I love water

Trip Start Jan 28, 2010
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Trip End Jul 20, 2010


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Flag of Cameroon  , Ouest,
Sunday, March 28, 2010

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We haven't had internet for two weeks, which is devastating for me, because really, the whole world ends in Menji, which is only 2 kms away.
We also didn't have water because it's the end of the dry season - and the rain that is coming is "acid rain" the stuff that you only hear about in like, ecology classes. Here, the ecological balance is so fragile because everyone really relies on nature - for their food, for their homes (and even their mattresses are made of soft grass, thank God mine is made from petroleum based foam, yay).

Oh and remember the bug I told you about that if it bites you, it will burn like hell? Well it bit me, and yes, it did burn like hell.

This week, I'm realizing how so much of medicine is based on uncertainty. The doctor really has no clue when a patient comes in for treatment. Much of the treatment is based on trial and error - and a few diagnostic and lab tests. Even "evidence based practice" is a way to boost the medical system's credibility, because in the face on uncertainty, it's better to tell the patient the protocol than a simple "I don't know."

I also realized another important thing in my spiritual life - our experience is not separated from those of others - and it was so strong for me to realize this. I had a patient with end stage AIDS, Tuberculosis and possibly P. carinii, struggling to survive. She died one night, and I her daughter was wailing and crying, and I realized that the only thing separating her experience and mine was pure luck. At the same time, there was an  old woman with lung cancer, who I assisted the surgeon with placing a chest tube in for a pleural effusion (it was an AWESOME intervention, by the way but that's besides the point). I could really see her struggling to breathe, and I remembered someone close to me. My grandmother is currently in the hospital with Lung cancer, and I realized that had a lot more in common with all of them than I thought.

I realize that you can give people drugs, medications, surgeries, but they 70% of healing comes from how you treat them.

Oh yeah - we visited this awesome Indiana Jones wannabe bridge (you know, the one from the Temple of Doom). Crazy. Here are the pictures.

Miss you all.

Keep livin and lovin'.
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