Thursday, December 29, 2005
Wednesday, November 30, 2005
Monday, November 21, 2005
Thursday, November 17, 2005
Am very sad to have left Shell. Funny thing was that I left a lovely house full of women: including Kristen, an adventurous older Swedish lady who loves to dance, Elizabeth, a gentle pre-med student from Ohio who is a fabulous chef, Bonnie “Bonboncita” Chen a wild M4 from UCSF who has a contagious laugh and a talent for telling stories (and who is currently contaminated with big bad jungle scabies) and various other guests…. And now I’ve moved into a quiet Swedish Hostal where the residents are generally conservative middle-aged working men from the Iglesia del Pacto. Big change in house dynamics.
Ok my dears. I’m off to the bus station now. Off to Taxococonanaco .
Wednesday, November 16, 2005
Monday, October 10, 2005
See you in Germany, 2006?
Tuesday, September 27, 2005
Thursday, September 22, 2005
My favorite person on the floor this week is Moises, 13 year-old boy who fell out of a tree with an armed weapon while hunting a tasty rodent. The firearm exploded on inpact and shot bullets into his leg and thigh. Today I helped put in his skin grafts. The cutest person on the floor this week is a 1.2kg, 2 day-old baby girl (no name yet), product of a 33 week-old gestation in a severely preeclamptic 23 year-old mother who was finaly induced. The bravest person of the week is definately Don Carlos M., cachectic 48 year-old gentleman with terminal colon cancer who comes in every day for his 8mg of morphine and dressing of his developing abcesses vs fistulas (no more surgery in his case). He always smiles for me and today he came in with glaring white sneakers that his wife had just bought to encourage walking.
Sorry for the unusual narrative. Will try to be more traditional next time.
This space is saved for my commentary on our follow up trip to the communities (particularly Apunag, Gaunan, Shanuaycu, and Puuhuaipamba). Still slacking about writting it all. But patience and it will come. :) love to you all. pri
Thursday, September 08, 2005
In Apunag, a community of some 60 homes, two hours or so outside of Riobamba, Socorro and her 2mo son, were our guides. Clambering up and down the mountain at such an altitude, I sometimes felt faint... but not this young lady. What is interesting, is that though the landscape is composed of massive mountains covered in dull velvety colors, the Quichua people love intense colors and clothing. Red, the color of blood and sacrifice, is a favorite.
Sunday, August 21, 2005
The hope and plan is for me to leave on Wednesday after I'm handed over a package of Praziquantel, a gift from some doc on the Onchocerciasis team.
* "Bland" b/c compared to field work and medicine, paperwork and the sterile, square computer head humming at me are empty and without personality. But of course it is all very important!
Thursday, August 18, 2005
Thursday, August 11, 2005
Wednesday, August 10, 2005
Dr. Brad Q, very tired, taking a snooze while we wait for the women and children to show up. The villages we visit are variable in size, with the number of children between the ages of 1-4 ranging from 2 to 50. Dr. Brad Q, cansado, dormindo encuanto agente esperava para as mulheres e crianças venhao.
Saturday, August 06, 2005
Mae e Pai, esas flores sao para voces. Sei como Pai sempre gostava de fotos de flores... entao, esas sao da provincia de Chimborazo en Ecuador. Voces reconhecem? E anis (aka dropias)! Mom and dad, these flowers are for you. I know how dad always loves pictures of flowers... and so there are some from the province of Chimborazo in Ecuador. Do you recognize them? It is anis (aka licorice)!
So this is my new home town, Riobamba, Chimborazo. Today, Saturday, was spent wandering the streets trying to find a church and eating bread. Am still trying to find a family that could and would take me on as a boarder. Aqui es donde yo voy vivir por los proximos meses. Hoy dia pase el tiempo caminando pelas calles e comiendo pan. Todavia estoy buscando una familia que podria alugar un quarto para mi.
Thursday, August 04, 2005
Realmente no me acuerdo do nombre de esta nina, pero claramente ella estaba cuidando bien de su hermanito. Ella vive en la communidade de Apunag. I realy don´t remember the name of this young girl, but she clearly was doing a good job taking care of her little brother.
Aqui estan algunos de los hermosos ninos que estan participando en el estudio. Son ninos de la communidade de Casto Alto, Ecuador. Here are some of the lovely children who are participating in the study. They are kids from the Casto Alto, Ecuador community.