This morning I took the first of four pills that will protect me from typhoid next month. I take one on an empty stomach every other day for 7 days. The typhoid vaccine is the second to last vaccine in the lineup. I’ve also had 4 shots, and will start on my malaria pills the week before I leave for Ethiopia.
Gearing up for this trip medically hasn’t been as bad as I thought. Only one of the shots gave me any side effects (the yellow fever vaccine gave me a nice little headache).
The kids were there to give me lots of hugs, kisses, and cheers as I got shots and they got lollipops. Not quite sure how that’s fair, but anyways…
People keep asking me if I’m getting excited for the trip. To be honest, it’s been really hard to wrap my mind around what is about to happen. Traveling to Ethiopia with Food for the Hungry and some amazingly incredible bloggers is so far outside of my normal reality that I have to keep reminding myself that it’s actually happening (getting poked in the arm is a good reminder).
When I think about the trip, some fears and anxieties threaten to kick in. The “what-if’s” try to take hold. I worry about being so far away from my family, I worry about the long travel days, the gluten-free food situation, my writing skills, my safety, the kids I will be meeting, my ability to represent them and FH well…
Then I take those fears and turn them into prayers. And God reminds me that He’s got this. When I started my relationship with FH, I had no idea that it would lead to this trip.
But He did.
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