I am leaving for Africa on May 11, returning to the US on June 1, back in the office on June 5.
I plan on providing a play by play report of my experiences while working with the African people. I chose to start this blog two days before leaving because today is the day that I have to swallow the first malaria pill. I chose to take the pills instead of taking a shot – not because of a shot fear – but my thinking is that I can stop the pills if the side effects surface. So you must understand that swallowing that pill about a half minute ago was really a big deal to me because of the horror stories I have heard about what I might experience. Exposing my own concerns (fears) is going to help me take the next pill tomorrow. So I’m praying that I do not have those vivid dreams, nausea, hallucinations, and whatever else might occur and I am certain that the many people I have asked to pray for me were well informed that they should pray for the pill taking part of my journey. Thank you to Chris who carefully advised me to take the dose with food – today oatmeal, tomorrow I’ll try the banana.
Today will be a working day for me as I see clients and put my office in order before taking off. I am not completely convinced that I am leaving yet – that will kick in when I pack – which I am reserving for tomorrow. I have made the arrangements for the care of Bob my dog who is enjoying family life with Elias and Jenn. I am realizing that having an animal in my daily life provides another dimension to my existence. Not having him around these last two days I find myself looking for him and “hearing” the click of his paws on the floor (no it isn’t the malaria meds acting up). I still have to engage someone to water my plants - a little late - so they survive three weeks. Already this journey is teaching me how blessed I am. This will definitely stretch me more than ever – for that I thank you God.