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Dan go lo clinic first time

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July 10, 2017

Since I left New Zealand, I’ve been unwell.

I got off the plane with a splitting headache and still had it six days later. Real cool impression for the first day on the job.

Thinking it was a souvenir that I brought back from Fiji, I went to a clinic and spent SBD 200 on a dengue fever test. Malaria and dengue are rampant here so finding a place to test for it is pretty easy. Today marks my first (kind of, minus being born here) visit to a clinic in the Solomon Islands.

The clinics here seem decent enough although pretty steep for the locals. I had some doubts when the nurse tied a rubber glove around my bicep as a tourniquet, but it worked a treat and she was able to find a vein to poke. Results came back negative.

I have been diagnosed with sinusitis and prescribed what looks like a pack of skittles for SBD 20.

I’ll live to see another day in the Hapi Isles!

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Dan and Nid
Honiara, Solomon Islands

Kia ora. We are Dan and Nid. We've just moved from the Solomon Islands and are exploring New Caledonia for the next three years.

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