Mission Rabies Tanzania – Day 5: Roaming Arusha. Pt7

The first two days of this Mission Rabies vaccination drive, we worked “static clinics”.  We drive to a place, set up our makeshift clinic, and people bring us their dogs.  Today, we did “roaming clinics”.  We drive through an assigned area announcing that we’re offering free rabies vaccinations to dogs and cats.  When we see someone with a dog, we…

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Mission Rabies Tanzania – Day 3, Let the Vaccinations Begin! Pt5

Today is Mission Rabies Tanzania Workday 1, the first day we hit the road and start vaccinating.   Didn’t sleep great last night. Still getting used to it being so quiet.  I’m up early now, so I’ll start this blog post now and finish it tonight.  Last night I packed my backpack with all of the items I think I’ll need…

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Mission Rabies Tanzania – Day 2, Orientation and Relaxation. Pt4

Mediocre night sleeping last night. It takes a little time to get used to a new bed, plus I’ve been drinking tons of water all day to ward off any potential kidney stones; this is something that I’m prone to in hot climates. I guess it’s working, because I got up to pee twice. After the second time I got…

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Mission Rabies Tanzania: The Adventure Begins. Pt2

Mike arrived in New York last night.  His plane landed at Newark, and he took the train to Penn Station, and then walked to my apartment.  He had a memorable flight, mainly because a passenger on his flight fainted in the aisle.  Oh, I should mention that the passenger was … him!  Apparently, a crappy night’s sleep, a very early…

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Mission Rabies Tanzania: The Adventure Begins. Pt1

So, after what seems like an interminable wait, the Mission Rabies Tanzania journey begins.  My college buddy, Mike Rosen, is joining me on this trip, and he arrives here in New York in about 8 hours.  He’ll stay overnight, and then we both depart from JFK airport tomorrow evening.  In these times of Covid-19, planning this trip has been a…

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Countdown to Mission Rabies Tanzania 2021

Regular readers of my blog know that even though I retired from veterinary practice three years ago, I’ve remained active in the veterinary community.  I still author the bimonthly “The Vet Is In” column for Catster magazine, and I still pop into Dr. Soboroff’s practice, New York Cat Hospital, every now and then to visit him and Dr. Sheheri and…

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Mission Rabies Ghana – Chapter 15: My final post from Ghana

Mission Rabies Ghana, February 2020; what an adventure!! Let’s wrap this puppy up with a blog post. The tentative schedule this morning was: breakfast at 8:00, departure from Lake Bosomtwe at 9:00.  I packed my suitcase last night except for the few things I would need in the morning, so I was pretty ready to go.  I set the alarm…

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Mission Rabies Ghana – Chapter 14: Mission Accomplished!

There was a feeling of excitement in the air this morning as we all convened for breakfast.  Today is the day we wrap up our project.  At breakfast, we were assigned our given areas that we were going to cover, and we were also given an important statistic, namely, how many dogs we needed to vaccinate in our area in…

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Mission Rabies Ghana – Chapter 12: Piase and Surroundings

Today was a nice, mellow day.  We were assigned a village called Piase.  Last year, the static clinic that they set up in this area was very busy.  Sure enough, our morning was busy as well, but again, in a very feast-or-famine manner.  We’d sit for 20 minutes with absolutely nothing to do, and then three people would appear, one…

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Mission Rabies Ghana – Chapter 11: Getting in the Groove

Tuesday has always been the most nondescript day of the week, and this applies to Ghana as well, apparently, because today really bordered on being “routine”. I guess I’ve really grown accustomed to things here, because objectively it was amazing as usual.  I had an egg sandwich for breakfast, and then went to base camp as usual to load up…

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Mission Rabies Ghana – Chapter 10: The Second Week Begins

Alas, the lovely weekend has ended, and it’s back to work again.  We had breakfast, and then drove to our base camp as usual to restock our bags with supplies.  I started the day with my second post-exposure rabies vaccine, due to that dog bite I received last Thursday.  Ironically, the dog bite I received saved me a little money…

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