Tuesday, January 10, 2012

the old nail through the shoe trick

I started the day at 5:30am with a hospital visit for my friend and ended the day with one for me.

Before Skuli ya Imani started today I was setting up and playing with some kids and I stepped on a dirty nail outside...it went clear through my shoe (ok, I was wearing flip flops like I do every single day of my life here) but still geez! My girlfriends present told me to rub some perfume on the wound but I opted for cleaning it, gooping on some antibiotic ointment, and gauze and getting back to teaching. After Skuli J and I searched Web MD sites (which can I just say you should NEVER do!! Seriously, I think I might die...like right now... from every minor symptom I have ever had) and realized I probably did need another tetanus shot since my last one was about tens years ago. After a couple calls we decided my best bet was a hospital about five minutes away and off I went. I saw the doctor quickly who never looked at the wound and then proceeded to ask ME how often you need a tetanus which did not do much to increase my confidence in the medical services here. I just asked for him to write the prescription which he quickly did and then I limped over to the pharmacy to buy my vaccine and needle. The workers were engaged in lively discussion and one was having a chai break so I waited a bit but after paying about 4 bucks they handed me this and directed me back to the hospital to have a nurse give me the injection:
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I got the shot, prayed for a sick little boy and his mama who I was waiting with, and was on my happy albeit hobbling way within 20 minutes and it only cost about 5 bucks!
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Best emergency room trip yet....always keeping it interesting y'all!
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4 comments:

Beck said...

Smart thinking Rox. If you did contract Tetanus, the cure is to first get a Tenanus shot and then a course of antibiotics. Thank you Microbio class

Jim McAuley said...

Dear Engstroms,
We are impressed with how well you keep up with blogging (see our site www.themcauleysinzambia.blogspot.com). The doctor in me cringed at the nail story. We were just in Paje Jan 3-10 and made a failed attempt to look you up. Beautiful and hot place you live. Jim McAuley (Rush)jmcauley61@gmail.com

Cha Cha B said...

Ouch... not fun, but I'm glad you followed up with a Tetanus shot. Wear better shoes girl! ;)

Anonymous said...

So the Rohrback in you, the reliance on Web MD! This post made me laugh soooo hard, we are both ghosts, if we solely rely on Web MD (a faithful Rohrback should never visit this site). I do visit, I am a goner years ago, thank God I am saved! And I know I am real, and alive, because of the everyday miracles you so beautifully put into writing, and how I can equate it with my own miraculous graces. You are amazing, I can't say it enough! Thank God for your human side, your beautiful photography, and most importantly your love for humanity! It changes my life, and keeps me positive, as a 56 year old fogey! Love, Aunt Karen