Thursday, December 23, 2010
Greetings from Johnson in Jos
Continuing our Christmas greetings is Johnson Rotimi, aka "soldier-counting-man." I call him that because I met him in the lab at Faith Alive Hospital in Nigeria. He was kind enough to give me a kindergarten-level explanation of how blood is tested to reveal people's CD4 counts (also called soldiers that work to fight infections). CD4 counts indicate whether or not people's HIV has entered into or out of the AIDS stage. (Yes, people can actually improve out of AIDS and back into HIV if they faithfully take their daily anti-retroviral medications and don't develop a resistance to it.)
Anyway, here is Johnson Rotimi's message:
"A man is at his finest towards the finish of the year;
He is almost what he should be when the Christmas season's here;
Then he's thinking more of others than he's thought the months before,
And the laughter of his children is a joy worth toiling for.
He is less a selfish creature than at any other time;
When the Christmas spirit rules him he comes close to the sublime...
Wishing everyone kindest regards and God's blessings in our families, vocations and all our lives' endeavour. Jesus is the reason for the season. MERRY CHRISTMAS FROM JOS."
(I took this snap when I was in Jos last year.)