I AM SOOOO HUNGRY!!
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DAY 7: Ok, we are now out of our emergency stash of cookies! I am soo hungry! What I have not mentioned yet is we have been eating dry bread and butter for breakfast and dinner with rice for lunch all week. For BREAKFAST and DINNER - dry bread with butter. For lunch - Rice with beans.. and all the fruit we can pick from the trees. Ok, so maybe we are not physically starving, but I feel as if I could die of hunger! We tried to ration 1-2 cookies each per day for some substance and now we have nothing! UGGH! I also forgot to mention we only have electricity for 2 hours in the am and 2 hours in the pm. We take showers out of a bucket after heating up water and I think I already mentioned I'm so hungry! ( So that electricity is all the hospital gets too BTW) So, back to work.
Oh, I met the 16 year old girl's mother today. I told her I wanted to take her daughter back to America and she said, "You can't take her, but you can take me!" Funny Funny Mama.
Also, the drunk Masai guys were pretty funny. All night long they kept trying to talk to Ben. All night long Ben kept trying to tell them he does not speak Masai. So they would talk slower and pronounciate better and yet nothing makes you understand a language you don't know if you don't know it! Make sense?! It doesn't matter how slow you speak!
DAY 8: More fo the same. Hospital in the am, crusade in the pm. While there, someone came to get me to see a patient at the hospital. So, I walked up and found a 17 year old boy sitting with a chunk of muscle missing from his anterior lower leg with his tibia exposed! The english speaking Masai who retrieved me said, "So, can you help us?" Um, yeah! Hello, malaria I may know little about, but trauma I'm understand.
DAY 9: Hospital and Crusade.. More playing with the kids.. Taught one of them how to play snake on the cell phone. Wasn't so scared of me after that.
DAY 10: Elisha, our 6 year old buddy who lives on the mission, was sort of told to buddy buddy with us so we would take him to America when we leave. We didn't know this of course until today when I heard him tell another kid in Swahili that the wazoongo was his bebe (father) and he was going to go to AMERICA to go to SHULE (school). The subject had been brought to us by the manager, but when we approached Papa about it he said the kids are to stay with the mission. So, now we have to deal with Elisha being told that if he makes friends iwth us we will take him and it is NOT even a possibility.
DAY 11: A very sick baby arrived at the hospital this morning. His abdomen was distended and hard, fever/swets, cough, and difficulty breathing.
We made friends with a Masai boy who spoke english (the friend of the boy with the gash in his lower leg). His name is Lassarin and he had us come to his booma this afternoon. So, we took off on foot, after about an hour we arrived. We met his brother's 2 wives and their children and a few of his father's wives and their children.
We liked hanging out with Lassarian. He's a good kid.
DAY 12: I had a different patient at the hospital today.
The 2 mo old sick baby came back in so I cold listen to his lungs etc. Mild improvement. We prayed for the baby and told the mom to keep giving the medicine.
Ben worked today on preparing the baptismal and we headed down to the crusade.
DAY 13: Today is Sunday and the last day of the crusade. We decided to go to the crusade instead of church because I didn't want to sit on the opposite side of the church from Ben! We sat in the back of the crowd under a tree and the pastors tried to get us to come with the crowd to the benches, but we were FINALLY able to communicate to them we NEED the shade! So, they took a bench from the crowd and brought it to us under the tree and had ALL of us sit on it.. squishing like 9 people on a bench that sits 5! They are so funny. Sitting on the ground under the tree we had plenty of room and we were happy and content, but they thought it would be BETTER to dog pile ont he bench instead. I wish I could have taken a picture, but I don't think I could have wiggled myself out of the pile with out a case of baby oil. So, we leave tomorrow to head to Moshi and these are our final thoughts:
-This was the BEST cultural experience of our trip
-The Masai people are the NICEST people we have met. They just want to talk, to shake your hand, to touch your skin/hair, and to sit near you. All smile, all are kind and accepting.
-The crusade was AWESOME! God moved the hearts of the people towards Him, but there is a large spiritual need for strong leaders to lead the people.
-The kids are ABSOLUTELY adorable. Most 6 year olds carry a baby on their backs.. So cute.
- Breasts are everywhere! Mama's pop them out to feed anywhere, anytime, in front of anybody!
-Very sad living conditions. Malaria and pneumonia. Mud huts, no diapers, no food
-I don't like living without a refridgerator!
-Almost all Masai wear a watch but only 1% actually work!
-We need to reach these people to stop the female genital mutilation! I love culture, but this part of their culture needs to be removed forever!
-If you come to live here, you will have kids given to you. Expect it and prepare for it!
-I wish we had a plane because I dread the ride back to town. You need a chiropractor after the experience.
-I miss having internet!
-Did I mention I am really HUNGRY!