Boys Modelling & Lucky's Health Issues
Trip Start Dec 24, 2011
192Trip End Jan 19, 2013
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It was the start of the 11th week in Bali and we had only 11 days left at the Home. We are starting to miss the place already. This day was a special one as it was the Balinese New Year. We were to stay in our rooms the entire day and in the night we were not allowed to have any lights on. Around 9am Satya and Indra bought us breakfast. I think the boys were allowed as the Didi's had informed the village chief prior. We asked Franzi to join us as she was by herself; Katharina had left the previous night. Franzi was happy to have her breakfast in her room and after breakfast Lucky went to sleep. I spent the morning playing games as I had nothing else to do. The day went by slowly, not a sound was heard, not even the animals. Around 12.30 Arun and Indra bought us lunch and told us that they will not be bringing dinner to us. Franzi joined us for lunch and we had a good chat till 3
The next morning Lucky’s insect wounds started to worsen again. They were healing but once she finished her medicine things were flaring up again. So we talked to Didi Mohatiita after breakfast. We thought we’d have a quick 10 minute chat but ended up talking for the entire morning. We talked about buying an oven for them, parenting and of course Lucky’s health issues. Didi said that she could give Lucky some homeopathic medicine but she needed to research it first. We were up for it as we had tried the medicine and things hadn’t really improved.
After lunch we had our normal study session at 2. And as we were finishing class Didi Mohatiita came in and gave Lucky some medicine. It was like mini tiny white balls that Lucky needed to take every fifteen minutes
After dinner Aditya came and he thought that the perfect time for the boys to do their modelling skit was during Bec and her mum’s farewell party which was scheduled for the next day. I had promised to help them earlier. So I gathered a few of the boys, we chose Justin Bieber’s Baby Baby as our song and we had a quick practice session before the end of the night. As we were walking to the gates it was once again very hard to say good night to the kids as we were counting down the days. Some of the kids asked us once again to stay longer. When we arrived at home things had gotten a little worse for Lucky. She had breakouts in her arms and legs; she put some antiseptic on it and went to sleep.
That night Lucky woke up in the middle of the night as she had itchy eyes. In the morning when we woke up things were not good. Lucky had swollen red eyes and her breakouts were nasty
That morning there was a doctor that was open. When we registered he gave us number 23. Our lucky number is 23 and I was praying that this Doctor would know what is bothering Lucky. We waited for 40 minutes and during that time Didi Mohatiita was telling us stories about some of the kids. The Doctor saw us, he checked Lucky’s wounds, blood pressure and heart rate, and then gave his diagnosis that it was a viral infection. He prescribed three batches of tablets and some cream (hydrocortisone 0.2%). We arrived at the Home; Lucky put the cream on herself and took the tablets. We had breakfast at 11 and Lucky returned to our room for some rest. I washed some clothes and came back to the Home, took my gear and went to the hall just to have some time to myself and collect my thoughts. Dharma came in and I have him my netbook so he can play Plants V Zombies. Soon more boys joined Dharma and started playing.
During this time I went home to check up on Lucky and she was hungry
Initially for the modelling skit there were 6 boys and myself but that evening 5 more boys wanted to be part of it so we changed the routine a little bit. When we left the hall some of the girls started teasing us. Suci one of the girls, is part of the girls modelling group came up to me and said "Girls Modelling" thumbs up and “Your Boys Modelling” thumbs down. And soon the other girls started to get in the mix. The younger girls in particular were more catty towards the boys and me while the older ones just laughed at us.
It was 5 by the time I returned home
We headed straight to Carrefour after breakfast and when we returned Lucky and I continued to have discussions about her health. The children’s Home has a few neem trees. So we thought it might be a good idea for Lucky to take a bath with neem leaves. This is when the neem leaves are boiled in water and then mixed with water to have a bath
We didn’t have study at 2 as some of the kids were in school till late. So after lunch we headed to the internet café and we found that our parcel from Hoi An had made its way to Wellington. The parcel was wet as Lucky’s folks hardly use the main door; they always use the garage door to enter the house. Lucky sent an email regarding her allergies, bites and wounds. I had a quick chat with my sister letting her know about Lucky’s health issues. We left for home and Lucky had another neem bath with the remaining water.
It was 6 and we were about to leave when Lucky decided that she wanted to check on Franzi’s dressing. It was really cute when Franzi said “Thanks Momma!” The kids were at prayers when we arrived, Franzi and Katharina joined them. Shiila came by and asked how Lucky was, then she asked Ibu to make her a neem tea. Ibu also asked Lucky to reduce her sugar intake. During dinner it looked like Katharina was a little upset, this was because she was leaving in a couple of days, and she didn’t know if she would be back. None of us really had any advice as we knew that day is not far in the near future for us. After dinner we concentrated on helping as many kids as possible with homework and in some ways it was good for us to keep busy. Once again the kids asked us to stay for another month as we said good night to them and went home. However, when we got home things worsened for Lucky as she couldn’t stop itching. At one point I had to physically hold her hands down so she wouldn’t scratch. We talked late into the night about what could really hurt her this much and while I had not a scratch on me.