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Well that was fun…… NOT

Sometimes I wonder how on earth I survive.  It seems I have some pretty powerful guardian angels watching out for me!

I’m pretty health conscious overall.  I try to be clean and hygenic.  I bleach everything when I clean.  I’m cautious about what I eat.  I exercise.  I’m aware of my surroundings generally.

But even with all that, sometimes you will catch something anyway.  And I caught Typhoid Fever.

Here’s a website in case you want to know  http://www.cdc.gov/nczved/divisions/dfbmd/diseases/typhoid_fever/

I think I got it from swimming in the ocean near my place.  The locals will often go crap on the shoreline during low tide.  I won’t be doing much ocean swimming any more.  The restaurant I eat at has very clean practices, so I am sure it wasn’t from contaminated food.

I’ve been a little ill off and on since a couple weeks in but I put it up to adjusting to the heat, a new environment, a month without electricity, etc.  It was never too bad.  Turns out all my symptoms were the Typhoid/ Salmonella incubating in my system this whole time.

Monday I woke up not feeling great but good still.  I took some sunrise pictures, did a short workout, ate breakfast, taught a class, ate lunch, everything seemed normal.

I went for dinner, I’m talking to my friends, the food has almost arrived and I started feeling very tired and dizzy.  Then apparently I fell over with a seizure.  A full-on bite my tongue seizure.  I came to feeling so disoriented.  It felt like I was waking up from being asleep.  I had been having a really intense dream.  I remember thinking the dream was so vibrant and full of color and sound and then I was waking up.  I couldn’t focus, everything was blurry, I didn’t recognize anybody.  It was really weird.

I couldn’t move my hands or feet, they were stuck in this weird position, for a while.  Throughout the night this happened 2 more times.  There were also several times where my muscles would tense up and I couldn’t talk, but I was still mostly aware.

I was taken to the local clinic.  I don’t remember much of anything.  But I remember saying that I could feel the IV moving in my veins.  The nurse had used a non-typical IV solution for me because they had run out of the normal one they use.

Why?  Because of a freak accident that had happened earlier where a small, 3 C-battery lamp had exploded and severely burned three people.

The IV happened to have a milk product in it, which luckily my friend John was able to catch very quickly.  He literally saved my life several times that night by being diligent and watching every step the hospital staff made.  I can’t thank him enough.

John and Caroline came with me while I called my mama before heading to Nampula to a bigger clinic.  I am relying on her heavily in my time here because of what a wonderful Shaman she is.  This island has a lot of bad history to be worked through.

Fazlo drove us all to Nampula through seriously torrential rain.  It was a scary ride, I can’t lie, but he maneuvered through everything like a pro. Dodging people, cars, potoles, and animals in the road when he could barely see past the front of the van.

The doctor in Nampula didn’t believe anything any of us said at first.  He just kept asking what drugs I had taken and not believing when I said none.  He agreed to keep me overnight for observation and then get a full blood draw in the morning because the laboratory was closed.  He was quite obviously placating us and still thought I was just on drugs.  He flat out insisted I hadn’t had any seizures even though it was notated by the first clinic.

Through some weird miracle I mentioned that my tongue felt like it was made of metal ever since the first seizure.  That stopped him in his tracks.  All of a sudden he believed.  The blood tests were ordered, the laboratory was suddenly not closed, and I was given a bed in the clinic.

I spent the night with all my limbs feeling like they needed to stay contracted.  It hurt so much.  I’m really glad John stayed with me because the intensity of the whole situation would have been unbearable by myself.  I owe him a lot of gratitude.

2 IV rounds of antibiotics and a round of safe hydration fluids, a restless night, some translation issues, a round with police over said translation issues, borrowed money to help increase my inability to get my visa squared away, wonderful friends that gave us a place to lie down, eat something, and rest before the trip back to Ilha,  the taxi car’s fan belt breaking, waiting for a new car to drive us back….

I’m just glad it’s over.  I don’t feel as dizzy today, though my kidney hurts and every muscle in my body is sore.  Every one.  I’m drinking lots of bottled water.  I’m staying in bed and resting.

That wasn’t even a little bit fun, but I’m on the mend thanks to the friends I’ve made here.  The work I am supposed to do here will be trying I think, but I also believe it is worth it.

 
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Posted by on 25/02/2015 in Uncategorized

 

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It might be a little hot here

It might be a little hot here

Looks like today might get a little warm, with tomorrow looking even warmer…….

My forecast

I see lots of sweating, panting, sitting, sleeping, and drinking water in my future.

Meanwhile the search for paying work and necessities for starting to teach continues.  Reminds of that saying about everything telling me I can’t, so I do.

I do

That’s what I do, so I’ll keep on doing it.

Even if I roast in the process.

I need lots of positive vibes for embarking on this project, so thank you in advance!!

Peace to you all.

 
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Posted by on 19/02/2015 in Uncategorized

 

2 days in a row with electricity!!!

2 days in a row with electricity!!!

It is really humbling and amazing when things you have taken for granted most of your life become luxuries to be celebrated.

I got to take a real shower.  I got to turn on the tap and brush my teeth!  Conserving bottled water and only brushing my teeth once a day, SO glad to not be doing that for two days now.

Running the AC at night and not sweating through sleep-difficult nights is such a rich luxury I want to kiss the AC machine.

Life is good.

It’s an interesting phenomena that even with everything seemingly going wrong, it feels right to be here.

