Boys Modelling & Lucky's Health Issues

Trip Start Dec 24, 2011
Trip End Jan 19, 2013

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Tuesday, March 27, 2012

Bali Week 11 Part 1 of 2

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. Franzi borrowed a few TV shows to keep her occupied for the rest of the night as Lucky and I spent the evening playing cards. We had dinner just before dark, then Lucky and I watched a Japanese anime movie (thanks Hari Kumar). Lupin the Third and the Castle of Castroglia. It was surprisingly a good movie. By 8 it was pitch dark outside and we headed to bed. I woke up in the middle of the night and I thought I had gone blind for a second as it was so dark. There were no street lamps lit on the street, and they were no sound. Bali was asleep.

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. We headed home during one of the fifteen minute breaks. Lucky’s wounds started to weep and by the time she had finished all the medicine she was very itchy. We left for the Home to talk to Didi but she left to the big temple with the small kids just as we entered the Home. That night at dinner Bec and her Mom joined us. We found out that they were from Melbourne and Bec had just finished her degree.

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. I really didn’t know what to do. It was 8 when I ran to the Home to talk to Didi and she gave me a couple of tablets and during this time the kids picked up that Lucky was sick. I came back home gave her the tablets and went for a quick shower. When I came out Lucky was in pain and in tears as her body was itchy. I went back to Didi Mohatiita and explained to her what had happened. With that we decided that we’ll head to the doctors. Didi Mohatiita had given me a thermometer to check her temperature while she looked for a doctor that was open on a Sunday. I ran back home to check her temperature and it was 36.5 so that was a relief. Didi Mohatiita had called the driver and they both came to our house to pick up Lucky. When Katharina saw Lucky she was worried as well.

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. So we came back to the Home and had a late lunch. Lucky wanted to stay at the Home but I asked her to go home as the kids were watching TV. She agreed and I dropped her off at home. When I returned, I decided that it was time to have the second practice session with the boys for the modelling skit that night. We had done some work but we wanted to make sure we were good on the night. We kicked out all the girls from the hall and chased away any girls that tried to look in the hall. The girls had heard that I was helping the boys with a modelling skit, so they were curious. Bavani came in at 4 to clean the hall but I asked for her to come back in ten minutes. But she went and told Didi Sujata, so she stormed to the hall to see what was happening but lucky for us we were just finishing up.

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. Lucky was up and we were ready to go for the farewell celebrations of Bec and her mum. The program was Balinese dancing, girls modelling, Miira’s dance group, Yoga by the boys, a song by Shiila, boys modelling (a big cheer was heard) and Yoga by the girls to finish off the festivities. All the acts went well and when it was our turn the crowd was in frenzy. The kids had no idea that I was going to get up and perform with the kids as well. When it started the noise was so high that we couldn’t hear the music. They had to put the microphone next to the speakers to increase the volume. The end result was we electrified the crowd as they had a great time. Later Lucky was telling me how she had to stand to watch the skit as most kids were on their feet. After the program ended both the Didi’s praised the skit and the kids thought we were awesome. Even Suci came and said “Brother, Boys Modelling Group” thumbs up. The rest of the night everyone was in a buzz ad people kept congratulating the boys and me for a wonderful skit before we headed home for the night.

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. Lucky tried it in the afternoon and said it was quite good. Didi Mohatiita also gave her some neem oil to put on her wounds. I was so worried for her. After Lucky had a shower and put the oil on her wounds I heard Franzi calling me from her room. I went over as Lucky and I initially thought she needed help with something but when I walked to her door she was by the sink and there was blood on the floor. She had cut herself with a craft knife quite badly. Lucky and I were running back and forth from the rooms as we worked on her cut and stopped the bleeding. We bandaged it and Franzi was ok after that.

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. 
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