Dealing with the “little friends”

Back in Juba and after my failed attempt to extract a jigger (I count 5) I decide to go to a clinic. Im a bit worried as Ive described what I have to the driver and he has a look of bemused confusion. “You have chickens?” Me, “No, jiggers”.  Him, “Chickens”….”No, little worms, jiggers”. Him, “Worms from chickens?” Oh dear this is going to be a long morning. And he is my translator at the clinic!

There are no obvious staff when we reach the hospital just rows of rows of people holding medical forms and what look like x-ray envelopes. I whisper to the driver, “I don’t think they can help me here”. He replies, “Yes, yes very good doctors. International. They do surgery”. Im thinking, “Surgery? Before I know it they will have chopped my toe off.” He adds, “You go pay”. I question the logic of this. “Pay? They haven’t done anything yet! Do you pay for fuel before they fill up the car?” He has that bemused smile on his face again as if to say, “You crazy white person have it your way …….. Finally someone who might be a receptionist arrives and the driver explains why Im there. She looks over at me with raised eyebrows. Goodness knows what he has said to her!  She calls me over and says, “You need to see the doctor for some medicine”. I try and explain again, “I don’t need medicine. I just need someone to remove the jiggers.” Judging from the blank expression I don’t fit into her normal category of patient. With the whole clinic now listening into our conversation I decide Ive had enough public embarrassment and politely excuse myself. Looks like me and my jiggers will need to find another strategy. 

Gruesome “little friends”

Health warning – do not read if you are squeamish

A few small “friends” have decided to join me on my travels round South Sudan. These friends are in the form of small worms that have decided to burrow into my foot looking for a warm place to lay their eggs. Not sure where I picked them up but recognised it from the last time I had the same unwelcome guest in Madagascar. Jiggers!!  That time I managed to turf it out myself.

My foot

I took a photo and sent it off to the tropical medicine experts Interhealth for a second opinion. The famous (in health circles) Dr Ted Lankester replied to confirm that my suspicions were probably right and I should go to a clinic to get them removed. The only trouble was there are no clinics around here so I scoured the web looking for home remedies. There were a few gruesome videos of removal (one sent by my boss) and other home remedies. Common advice is to soak your feet in hydrogen peroxide and then apply Vaseline which apparently suffocates them. I improvised with some detol and strawberry lipbalm.

How long before I succumb and have a go at removal? I was a bit put off when Ted said if you don’t get them out completely they “seed”. I don’t know what that means exactly but it doesn’t sound good. So maybe me and my “friends” will be sticking around for a bit longer.

South Sudan

Yesterday I asked if you could guess where I am. Its South Sudan – somewhere near the Sudan border and in the midst of where the IDPs (internally displaced people) have come to seek safety from the on-going conflict.

This is how we traveled. Image

I was hosted by ACF and there to support emergency WASH (water, sanitation and hygiene) coordination in the camps. We visited a few during my stay. Here are a few photos so that you can see the conditions that they are living in.

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Basic sanitation

Bathing facilitites

Bathing facilitites

Water supply

Water supply

Camp

Camp

Clinic facilities

Clinic facilities

Kids playing

Kids playing

Collectiong water

Collecting water

The facilities are quite basic as they were put up in a rush. Its hard to tell how long people will stay here and there are signs that the displaces are already on the move again. This camp is in a government area. The agencies cant even gain access into the rebel held areas so facilities will be much, much worse. The heat is enervating and there is hardly any shade to escape it.

Domestic chores

Im spending this week at home waiting for my new job to start. Im no domestic goddess but after spending some time on pinterest I was interested to see if some of the household cleaning tips that people rave about actually work. The husband has also been complaining about the colour of the “white” pillow cases. Here is a photo of before and after. They look whiter right??

Washing before treatment

Washing before treatment

Washing after treatment

Washing after treatment

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Next was the oven. I just put on some caustic soda solution and left it for a few hours. And ta da!! Pretty clean door. I just wanted to add that we inherited the oven from the previous tenants!

Dirty oven door

Dirty oven door

Caustic soda treatment

Caustic soda treatment

New animal print material

New material from Kamili designs

After all that hard work it was time to do something I really enjoy – making stuff. I just bought some scraps of material from Kamili designs. Its the cute animal print stuff. Must be time to start another quilt!