Recovering from the Field

I came back from the field with two things: 1) a fever, and 2) a better understanding of the kind of suffering that people in the disaster area are facing.

I was in the field for only three days and was using hand sanitizer every 30 minutes. Yet, despite that, I ended up getting some sort of respiratory bug that has left me coughing a lot, with a bit of a fever, and pretty weak. This gets me thinking – if I had it this bad after three days – imagine living there.

I’m recovering pretty quickly – but that’s because I have luxuries that those over there don’t. I can get rest, can have plenty of fluids, and take regular showers and have Tylenol to keep my fever down. These are luxuries that most in the disaster area don’t have.

One thing I remember I distinctly remember was the intense heat. I had spent my last day in the disaster area with Save the Children where we examined remote areas where aid had not completely arrived. The cyclone had destroyed any roads that could have been used to get there. Now, you could only get there by boat or by foot. The only clean water for miles was the water bottles we carried from basecamp.

There were rows of graves right next to rows of make shift homes. Children all over the place. Many of them, no doubt, probably caught the same bug I did (or caught something worse). But, most of them won’t have any Tylenol for their fever, clean water to rehydrate, and definitely no place to shower to clean up.

Apologies if I have been reticent with this blog in recent days. I hope to be up to speed again in a few days time. Been trying to get a lot of rest since coming back.

2 Responses to “Recovering from the Field”


  1. 1 ifindtrends

    Hi uncultured,
    I just wanted to let you know that I put up a short post about you on nowpublic with a link to here and your profile.
    http://www.nowpublic.com/culture/true-hero-hats-nowpublic-member-uncultured
    I hope you don’t mind. I figured since you were trying to gather yourself you would not mind some props.

    Great job in all of your efforts as well as your reporting over there. The world needs more people like you !

  2. 2 ifindtrends

    Hi uncultured,
    I just wanted to let you know that I put up a short post about you on nowpublic with a link to here and your profile.
    http://www.nowpublic.com/culture/true-hero-hats-nowpublic-member-uncultured
    I hope you don’t mind. I figured since you were trying to gather yourself you would not mind some props.

    Great job in all of your efforts as well as your reporting over there. The world needs more people like you !

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