Time for super mass email, since it's been about three weeks now?
My housing issues:
1. Everyone in my house thrives off shouting and yelling,
2. I've been woken up in the morning more than once because of yelling and shouting in the courtyard.
3. My landlord is a power hungry controlling demanding bitch of a man.
4. My ear got to witness him beat his child, while minutes later my eye got to witness the child's busted lip.
5. He has told me in several non-direct comments that he expects me to raise his child, that's why he brought me here. (I'm in Foase because of HIM, yes siree didn't you all know that?)
6. He also has a gun that he likes to shoot off in the mornings to scare away the armed robbers. You know, so the Armed Robbers will be scared of a person being armed with a gun? Dear lord…
Thus, I don't feel like I have a home, there's no quiet place for me to run too, and the walls are thin, so I've woken Akwasi up in the middle of the night with my asthmatic coughing…..And, I don't feel entirely safe….
I'm in Accra, for medical, again.
I believe the mild asthmas that I was diagnosed with in high school and went away in college, has now come back full force. I have a very hard time breathing…..my smoker's cough is back, and I’ve had 3 chest infections since I’ve been here (none of which did I seek treatment, I know bad Kris) and I feel like I have a 50 pound weight on my chest. So I'm back in Accra so the One Peace Corps doctor for the entire region of West Africa can see me while she's in town.
Something interesting about the situation….We have two nurses. One American and one Ghanaian. The American nurse told me it's ok to go to the clinic in Foase for treatment. So, I went to the clinic on Tuesday because my lungs were not happy, oh and I found out I’m allergic to mangoes, at least the ones here……anyway, they give me drugs, but I want to double check with the PC nurse before I take them. Well when I call I talk to the Ghanaian nurse, and she says "Why didn't you go to Kumasi or Accra?" I told her I don't like traveling (which is true in Ghana, and I don't' like traveling every other week in the states either) Then she tells me to take my meds and call her in the morning. SO I do and she says, she wants me to come to Accra cuz the regional doc is in town. Ha! So I have to travel anyway (and I didn't budget this last pay period and ooops, I’m down to 150,000 cedis for the rest of the month! (we get paid 1.5 million every month, but they pay us quarterly. anyway that's approx 156 US dollars……sounds better in cedis doesn't it?)
So about those mangoes……a fruit which I LOVE…..I ate one and the next day my lips felt dry and itchy and so did the sides of my mouth. I reminded me of the time I ate too much pineapple many years ago and the doc said I had a mild allergy….anyway, so the next day I decided to experiment on myself, I said ok, I’ll eat these two mangoes today and if the "rash" gets worse, I’m allergic to mangoes. Yep it got worse, annoyingly worse, but luckily it was just an itchy rash on my face and so I have some meds to make it go away…..
break time, how nice just as the page finishes. must get ready to see the doctor…..
Can I just tell you. Praise the Lord for American University education? This Doctor is effin amazing! So…..apparently there's a compound found in poison ivy that's the same in the Skin of mango! so that's what I'm allergic too most likely….most likely I can eat mango if someone else peels it. And that would explain my reaction this time cuz I've eaten mangoes before but in Ghana they squeeze the juice out of them while sucking on one end…..so I did that way, so the skin touched my skin ….and voila "poison ivy" response….so Erin you should be able to eat mango skin just fine, right?
Now on to my mysterious ear…..remember the damned ENT who told me just to take some pain killers? Welll……I don't have any infection but my ear drum is dull and pull back a bit, indicating that there's some inflammation in one of my tubes…..pro'ly allergy related and if I take the psuedofed it should go away……that's my basic paraphrase of what she told me….but thank god someone figured it out…..
Now my asthma. It's most likely allergy induced. She gave me a new rescue inhaler, since the albuterol makes me crazy shaky, a steroid inhaler and suedofed. and if the pseudofed is not working well call the nurses and I'll put me no Allegra or something.
She also told me, that I am going to be one of those people who just has problems the whole time they're serving, and no matter what PC country I served in I'd still have these same problems. Looks like my body was made only for the rich, lol…..without modern medicine, I'd be in a lot of pain…..and then people wonder why I don't want to give birth (maybe my genes aren't too good :0) not saying that I'm not a good person, just saying maybe I shouldn't reproduce that's all)
oh and if things don't get better I may have to get rid of Obolo and Nestle….but they're such good hunters……cuz I'm allergic to the mites and stuff they have…but I told the doctor they're strictly outside cats, which is true. so she seemed less concerned after that….I just can't pet them so much. L
So that's that. If things only get worse, then I can't stay. no sense in killing myself to live in Africa. There's plenty of volunteer work to do in the USA too….but do NOT think that means I'm coming home early…..I’m just saying the possibility is there. so no one get excited or freaked out, ok? J
They chopped down the trees at my house (not completely chopped down, but enough that the 6 trees look dead now). You know why they killed off their shade? Because the birds were too much disturbing. That's right, the birds were making too much noise, so they cut the trees down. (errrrrr…..killing dozens of unhatched eggs and just hatched baby birds in the process……dozens of nests were in those trees) Anyway, so now it's a little warmer at the house.
Sunday, Mother's day. Happy mother's day to everyone. I decided to make good use of the fallen trees and use part of a branch as a baseball bat. So I walked to the JSS which is on the outskirts of town and used my branch as a bat and rocks as balls and let me tell you it was fun J . Batting all by myself…..I miss that. I just wish I could swing the bat at something and damage it, without hurting it, like a punching bag or something. cuz if I do it to a tree I'll damage the tree, and I can't hurt a sheep or anything. I can now easily kill ants though…..easy as pie…..especially since they bite you…..
That's plenty for now. It's 1045pm…..very very much past my bed time.
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