Month: May 2013

Postcards from the Medical Outreach Team, Part 8

Janice

Saturday, April 20

Greetings in the name of the Lord from South Africa,

We had a busy day. At the children’s clinic we were blessed to give care to over 370 of the cutest children age 3 years to 18 years old. We were grateful to God that we only had a slight rain which brought all the children in the building for a short period of time. One of the highlights of the day was hearing the children singing God praises. At the clinic all of the children received some medications and received a sandwich for lunch. Many of the children we saw were treated for worms and many skin ailments. For many of the kids this will be their only doctor visit this year. The children were told that we were here because Jesus loves them. Watching the children in such a large number reminded me that kids are kids. During devotions this morning we talked about how Jesus dealt with the little children, telling His disciples to let the little children come to Me. All and all this day was a reminder to me that we are all God’s children.

Vicky

The glasses station is a very popular place! Black, brown, lipstick red, cobalt blue, animal print, and many more beautiful glasses have gone home with new, very happy owners! Several patients that stand out are a 17 year-old who got some fairly strong near-sighted glasses for the very first time, a dear older lady who broke out into song at getting her glasses (“I can see clearly now…”), and an 8 year-old boy who came in looking very discouraged but left with a pair of glasses and a huge smile on his face. It’s wonderful to see faces light up as blurry symbols become clear!

We are very thankful for the prayers from home to the God who gives us strength to do more than we could ever do on our own!

For the team,

Vicki and Janice” 

To learn more about the mission and the groups that Bernadette, Pransanth, and this team represent, visit www.africachristian.org or www.actionintruth.blogspot.com

Oakland Macomb OBGYN has two convenient locations for your convenience. Our Mission is to Provide Excellent, Comprehensive, Individualized Healthcare For Women Within a Framework of Compassion, Dignity and Service.

We are pleased to offer a complete range of obstetrical and gynecological services to women of all ages in Southeastern Michigan. Our practice includes seven physicians, three nurse midwives, one women’s health nurse practitioner and two physician assistants. Call today for an appointment or a phone consultation – 248.997.5805

Postcards from the Medical Outreach Team, Part 7

“Greetings from S. Africa!

Today was a day of rest and regrouping. I had an opportunity to lead devotionals today, where we looked at Exodus 14:13. (Thank you guys for praying for boldness).

“And Moses said to the people, ‘Fear not, stand firm, and see the salvation of the LORD, which he will work for you today. For the Egyptians whom you see today, you shall never see again.”

I described how God rescued the Israelites in such a miraculous way. God wanted the Israelites and the Egyptians to know that He alone was the One who would rescue them. We then spent some time recalling how God has brought rescue in our own lives. It was an encouraging time to give God praise for His undeniable work in our lives.

PrasanthMedicalOutreachTeamWe spent a few hours taking inventory of the remaining pills in our clinic in preparation for our remaining 3 clinics. Cathy, Sharon, and I looked at pediatric dosing in order to streamline our Tylenol/Ibuprofen administration. We plan to see around 450 children tomorrow so it’s important we make things simple in order to shuffle these kids through!

We spent the afternoon and evening at Richards Bay, spending an hour at the Indian Ocean. This was an awesome experience! It rained most of the day and the waters were rough. There was this blanket of mist over the beach. It was a perfect picture of God’s majesty and great power. Honestly, none of us were prepared to see a glimpse of what the Israelites may have seen thousands of years ago. It was a good day and we even saw dolphins! (That was pretty cool!)

We ended our day with two life tokens from Dakota and Megan. It was another opportunity to see God at work in each of our lives. He is doing some good things in a lot of our team members. Thank you for praying for that!

Tomorrow is our main kids clinic. Please pray for supernatural peace and divine strength/endurance to see all of these kids! Please continue to pray for precision and accuracy in diagnosis and drug distribution and God’s hand of blessing on each child.

Thank you for laboring in prayer on our behalf. Bless you.

Prasanth, for the team.”

To learn more about the mission and the groups that Bernadette, Pransanth, and this team represent, visit www.africachristian.org or www.actionintruth.blogspot.com

Oakland Macomb OBGYN has two convenient locations for your convenience. Our Mission is to Provide Excellent, Comprehensive, Individualized Healthcare For Women Within a Framework of Compassion, Dignity and Service.

