Author Archives: Jane Lehnhoff

Where has the time gone?

First of all, my apologies to all my friends, family and colleagues who have been wondering if I was lost! It has been a wee while since I last made a blog entry. The month of October was extremely busy. We had a whole month of free cervical cancer screening at Jaramogi Odinga Oginga Teaching […]

September 09

Rainbow After The Storm

My last post was somewhat dark so I wanted to immediately follow with some sunshine. We went to Kisii for a daytrip last Saturday and visited the area where local artisans mine and make beautiful sculptures from soapstone. You can look it up online by googling Kisii Soapstone. We spent the afternoon watching how the […]

Her Name Was Jane…..

2 weeks ago I had a scare. I was doing ward rounds with one of the Clinical Officers and 3 clinical students. There were 11 patients in the ward (2 to a bed!). The beds are very close together. One young girl starting coughing. I looked over and noticed that she was coughing up blood. I told […]

August 19

Manage Your Expectations!

I have now been in Kisumu, Kenya for just over 5 weeks now. I have experienced so many things both uplifting and heartbreaking. I have come to realize that life is all about managing your expectations. On the lighter side, 3 weeks ago I traveled to the Masai Mara for a weekend fun break. We […]

July 26

What a Week!!

Happy Friday to all of my friends!! Old and new!! What a week I have had!! On Tuesday I headed for the hospital. I joined assembly which began around 07:30 am. and consists of the student nurses and the head nurses or “Sisters”, meeting with patients and their families. One or two students are chosen to give […]

July 22

Greetings from Kisumu

Jambo! I am nearing the end of my second week in Kisumu, Kenya. I got off to a bit of a rough start after missing my international flight from JFK to Amsterdam. I had such a  feeling of helplessness and I circled JFK for an hour due to an air traffic control hold. I had […]

June 21

The Power of Suggestion

Several weeks ago I was discussing how to pack for a 6 month stay in Africa with Ann Grossman, another Pulse Volunteer who has been assigned to go to Santa Barbara, to work with Direct Relief. Ann advised that I should just make sure that I bring comfortable clothes to work in and jokingly added […]

Kenya do it?………You bet I can!!

In just over 8 weeks I will be headed for Kisumu, Kenya to begin one of the biggest adventures of my life. I am filled with anxiety, excitement, fear of the unknown, but also a sense of wonderment. I have a new family i.e. the Pulse family and am so fired up. I am so […]