Monday, March 31, 2008

sick days

(march 28, 2008)

first of all, i am going to south africa in 3 weeks. 3 weeks! 21 days!

secondly, i am sick. again. what has happened to my immune system of steel? since i moved to kenya, i have been sick more often than i can count in my previous 26 years. this time it is a tuberculosis-type cough. i do not believe that i have tb, but i sound disgusting. and i am pretty sure my host in kigali gave it to me because i sound peculiarly like she did when she coughed up lungs.

i am sick on the coast of kenya. here i am beside the indian ocean surrounded by great italian food (did you know there is a little italy in kenya? there is, and it is full of perverts and old wrinkled up italians who are the equivalent of the canadian snow birds) and i have to be sick enough that after i finish my day of work i cannot even muster a walk on the beach! cripes.

to make this whole sickness feel worse, i am right now sitting in a conference room and it is 9:00am and i have no more than 6 of the people who are supposed to be attending my workshop today (out of a total of 30) that was to start at 8:30am. double cripes.

and, and! one man in my training told me yesterday that ‘in the african context, a commercial sex worker cannot be raped.’ grrrrrr....... i know many african women who vehemently disagree. but he felt the need to educate me on this fact, just so we were clear. i wanted to spit. on him. but i didn’t.

because then i was interviewed by 4 national newspapers and broadcast news stations. my only hope is that i did not sound ridiculous and that the shine off my forehead did not blind the viewers because this place is hot and i had to stand in the sun and melt while trying to sound intelligent. seriously, try that at home and tell me how easy it is.

the newspaper article can be found here

3 comments:

La Cabeza Grande said...

So sorry to hear that you're under the weather, dear Lu. As for the "gentleman" claiming that sex workers cannot be raped, I would've wanted to stab out his eyes with a pencil. Idiot.

kels said...

i agree with karen, you should have spit on him...hocked a big fat looooogie right in his face. What an idiot!
Dude you need to get better, being that sick is not a good thing. See how it goes for the next few days and if it isn't gone by the time we talk, later on this week, i will make you go to the doc.

lu said...

does anyone else have that same problem where you put a link in and then by the time you publish the post it disappears?! so frustrating, but i think i remedied it.

too bad spitting on the director of a muslim organisation would be the fastest way to get fired!