MBita and Suba
Trip Start Jul 19, 2008
26Trip End Oct 10, 2008
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Where I stayed
International Centre for Insect Physiology and Ecology
Its my last day in the field!! I was worried when I work up this morning because it was cloudy. I was afraid I it was going to raid and I would be out here one more day. I even went to check out at the desk early so that as soon as Joel arrived I would be ready to hit the road. By the way, the drivers do not stay at the same place as I do. These places are considered too expensive and since they are "local" they can find cheaper lodging in other places in town. I cant imagine what sort of place that is....But Joel did not seem to mind. He arrived 10minutes before 8am and I was ready to go. I mentioned to him about the clouds and he said those are not rain clouds don't worry. Old wise, Joel, what would I do without him. I am not sure if he was really telling me the truth about some of these things or not but he did set my mind at ease. This is probably another part of his job.
I told him I needed to go to the SUBA District Hospital and he told me he thinks it's the MBITA District Hospital that SUBA district is served by this hospital that was located right around the corner
Oh I forgot to mention that when I woke up this morning I had a HUGE BACK SPASM!! Something in my back popped and I was in such pain. I took some pain relievers and just hoped that my back could tolerate being in the truck and traveling on the bumpy road, but I was not going to not go on these visits.
Off to the next and last place-Homa Bay! The bad thing is that we had to go back over that very, rough road again and my back was killing me. I was not looking forward to this bumpy ride and just tried to brace myself as much as I could. But my bigger mission was to finish these visits. My heart sank when I called my contact and he tells me he is just leaving KISUMU. I couldn't believe it because Kisumu was at least 3-4 hours away. But then he said he would have his assistant to talk with me! I was like great! At this point I would have taken any warm body that knew half way what was going on and could answer my questions. This assistant even arranged for me to talk to the lab personnel who handle the sputum samples. PERFECT! DONE! BACK TO KISUMU!
I never thought how elated I would be to be back in Kisumu! I was thrilled! I could not thank Joel enough. I felt like he was my life line and I was so appreciative of him. Now I need to get back to Nairobi.