the internet

Well, hello to anyone who is reading this. The internet is slow at best, but at least we have it. I’ve been in the hospital a few days now and it is definitely a different experience. According to one of the medical students from here, the official percentage of people infected with HIV is 7-8%, but I very much doubt that is accurate. A one year old little girl who was HIV positive and being treated presumptively for Tuberculosis, died today right in front of our eyes. It was awful. If the mother had been treated with appropriate medications during pregnancy and not breast fed, the child would have had a less than 2% chance of getting HIV. I believe she was treated with anti-retrovirals (ARVs) for at least a period of time, but it didn’t do the trick. The mother of course was distraught, but what was amazing, was that after about 30 minutes, she had her bags packed, the baby cleaned and changed, and she was put together when she left the hospital. According to a doctor who was near, the baby was transported to a morturary and will be buried. There are of course lots of children who get well and go home. There are lots of children with malaria and sickle cell disease as well as many many neonates who are septic due to either congenital infections or other causes secondary to lack of sanitation.

Speaking of sanitation, the city is relatively clean, especially considering this is a developing country. The diesel we enhale daily is awful, but there is not tons of litter. The city is fairly easy to get around and there are lots of things to do here. We may see some dancers from Berundi this weekend or possibly go to the botanical gardens in Entebbe.

Right now, I have my second Luganda lesson (one of the main languages spoken here)…the first one was a bit overwhelming so hopefully I pick up on it better today!

Until later,
Katie

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3 Responses to “the internet”

  1. Erin Caudill Says:

    Katie, glad to see a post and learn more about how things are going for you. What is Luganda, sounds like a made up language. Watch for those crazy drivers! Love you!!
    Mom

  2. Arlene Hiatt Says:

    Hi, Katie,

    It’s good to hear from you. Will you be able to post pictures while there? I remember how sloooooooooooooooooooow the internet was in Kenya. In fact, I have 2 emails I sent in 2005 that are in cyberspace for eternity! But, as you say, it is great to have the internet no matter how slow. Children always touch my heart, especially in developing countries. I know you are a blessing to the people there. You continue in my prayers.

    Blessings,
    Arlene Hiatt (LCC)

  3. Susan from Nebraska Says:

    Wow – you did it – you are a blogger now!!! You are a great writer too and I can totally relate to your experiences already. Have you had a chance to call Chris and Jane yet??? Let us know if you have a hard time getting them and we will get thru to them thru my brother Jon and Molly in Nairobi. I heard it is hot – do you have air in your rooms? How about mosquitos??? Sounds like you are adjusting quickly though. One week down!!! We miss you.
    Susan

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