FRANCIS S NII
This was the day that the first consignment of life-supporting items - comprising an air mattress, air cushion and vitamin supplements - arrived from Australia courtesy of Terry Shelley’s Nowek Group based in Goroka in the Eastern Highlands.
The day was beautiful with sunshine and a refreshing light breeze blowing uphill from the Simbu River right to my bed.
Climate change seems to have hit Kundiawa in the heart of the highlands and the sun is now scorching around midday. Very rarely one experiences a cool wind at this time, but Wednesday was one of those rare days.
As I was lying on my back in bed enjoying the cool breeze and fiddling around with the new HP NoteBook, the harbinger that Jimmy Drekore delivered to me the night before, a nursing officer reported that I had visitors.
They had left their vehicle in the carpark to come looking for me. Lyn, Terry’s missus from the Kamaneku clan of Kundiawa, stayed behind to guard the precious equipment.
It was almost 14 years since the last time Terry and I had a chat on one of those routine business calls I used to make to his office at Big Pig. That’s a long time ago and we both have changed a lot. It was heartwarming to see the familiar faces again.
After chatting a while, Sarah went back to the carpark and drove the vehicle to the eastern door of my ward.
The cargo was delivered to my bed by Sarah assisted by Lyn and Jimmy Drekore.
There was excitement all around, particularly amongst the children who stood in awe and observed. Other patients in the ward were curious as to what was going on and I explained it to them later.
After some minutes of talking and taking photos, Terry and his family left on the long, bumpy journey to Goroka. Jimmy and some engineers departed for the Mother of Life Centre at Gembogl to continue their feasibility study on hydro power for the orphanage.
My daughter Cheryl and I immediately set up the air mattress and it felt really terrific. For the first time in many months, I slept peacefully on one side until dawn without having to worry about waking up every now and then throughout the night to change position.
Thank you Terry and family for your great help in taking care of the transport side of the project. Thank you Robin, Keith and all you kind-hearted writers and readers of PNG Attitude i who have made contributions towards helping me.
Certainly your kind help is beginning to give me a new experience in life. Thank you all.