Saturday, October 14, 2006

Touched by the Sun?


Have you read Heart of Darkness? I read it in high school. Joseph Conrad. It is a book about a guy in the military who went nuts during a war and barricaded himself in a creepy fort up-river in the Congo. Or was it Cambodia? I get mixed up between Heart of Darkness and Apocalypse Now, which was a movie which ripped off the Heart of Darkness plot. "The horror, the horror" is all I really remember...

Anyway, here I am, practically in the jungle myself. The tropical heat all day long, all week long, all month long, month after month....I am a city girl--totally disoriented by all these flowers and trees and wide open space. There is no war here, but there are plenty of problems, especially if you are sick enough to get yourself into Hospital Naciónal, Puerto Barrios. Is it getting to me? Am I showing early signs of psychosis? I know I was not dancing on tables with half-naked men when I left New York....Or could it be the rum drinks that have turned the screw a little looser?

11 comments:

erikamax said...

now im really wishing i was there with you.. my o my..
you are shocking me!

Lola said...

Your kind of driven crazy from the heat looks a little more benign (and more fun) than holing yourself up in a jungle fortress.

Anonymous said...

Well this is more like it- I was kind of getting sick of those icky and depressing medical pictures. Was just starting to wonder what happened to the photos of naked boys and girls frolicking in jungle paradise...

Keep these coming Mrs. FUNchess.

p.s. looks like someone's been harvesting funny Guatemalan mushrooms
(bring some home)

Anonymous said...

Hi all again!!
We have sent Nell to NY to recover from her Guatecrazyness. They said that rum is the cure but as i am not very sure i will keep on trying!!!.
We all hope you to visit us and get infected with this illness.
See you soon!!!!
Rafa

dysphoric said...

I'm not sure that NYC is the cure for crazyness. Word has it my screw was a little loose long before I left for Guate.

Bob said...

Damn, yo. I got jipped on my MSF gig. Weekend-long, naked, inebriated pig-roasts? Is this all part of a newly drafted contract?

It's very good to see you're enjoying it. Don't worry about the heat. They say you get used to it after 11 months.

BobZ

Bob said...

Damn, yo. I got jipped on my MSF gig. Weekend-long, naked, inebriated pig-roasts? Is this all part of a newly drafted contract?

It's very good to see you're enjoying it. Don't worry about the heat. They say you get used to it after 11 months.

BobZ

dysphoric said...

hi bob! yeah, you got jipped. or maybe I just got lucky. I'm told by my field co that our quality of life is 4 or more SDs above the MSF mean...drunken naked pig roasts are just the tip of the iceberg. come to Olopa Nov 3rd if you want to see a real party. Bring your own 4-WD vehicle...

Denise said...

Hi Nell,
Your site is great. I am jealous of the adventures and really psyched that you're in Guatemala. Miss you.

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dysphoric said...

if this is the Denise in Oakland CA, I miss you too! I wish you could be in Puerto Barrios with me. there are a lot of pregnant woman with pains and bleeding, and I have no idea what to do for them. I wish I paid more attention in my ob-gyn rotation, but there was this resident who distracted me...