Steady Progress

In two short weeks a lot has happened.

First off, family, friends, and even a classmate from elementary school have generously donated $1,125 towards YCI for my trip. Incredible, right?! I feel very blessed to know such wonderful people! I have also started to approach local businesses for donations, and have found it to be a very humbling process.

Secondly, I found a doctor: Dr. Cheryl Mason. Yay! A close friend of mine skillfully helped to squeeze me in even though Dr. Mason is not accepting new patients. I’m getting a full work up (something that should have happened long ago), blood test and all, and am making progress towards being ready to travel. My mom has also kindly offered to go with me when I get all of my vaccines and we have an appointment booked for next week.

I have also booked my flight to Tanzania, flying with KLM. Another YAY! KLM is probably my favorite airline because of their really good food and multiple inflight services.

What’s next? Well, I’m focusing on writing a couple of lengthy research papers this week and then I have final exams in 2 weeks time. So I’ve got a lot to think about, but thankfully I have a lot of support around me!

That’s all for now… Here’s one of my favorite quotes to end off with:

“The place God calls you to is the place where your deep gladness and the worlds deep hunger meet.” – Frederick Buechner


Step One: Find a doctor who doesn’t mind if I cry

Well, you should all know that this is my first blog ever. Wow. And now I feel like a little kid again.

*Ahem*… Anyways, I will be using this blog to update people on my daily life in Tanzania. As far as I know, there will be internet cafes close by my home stay location and I will be sure to keep in touch through this website. I’m sure I’ll start to miss home soon enough, and writing this blog will help me to feel connected.

So… Step One: I am supposed to make an appointment with my doctor. Well, that would be easy, if only I had a doctor. You see, I haven’t been to the doctor in about 6 years now. Why is that, you might ask? Well… basically… I don’t like the doctor and I’m stubborn. Trust me, everyone close to me has urged me to go. I just don’t like it there. The smell of sterile equipment makes me feel like I’m about to be the victim of some sort of catastrophe.

Nurse: “Doctor, Stop! That’s Sarah Anderson. She’s only here for a yellow fever shot!”
Doctor looks up from what he thinks is an appendectomy, covered in my blood.

What’s that? I watch too many movies? Well! You don’t know!

Well I’m sure you’ll be happy to know then, that I have to go to a doctor if I want to go to Tanzania. And I have to get shots for everything it seems… Yellow fever, Polio, Hepatitis A and B, Typhoid fever, Tetanus…

Ugh. At this point, I’d rather spend a day in a meat packing plant.

If I’m alive after my visit to the doctors, I’ll try to update this blog. I mean, it might be a challenge after the mistaken surgery, but I’ll try.