Just a note to say I finally arrived in Shirati on Sunday, and have had a good couple of days in the hospital. I will detail it more fully in the blogs to follow, as I've got more to tell than you people have time to read.
Luke, Tom, Jack--thanks for the posts. Sorry about the stereo dog. I don't think they've called me the derogatory name, Jack--not like I would know if they did. Thomas, I expect fingers were broken for every heathen comment made about me in my absence.
Can't write more now b/c they're leaving the office in a couple mintues. Not much time each day for email, and DEAR LORD how slow the modem is. Tear out my toe nails, make me watch Oprah--anything but modem internet. So I'll be writing them at home on a word document and then just zapping them in here.
In the next blog, be sure to tune in for...
-The bouncy bus ride, where Lorenz works on his vertical (seat to butt distance) while sitting in wetness of unclear etiology, and manages to make some good Rafiki (friends).
- The first day on the wards, where resident Dr B unintentionally challenges an experienced attending Tanzanian doctor on the diagnosis of pneumothorax (I was right, btw. Just need to work on that whole respectful cultural politeness thing).
- Very rewarding work in the ER, where almost every patient presents with disease I'd only seen in textbooks (Malaria, Active Pulmonary Tuberculosis)...
- And finally, Lorenz picks an African name, because not a single Tanzanian has been able to say "Larry" yet.