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May 21, 2004

Love, Remember, Live

"Ukraine has the highest HIV infection rate in Eastern Europe. An estimated 500,000 people - 1 percent of the population - are infected. The infection rates in this ex-Soviet republic have grown 20 times in the last five years."

(via KyivPost)


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Hey you.....sorry i missed you!! Things here have been reallllllly busy! Looking at possibly getting into a program for children in the juvenile system. Will see what doors open....=)
Miss you all!
Look forward to hearing from u.

Posted by: Michelle at May 22, 2004 06:41 AM

Do they still re-use needles in the hospitals, as I heard reported that they did in Russia years ago (and still do in some African countries, unfortunately)?

Posted by: AutMom at May 25, 2004 07:53 AM

I don't know. We heard that, too, before we came. In fact, we have our own personal supply of needles to bring to the hospital, in case we need them.

We had come across a used needle on the walk to the park a few months ago. I had to pull out one of our needles to give the boys a lesson on what needles look like and role play what to do if we see one. ("Run to Mommy! Run to Babushka! Doooon't touch it!")

I never really anticipated having to teach them about this. . .

Posted by: TulipGirl at May 25, 2004 10:25 AM

Tulipgirl - you should read The Splendor of His Music. Cannot now remember the author's name; you may have met them, as they lived in Ukraine for some time. He - had been at a big church in Orlando area - conducted choral music; taught the Ukrainians to sing and play classical church music e.g. The Messiah, Jesu Joy of Man's Desiring et al. These pieces had been denied the people under communism; their joy in learning was tremendous, and moving to read about.
His wife was hospitalized, I think in Kyiv, for a short while with a dislocated shoulder or something. The hospital experience was a nightmare!

Posted by: FLGrandma at May 25, 2004 02:54 PM

I believe you're talking about Roger McMurrin, who was instrumental in MTW getting into Kyiv and who is still involved with Church of the Holy Trinity. I haven't read the book, but we've spent some time with them.

A friend and coworker had a hysterectomy within the past year here in Kyiv and she was very pleased with the medical care. Some of the attitudes/assumptions about medical care here still put me off from doing anything like THAT. And, I really do prefer having a doctor that I can communicate with in English.

A friend of ours is a cardiologist. The wage scale/prestige for doctors here is still so low--nothing like the states.

Posted by: TulipGirl at May 25, 2004 10:07 PM

Yes, that's the name. My old brain just isn't as good at remembering.
Interesting about the medical and hospital situation. We had an acquaintance who had been a surgeon but was at the time we knew him a medical consultant. He had traveled in Russia (which I know is not the same as Ukraine but I suppose similar.) This MD said that if he were in Moscow and needed brain surgery, he would not hesitate. But, he added, "If I had a broken leg, I'd have it splinted and be air-lifted to Helsinki." That really surprised us; would have thought it would be the other way round.

Posted by: FLGrandma at May 27, 2004 11:32 PM

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