Saturday, April 17, 2010

Missed a Call

I ran for it when I heard it ringing, but missed the call I had been waiting for - for two weeks. Ahhh! It'll seem silly to you, but checking things off my "to do" list does wonders for my mood. When the travel clinic nurse finally called, I was in the other room. Short story long, I ended up having to make another appointment for a phone call in two more weeks. On that day, I'll be sure to paste my phone to my forehead, so I won't miss the call. The travel clinic nurse and I will discuss my itinerary and the possible risks in the area, in order to determine what shots and medications I will need. Here's what I've read:

The degree of risk is high. There are food and waterborne diseases: bacterial and protozoal diarrhea, hepatitis A, and typhoid fever. As for vectorborne diseases (mosquitoes?): Crimean-Congo hemorrhagic fever, dengue fever, malaria, Rift Valley fever, and yellow fever. Water contact disease: schistosomiasis. Respiratory disease: meningococcal meningitis. Animal disease: rabies (2009)

I didn't save the url address for this information. My students have every right to tease me for that, because I constantly tell them to cite their sources. The illustration comes from

All part of the adventure! Don't worry, Mom. I'll be careful. :)

Tuesday, April 6, 2010

Welcome Letter

My welcome letter arrived yesterday via email. That means the Fulbright Hays organization received my "YES, I ACCEPT THE INVITATION TO PARTICIPATE" fax. The co-directors of this seminar are Mbye Cham and Samba Gadjigo. Meeting people with such dedication to history, culture, and education will be an honor. Our sessions are to be conducted at the West African Research Center (WARC), and we will be staying at the Al Afifa Hotel in the center of Dakar. I look forward to the seminars, readings, film screenings and other activities.
Could it get any better? YES! Pre-departure orientation will take place in.... Boston! I'd have been happy go anywhere to prepare for this trip, but Boston has been on my "bucket list" for some time.
Fax health forms - check
Fax insurance forms - check
The photograph is titled "Top View of Dakar". Photo Credit - Photos Around the World,