Tuesday, January 25, 2011
Day 14-25: Delirious
Currently surviving on: Chopin, Friends (the TV show), and Voltic mineral water…
Bhavna’s father (our Indian neighbours) waltzed into my room at 6:30 am this morning, handed me a pot of special, herbal tea and said,
“Go outside, the sky is calling you.”
Today is the first time I’ve gained enough strength to leave the house and it is stunningly beautiful outside. I can hear the children’s voices at the school nearby, the shopkeepers getting set up for the day... I can see the beautiful trees set against the red, dusty, dirt road and feel the cool, morning air blowing across the porch.
It’s really all a miracle.
A bacterial infection…
The past 6 days have been utterly miserable for me and I have been lying in bed, suffering from fever, vomiting, body pains… I don't remember ever being that sick and suffering so much before.
Fortunately my teammates and our housekeeper have been very kind and have been helping me out a lot. And thank god for our Indian neighbors who have prepared congee, special herbal tea, honey and all sorts of other home remedies to enable a speedy recovery.
Kapsad Scientific Hospital
Last Friday, I managed to muster up enough energy to make it to the nearest hospital to be tested for malaria. Results were negative.
I had to wait 3 hours in line to see the doctor… The entire hospital (this was supposed to be one of the best in Tamale) had two doctors on call serving around 20 patients in wards, and a line of 30 sick people waiting to be helped. It sucked. I almost collapsed on the floor while waiting.
On the road to recovery
I feel my strength coming back now and my appetite too. I’ve lost a lot of weight in the past few days… My jeans are barely clinging on. Can’t wait to fly to London on Friday and hang out with my sister and eat some Asian food…
More updates on the project to come later. Stay tuned.
Posted by Jonathan Lau at 5:30 AM