2014
10.04

Hairy worm rash, blister beetle, jiggers.

I used to just get the flu once a year, now I’m dealing with these buggers.

Since several jigger fleas invaded our feet last year, nick and I do feet patrol every once in a while, inspecting anything that looks foreign.

I had a couple of small itchy bites near my pinky toe, that grew into one bigger itchy bite that suddenly developed into something much more suspect and gross.

Then it became even grosser: a hookworm – Cutaneous Larva Migrans.

Unlike the jiggers in my toes, I wasn’t going to let Nick use a sterilised thorn (I use the term “sterilised” lightly) to remove this parasite from my foot.

A 3 day course of Albendazole, de-worming tablets – accompanied by the blah feeling side affect and my worm appeared to stop moving – hopefully very dead.

His tracks might stay with me for a while as a reminder of his time with me, but on this 3rd day of meds, no usual 2-3cm daily  movement and no more itch.

I’m trying to find the right balance in how I react to these African invaders. This hookworm is probably the most disgusting to look at, but I can handle the itch (with the 7 different types of topical creams I own) and control the urge to look down at my foot every so often. So although I spent a good hour googling “worm in foot” – my reaction was fairly calm.

I did act responsibly by going to the Nairobi hospital consulting with a doctor (who had no idea anyhow) and depositing a stool sample to rule out hookworm in the intestine.

But, I managed to stay calm throughout the 4 day ordeal of watching the worm make tracks through my itchy foot.

I reacted far slower to an open blister on my heel, that 2 months later developed into staph. I have the scars to remember not to be so complacent.

And while medical advice states that I should be wearing enclosed footwear on sand and soil – i would never take back our incredible month on the Kenyan coast walking barefoot on the beach at sunset and feeling the soft white (hookworm infested) sand in between my toes.

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SO, now that I have your attention, hookworm aside. Its time for a rare update as we are blessed with rare amazingly fast internet (thanks Sab & Kai!).

We crossed the border from Tanzania into Kenya at Lunga Lunga, despite being stuck between immigration and customs for four days.

After years of research on how to get our vehicle into Kenya and being repeatedly told that it would NEVER happen. We did it.

There’s always a way in Africa and we crossed into Kenya WITHOUT a Carnet De Passage. Big victory for us.

We stayed 2 weeks in Diani in a self catering cottage right on the beach, dodging beach boys and watching Colobus monkeys and walking 3 mins down the beach to the fisherman’s market to pick out our dinner – lobster, prawns, calamari and fish. And perfected the most tender Octopus.

Nick landed his dream fish – a Giant Trevali. The catch even more extraordinary, being caught off a dugout sailboat (no motor) with Captain Juma and his deaf deckhand.

A 150km drive north, and we are at another very special spot on the coast – Che Shale. A quiet bay with a sandy bottom and 3 labradors.

We spend 2 weeks of frisbee, kite surfing, stand up paddle boarding, dune walking and thoroughly making the most of our last stint on the ocean. Its a very sad goodbye to the coast as our trip inland begins, and the ocean fades away in the backdrop.

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So here we sit some 1700m above sea level in a big African city called Nairobi. After spending months and months at sea level and even below, its quite dizzying being at such high heights.

This may also be the first time that our website accurately reflects the current country we are travelling in. 1 week ago we were 1 year behind on our website.

And NOW….check out our map to see where we have been (the Tanzania map looks eerily similar to the hookworm tracks in my foot), what we have been doing in Tanzania for almost a year and where we have been living.

Even better, take a look at our recent adventures along the Kenyan coast.

Impressive what a couple of 12 hr days in front of the laptop combined with super high speed internet can achieve.

From Kenya, with love oxoxo

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