For more than 2 of the last 4 months I’ve been in the hospital recovering from ophthalmic shingles – a terrible malady from which I am still suffering – though recovery seems to be on the way.
Can’t yet correctly focus my right eye, and the pain, though not nearly as severe, has eased considerably. The only ‘good’ aspect of being in the hospital was the first 4 hours after each six-hourly morphine injection, of which I received 4 injections every 24 hours (my thighs were thoroughly ‘tracked’). I could think reasonably straight and actually sleep a bit during the first 4 hours after the injection. After 4 hours, the pain began again and by the 5th hour it became intolerable. The only way to describe it is as if you had boiling oil poured into your ear and eye socket
Now, it is just shooting pains, together with tremendous soreness and ‘burning’. Learning to live with pain… And I do want to say, that in spite of all of the Bad Press about medical treatment and hospitals in Africa, my doctors and the hospital were / are excellent. I will write a little blog about that, in the future.
Many, many Apologies for not answering a number of messages – and especially to Ken Albala, for whom I was unable to do the food and culture entries – I did try! And who called me on my mobile phone about the 2nd day after I got out of the hospital the first time, but I think I did not make so much sense on the phone – in fact, a couple of days later I was put back into the hospital for further treatment…. Also to Karen Resta, who called the Hotel Club du Lac Tanganyika trying to find me! (No, Karen, hospitals here do not have telephones in patients’ rooms…)
Still not possible to really work at the computer, but gradually I hope to get back up to speed! Ah yes, and I returned to discover that the hard disk of my ‘good’ computer has broken and cannot be repaired. 1000’s of files and photos, lost…
What have I done – or not done – to disturb the gods and goddesses so thoroughly?