Sunday, May 29, 2011

Quick catch-up

hello everyone, sorry for the day delay.

Yesterday was a very long day. Lets see, Where did i leave off? Oh yes

After Amanda and I woke up, we went to T-Naguy(not sure if it is spelt right) to look at the shops. There were so many
 shops and so many people. It was awesome. Not to many photo ops that day but i will take a photo of the street before we leave Chennai 
After T-Naguy street, AManda and I took a Tuk-Tuk from T-Naguy street to our hotel, got over priced on the ride but oh well. 

Later we went to the 2nd longest beach in the world, Marina Beach. It was so cool there, it seems like they have a festival every  night there. Homemade rides for the kids, and when i say homemade, i mean homemade. Like metal circles, held off the ground, with those plastic cars for kids you would get at Walmart back in the States. I think i got a picture here somewhere. 

 Merry-Go-Round meets the Swings ride. And yes the guy in the middle is turning a hand crank to make it work. no gym needed for this guy. Here are some other photos for Marina Beach

look at all the trash, i am very greatfull that that our beaches in the states are so clean. But this is still a beautiful picture, Amanda is in it. 

So after Marina Beach we went to a temple. I want to say it is for Vishnu, but i cant remember, it is the Hindu God that has a Elephant Face. Not sure what his name is. But here are some pictures from it.

yes, thats right. We are barefoot. you arent even aloud to bring shoes on the premises, we had to leave them in the car. huh, maybe i should become Hindu for the barefootness. just kidding. 

That was all we did on Saturday.

Then Sunday we met up with Rising Star Outreach and headed off to the school. We went to church on the way and it was sweet. There was a Baptism and there was only like 30 people there if that. very small and met in the basement of a building. I will get a picture next time i am there.

But after church and driving a long ways we made it to Rising Star campus. I am short on time so Tomorrow i will post more pictures and let you know more of what we are doing. 

Friday, May 27, 2011

LAX to HONG KONG/HONG KONG to CHENNAI.....a long flight

Hello out there. Hope everyone is doing good. My sister Amanda and I have made it to Chennai, India. We got in Saturday May 28th @ 130am. We went through Customs, got out bags, walked out into the waiting area and it was 2 in the morning :(. lol well, I'm not going to let that get me down. We got outside and a driver from the Marriot was waiting for us with our names on a piece of paper...i felt legit. :) 

So to do a quick recap, Amanda and I left LAX around 1pm thursday May 26th, 

flew west to Hong kong and landed there around 6pm Friday May 27th. 

We had a 4 hour layover so... what do we do? EAT EAT... and EAT some more :D

Then we flew from Hong Kong to Chennai India and landed in India at 130 in the morning...ouch those were long flights. We made it though and are excited to explore.

Now speaking of exploring, the sounds of cars honking outside the hotel are making want to be out there. So i shall write tonight and tell you all about the day's adventures. till then


Monday, May 9, 2011

So what is Leprosy??

Leprosy (Hansen's disease)

Last Reviewed: November 2006

What is leprosy?

Leprosy is a chronic bacterial disease of the skin and nerves in the hands and feet and, in some cases, the lining of the nose. Leprosy is a rare disease in the United States.

Who gets leprosy?

Anyone can get leprosy, but children seem to be more susceptible than adults.

How is leprosy spread?

It is not clear how the leprosy germ is spread, but household and prolonged close contact is important. The germs probably enter the body through the nose and possibly through broken skin. The germs get in the air through nasal discharge of untreated lepromatous patients.

What are the symptoms of leprosy?

Tuberculoid leprosy symptoms are a few well-defined skin lesions that are numb. Lepromatous leprosy symptoms are a chronically stuffy nose and many skin lesions and nodules on both sides of the body.

How soon after exposure do symptoms appear?

It usually takes about four years for tuberculoid leprosy symptoms to appear and about eight years for lepromatous leprosy symptoms to appear.

When and for how long is a person able to spread leprosy?

In most cases, a person will not infect others after about three months of starting treatment.

What is the treatment for leprosy?

Patients with leprosy should be treated by a doctor who has experience with the disease. Treatment is with multiple drugs for six months to two years.

How can leprosy be prevented?

The best way to prevent the spread of leprosy is the early diagnosis and treatment of people who are infected. For household contacts, immediate and annual examinations are recommended for at least five years after last contact with a person who is infectious.