Medicine for orphans with AIDS by Chris

I grew up with a father that was very sick.  He contracted Polio when he was 12 (back in 1945) and when I was about 9 years old or so (in 1984), he had his first heart attack.  The doctors told him that he needed a heart transplant.  He decided that since he was in a wheelchair (due to the post-polio syndrome) and could not rehabilitate, as needed, from that major surgery, he would opt for the medicine only no surgery route.  At the time, the doctors said that he would not live for very long.  I consider it a miracle that he lived for another 14 years...thanks to the medicine he was able to take.  Due to this, I am very conscious of the wonders that modern medicine can provide with regards to wellness of life as well as longevity.  

When we were in Peru, I started to lose a lot of weight, felt very anxious and edgy and had heart palpitations and trouble catching my breath.  When we returned to the U.S. and I was able to visit a doctor, I learned that my thyroid was out of whack and started taking Levothyroxine each day and have been feeling worlds better ever since.  We also have heard from many family members and Team Carmody mission partners about their reliance on modern medicine.  It might be for diabetes, anxiety, depression, cancer treatment, high blood pressure or any number of ailments.  

When I met these orphans here in Nairobi that were born HIV-positive and are living with AIDS along with all of the other challenges of being orphans and the normal difficulties of "growing up" my heart really went out to them.  Then, when I heard that they have medicine that the government covered in the past but has stopped covering this year, I knew we had to do something to help.  Karen and I asked for a list of medicines that they need and the list was quite extensive.  They put the list in order based on necessity.  The superior in charge of the nuns that care for the kids then stamped it and signed it for us.  They advised where we could potentially buy this medicine at wholesale prices in Nairobi and Karen and I headed there as soon as we were available to go.  The rest of the story I will tell with captions on the photos below:
This is the wholesale pharmacy complete with chairs appropriately spaced
to allow for social distancing.  We were able to pray with the guard that worked at the door.

After Karen and I decided how many of each medicine to get to stay withing our budget,
the folks prepared our "box of medicine" while we waited in the lobby.

Here is me on the street with the "box of medicine".  That area of town was
very busy with a lot of bus traffic and it was tough to find a parking spot.

Due to coronavirus, we were only able to drop off the box of medicine at the orphanage
and the guard took it back to the nurse to unpack and distribute to the kids.

I want to say "Thank you!" to all of our Team Carmody mission partners who made it possible to buy this medicine for these orphans.  It is an honor and a privilege to be able to do what we do here thanks to the generosity of those so physically far away from us but spiritually, so near and dear to our hearts.

Peace in Him,
Chris

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