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Dominica

June 1991

Anastasia Lawrence in the bakery with her bread June 1992
Roselyn Francis taking her bread out of the oven in Calibishie, Dominica (behind my housing).
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June 11, 1991

11 June 1992 – Thursday

Today is Rawlins’s birthday. I gave him a card containing the picture of Ingrid holding up her dress with her chin. He took it home quickly so that Ingrid would not destroy it. I also gave him my “Thriller”/“Control” tape. He said he was interested in it when I sold Molly some of the tapes that I decided not to take home. 

We went to eat at the Atlantic Restaurant. There was no choice. We ate chicken and chips with some mixed vegetables. I had a box drink and cookies (Noel Super 2 Lemon). They didn’t have any soft drinks or local juices. I couldn’t drink alcohol because I’m taking ampicillin; That’s to follow up my shot that I got inside my butt on Wednesday. 

Like the colonoscopy the first appointment for the shot fell through. Unlike the colonoscopy the second appointment happened. There was a little bleeding from the shot at the time he gave it. Luckily I haven’t had the fever or other side effects (the feeling to move my bowels or inflammation) that the doctor mentioned.

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Dominica

June 1992

Cleve and Glenn descending the Woodford Hill cliffs June 1992
Glenn and Cleve at Woodford Hill

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May 28, 1992

28 May 1992

I still have three medical duties left before I go home. I need to get my third stool sample to the lab, get a shot for my hemorrhoids, and have Dr. Ricketts sign my examination forms.

I did get a third sample on Sunday. I even got John to agree to take it to the lab on Monday. He called Tuesday night to tell me that the lab was still closed (it closed 5 days earlier) because the air conditioners were still broken.

On Wednesday my fourth attempt to have an examination from Dr. Fadipe finally was successful. I had an enema and a colonoscopy. He said there were three hemorrhoids. On Wednesday I’ll get some treatment for them. I don’t have to fast anymore.

I called Dr. Ricketts today to postpone my appointment. Since I still have some tests to finish off there was no sense in seeing him this Saturday.

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Dominica

May 1992

I’m not sure of the actual month or year for this picture, but here I am at Christine’s Tie Dye Party in Dominica.
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May 21, 1992

May 21

March was the month for Carnival. This year I joined the AIDS band along with Peter, Mary, Maryann, Penny, Elaine, and Chris. Michelle and Lisa were in the main part of the float band dressed as condoms. After the Sunday float parade Lisa decided it the condom would be too hot to wear marching in the street. I accepted Michelle’s offer to wear it with nervousness and humility, but I really wanted to do it. I waved it, bounced it, and touched people with it. Somehow a few students found out. It was hot but I only had to wear it for a few hours.

April was COS and vacation time. EC-56 and 5 other PCVs flew into Grenada for our final conference as volunteers. We received forms and certificates of appreciation. There was a talent show with “beat” poetry, singing, and a skit in which a very long-time pregnant Mary Rodgers had her babies on display.

Catherine and I spent time in Venezuela and Barbados after COS. I squeezed in a quick visit to St. Lucia to see Andy & Jenny one last time. I paid by losing sleep.

This month has been filled with trips to Roseau mainly for medical reasons. I had an ultrasound, a dental check-up, a visit with Dr. Ricketts, and four trips to try to get a sigmoidoscopy or colonoscopy and my 3 still samples. As of today I still need to get my third sample to the lab. I finally got one after Ingrid left for Roseau. I decided to ask my bus driver to take it to the Peace Corps office. He wasn’t going to town today. I also forgot my lab form. I asked Matilda Davis, who happened to be on the bus, to do it. After talking to Gabriella I discovered Ryan wasn’t there and Isabella’s daughter couldn’t walk to the hospital (I suppose because it’s too far). I should have offered to pay for bus fare. But it didn’t matter. Matilda was on the bus stop at 2:30. She told me she dropped it. She didn’t know what was in it.

At least I got one medical hurdle out of the way. I got my shot for the TB test. Dr. Ricketts will check it on Saturday.

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April 1992

Bati Bu Beach Dominica
Charles and Lois Kocher, Ingrid Hekman, Calibishie Primary School April 1992
Chris near Scott’s Head, during the hike to Galion April 1992
Ingird and Bill on top of Morne Diablotin. Not sure of the exact date of these pictures, but they are all marked April 1992
Paul “freezing” on Morne Diablotin
John Tuxill resting on Morne Diablotin Dominica April 1992
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April 28, 1992

My last cat video in Peace Corps.
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April 14, 1992

A kitten in Calibishie and a flight to Grenada on Tuesday, April 14, 1992.
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April 12, 1992

Morning video from Palm Sunday 1992 starting at Elaine and Sue’s house and demonstrating my poor recording skills for what I hoped would be a video showing what being a volunteer in the Caribbean is like. It looks like I found a ride with some people who heading towards Calibishie but I have no memory who they were.
Part two of my video recordings on Palm Sunday, 1992.