In my last blog, I referred to the things we take for granted in Australia. Things like access to Doctors and good overall medical care. Ironically, just a couple of days after writing this, I got to experience this reality first hand, after falling from a height… No, not from a motorbike, (Which would at least give me a good story) but embarrassingly, from a bed…whilst attempting to clean the top of a mosquito net!!! Anyway… Landing with my arm up and hearing a CRACK, I screamed out in pain for all the village to hear… Silence…For the first time in the history of our time here, there was no-one nearby! After composing myself (very slowly, and not so gracefully) I realised that everyone that lives in a radius of at least 5km’s, including the rest of my family, were attending a ‘Pesta’ in preparation for an upcoming wedding. Again, a good story would go along the lines of a ‘Bear Grylls’ or ‘Survivor’ episode… Close! NOT!! After realising no-one was around, I cried… Not elegantly…But LOUD!
I did eventually get myself up and, as those of you who read the last blog “Dreaming” would understand, I dreamt and prayed for a miracle. I remember thinking “I may just wake up tomorrow morning and be okay.” Long story short, I wasn’t! The next day was Sunday…no hope of doing anything here, so on Monday I took the painful 1.5hr trip to ‘Ba’a’ hospital where there is an x-ray machine.
There I was informed that I had dislocation and fracture of my shoulder and needed to travel to Kupang to a better equipped medical facility for an operation! Yay!! Just what you need when you are on a timeline! After nearly a week in Kupang, x-rays, scans and receiving specialist advice from Australia, we finally returned to Rote. (we continue to travel to Kupang for scans to confirm that I will not need an op)
On a beautiful note, Delphiana, Nenek and Fiwi followed us to Kupang, a little upset that we had not let them know… “We are family” they said….Ouch! Another beautiful moment in a small village that shows what really is most important… People!!!
We are very happy to say, that in spite of a challenging few weeks, progress is remaining steady and we are stoked at how the new hut is coming along as well as the kitchen/dining/training area. One thing that this time has has enabled me to do is to sit back, take a breath and be ‘wowed’ by what has been achieved over the past few years. We have come so far… I think I missed that in the, “we still have so much to do.” Thank you my friends, my family. Thank you for believing that we really can make a difference! We love you. We miss you. We are eternally grateful for you. And we will always continue to BELIEVE!