We are pleased to offer a complete range of obstetrical and gynecological services to women of all ages in Southeastern Michigan. Our practice includes seven physicians, three nurse midwives, one women’s health nurse practitioner and two physician assistants. Call today for an appointment or a phone consultation – 248.997.5805

Postcards from the Medical Outreach Team, Part 6

“I greet you all in the name of of the Lord Jesus Christ.”

This is how we greet our Zulu brothers and sisters here in South Africa. I cannot believe that today is Thursday and just last week at this very time I was experiencing so many different emotions as I packed for this trip. Jesus is moving here in South Africa and it’s an amazing experience to be a part of.

GeriMedOutreachToday we put on our second clinic for the people that live in the community near the Mafu’s home. I am thankful for the beautiful weather today, the drop in temperature from yesterday and the warm breeze that we felt from the Indian Ocean while our team worked. The people of the community here arrived very early in the morning and waited all night with the mosquitoes and as the sun rose and the heat increased, they waited and sat there patiently for us to arrive. They sat there the entire day with the sun beating down on them and not one person had a complaint about their wait. We had planned to see only 120 people today, but Dr. Cathy summed it up perfectly…

“It was like the fishes and loaves today.”

We finished our clinic :30-minutes earlier and saw 30 more people than yesterday.

I have been working in the pharmacy during the clinics. The medicine is what the people come for. They come for the power of the medicine, the healing that it provides. Many of the women stopped many of our team members to tell us “God bless you,” even in the pharmacy where they are anxiously waiting for the healing medication. One woman told me, “This medication is powerful,” and the only reply that I had was “God is the one who is powerful, all of this comes from Him.” How incredibly true is that though? Everything that we have comes from Him. The woman thanked me profusely and told me that she will see me next year and she made sure to let me know not just the team, but me, myself personally.

This is my first trip, but from what I hear there has been a shift in the attitude of the Zulu people toward our team, they are no longer fearful of us, but share their love in abundance. These people now expect this medical team to come to them each year, hoping that we would come more than once. For some, our doctors are the only doctors that these people see during the year. WOW! What we take for granted in the U.S.

Last night we did our devotion outside of the house in the driveway, looking up at the stars. We could hear the ocean in the background, felt the cool breeze blowing on us and I am pretty sure I could see every star that God created. We sang together the song, “How Great Thou Art.” What a beautiful moment that filled every sense that our human bodies could handle. I look forward to more moments like that in our short time here. Again, WOW! What we take for granted in the U.S.

God bless every one of you who has supported our team,

Geri, for the team”

To learn more about the mission and the groups that Bernadette, Pransanth, and this team represent, visit www.africachristian.org or www.actionintruth.blogspot.com

Oakland Macomb OBGYN has two convenient locations for your convenience. Our Mission is to Provide Excellent, Comprehensive, Individualized Healthcare For Women Within a Framework of Compassion, Dignity and Service.

We are pleased to offer a complete range of obstetrical and gynecological services to women of all ages in Southeastern Michigan. Our practice includes seven physicians, three nurse midwives, one women’s health nurse practitioner and two physician assistants. Call today for an appointment or a phone consultation – 248.997.5805

Infertility Awareness

A few weeks ago, we observed National Infertility Awareness Week, and here are some lovely and informative articles and as they all say, we encourage you not to “suffer in silence.” While there is an official week, we wanted to keep awareness going all month long.

“My husband and I now, after almost three years of trying to have a second child, consider our son, Lucas our miracle baby.”

ARTICLES:

“Staying Grateful While Facing Infertility” (Parenting)

“Losing a Pregnancy: When Tears Are Not Enough” (She Knows)

MORE ARTICLES

Oakland Macomb OBGYN has two convenient locations for your convenience. Our Mission is to Provide Excellent, Comprehensive, Individualized Healthcare For Women Within a Framework of Compassion, Dignity and Service.

We are pleased to offer a complete range of obstetrical and gynecological services to women of all ages in Southeastern Michigan. Our practice includes seven physicians, three nurse midwives, one women’s health nurse practitioner and two physician assistants. Call today for an appointment or a phone consultation – 248.997.5805

Postcards from the Medical Outreach Team, Part 3

Our third update was written by Bernadette and Dr. Prasanth on behalf of the team.

