A Family Adventure

Trip Start Feb 20, 2013
Trip End May 09, 2013

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Flag of Philippines  , Eastern Visayas,
Tuesday, April 30, 2013

Hello Everyone,

Tuesday started off with quite an adventure with my little family of six. Their mother was home so all seven of them, plus me and my friend Rodelette packed in to a tricycle and headed for the Schistomiasis Center in Palo. The specialty center researches Schistomiasis and other parasites in the area, so if you choose to have your samples submitted for research as well as testing then all the testing is free. We decided to have the children taken there, after seeing the long wait and complicated process required at the regular part of the center.

After waiting in line to speak with the research center we found out that all six children need to submit stool samples. The results will be available within 24 to 48 hours of submission and if the initial result is negative they will go on to test the blood and urine to be sure the diseases are not present. However, if the test is positive at any point then the children's results will need to be taken to a doctor so he or she can prescribe the antibiotic treatment needed. I am hoping the doctor will allow me to bring all their results without them present since it is quite an ordeal bringing six children anywhere. (Even more trouble than it was for my parents when I was little I am sure).

So the good news is the testing is free, the bad news is they ran out of stool sample kits. So not only do I have to buy materials to collect stool...I also have to collect the stool of six children without their mother's help. AND the woman at the center suggested I collect anyone's stool in the community who wanted to be tested. So it sounds like I will be on one very smelly ride on Thursday when I plan to take in the samples....Wish me luck!

The children were ecstatic to venture outside of Cangumbang, other than JonJon who was holding on for dear life and looked like he might vomit. After we rode for a little while he loosened his grip slightly and curiously looked around. They were pretty well behaved as we waited in line, although I did buy some bread for them as a snack knowing they wouldn't have had any breakfast. When we got the information we needed I decided to take all of them to an eatery across the street since it was just after noon. Jon Jon and Jerone ate their meat and couldn't stomach the rice, proclaiming "Busog!" meaning full. John Joseph began eating first and he was the last one to finish. He is a slow, meticulous eater and seems to always have room for more. Everyone left full and happy. When we got back to Cangumbang the other children were clearly jealous, until the kids told them they have to collect stool samples. ;)

Wednesday is Labor Day here in the Philippines and although work will not stop on the construction site, the Schistomiasis Center is closed. So I will return the children's samples on Thursday.


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Suzy on

Lucky you!! Seems like a little overkill but works well as payback ;)

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