- Ability to look at the gas burning in the bottom of my oven and know if the temp is set to 350F or 450F necessary as the temperature regulation looks identical to the ones on the stove, no numbers.
- Able to drive (a standard) while dodging motor bikes, potholes, people, cows, donkeys and other cars.
- Can now distinguish the difference between Thompson Gazelles, Impala, and Grants Gazelles.
- Can give a speech with a few minutes notice, although my 4-H days taught me this.
- Can hear a ventilator alarm from a different part of the hospital or through the phone line and know what the problem is.
- Able to go shopping only every 6 weeks, with the exception of a few staples and veggies and not starve.
- Complete a recipe with multiple substitutions, see why above, and it still tastes good.
- Speak to patients in various languages. My Swahili is coming along well, but some patients only speak a local tribal language - Kipsigis, interestingly my 15-20 kipsigis words include cough, don't bite, breathe, breathe by yourself and lie down (relax). I guess you learn what you need to.
- How long it takes for me to get cabin fever - 6 -7 weeks. With elections happening we were told to sit tight. So here I am, after not leaving Tenwek for 7 weeks and I am going a little crazy. I guess I know my limit.
- Able to quickly get to know and work with a new phsyician, dancing the line between advising them what do do and telling them what to do. We have about 150 medical visitors a year so a lot of hello's and good-byes
- I'm sure the list is longer but that's all that comes to mind right now.
Sunday, October 8, 2017
Unique Talents one learns on the mission field
So living in Kenya has taught me a few things that I probably would not have learned back in Canada. I thought I would share a few of them here.