Thursday, September 29, 2011

Dr. Mzumu came by today to visit.  He is returning to Mwanza for one more year to finish his surgery residency.  It will be very good for Bunda to have a surgeon for the first time.  He and his wife live here in Bunda and have started a school that is very good.  They are wonderful people and the whole family has been here several times.  When I was going through my six-month chemotherapy for cutaneous tuberculosis, he came by every day to check on the medication and for the first two months to change and clean the dressing on the wounds.  I am trying to help him get a computer and hopefully will have one for him before the end of October.  He says they have a new cancer specialist in Mwanza and he is going to get me an appointment before I take off to Nairobi for surgery.  Today was the first payday for our new helper for Edina, Aron John.  It was also his very first payday in his life.  What a huge smile!  Shaban is moving his wife and child to Bunda next week which will be good for all of us.  I seldom complain about much but after the high season for safaris, it is hard to get a lot of the food we normally get in Musoma or Mwanza and last week I used up the last of the popcorn.  I know, it doesn't sound like much, but knowing I couldn't get any more made me sad.  Then, a man we buy from in Musoma went to Nairobi and came back with about 100 kilos of the stuff.  I bought three kilos (6.6 lbs.) for $7.00 just to test it.  It's the best stuff we've ever had, so I will sleep tonight a happy man once again.  Meeting later with the lady from the land office to make sure all our taxes and forms are correct and legal.  Never boring here.  John is out teaching the three students who ride the bus down from Musoma to get instruction in programming and other stuff I don't understand.  John explains it to me and I listen and nod like my father did when I used to talk to him about literature.  Things don't change much, really.  There are pictures of John's lab with his captions at right.
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