post this to Facebook

Better late than never they say….. well late I am, but it is good to be blogging again at last.

I’m back in Uganda after a few weeks in the UK. It was great to see some folk, attend the CMSI mBrace conference, meet some hospital supporters, swim in the sea, walk in Cairn wood, organise some equipment to be brought out, have a fish supper with Granny, get some bits for the bike and house……

Sorry if you are one of the people whom I was sitting in Heathrow lamenting our lack of having met up – hopefully next time we will succeed.

And I have been a bit too busy for blogging for far too long– hopefully no longer so.

But to be honest it is now good to be home. While saying goodbye to my friends and family in Ireland is always hard (not least this time with the lovely Denise) it has been good to get back to Kiwoko.

There are so many good people here, and while our resources in both finance and skilled personnel are always so lacking, it is amazing how much we achieve with the little we possess.

Ugandans are such an encouragement to meet up with. You would imagine I had been away for months with the level of effusive greetings I have received. I was spied across the bush on my bicycle last night and a lad sprinted the half mile to me laughing with glee the whole way.

I left two very sick boys on the ward when I returned to the UK. Dr Mary (a Scottish GP with us for several months) has looked after them well in my absence and I was delighted to find them greatly improved. The 6 year old with renal failure and blood pressure so high he was convulsing 3 weeks ago will go home tomorrow. The 9 ear old boy with meningitis will also go home this week. Sadly the meningitis has left him unable to speak and with significant weakness in his right arm and leg.

While swimming last night in a dam for cattle a few miles from the hospital (most refreshing) I noticed a young lad in trouble. Fortunately I was only a few strokes from him, and was easily able to stop his imminent drowning. I seem to be more upset by the experience than him. Life is fragile for us all, but here in rural Uganda it is harder to hide from such realities. While in the UK I was struck afresh by how much effort people invest in worthless activities and priorities. Caring for family and friends, having a relationship with Jesus, and saving children from dying needlessly seem to me good things to invest effort in, so thanks for playing your part in helping me do that.

I’ll upload this while I’m here. Do call back soon, as the 4 month blog famine is hopefully now over!

Bye for now

Rory