Monday, July 31, 2006

Day ..... I forget



30 – July – 2006

I am almost done my third tube of toothpaste, and having measured my time in Zimbabwe by these tubes, I can say that I am almost ¾ of the way through my year here.

We are still in the planning stages of the scaling up process and right now I am writing guidelines for how nurses should start patients on ARVs, whether the patients are appropriate and how to manage infections and side effects. Concurrently I have been assisting in the training of peer educators for HIV-AIDS. Last week while training a group of 20 men about HIV one of the men was asking about the ability to have children if the couple is HIV positive. He asked me, ¨say we are married and we want to have children. Will they be HIV positive?¨ My response to that was, ¨wow, aren´t I a lucky woman to be married to you!¨ The rest of the class enjoyed that.

This weekend was the youth camp again, and as always it was really nice. Two girls were in the hospital across the street and only one was well enough to come so we collected her in the morning and returned her at the end of the day. The stories are enough to make you cry. Her father abandoned her after her mother died and now she lives in a poorly run orphanage. The sadest part is that she either got HIV from her mother through birth or by molestation from her uncle when she was young. The child services here are like all government organizations, overwhelmed and understaffed with a pittance for a budget. Today I went back to the hospital and brought her a few fruits and muffins. I felt like I was trying to make myself feel better rather than her, but hopefully she enjoyed the short visit and the food.

2 Comments:

Blogger diego the boxer said...

hi girl!
is the winter over? looked like you are back to enjoying the sun's warmth...
it was a brutal heat wave last week. but thank god that we all seemed to survive it...
wow, third toothpaste tube is almost finish...its amazing how we time the events of our lives in the things that we use or do everyday...
well, in a couple more months, you'll be done the 4th tube, and im sure everyone cant wait to see back home...
take care always...
love you,
katrina

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