Home Office

There is not a lot of space at our house. When I work at home the porch that we built is my home office. The view is not bad!

Doing some COVID virus review

Do You Like to See People . . .

. . . hurt themselves in videos? I am a sucker for all those videos of people falling off swings, crashing skateboards, etc. This is not quite the same thing, but if you want to see someone suffer a little bit, here is a clip of me allowing the lab to practice doing a nasopharyngeal swab on me so that they can do adequate COVID virus tests. Its not comfortable.

Rainy Season

Rainy season started last fall (US fall), and then it was supposed to stop. It never stopped. We missed our dry season. Now the long rains have started and it has rained and rained and rained. The Nairobi flies are in plague mode as are the grasshoppers and locusts. Mud for the next 3 months until about the middle of July. We hope to come home this summer just as the rainy season ends, but that will depend on the end of the COVID season. Still no COVID cases in our hospital, although we may be catching more cases of TB!

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Rainy season

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Going into the COVID ward or preparing a pizza?

Recent Safari

Back at the end of February a friend from Peru came for a conference in Kenya. He ended up being just about 30 minutes from where we live. I met up with him on his last day in country and we went to Nairobi National Park, which is a national park right outside of Nairobi city. It probably is one of the only places in the world where you can see skyscrapers in the background while looking at lions and buffalos in the wild. Just thinking about some fun times from before we all got stuck in our respective homes. Nairobi has been quarantined for another 21 days. I hope for the people’s sake things open up soon. People are getting hungry and a little desperate.

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Brendan in Kenya all the way from near our old home in Curahuasi, Peru

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This lion looked a bit hungry. Don’t make eye contact from our open walled truck

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Nairobi in the background

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Poverty

I have nooooo idea what it means to live in poverty although I see it all the time.

I helped a local youth buy a motorcycle (piki). He was so thankful because with that piki he can earn a reliable $3.50 each day giving mototaxi rides. That is enough to provide his family with food. He recently had his piki impounded by the police because they said he was driving it after curfew (he denies this and says it was around 5 PM – there is a good chance the police are using the curfew as a way to line their pockets during this time of financial stress). They were also upset because he was driving without a face mask. He told me there was no way he could afford a mask because they cost $1.00 which is an incredible amount of money for him. He also was asking if I could help him with $10 dollars to get his piki out of the impound lot, which was completely unattainable, especially now that his piki was impounded.

Despite living around it, I cannot understand what it is like to live with this type of financial stress. True poverty is inconceivable for an American.