* The blasters in Hugo’s internals are not uncommon and usually asymptomatic but can be a sign that there is something else.  We’ve started him on amoeba meds and he is improving.  His hemoglobin was quite low and his white blood cell count a little high the other day but I think he’s on the upswing now.  He just has to take that nasty medicine three times a day.

* We did another slide on Brynne on Friday and it came back positive for malaria so we put her on meds right away.  She’s doing just fine.

* We are down to the wire with regards to family conference preparations!  Our family and another family along with the two couples cooking are heading to Pyramid tomorrow.  However, the weather has been very rainy there for the past two months and we may not be able to use the airstrip at all!  If it’s not too bad, we will be able to get in with our smaller planes only.  Which is too bad because of course our bigger planes can carry more.  We go in the day before it starts to get things set up.  Like get the mattresses out of storage and put them into the cabins, attach cabin assignments to the appropriate cabin and make sure that the local workers know what they need to do and other fun stuff like that.

* Yesterday (Saturday) we brought the bulk of our stuff down to the hangar to be weighed.  At the end of the day they loaded into the plane already!  While we were there, Hugo had to attach a new chain to the gas cap of the plane we’ll be flying on…

  

At the same time the guys were loading the plane for the next flight that day.

I can’t think of anything else to say other than we’ll be incommunicado for the next week!

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About Erica Feunekes

Myself, my husband Hugo and our five kids live and work in Sentani, Papua, with Mission Aviation Fellowship.
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2 Responses to

  1. Brandi says:

    Have a great time!

  2. Jenny Munro says:

    Dear Erica, you seem very knowledgeable about the medical aspects of living in Papua. I am going to work with an NGO in Manokwari in about 6 weeks along with my husband and 2 kids (age 1 and 4). We’ll be there about 4 months. We have been to Papua before but it is always hard to get good input on the health situation. Have you had any problems with typhoid? What about those amoebas and what kind of medicine are you using for that? And the malaria meds you mention? I guess we are thinking about what meds to bring vs what to acquire in Papua if necessary. Any input welcome!

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