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mana_trini and I were supposed to ferry to Grande Terre today to go to the library, among other things, but he's seeing the doc right now. He had a blister on the back of his heel, and the other night, he and his team stopped a kwasa (boat of illegal immigrants). What do the two things have to do with one another? Well, the kwasa has a capacity of 10 or so, and they frequently load as many as 45-50 people in them. Then, they spend anywhere from 5 to 15 hours trying to make it to the Mahorais coast--with no toilets and nowhere to land to do the necessaries. And because most of them can't swim... So, add that to the zebu patties and goat droppings swimming in the hull and you get a ripe bacterial soup.

Open wound, stop kwasa, step in soup... Yeah, not pretty. It happened to another fellow here and he almost lost his foot. No joke. I hope the antibiotics the doc gives him are efficacious.

So, I guess I'll do yoga, write 1k (1102), vacuum, do the grocery shopping, wax my dreads, and watch rugby instead

ETA: I even went for a short bike ride and worked on my query letter. Productive day. I think I deserve to take it fairly easy tomorrow. :-P

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mmerriam
Jan. 4th, 2008 03:18 pm (UTC)
Oh. Yuck. I sincerely hope the antibiotics work quickly.
mnfaure
Jan. 4th, 2008 03:42 pm (UTC)
So do I. They didn't work for the guy I made mention of. He had to go to the hospital and have a slew of shots, etc. Eep. However, he spent four hours in the "soup," so I think that had a lot to do with it.
footlingagain
Jan. 4th, 2008 05:51 pm (UTC)
Argh! I imagine that open wounds and the climate there are a tricky combination, even without the bacterial soup.

I also have my fingers crossed that the antibiotics do the trick.

How awful for the people, too, travelling in such conditions.
mnfaure
Jan. 4th, 2008 06:03 pm (UTC)
Yes, very tricky situation, especially during the rainy season. It is prime propagation time for bacteria.

He's very tired, but he says the pain in his glands has lessened. That's a good thing.

And yes, I can understand the desperation that drives the Anjounais to leave their island, but I deplore the risks they take to make it here. There are so many horror stories about the trip, and you can bet that there are hundreds more that'll never be known.
kmkibble75
Jan. 5th, 2008 02:05 am (UTC)
uhm, ew ew ouch ew ew!
*fingers crossed*
mnfaure
Jan. 5th, 2008 06:57 am (UTC)
Yes, hopefully he'll be well by next Wed. when we go to Reunion Island
mana_trini
Jan. 5th, 2008 04:36 pm (UTC)
thank you everyone
I bet I'll feel better soon, with you help mnfaure, I'll make it!!!
mnfaure
Jan. 5th, 2008 05:11 pm (UTC)
Re: thank you everyone
heureusement, mon amour. Je ne veux pas une vie sans toi. ;)
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