Last night immigration officials did a raid at out hotel to check peoples' visas in the middle of the night!!! We didn't get checked thank goodness as I think I would have had a heart attack if someone knocked at our door in the wee hours! Can't believe they do that. Now doubly relieved that all our visas in order... not that we were here without one- just not supposed to be volunteering.
Yesterday I saw my first adult hands patient at the hospital clinic which was exciting but also frustrating as it's all a bit too late after his surgery. He already has thick scars which are preventing him from moving as the operation was months ago. He lives a long way away so won't be seen again after a week of input. Work continues to be emotionally challenging as I can't help thinking that if only these patients could have had something done sooner, they wouldn't be in the messes they are in .... But how to change it all.....lots to think about on that front...& hopefully DO!
(Great update from today.... by luck I got to see this patient's doctor and told him about the scarring and the Dr agreed to do minor surgery to release it this Tues... WOW!!! This time I'll be able to treat him immediately and he'll hopefully get his hand moving afterall!... Yippee!).
Adam starts next Thurs at his school has as they have had other committments this week. Its been good for Adam to have this extra time be able to finish his masters assignments...he's on his last one for this semester! Such a long slog for him. The worst is over now at least.
We have also found a house! Its a bit tired & old but in a very pretty spot on a hill with a lovely view over the hills & the decider was that it has a garden & a very friendly landlord & family living within the compound (ie high, fenced boundary). The daughter of the first prime minister do you mind!!! It's supposed to be a very safe & tranquil area & close to our work places. Hopefully everything works in the house & they deal with the mice before we move in! We were deciding between this and another that was very new & walking distance to shops etc but no garden & in the busy, dirty, less safe city area. We move in Saturday so will soon find out. We need to buy blankets, sheets, towels etc which seems a waste for such a short time but at least we will know they are clean! Gosh, it will be hard getting out into the "real world" after nearly 2 weeks of buffet breakfasts, room service & a restaurant. Getting soft (in more ways than one)! A car the next priority... it costs more to rent a car than a house! Crazy!
Kids great & blew us away with how well they shared... all day today (highly unusual!). They have been walking around holding hands and Zoe sang nursery rhymes to help Zac go to sleep. Zoe told me Zac was her best friend!! So cute! Hope it lasts! They have been stuck in the hotel since Saturday....5 days!! ....so paid to take them for a run in the stadium whilst Adam trained. They had a ball. Luckily, our hotel is mostly empty so they can run around the halls, foyer & restaurant & get lots of affection & whizzies, hair braids and Swahili lessons from the staff here. We will really miss them all. Might come back for Zoe's birthday lunch or dinner so she can celebrate with them too. We are taking her and Zac to a safari park next weekend for her special birthday treat. Can't believe my little girl is 4 already!!!!