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...a tribute to becoming a doctor.
Bien venidos...
Not a lot of time, and the bedamned keyboard is trying the limits of my patience, but I am back, O Best Beloved, I am in Managua once more. I am sunburnt and exhausted and I think I will never be clean again, and I probably have parasites and amoebas from swimming in the river, but O! it was a glorious time.

I have forty-three pages of journal to transcribe for you, and two more days here in the country to add to that. I have danced salsa in the streets, watched a cow slaughtered on the pavement before me, rolled over tesselating cobblestones of road and careened over mountain pathways in the back of a Ford pickup. I have seen abject poverty, handed out toothbrushes to children and adults, discovered prostate masses and lymph nodes and skin cancers and seen more headaches, backaches, and acid reflux than I can comfortably imagine. I have played with dirty children in the city streets. I have treated them. I have held their hands. I have bought ice cream.

I have seen so much, and been so privileged to realise the vastness of my privilege. And I will tell you about it, but later.

How about you?
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coanteen From: coanteen Date: January 23rd, 2005 04:40 am (UTC) (etched in stone)
i'm right there with you...well, at least where the headaches, back aches and acid reflux are concerned. but sadly i can't be with you on the icecream. it's -35 celsius here.

i look forward to your transcriptions!
phloxin From: phloxin Date: January 23rd, 2005 06:17 am (UTC) (etched in stone)
*hugs you tight and wishes you a safe journey home* Miss you, sweety.
attickah From: attickah Date: January 23rd, 2005 08:05 am (UTC) (etched in stone)
I have realized that forever-friends are the best gift of a lifetime.
daimones From: daimones Date: January 23rd, 2005 11:36 am (UTC) (etched in stone)
I shoveled snow.
brakiss From: brakiss Date: January 23rd, 2005 04:37 pm (UTC) (etched in stone)
I'm in Kansas.... and tomorrow I'll.... still be in Kansas.... :)

pwwka From: pwwka Date: January 24th, 2005 01:12 am (UTC) (etched in stone)
Let's see... I've watched the singularly amusing event of one's dog disappearing after jumping into a snowdrift. No amoebas there, I'm afraid.

Remember this old ditty from biology class in 6th grade? (to the tune of Jingle Bells)

Single cells,
Single cells,
See how they divide!
There was one on Christmas Day,
But now they've multiplied!

Single cells,
Single cells,
Nothing much to do,
But sit around in a petri dish,
Dividing into two!
loonyatcbh From: loonyatcbh Date: January 24th, 2005 05:59 pm (UTC) (etched in stone)
I also eagerly await your transcriptions; I too have been shoveling snow.

My weekend went something like this: sick Friday but went to work for meeting cancelled because everybody was sick so went home, read oodles, and watched the last few episodes of season 1 of Northern Exposure (Christmas gift from Eric Maule, remember him?), felt better late Saturday and decided last minute to drive to MI to see Darrel (bf, friend from high school) after all, got hair cut (shoulder lengthish), got sick again from weird Fazoli's food, drove home this morning, work...in other words, nothing terribly world-changing.

Met Quinby for pizza after my tues pm class at ipfw. Yay! Hope to see you soon...
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