09 March 2008

SIMCO

Yes, I'm still in North Carolina at SIM Candidate Orientation. I will have my interview with the US Board tomorrow (Monday, 1o March) at 5pm EST.

These two weeks have been fantastic! And now one more to go. I had the opportunity to meet one of the doctors I'll be working with at Galmi; he was here for a few days with his three kids. The kids gave me the inside scoop on life at Galmi: Esther (OB/GYN) makes the best ice cream . . . you get used to the heat . . . the locust taste like "fleshy popcorn" . . . it's a toss up as to which season is worse: the hot season (or rather, the "hotter" season) or the dusty season . . . when at the market, always buy meat that still has the tail attached ("goat isn't nearly as good as lamb!") . . . if I want to be able to talk to the nurses, I better do well at French school . . . Niger rocks (but isn't as cool as Singapore, and way less fish) . . . there are freshly grown mangoes on the compound . . . .

I have a nice long list of skills I will need to develop before getting to Niger. Just to name a few:
  • identify the powdered milk equivalent to cream for the ice cream maker
  • DIY crockpot: wooden box covered with scrap metal, leave all day in a sunny spot, and voila, dinner is served
  • symptoms and treatment options for tetanus
  • proper tying of a headscarf (this is a challenge for those of us with a small capital circumference)
  • how to pronounce "schistosomiasis"
  • competent manual driving

2 comments:

AmyBeth said...

If I can drive a manual competently - so can you! We need to get together sometime (you can practice on my car.)

AmyBeth said...

If I can drive a manual competently - so can you! We need to get together sometime (you can practice on my car.)