“Monday, April 15

Sawubona (Greetings)!

BernadetteMedicalOutreachTeamPrasanthMedicalOutreachTeamThis is Prasanth and Bernadette reporting from eSikhawini, South Africa!

We hope you are well and enjoying the spring in the states. The weather was beautiful today with bright blue skies and temperature in the 80s. Yes, I Bernadette got a tan (thanks to being Scottish!).

Colleen, Sharon, Sanjeev, and Mama Mafu went into town to exchange money, and buy chocolate biscuits… Hooray! Have you ever bought food for twenty people in sub Saharan Africa? These people are heroes. After a long day’s work, it’s a blessing to enjoy a lovely meal.

You may not know this, but in preparation for opening these clinics, we first have to perform various tedious tasks including pill counting.

So… many… pills…

Today was the Day of Motrin and Tylenol. We also counted 200, 000 ibuprofen caplets! Karen, Lynn, Deb and Bernadette counted pills in the sun, and Prasanth, Cathy, John, Vikki, Geri, and Anna did the same inside, while Ib, June, and Janice took care of sorting eyeglasses. Megan and Dakota were hard at work taking care of the luggage situation, sorting out the various medications.

Jim and Dan worked on building the foundation for a new garage. Not an easy task, considering the weather!

I, Prasanth, had the opportunity to share a devotional at evening prayer for the community. I expounded upon the way God called on Moses to free the people of Israel, stressing the presence of God’s providence following His command. We all know the people 

we serve here are God’s children, and that even when we are far from this place, He recognizes their need and never leaves or forsakes them. After all, we never need to worry when we trust in Him; He is ultimately the One Who relieves burdens. Thank you so much for praying for boldness!

Tomorrow will bring more pill counting along with the clinic preparations for Wednesday. We ask that you pray for the patients, that they may be healed, body and soul, and for the wisdom of the team members in addressing their needs, whatever they may be. Thank you for your diligence in prayer. It is only through faith in God, both on your part and ours that we are able to perform any of these tasks.

Blessings,

Bernadette and Prasanth, for the team”

To learn more about the mission and the groups that Bernadette, Pransanth, and this team represent, visit www.africachristian.org or www.actionintruth.blogspot.com

Oakland Macomb OBGYN has two convenient locations for your convenience. Our Mission is to Provide Excellent, Comprehensive, Individualized Healthcare For Women Within a Framework of Compassion, Dignity and Service.

We are pleased to offer a complete range of obstetrical and gynecological services to women of all ages in Southeastern Michigan. Our practice includes seven physicians, three nurse midwives, one women’s health nurse practitioner and two physician assistants. Call today for an appointment or a phone consultation – 248.997.5805

Postcards from The Medical Outreach Team, Part 2

More from our Medical Outreach update came from Sally Galloway. Here is the second update from their mission.

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“Sunday – April 14, 2013

Sawubona. Greetings from South Africa.

We have arrived, all 19 people, 49 suitcases, 19 carry-ons; taking 1 bus, 3 planes, 3 vans, 2 trucks, over the course of 36 hours, but we are once again in South Africa. Thanks to all of you for your vigilant prayers for safety for this leg of the journey.

We started the day early by experiencing our first Zulu church service.  The Zulu people worship God with their beautiful voices lifted in song.  As we sat listening, we were absorbed into their worshipping.  Even though we did not understand the language, we knew we were worshipping the same God.  We felt God’s presence.  It was awesome!

Baba Mafu is a dynamic speaker.  He spoke mainly in Zulu but still we felt his passion for our Lord. At the end of the service, Baba Mafu begins a receiving line in which everyone, from the youngest to the oldest, greets each other with a handshake and a smile.  How incredible it is that we are so different from each other yet are loved and love the same Mighty God.

The afternoon was spent resting in preparation for the busy days ahead, which will begin early tomorrow, counting medication to be used at our first clinic on Wednesday. We finished the day reminded that God is not just in a building that we visit once a week for church. God is a dwelling place that we can call home. We didn’t bring Him here, He was already here. He longs for us to rest in Him and be at home with Him every moment of every day. So whether in the familiarity of our own homes in the United States, or here with our Zulu brothers and sisters in South Africa, we have realized we are home because God is here, our dwelling place.

