Man, so much has happened since I wrote it is mind-boggling. One of the big things is that we have moved to a lovely mission station outside of Bunia called Nyankunde. It is a great pleasure to have a more rural lifestyle and have birds in the garden again. There was an Africa palm civet in the tree the other day and some guys brought a crocodile to sell me for fresh meat. It was still alive and very different than the Nile Crocodiles I had so much fun catching for many years. It was probably an African Dwarf Crocodile and I am kicking myself for not getting a picture of it. It was very dark, the whole belly being black. It’s teeth seemed smaller and there were a couple of spikey things behind its neck. It was a bit over a meter long. The guys were very afraid of it but I got it out to hold and examine. It was a female and very lovely. But they thought since I was a muzungu that I had unlimited funds and was stupid, so would pay $300 for it. I don’t and I am not, so it didn’t say with me. Sadly, it will probably be someone’s food for about $15-20.
Another thing is that as we have moved, we are still unpacking and there is clutter around. Cher, my lovely bush-pilot’s wife, tripped and slipped and did the splits onto a cement floor and tore something in her leg. The doctors at the station hospital were very helpful but are more general surgeons and they admitted they were not orthopedics people. They did an ultrasound and saw what was at the very least muscle tear and hematoma and they gave her medicine for pain. Our team has been so incredibly supporting and helpful. The decision was made to medevac her out to Nairobi for an MRI as making the wrong decision would mean not walking right for the rest of her life. And I love the way she walks! The decision to medevac was definitely the right one. The MRI showed Cher had torn the hamstring muscles and tendons totally off the bone at the top so they had to be reattached. She was in surgery till about 12:20 last night and is doing well. Good spirits and the doctor has just come in to show us what the LONG recovery will look like. The Harvard sports medicine protocol for “Rehabilitation after Proximal Hamstring Tendon Repair Surgery” is pretty long and daunting, but we are into it. Cher is quite excited to think that after 20-24 weeks because it says she will be able to jog and jump and she didn’t do that before the accident!
Thanks for your prayers. We are ready to be home in Congo!