December Giveaway 2 Winner

Well, this contest is over and we have a winner.  Thanks to everyone that blogged me or subscribed to my feed via email, I truly appreciate it!  Let me once again thank the folks at Random.Org for taking the hassle and stress out of the selection process, you just type in the names of the entrants, click the button and voila, a winner appears!

Now, without further ado, the winner is…drum roll please….Congratulations Cindi Hoppes, you’ve won!  Once I get your snail mail address your book will be on it’s way!  I hope you enjoy reading it.

Take care everyone and God bless you,

Briggie ^i^

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  1. 2010 December Hospice Jinja -Houston Newsletter

    An Amazing Caregiver Stephen, 10 years old
    By Christine Sekidde, RN, Hospice Jinja

    Fiona Nida (F/N), a Sudanese lady was registered on the Hospice programme at the age of 59. Her home at Najjembe was about 25 km. away from Hospice site.
    F/N started her sufferings at the tender age of 9 years, when she contracted leprosy disease. This left her with disfigured amputated fingers of both hands and toes. She spent most of her early life in a leprosy camp at Nyenga. Her education was primary level. When mature, she married; God blessed her with 5 children. One died, the rest Godfrey and Joseph became irresponsible. Stephen the last born stayed with his mother. Her husband died in 2000 of HIV/AIDS. Also F/N tested HIV positive. She was started on Septrin and anti-retroviral drugs at Nyenga HIV mobile clinic. In 2007 she had her right leg amputated to the knee due to squamous cell carcinoma of the bone, so F/N ended up traumatized with three major diseases; leprosy, HIV and cancer.
    I first found F/N seated on the ground during one of Hospice Jinja’s outreaches, on 5th May 2009. First I noticed her amputated right leg. She greeted me with a smile which faded away when she started narrating her story. When she tried to shake hands with me, I noticed her amputated fingers. Surprisingly she could write her name by holding a pen in between the roots of her fingers. She had an offensive smelling fumigatingtumour around the right groin, which put her in severe pain. She also had a severe squeezing pain at the stump of the amputated right thigh.
    She also had a throbbing headache, had lost appetite and could not sleep. It took me almost an hour to register her, as she was crying in between. I had to pause every now and then and counsel her. Also I had to give her the starting dose of 2,5mls of liquid morphine to control the pain so as to enable her to tell her story. She told me that her 10-year-old son Stephen was her main caregiver. He was sitting next to her on the ground and when I greeted him he gave me a smile but you could see the sadness on his face. His main distress was his mother not being able to move freely and go to work in the gardens. Little did I know he was a brave, determined boy compared to his age. They were staying in a 2-roomed house built out of mud and roofed by iron sheets. They were using paraffin candle as their only light source. Stephen used to first prepare his mother who was bedridden, and then fetch water every day before going to school, at a well two km. from home. The Hospice team used to carry out palliative care services to F/N fortnightly. Nyenga Mobile Clinic supplied her with anti-retroviral medicines. F/N’s condition continued to deteriorate, I remember she was once visited and asked the Hospice team to give her a drug which could end her life, since she felt as a burden to her young son. Through continuous counseling we helped her to realize how important she was to her son. Food was difficult to get, they ate one meal per day provided by well-wishers. Stephen was so amazing because he could follow the instructions given regarding the care of his mother. He knew the drug, dose and time to give it. He could prepare the drug before going to school, e.g. crush the Metronidazole and measure the liquid morphine. He could always ask questions where necessary and caring for his mother was always a priority. He used to skip school in order to attend our review visits, one day I saw him coming from the back door of their home, sweating. He told me that he ran after the Hospice vehicle, not to miss!
    The last time I visited the home, Stephen was with a group of elders in a sorrowful mood. He ran to meet us breaking bad news that his mum passed away in the middle of the night. He could not hold his tears. He took us to an auntie whom we had never met. The aunt told us that she would try to take responsibility of Stephen. F/N was on the palliative care program for a period of 6 months.
    I was glad that on the Memorial Day arranged at Hospice, Stephen turned up with the same auntie. We encouraged her to let Stephen carry on with his studies since it was the only rays of hope for him.
    We appreciate the donors of Hospice who enabled us to offer palliative care to F/N and Stephen, but the future of Stephen remained uncerten . Please keep Stephen and the work of Hospice Jinja in your prayers

    Hospice Jinja – Houston Newsletter

  2. Hi Daniel, I’m not 100% sure, as I have never practiced the Jewish faith but I think it goes back to Hebrew origins. It’s like when Hebrews write YHWH and Christians write Yahweh. The ancient Hebrew scrptures were written without vowels which is why they wrote it as YHWH. Christians added the a and the e. So I would figure that Jewish Christians, or Messianic Jews while they believe that Jesus is the Messiah, still hold to to some of their Jewish traditions. Also, if you remember back in the first 5 books of the bible, or the Torah, people did not say the name of God, they were not able to because God is so Holy, they also could not look upon Him or they would perish. So, that’s my take on the subject. I may be off base and you could always Google your question to see if there is a more “scholarly” explanation. Hope this helps, take care and may God, Yahweh, YHWH, Jehovah, Alpha and Omega, The Bright And Morning Star, etc, etc, etc be with you and bless you.
    Briggie ^i^

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