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Medical camp in Byasar

A medical camp was held in Byasar on 28th of July 2012. Byasar is situated at the top of a winding road that takes off from NH 21 above Raison.The narrow road wove through deodhar forests and even wound through clouds that scudded along the road, which was a surreal “walking in the clouds” experience.

One hundred and eighty seven patients were seen by three doctors. The physiotherapy, dental, eye departments were also kept busy. Medicines were dispensed free to patients, blood pressures taken and this village with a large population were very appreciative of the service.  A quick sit down tasty meal finished the day prior to our return to Manali.

   

The rains are here

It has been raining here constantly. Bridges in Dhundhi and Solan have been washed away. A cloudburst in Rangri washed away two cars. The road is still accessible and traffic continues to ply. This is just another year in Manali. We thank Him for protection over us. The river is swollen, and quite impressive to look at as it rushes by.

Season of camps

This will be a season of camps. The summer months mark the window of opportunity for us to travel and also for the local people to avail of facilities. Despite it being also a season of  apple harvest, we will manage to conduct a series of camps in the local areas. We are also hoping to be able to map the specific locations of these camps on GPS which was gifted to us by Dr. Jay recently.

Ureteric reimplantation

Rama (name changed) was a twenty year old girl who had been leaking urine since birth. She had shown many doctors who had given her no hope. She had come to accept that she would always leak and smell of urine. Investigations at LWH showed that she had a duplex kidney on the left side with double ureters, the ectopic ureter opening into the vagina. She underwent a ureteric reimplantation into the bladder. On waking up from the anesthesia, her first recollections was to joyfully realise that she was now dry!

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Ileocecal tuberculosis

Rama (name changed) had been sick ever since she delivered her child eight months ago. She had been to many doctors in many cities with no respite. Her condition continued to deteriorate. She was admitted in other hospitals and was brought to us two weeks ago with abdominal pain. Investigations revealed a right sided abdominal mass. She was too sick to be operated upon straightaway since her blood pressure was barely recordable. She was built up and then taken up for surgery. A large right sided ileocecal  mass was found with multiple perforations and fecal fistulae. She underwent a right hemicolectomy and proximal and distal ends were brought out as stomas. She withstood the surgery  and is now on the road to recovery. She turned out to have abdominal tuberculosis.

Dr. Anne Philip visits

Dr. Anne Philip is a visiting obstetrician from Luton, UK. She will be with us for one week. We welcome her. For the first time possibly in the history of LWH, we have three obstetricians on campus!

Blogging, tweeting, facebooking and other activities

The mountains surrounding Manali are like the walls of a  fortress. I am often reminded of the verse in the Bible that calls on us to lift up our eyes to the hills. Their constant and majestic presence are a reminder of the all pervading constancy of Gods mercy. The morning sunrays changing shadows to burnished gold are a reminder of His diurnal faithfulness.

We hope to now send you messages from these mountains. The internet superhighway has now made mundane meditations of anonymous hermits like me accessible. I hope to be able to allow those who are interested share in the events in the mountain fortress that is Manali. I will focus particularly the goings on in the  hospital that serves and sees so much love, life and also tragedy on a daily basis.

Please do write in with suggestions and yes, demands, and please do spend your precious time to glance at these smoke signals from the mountains. I will do my best to keep them succint.

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Come ye apart and rest

Jesus had told his disciples when it got too busy.. “come ye apart a while and rest”. He tried to make provision for this by going away. However, his plans did not always work ( Mark 6:31). People saw them leaving and ambushed them in their retreat. Jesus did not ignore them, but attended to their needs, having compassion on them.

Many are the times we are tired, and face similar situations. Not having time to eat is also familiar. However, when the crowd presses close, it has to be compassion that spurs the extra mile. Anything else will cause frustration. He taught them many things, the Bible says.

Let us draw close to the heart of compassion to help us in our crowded times.

 

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