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On Call, One in Two and Sleep Deficit

We are two medics now in the project and one of us takes call every other night. Most nights we are called back to the hospital to admit patients. There is a sign made of aluminum foil that marks the tukul of the person on call. The guard comes to get us.

We are two medics now in the project and one of us takes call every other night. Most nights we are called back to the hospital to admit patients. There is a sign made of aluminum foil that marks the tukul of the person on call. The guard comes to get us. First there is the sound of the gate opening, then the clop clop of his gumboots, then the flashlight pans around the compound looking for the aluminum sign. More clop clopping as the guard approaches your tukul, then “IPD, IPD” except it sounds like “ITB, ITB.” Sometimes you are awoken out of a deep non-REM sleep, but most of the time you are still awake..... because, to be frank, it is just too damn hot to sleep!

I am getting tired. I can tell because I have heart-sink whenever I hear the gate opening. Also, my patience during the day on the wane.