After 3 days of the dreaded D and V (it had to happen sooner or later), I am now 4kg lighter and considerably faster on my feet. We are (un)lucky to have a hill down from the driveway to the farmland that surrounds us, which is proving a challenge for the hill sprinters amongst us. Even more demoralising when we are joined by our patients and other children. Who, having had major surgery and wearing flip flops are still considerably faster than myself and Julia, the doctor! I keep on reminding myself that athletes pay a considerable amount of money to train at this altitude...and we are getting it for free!
It is week number 5 here, and we have discharged 10 patients home so far (see the photo from todays departure). I am getting rather emotional at seeing people off in my old age! The surgical team has jumped ship and flown back to the UK. Luckily, we have a very nice Swedish surgeon who has lived in Addis with his wife for the past 20 years, and is on hand to do second stages of operations and help with any problems we should encounter along the way.
I am glad to say the weather has brightended up and it seems like the rainy season is finally over (fingers crossed). We even did a spot of sunbathing at lunch today, joined by Terry the Tortoise. After all....I can't possibly return from Africa whiter than when I came!
Glad to hear that all is well in the UK. Missing you all lots....althought I think I'll stay on a few more weeks whilst the weather is bad at your end, if that's ok!
Speak soon xx