Diary Day 13 - Tuesday

07 October 2007

A suicidal goat threw itself under our wheels today. They tie goats by a front leg to lead them or tether them. This means that the poor goats have only three legs to walk on. This one threw itself in front of the car, rolled, and appeared again on the other side of the bonnet before sitting up and looking at us. It gave us all a bit of a fright!

When I got back to Kampungu this afternoon the nurse on duty, Isabel, was dressed up and in the high risk area. A patient had just died. She had only been brought in a few hours before. Isabel had been going to give her some medicine and had found her dead.

I went to talk to the husband and to see if he would like to come in and see her. Isabel made sure that she was looking peaceful before we brought him in. Then we put her in a body bag along with her clothes and left her for the night. She will be buried tomorrow.

By the time we had finished it was completely dark and it was possible to see all the stars and the Milky Way. It is interesting looking at things with no light. There was a fantastic tree that looked like an umbrella blown inside out. I will have to have a closer look at it tomorrow morning.