Friday, October 4, 2013
Peter and I started our Typhoid Vaccination series today. The vaccine has been in the refrigerator since August 8 when we got our other shots. Those were for Yellow Fever and hepatitis. Peter was fine, but I reacted to the Yellow Fever vaccine with a low grade fever, a very sore shoulder and fatigue. That lasted about a week. I'm hoping that this vaccine is kinder to me. We started this morning, taking the four pills, one every other day. We have to allow a full week between the last pill and entering the zone of "increased risk" as they say. I think we've timed it just right. The tricky thing with this vaccine is that it contains a live virus and must be refrigerated. We will take the remaining pills with us in a cooler as we head up to Maine to close the cottage for the winter next week. The days are busy with errands and details of leaving home for 3 weeks. It fills our minds with activity and helps us to focus on the future. I have started to learn a few words of Swahili, not that it will help me communicate much. But I hope to show interest and curiosity for the language. I plan to keep a vocabulary journal like I make my exchange students do in Angers. Three words a day is the goal. I think it will be fun. The word I love is "Jambo" which means "Hello." It is such a cheerful greeting. My driver has been emailing me and says that Kenya is the "land of smiles." I can't wait to say "Jambo" to him.