Salani kahle (Stay well).

Karen and Deb, for the team.”

To learn more about the mission and the groups that Sally Galloway and this team represent, visit www.africachristian.org or www.actionintruth.blogspot.com

Oakland Macomb OBGYN has two convenient locations for your convenience. Our Mission is to Provide Excellent, Comprehensive, Individualized Healthcare For Women Within a Framework of Compassion, Dignity and Service.

We are pleased to offer a complete range of obstetrical and gynecological services to women of all ages in Southeastern Michigan. Our practice includes seven physicians, three nurse midwives, one women’s health nurse practitioner and two physician assistants. Call today for an appointment or a phone consultation – 248.997.5805

Postcards from The Medical Outreach Team

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This month we’ll be featuring some e-postcards from our very own Dr. Cathy Stark and her mission team from Durban, Africa, when she and a group of 18 went as part of a Medical Outreach Team. In mid-April, the Michigan leader wrote:

“Hello Family & Friends!

Just want to let you know the team got off this morning.  Lots of excitement and prayers – thank the LORD all went smoothly.  They will arrive in Durban, South Africa tomorrow night and they have an hour drive from the airport to the Mafu’s home.  I may get an email very late tomorrow night and will send out their report as soon as I can.”

Then Dr. Stark included a photo of the team and a calendar of events and prayers.

Call today for an appointment or a phone consultation – 248.997.5805

Oakland Macomb OBGYN has two convenient locations for your convenience. Our Mission is to Provide Excellent, Comprehensive, Individualized Healthcare For Women Within a Framework of Compassion, Dignity and Service.

We are pleased to offer a complete range of obstetrical and gynecological services to women of all ages in Southeastern Michigan. Our practice includes seven physicians, three nurse midwives, one women’s health nurse practitioner and two physician assistants.

Word of Mouth: The Lingering Effect of Whooping Cough

It’s commonly held that people just don’t get whooping cough anymore. But, in fact, pertussis persists as a significant threat to America’s public health. We invite you to read this article feature last month in Hour Magazine by Monica Mercer.

“I’ve seen infants who are 6 weeks old die of pertussis in the hospital, and it is so heartbreaking because it is so preventable,” -Dr. Matthew Davis

Veronica McNally, featured in the article, visited our office and spoke with the staff, inspiring us all to be more diligent in everything we do at Oakland-Macomb Obstetrics & Gynecology.

Call today for an appointment or a phone consultation.

248.997.5805

Oakland Macomb OBGYN has two convenient locations for your convenience. Our Mission is to Provide Excellent, Comprehensive, Individualized Healthcare For Women Within a Framework of Compassion, Dignity and Service.

We are pleased to offer a complete range of obstetrical and gynecological services to women of all ages in Southeastern Michigan. Our practice includes seven physicians, three nurse midwives, one women’s health nurse practitioner and two physician assistants.

Da Vinci Robotic Surgery

Do you know about Da Vinci Robotic Surgery?

One in three women in the U.S. will have a hysterectomy before she turns 60. And nobody wants surgery if they can avoid it. But what if there was a way to have a hysterectomy without a large incision and weeks of recovery.

Da Vinci surgery offers an alternative. It’s revolutionary and you should understand you have options. You can read more about it at our website here (link URL: http://www.oaklandmacombobgyn.com/da-vinci-robotic-surgery), or we encourage you to call and visit one of our two conveniently located offices and meet with one of our expert Doctors.

Or learn more about why a Da Vinci Hysterectomy might be your best treatment option (link URL: http://www.oaklandmacombobgyn.com/library)

Call today for an appointment or a phone consultation.

248.997.5805

Oakland Macomb OBGYN has two convenient locations for your convenience. Our Mission is to Provide Excellent, Comprehensive, Individualized Healthcare For Women Within a Framework of Compassion, Dignity and Service.

We are pleased to offer a complete range of obstetrical and gynecological services to women of all ages in Southeastern Michigan. Our practice includes seven physicians, three nurse midwives, one women’s health nurse practitioner and two physician assistants.