In Turkey, I had money, I was saving money, I could go see a movie or to a mall.  I had an oven, beauty products, my choice of hygiene products, but I was miserable.

Here, well, I have none of that.  In fact, I have the most of nothing I’ve ever had, but, it feels right here.  I can do good work here.

The construction company that has me doing their accounting asked me to teach a few of their workers English.  We’ve only had 4 lessons but I am being stopped by people on the street every day now, to ask about English classes for themselves or their children.  There is a desire to learn.

As far as I have heard so far, there has never been an English school here.  And with the tourism industry about to boom here, what with all the hotels and museums currently in construction, there is not only a strong need, but a strong desire to learn.

I’m trying to find ways to make a living here while doing my research into the needs.  It’s a struggle, like I said, everything is seemingly going wrong.  I wasn’t able to exchange my Turkish money, so I have none.  My visa extension was denied and it’s setting up a daily fine that I can’t pay, plus the cost of the new visa once I get the fines paid.  I have to figure out how to pay that while not making any money.  My work at the construction company is paying room and board, so I have a roof over my head and food to eat, (with electricity I also have running water again !).

Luckily for me, being dirt poor is not new, I can do this too.  Especially when I get to see some of the most beautiful scenery of my life.

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the office

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My room

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More of the wonderful things I get to see each day

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I got desperate for something sweet and wanted to make some cookies with my last egg….   I tried, that’s good.  Right? OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

It’s funny, I asked my mama to send me some goodies while I was still in Turkey.  Now those things seem so trivial, salsa, dried green chile, comfort foods.   I still want paint, mosquito repellent, crayons….

I haven’t worn a stitch of makeup since I left Turkey. My needs to get by have been drastically altered, for the better I think.  I look around me and see such poverty, yet such joy in life.  People of all ages sing as they go down the street.  It is not unusual to see people dancing wherever they are.

But it is also not unusual to see people just sitting.  There is very little work here.  The schools on Ilha are the best in this part of the country and many children are bussed in to attend.  But the local children can’t afford it.  They walk around the island all day, rolling tires with sticks, drawing in the sand, but just meandering around until night time.

I know I can do good here.

AND  if anyone wants to come visit, I am at a beautiful beach house!  Come see this amazing island.

As I continue my research, I hope to begin posting more about the history of Ilha de Mozambique….  a place I am beginning to love.

 
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Posted by on 14/02/2015 in Expat, health and healing

 

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Here’s to a month

Yes, I am still on Ilha de Mozambique and enjoying it immensely.
The country is still flooded, there’s still no electricity other than random generators, prices on everything are going up because there’s no transportation abilities with some main bridges in the country washed away, cell phones are the only way to get internet and there’s only service once in a while, but I’m healthy, happy, and taking it all in.
I’ve gotten pretty good at washing clothes by hand with only a little water, drawing water from the well and boiling the heck out of it. Thank everything I’ve been an avid camper most of my life, it’s kind of like long term camping really.
I hear we might get power restored by next week but everyone tells me not to hold my breath for that…. 
In the meantime I’ve been taking in some of the most beautiful sunsets and sunrises I’ve ever seen.  I’ve sat under completely dark skies and seen a sky full of stars. I’ve been swimming in the ocean, treasure hunting, and learning about the dark but fascinating history of this island.
Here are a few photos :)

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I am also truly seeing the effects that come from generations being withheld an education for the purpose of keeping laborers servants.
It sets my mind to purpose.

I’m getting my feet here, making friends, and learning quite a bit about living with only a little.

I’m safe, healthy, and happy, just wishing for the power to get restored sooner rather than later.

Live life to the fullest, no regrets

 
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Posted by on 06/02/2015 in Uncategorized

 

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First week

First week completed….  well, in 3 more hours.

I’ve been eating wonderful food, walking around this beautiful island, getting to know the people a bit, and being amazed by the overall happiness of the people here.  I am sure much of that happiness comes from living on this island.  There is joy here.  Though I can’t really talk about it, my time in Turkey was trying to my soul.  I need this joy and I am grateful for it.

Today I got a tour around to go look at the paint colors on the walls of the houses here.  Blues, greens, yellows, oranges, pinks, it’s so colorful.  I couldn’t get enough of all the children playing in the streets, climbing on everything, and shyly waving at me with enormous smiles.

I’ve learned how to say Bom Dia, Bom Tarde, Abregada, and Bom Noite pretty easily now.  Internet time is almost over so I’m off for a beer, until later!!   Enjoy life!

 

 
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Posted by on 09/01/2015 in Uncategorized

 

A swim in the sea

It won’t be often I get to put pictures up right now, but I got these to go through, SO here are a few of the photos I’ve taken in the last 4 days.

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the light outside my door is blue, I think it makes the leaves look really cool

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The view from my front door

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Last night’s full moon was the most indescribably beautiful thing I’ve ever witnessed!

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Some of the awesome scenery/ ruins

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My rooftop! Reminds me of Taiwan :)

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1st morning on the island

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Some of the awesome scenery/ ruins

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A quick check in

I’m in Mozambique!   I get a few days to settle in before my new job kicks off, and I’ve already been approached with a couple of other things as side work!

It IS BEAUTIFUL here!   I am quite literally a stone’s throw from the ocean.  The entire island is historic Portuguese ruins.  There is so much to see here!

I’ve met a few people now, and so far, so good.  I will have trouble with keeping up on here and uploading pictures, but I will do my best…

But no pictures :(

 

 

 
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Posted by on 04/01/2015 in Uncategorized

 
 
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