Friday, May 9, 2008

Another eventful week at Lily...

The past two weeks have really been great and have flown by so quickly. The team of doctors from the UK was here and hopefully have made quite a bit of progress towards getting the medical clinic open. It's so involved, and mostly because of red tape issues. They're also opening a clinic in a rural village in India, which got me thinking about my next adventure...hmm...
This has been a week full of beauty. First of all, I saw the giraffes for the first time! They were on the hill across from Lily and I saw them two days in a row. I didn't realize at first that when they said Tala borders Lily, it really borders Lily. There is a barbed wire fence separating us from the animals. So if the water buffalo want to come in, they probably could. Let's hope they stay happy where they are.
Another thing I love here is the sunrises and sunsets. They're beautiful, every single day without fail. And at night, if it's not cloudy, you can see the Milky Way really clearly all the way across the sky. It's amazing.
So one of my friends asked me this week what a typical day for me here is like, so I decided to tell him about how this Monday went (as follows): A typical day means don't expect anything. For example, at 8 Monday morning, as I was mentally planning what I was going to do for the day, someone came knocking on my door asking when I was leaving to take a child to the hospital for surgery I had no idea about? So then we left in a hurry and got about 50 feet before we realized something in the engine smelled like it was on fire. We worked that out (as only 2 of our 5 cars were working) and got to the hospital where we then waited two hours to see the doctor who decided not to do the surgery that day but to send us for a hearing test instead. We were told to come back in an hour, which we did, to find that they were at lunch for another 45 minutes. Then after the hearing test we went the pharmacy where I waited about an hour until they told me they were out of some of the meds I needed, did I want to come back tomorrow? Because tomorrow they were pretty sure they would have one of them...but the other one they didn't know when they would have. That would be a typical day. Ha.
Africa definitely teaches you flexibility. And how to wait. (my waiting skills have been improved by the fact that this week I finally learned how to play Sudoku and I am officially obsessed with it. )

8 comments:

Anonymous said...

Sarah, sounds as if you don't have much to do!!!! It will soon be 2 mths since you left and we miss you and love you very much. You are in our prayers daily. Maw=Maw

James said...

"They're also opening a clinic in a rural village in India, which got me thinking about my next adventure...hmm..."

Wait a second.... you can't tease me like that. I'm still dealing with you being in Africa!

Love you.

Josh said...

I envy those sunsets you get to fall in love with.
mm.

Sheila said...

i hate sodoku.
more like sosucku.

i miss you.

Anonymous said...

Sheiler,

How TACKY!!!

Yours truly,

Sarah's padre....

Anonymous said...

I know....it(Sudoku)is addictive, isn't it! I feel sorry for the poor child that has to wait that long. :)

UAB mom said...

i love sudoku...it's how i stayed awake on night shift!! good to hear things are going well! you are in my prayers!

Claire said...

I missed you at Allison's wedding. Hope you're having a good week, Sarah-belle! love you.