Nearing the end…
So as far I know the Tarime goup is all still ok, although there are only 4 of us left now – Leanne, Didi, Simon and I. We were all very sad to see Michael and Ange leave on the weekend, it was so good to have them here.
I have been working so hard in the hospital, everybody wants to see the mzungu doctor from Australia and they think i can fix all their problems. Sometimes i can i guess… Dr Winani has been away the past 2 days, so i’ve been doing everything – from labour ward, to ward rounds, to clinic, to neonatal resuscitation (scary, but the baby is doing ok i think). It’s been fantastic. And I’ve also been doing a lot of teaching with the nurses and assistant medical officers (they have a diploma) and I think i’m starting to get through to them.
The ambulance is absolute gold here and it has a driver – Raphael, who is just awesome, such a cool guy and knows a lot about cars so we know the ambulance will be well-cared for in our absence. I have been working closely with Ronald, who is one of the nurses in the hospital and works as my translator. He’s a very smart guy, and great fun to work with.
Last night a friend (Esther) invited me to her home for dinner where she taught me to cook ugali and we had a traditional Kuria (the local people) meal with her grandmother and family. Her grandmother was so happy to have me for dinner that she danced me around the kitchen! She then asked me how many cows you have to pay as dowry in Australia!! hehehe.
Everyone here is so poor, it’s amazing. Even Esther – she lives in a compound with about 10 other families and no power or running water, and a communal pit toilet.
ooh, Ronald is sick of waiting for me (we’ve come on an adventure here to the TTC for internet in Winani’s old crusty landrover, nothing works in that bloody car, and now the starter motor is broken too so i think we’ll have to push-start…… and poor Ronald has malaria….. and it’s so hot…. ok i’ll stop whinging now!)
Didi says sorry she hasn’t blogged yet, she is so flat out with the container and in the communities and she has found a little orphan boy that she is looking after and she will write when she can.