Saturday, July 24, 2010


I have so much to blog about, but i kind of feel like there is so much i don't know where to start..... just like the washing, i guess it gets easier once you start right?? Might just start with how shitty i'm feeling.....

It's harvest season here, they are harvesting the sugarcane to crush and the mosquitos that used to reside in the cane are now mobile and infecting victims faster than you can say "i've got Malaria"

Tarzan was first to drop, he started just feeling a bit off with a headache so he went down for a test. Positive, but i flew to Aus the next morning and let him ride it out on his own. He seemed to do ok. Then Lu was next. She presented with a fever, vomiting and crankiness, too her down for a test and it too was positive. She got over her very quickly, but managed to perforate her eardrum while we were on w weekend away at the beach. She was swimming and got hit in the side of the head by a big wave. That night she started screaming and wouldn't stop. I took her into the local hospital only to be told "Sorry we don't have an oroscope(thing to look in ears) , give her panadol and come back tomorrow, one of the other doctors may have one" ?! She was much better the next day, so we headed home and she was unhappy most of the trip saying her ear hurt, so we took her to the clinic here and discovered she had a perforated ear drum and an infection in the other ear. So a round of AB's and she's on the mend.

Tarzan came in one morning to tell me she had vomited again. I went in and she was fine. I then went in to LMS's room and discovered she was the cause of the smell. So we took her down for a test and sure as eggs she was +ve for Malaria. She couldn't keep anything down, not even breast milk, so she was given a course of injections and then admitted to the clinic for some IV fluids. She was limp and quiet. Very odd and disconcerting to see her like that. I was thankful that the clinic was there, but far out, you should see the state of it. For a tourniquet they used the end of a rubber glove. I asked them if that was their only tourniquet and they cheerfully replied "no, we have this one" While holding up a strip of tyre tube rubber?! At least all the needles and IV equipment was in fresh new packets and handled well, in a sterile way. They staff are great, but wow, talk about under funded, under equipped, under everything! When i first went to the drs for one of the kids the Dr didn't have a stethascope?! Her's broke and it was a lot of money to get a new one. So my rockin' mum bought one in Aus and gave it to her when she came over. They have an ultrasound machine, but no transducers, yanno, the bit that goes on your body and makes the pictures work? Kind of like having a car with no wheels. It was donated by rotary like that?! Not that i'm dissing rotary, but sheesh, surely you'd look a little more into what you were donating, rather than giving a useless box to someone? Super mum is looking into that too and hopefully can get her hands on some transducers for it.

Anyway, i digress, LMS is just finishing her last tablet tomorrow and has finally stopped vomiting. She had her first solid food after 5 days and is looking much better. Just when i though i might get a nights sleep i woke at 3 am feeling a little off. By morning my body felt heavy and i was weak. I thought i should go and have a test. By the time i got to the clinic my body was aching, my wrist felt badly sprained, my back was aching like i had done a disc, and i had a general feeling that all my bones might explode. Since testing positive and having an injection, i have been in bed, mainly feeling sorry for myself.

I started this post a few hours ago and it has taken 4 shots, between needing to feint and lie down or just spew it hasn't been my brightest day. Although i must be getting better because i'm getting bored of lying dawn, although that is the only position everything doesn't hurt.

Given all that, Malaria isn't as scary as i thought it would be, yes it can be fatal, but so can influenza. Most deaths are because people are not treated adequately or soon enough. Sure there are some exceptions, but they are just that, exceptions. Having Malaria around here is no big deal, infact i feel like a whinger just talking about it on my blog. Most of the Nationals get it a few times a year, take the meds, suck it up and go to work. Occasionally they have a sick day but not often. The Dr did tell me it tends to hit white people harder as our immune systems are weaker than people who grew up here. Maybe she was just trying to make me feel better.....

I can't get my brain to work well to incorporate some pics into text, so they are all just here.... this is the clinic. 3 beds available. hope you don't mind sharing. ;) (the last pic is of the tourniquet they used to put a cannula in LMS)

I'm going to lie down.


  1. sweetie, not funny reading this, what the doc said re: whites immune being weaker makes sense in a way, but then looking at white`s and white`s ... you and the girls for example will be over this no sweat in comparison to me.... remember what i was like "bush - camping" with the flies alone never mind in the jungle.. malaria sicky time i would be screaming to be flown back into the city asap like a derranged lunatic :) i know jsut the thought of this will make you giggle or at least hope it does :)) really feeling for saskia too :( she must have been in so much pain with a perforated ear drum ange... ay aayayy... ufff ... poor little baba.:((. just saw your entry that you are off to noosa... you champinon... perfect planning... question being.. how is glenn going to bribe you to get back on that plane back to the jungle?! lol! sending you all 4 all the oceans of healing vibes.. time for mucho mucho tlc and coconut water ... thinking of your family, not fun and games this all....xoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoooxoxoxo

  2. Hearing about your mum is like a big lightbulb going on....ahhhhhhhh... that's where she gets it from! xx jo & craig

  3. The Mitchell TribeJuly 25, 2010 at 6:44 PM

    sorry to hear you have all had to go through this....and to know you could get it a couple of times a year. Thinking of you all, and glad you are on the heart goes out to you with the washing!!!!

  4. hope you feel better soon !
    at least you didnt all have it at the same time but none easier to you all
    the latu family

  5. Hmmm Matt and I thought the same about the clinic - were quite surprised it was like that when it is for company staff and the school etc. in the compound is so good? Can there not be a clinic in the management compound? It wouldn't take very much to fix, and yeah the staff were very lovely (even with chunder guts hurling out the front). I watched very closely when they were giving Matt injection to see clean needles etc! Hope you and the girls are feeling better xxxxx