25 – 10 - 2007
21st October, was the last daily entry I made. Today’s Thursday and I am not on the parade grounds. Why? Because I have malaria, I’m weak, tired and my whole body, including my hair roots, aches. Today there’s another drill competition and I’m praying for platoon 17 not to fail. We practiced this morning and we did rather well. We did so well yesterday that when the Commandant sneaked up on us, he asked if we had imported expatriates with excellent matching skills. I just had to buy Artesunat (Malaria treatment medication). I ate, took the medication and went to sleep in the clinic. I was supposed to participate in a meeting with the Camp Director and other Computer IT professionals again today but I could hardly get up to ease myself, not to talk of walking to the Pavilion to be part of the meeting.
Since Monday I’ve been tired and weak and eating 3 square meals a day. After the second dream about Uncle T, I called him to ask how he was doing. Aunt Bunmi sent me a text and I called her two days later. Everything’s been happening in a blur – like, I lost track of the date and day for 2 dys. I actually thought today was Friday. Ben came back to the camp on Sunday but we haven’t all hung out together since, as if Kanny was the glue that held us together. Tommy has been hanging with us girls since Kanny left. Hmmmm….
There’s this girl he said he met that went all gaga on hi. He said he met her, then she started sending him love texts, then she progressed to love strong (defn: means a situation where love is declared very strongly, and as a do – or – die affair)he was exasperated by the tie he got to camp. She calls about 30 times, sends texts every single hour an always declaring her undying love. Lola and I gave him advice – in summary, we told him to flee. She’s a
Anyway, the situation brought Lola and Tommy closer and I silently consented until I got a shocker (you know me – retired matchmaker!). It turns out that Tommy has a girlfriend back home (in
This place is fast feeling like Big Brother, what with everybody pairing up and stuff – I cannot wait for it to end! The Military here are so strict, and so tasking! It’s a wonder how they can smile.