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Needles, pills, more needles and some more pills

In Documentary work, Ethiopia, Giving Back on October 29, 2010 at 9:53 am

This has been the week of immunization to end all weeks of immunization. It started last Wednesday with five shots from my doctor with hepatitis A and B. Meningococcus, Measles, mumps and rubella, Tetanus. Yesterday I was lucky enough to get the Yellow Fever and Polio shots. This morning I started taking the Typhoid pills (1 every other day for a week). Of course I have some antibiotics on hand in case I get sick out there. I also have the malaria pills. I guess I got the cheap ones that can give you some crazy dreams and do your head in a bit. However yesterday at the travel clinic the doctor suggested I get the better quality ones  as they don’t make you crazy so even though they are $300.00 for a months dose it might be the way to go. I think that brings me up to date minus the last Hep A and B shot before I leave. I will not even begin to talk about the possible side effect from all of this stuff. Lets just say my brain could swell and I could die. All that even before I get to Ethiopia. Anyway I’m feeling a bit under the weather today so I will take  it easy and just wait for my new computer to be delivered from FedEx.


In Documentary work, Giving Back, Portraits on October 14, 2010 at 3:22 pm

So this is some big news. I will be going to Ethiopia in late Nov until early Dec to do some documentary photography covering Obstetric Fisutla. What is Obstetric Fistula: An obstetric fistula is an injury that happens to a mother during childbirth.  It occurs when the baby’s head gets stuck during labor. Essentially the baby is too big to be born through the vagina. The constant pressure of the head in the birth canal causes a tear or hole to form either between the bladder and vagina, the rectum and vagina, or both. As a result, the woman is rendered totally incontinent of urine and/or feces.  This condition does not heal on it’s own, surgery is the only option. I will be going with a great group of citizen journalists called Salaam Garage.  My trip has been made possible thanks to a generous gift from the The Fludzinski Foundation. I will be keeping up a blog on this as best as i can as I prepare and once I’m there. So follow along read, learn and contribute if you can. Here is a great little movie to watch if you are interested. It is a bit sad but well worth the time. It’s called  A Walk To Beautiful. So with that here is the first photo of what hopefully will be a great project, it’s of my Ethiopian Visa. Click here if you want to “meet” the rest of the team.