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Take two

Posted by on May 30, 2011

On Sunday Tanya and I went running at 6:30 am before it got too hot. It was a sweaty and humid run but it was good to get out and be active.

We had granola for breakfast since we had gotten it at the store the day before. Yum!

Makame and Juma picked us up at 8:15 and we were off again. We went down the road to our own local health facility. Makame had called ahead to let them know the records that we needed. Sure enough, all of the documents were there and we quickly got the names of all of the patients we needed. The health facility worker there is also an assistant Sheha and he would be helping us to find the patients.

It turns out that he didn’t know who any of those people were either. We drove to one part of the shehia and asked around for a little bit and found one of the children. I won’t bore you with the details, but let’s suffice it to say that after four hours and only finding three of seven people, we called a stop for the day. Our project is not going according to plan and we are finding many unexpected challenges. Our top priority for this week is to talk to our advisor and get some advice.

We were sort of bummed we spent all morning and got almost nothing done, but that’s out of our control. We consoled ourselves with making a good lunch (rice with vegetable curry) then going to Mbweni ruins for high tide at 2 pm.
We rode our bikes down there then swam in the ocean for a while. I saw a bunch of cool crabs clinging to the dock and watched them scurry away as I approached. It was really nice to be refreshed by the water and I stopped being sweaty for a few minutes. We sat on the pier and read and talked then swam some more. It was a great way to spend a Sunday afternoon.

The evening was very relaxed, with leftovers for dinner, some reading and a bit of watching TV. We made a plan for Monday and are ready for a new week.

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