Long-lost Outreach Nurse Reconnects with Blog Readers…

29 November 2007 Comments

So it has suddenly come to my attention that an entire month has gone by without any sign of life from this blog-o-mine.


I might suppose it is because I have been caught-up in the every-day life of my every-day life here in the DRC. I guess lately I am not quite sure what to write about. My life doesn’t seem as unusual or interesting as it did in the beginning. In some ways it feels as if I have always been here, doing the work that I am doing, living this life.


That and I have been in a cholera frenzy… cholera here, there and everywhere. But it is exactly in that frenzied state that I was struck with the overwhelming need to share an experience with as many people as possible.

Let me paint the picture for you…


You are in the middle of the Democratic Republic of Congo where there are very few paved roads and the main method of transportation is a bicycle...


There are no landline telephones or electricity to speak of...


You are driving along in your MSF land cruiser on your way to a cholera treatment centre to bring some supplies...


Along the way you try to take in all the beauty that is the lush green African countryside at the beginning of the rainy season...


The trees are full of bright yellow and red ripened mangoes...


Everything is covered in green…


Then you notice, from a distance, something quite unusual...


Something you cannot believe you are seeing...


You shout-out because you cannot contain your disbelief...


There…


In the middle of the African Savannah


In a small village of mud brick houses…


Many, many kilometres from any significant body of water…


A boutique for Ladies Bathing suits which have been placed on display for any passers-by!!!


Oh yes my friends, I kid you not…


In all colours and styles…


If any one is interested I can get you a good deal.


I suppose I should probably stick to telling you stuff like how the day before yesterday we couldn’t get an IV on this little kid who had cholera and he was in shock so I cut a piece of IV tubing (I am not only an outreach nurse, I am also MacGyver) to make a nasogastric tube so we could try to fluid resuscitate him with oral rehydration solution in his tummy and it actually worked! He was transferred to the paediatric ward of the hospital today to be treated for malaria but otherwise he is doing really well.


That’s probably the kind of stuff I should write about… But I just had to tell you about the ladies bathing suits.

I will try to post a picture.