Three Months After our Return...
Written on Thursday 17 September, 2009
Exactly 3 months ago, Kate and I woke up at the Airport Guesthouse in Entebbe and flew back to the UK at the end of our work in Uganda. In some ways, it doesn’t feel like that long. In others, it feels a lifetime ago.
Since our return we’ve been to two weddings, bought two cars, found somewhere to live, and visited friends and family in Cornwall, Devon, Somerset, Shropshire, Merseyside, Sussex, Derbyshire and the Isle of Man.
I’ve been kindly invited to return to Riverford Organic Vegetables where I’m working as a project manager. Sadly, Kate has not been able to start her job at Barnstaple hospital because she’s suffering from post-viral fatigue, precipitated by a virus she caught in Uganda at Easter. This is hugely frustrating for us both, and obviously makes us wonder what the future holds. However, the Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine have ruled out any lingering tropical diseases which is a good thing.
We keep in touch with our friends at Kisiizi Hospital. Their internet connection helps with that, of course. Amazingly, I’ve been able to help Edson diagnose and fix faults from the UK – I ensured before I left that I could connect to the Kisiizi network remotely.
Periodically we hear from other people at the hospital too: the new hydro generator is now running fulltime, we understand, and Edson and Charles have been learning how to install and manage the new prepaid electricity meters.
Our housekeeper and good friend Margaret wrote to us a few weeks ago. We hope she’s doing well. Sister Ann emails Kate with paeds-related things occasionally.
It’s true to say that the grass always looks greener on the other side of the metaphorical fence. While we were in Uganda there were many occasions when we longed to ‘go home’. Now we’re here, I find myself wondering if the relatively simple rhythm to life in rural Uganda might not be more appealing…
(On a practical note, I’m not planning to update this website much in the coming months. Life in the UK isn’t nearly as interesting to read about. Articles about our work in Uganda won’t be going anywhere, though.)