He´s still got that burnin feeling

Trip Start Feb 03, 2006
Trip End Jun 20, 2006

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Tuesday, March 14, 2006

We left León for Estelí in the hopes that the cooler air would help with Andrew´s rash. Missed-the-boat Mark (or, as Joy has suggested, Missed-the-mark Mark) has gone on to El Salvador, but not before asking an Israeli girl at the hostel about whether or not certain aspects of oral sex are kosher. As we are headed to Honduras next, it looks as though we might escape our weekly encounters.

Estelí and León are the only cities that consistently vote pro-Sandista in Nicaragua.
Estelí is nice, if a bit boring. There are a lot of language schools here, but not much else. Mostly, we have been sitting around wondering if Andrew will ever get better.

Yesterday, he woke up with his eye nearly swollen shut. We decided that a trip to the hospital was in order (we decided that there was a greater chance of finding an English speaker at the hospital than at a small clinic). At the hospital, Andrew took a side door and ended up in what looked like the records department. The only other door seemed to be the emergency area, and Andrew wanted to avoid that. After bumbling around with Spanish, we were told to wait in someone´s office while the staff searched for an English speaker. Within 10 minutes, a woman appeared before us. Andrew hesitantly said "hi", hoping that her English would be sufficient for our needs. She said "hey what´s up", allaying our fears. We´re still not sure if she was a physician or a nurse practitioner. Andrew explained that he was having an allergic reaction to the cashew tree, and wanted some prednisone (we had been looking online, and this seemed the normal course of action). She promptly wrote him a scrip for prednisone, and had a nurse give him another hydrocortisone shot (the nurse who gave Andrew the shot was stunned that he could get such a bad reaction without even eating any of the cashew. She kept asking "no come nada?"). The hospital pharmacy filled the prednisone, and the staff told us we could be on our way. Andrew asked where to pay, and we were stunned to learn that it was all free. We will have to find an appropriate place to make an appropriate donation before we leave.

The prednisone has made Andrew hungry and twitchy, but no bad effects, really. He has taken it before, so he pretty much knew what to expect, and how to control it. The swelling has gone down in his eye, and the rash is already looking better.

We´re going to stay in Estelí until he´s better, and then on to Santa Teresa to deliver letters and out of Nicaragua.
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