By Dr. Deborah Walker
I am getting settled in my quaint set up, feeling quite domestic as well. I have gotten the mosquito net set-up down to an art; I can do it in 5 minutes now, instead of 30.
I have hemmed some pants, cooked what I thought were English peas. They looked like peas, but didn’t taste or cook like peas- and took forever! But it was filling. I did my laundry today (by hand!)(in the tub!). They smelled fresh, probably because they still felt quite soapy. After hanging out to dry for most of the day, they smell like a mix between floral soap and smoke from area fires.
I have also set up a nice obstacle course in my place, for a “gym like” effect. A chair for dips, mat for sit-ups and push-ups, etc., let’s see how long that lasts. Ha!
I have met some interesting people here at the “Titanic”, a man that works for UNICEF from West Africa. He kindly took the picture below of me, once with my phone and once with his camera. Several people just passing through, but individuals from all over, mostly doing relief effort type work.
Anyway, I have been busy preparing a lecture and activities for the “workshop” on Principles of Oncology Nursing and Palliative Care. I will do this twice, once in Lilongwe and once in Blantyre. KCN has invited the area hospital nurses, students and faculty. So preparing something for such a broad audience is a challenge. But I am SOOOO up for it! Cervical and breast cancer are such a burden here in Malawi…so I think for this time around I am going to briefly cover cancer basics and then talk about breast cancer and the need for early detection. Often women here cannot go for “screening”, like we can with getting mammograms. So the principle of early detection through self-awareness/self-breast exam, etc. and knowing what to look for are sooooo important. I will let you know how it goes.