Sunday, August 12, 2012
Quote of the Day: “Adapt or perish, now as ever, is nature's inexorable imperative.” - H. G. Wells
When we went for our missionary training, one of the most important rules was about learning to adapt (that and being able to laugh at your own mistakes--we're good at that one). At first, we got all our medication in the U.S., and at our age, we take a lot of daily medication. We have since learned that we can get a lot of what we need right here in Bunda and some in Musoma and some in Mwanza. Sadly, many medications are not available in Tanzania or the ones that we can get are not authentic. Many local medications are counterfeit using milk powder or other things in place of the right medicine. This means many die who should not because of bad medicine. If we need to be sure of our medication, we get it from the doctors at the Coptic Hospital in Musoma, and some has to come from Nairobi. Since Nairobi is not close by, we try to get six months worth at a time. Luckily for us, Shaban will ride the bus to Nairobi, pick up our prescription from our doctor there and buy the medication for us. He will leave on a Tuesday and be back by Thursday night or Friday morning. It is an all night bus ride, so we are very lucky that he is willing to do this for us. I send him with enough money to get the medicine, sleep, eat, and pay taxi and bus fare. With all that, our medication costs us about $80 a month for each of us. Even with an insurance copay, it would cost us much more in the U.S., so we are blessed. Keep Shaban in your prayers as he travels to Nairobi for us this coming week.