feb 14. the doctor's appointment went well. it was just as i imagined, very secret, lots of lasers. they couldn't (or refused) to make me taller, and all they had in cybernetic enhancements was super taste. so i got it. i am tasting things that i had three months ago. jack, i had forgotten how delicious that stew you made for thanksgiving was. amazing.
still waiting to find out if my visa will be ready by friday. apparently it requires one more signature. if it is ready, i will travel to khartoum very early on saturday morning. since the day of rest in sudan is friday, it will be the equivalent of arriving at the beginning of the week. i am hoping to get to the field as quickly as possible so that i might get handover in abyei.
the midwife had her visa refused. she is on her way back to italy. apparently the government is happy with the quality of deliveries and feel that there is no need for any further expertise. wait until they get a load of me. the red carpet will stretch all the way to italy. i do have a few tricks up my sleeve. one of them is that trick with the fake hand, where you greet the woman and say "hi, i'm doctor maskalyk" then turn away leaving her holding the hand. i use it to try to scare them out of labour. it rarely works, but is worth a shot.
i have delivered about 30 babies in my time, and will be delivering a few more in abyei. it has been a while, though. a straightforward delivery is as easy as falling down. the biggest issue is how to deal with obstructed labour, when a woman needs an urgent c-section, or continues to hemorrhage after delivery. luckily, there is a surgeon a few hours away. to this point, the field has orchestrated a few transfers a month for maternal problems during delivery.
i had hoped i would get to khartoum every six weeks or so, for a couple of days of R & R, and to send some pictures of abyei, but i have been told it is too far. i will see what i can do.
a friend sent me a link describing canada's recent pledge to begin the repair necessary in south sudan. sweet.