Sunday, November 11, 2012

ZESA where are you?

Well we finally got ZESA on  Day 11 at 1:40 p.m. We quickly cleaned freezers and fridges and went to get started again with new food. Then Thursday morning—46 hours later it went off. It got dark and rained a few drops here but closer to Karoi it rained hard and 2 power poles fell—so we went from 11 a.m. yesterday and it is Saturday night  and no power! They said they are working on it, but now we are on load shedding so not sure when load shedding will go off and if we get electricity back! Go figure! Maybe we need to send our electricity workers to NYC to help them get their power back (if they don’t mind waiting a month or so)!

Our 4 new visitors arrived at 11:10 p.m. Thursday night.   Stephanie and John Woodman and Jim and Judy Eaton. They are retired Americans who live in Panama. Stephanie is on OR nurse and has been with us several times and her husband John has been here before too. They had been delayed in Washington DC for 2 days due to Super storm Sandy. They finally made it Thursday afternoon and Major was there to pick them up. We are happy to have them with us.

Since yesterday it has been cloudy and much cooler with some wind. It got down to 73 last night so it made it easy to sleep when it is that cold! We had to pull up the blanket last night! We are so happy for the cool weather.

Jim and John (2 new visitors) got to work right away putting together the desks and shelves that Bob Coibion made for us in the US and sent in the container for our new nurses’ station. That should keep them busy for a few hours.

The hospital has been a bit quieter this week. People are busy in their fields. Major took off today to go plough in his field today and tomorrow. Everyone is anxious for the rainy season to start in full. Only the most sick come to the hospital except on Monday and Thursday when they must not plough in honour of the ancestors. Those days get very busy!

We leave early tomorrow morning for Kariba and 3 nights at Rhino Camp on safari with our visitors. There will be 11 of us and a 12th one will join us on Monday morning there. Major will be going and he and Rick and Sylvia are excited about fishing! We are excited about eating fresh bream! Hope they catch enough for dinner at least one night.

Sunday afternoon Denise Blomqvist, a nursing student from Finland arrives to be with us for 6 weeks. She is doing an elective for her nursing school. She will join us Monday at Rhino Camp. So 12 people to cook for during the next month! Hope the electricity comes back soon!


 
Jim and John working in the Nurses Station

 Judy and Stepohanie working with Dr. Kajese


 




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