How to find the hospital!

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.Hospitals, Ba'a and Kupang


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!!!

They came to Kupang to visit

They came to Kupang to visit

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.” imageThank 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!