Sunday, July 16, 2006

Update: Renk Hebrew Program

Sunday Update from Megan's Mom:

Megan called from Khartoum at 7:30 a.m. CDT [about 3:30 p.m. there] to say she’d been to the hospital. They’d declared her over her malaria. Malaria there is like influenza here. She was very anemic again, something she has a problem with. She has her iron pills with her but doesn’t take them unless she has to because they make her sick. Obviously she needs a new method of getting iron! She sounded her usual self—said I should be up out of bed anyway and laughed and said she had no sympathy for me that the air conditioning went out here yesterday. [He’s coming back this morning to finish fixing it]. Love, Mom [Cathi McMurtry]

Report on Sunday from Gary F.:

Sunday was a fun tourist day. Megan was apparently all better, according to the hospital tests. Elizabeth, however, reported a bit of intestinal track distress -- but then mentioned eating pizza and Chinese food at back to back meals after 2 weeks of meat & potatoes. Methinks that might have had something to do with it.
Visits, shopping, etc. went well. Yes, there is a Nordstrom's (of a sort) in Khartoum.
One cultural note on the local hospital, however, for those who get a bit squeamish about the common communion cup. In at least one Sudanese hospital, the "water fountain" in the walk-in clinic/ER is a large cup shared by all and a pitcher of water. Fortunately, neither Elizabeth or Megan were thirsty and the lab is said to be quite sanitary.

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