we have water!

Thanks for praying, sending good thoughts, doing a rain dance….or….whatever else you did over the weekend. We now have running water in town and here at the hospital compound.  From now on, whenever I take a shower or flush a toilet or turn on a spigot, I will whisper a prayer of supplication for the […]

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the very last drop

We’re out of water. It’s one of the driest “rainy” seasons on record in West Africa, so there wasn’t much water to begin with. Then, a few days ago, the pump that pumps water from the Oti river into the town’s water treatment center broke, so they shut off all running water.  The only option was for […]

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Yesterday was my first day back at work, post-malaria. When I got malaria, I was in the hospital for three days, and then I spent a week after that lying in bed, sleeping, reading, taking short walks, drinking lots of water, and trying to keep my mind off the nausea and joint pain that just.won’t.go away. […]

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to get to you

While I was in the hospital receiving treatment for malaria, the nurses told me the story of what happened Friday night after I passed out.  They said four nurses had put me onto a golf cart and driven me to the hospital. Someone wheeled a gurney outside, they lifted me onto the gurney, and then rolled […]

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Last week I didn’t feel awesome.  Nothing specific, nothing severe, just not awesome. I attributed it to a busy clinic schedule, staying up 28 hours straight once or twice a week while I’m on call, plus the usual not-awesomeness I feel from my anti-cancer medicine. Thursday night as I was trying to find a comfortable […]

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dear ninjas

On my first day in the clinic here, one of the medical assistants came to me and said in French, “Do you mind seeing the ninjas?” I wracked my brain for a few minutes, trying to figure out what he meant, trying to remember a French word that sounded like “ninja.” Finally I had to […]

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one day (part III)

  I’ve lost count of how many times the little girl with DIC and cerebral malaria has seized, and how many doses of anti-seizure medicines we’ve pushed into her I.V. She’s getting worse. Her pupils are not shrinking when we shine a flashlight into her eyes. Early in the night, when I first started having […]