Thursday, June 18, 2009

Slindo goes to the Pavillion...

This is the worst picture ever taken. It was taken outside in the mall parking lot by an Indian woman. After she agreed to take the photo, I handed her the camera, she pointed it at her own face and was about to shoot. Also, my hair was out of control and no one was ready. Thank you for listening...

Slindokuhle, our blind 18 year old patient, is still with us at the Respite Unit. She has been there the longest of all our current patients. She is on ARV's and in all reality, should be going home, however, she has no one at home to take care of her and help her to get around. She is recently blind due to Meningitis and has never experienced living at her home, blind. The South African government does give out Disability Grants, which she'll be entitled to for her whole life, however, the process takes FOREVER and you must have an ID before you apply. She does not have a record of her existence so it is going to take even longer. We are hoping to begin this process soon.

She is very bored and very lonely. She went from being a young, active girl to a girl confined and completely dependent on others. I have been trying to get her out and about as much as possible. I asked her what she'd like to do and she said she wanted to go to the mall for the day. We took her and just simply walked around the mall, had lunch at KFC and ate some chocolate. She loved just getting out and feeling like her old self again. Before we went, she told me she hadn't slept for the whole night because she was so excited to go!!!

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