Back to Africa
So…. i’m currently in Perth, and in 4 days I will be returning to Tarime. I have already been receiving text messages from people who can’t wait for me to get there, and I am so excited to be going back and can’t wait to see everyone again. Dr Winani and his hospital, Abdallah the anaesthetist, Ronald my translator, Isaac, Dr Choma, Tatu….. these are very special people and our reunion will be very exciting.
I do, however, have reservations about returning to my beloved Africa. My return to Australia last year after the trip was traumatic, I suffered with reverse culture shock and returning to the Australian way of life was very difficult for me. I just hope that things are not as bad this time around.
I have had to resign from my job to undertake this trip as well, so have no job waiting for me when I get home, and that is a little scary. The sense of freedom I felt at resigning, though, was phenomenal. I have been tied to the Launceston General Hospital for the past 2 years, and to medical school for the preceding 6 years, and this is the first time in my life I have been truly free.
I hope that our return is well-received, that we are making a difference over there, that we are able to fulfil our goals, that I do not let Dr Winani down – I know his expectations of me this time will be much greater than last year and I hope that I can live up to the challenge.
So, we will see how it goes, and I shall try to keep this updated with stories of our adventures in Africa.