Tuesday, 1 December 2009

World AIDS day

Well, I'm still at home, even though it's 9.10am on a tuesday morning. That's because we don't have power (again) at work, and this time it's because the (recently weeeeeer444444444dqffffeqsa - sorry the cat's sitting on my keyboard - installed) cable is faulty and needs replacing, at a cost of 1.9 million shillings. That's a HUGE amount of money (roughly £600) and, to give you some perspective, the cost of a small ugandan wedding.

We (me and Lindsey) are house-and-cat-sitting for a missionary family who are taking some time out in Kampala, hence the interference above. We have an adorable kitten racing around the house at the speed of a rocket, although right now he's licking my toes. We also have an oven and satellite TV - it's like being in another world!

I've just sent out my first prayer letter, message below if you want a copy. I'm also going to attempt to put some pictures up here later today, but don't quote me on that..

Today is world AIDS day, which is a pretty big deal here in Uganda. The staff of the lab are going out to the villages to do VCT (voluntary counselling and testing) and thousands of people are turning up. I'm going once this week and also on saturday, which is the big push day and many different organisations will be there. Please pray that I can remember my newly learned phlebotomy skills, and also that I remember I have the responsibility to pray for every person that passes through my hands for a test, especially those who are positive. It's a huge deal to be the first person to know someone's HIV status, and you really feel it emotionally.

Over the last week, almost every member of the AIM team here has been sick with a strange malaria-like but contagious disease. I was one of the first, and honestly it felt like I had been hit by a truck and then pulled through a clothes mangle. I had a high temperature, muscle aches and vomiting, and had to take 4 days off work,  and if that's fake malaria (two negative tests!), I don't want to find out what it's really like. But sickness was something I knew I would have to deal with here, and I praise Jesus I have a god who is bigger than anything nasty I can catch! For those of you who knew I wasn't well, thank you so much for your prayers and support.

Can't think of much else to say.. except that I have fairly reliable internet access this week, so any communication from the western world would be much appreciated!

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