Today was my doctors appointment, and yes I am not pregnant. I am sitting here ready to see one of the most sought-after dermatologist, and still I am amazed at how I can afford him. His consultation ….just to see your face, is Ksh7,000 to a Kenyan to a Chinese $70 and I tell you….that Chinese man walked away.
Many a times I write on this wall on the things shity, things I am not happy about, but today…..testing the true advancement in first life and health, the former that makes me alive and the later to be able to see the doctor and know that minutes after my appointment my life will have improved.
Norberg wrote that life expectancy in Kenya increased by almost ten years between 2003 and 2013. After having lived, loved and struggled for a whole decade, the average person in Kenya had not lost a single of our remaining lifetime. Everyone gets ten years older, yet death has not come a step closer.
Yellow Fever for example, a viral disease transmitted by mosquitoes, was so named because its victims turned that color before dying in agony. According to an account of an 1878 Memphis epidemic, the sick had “crawled into holes twisted out of shape, their bodies discovered later only by the stench of their decaying flesh…….(A mother was found dead) with her body sprawled across the bed…..black vomit like coffee grounds splattered all over…..the children rolling on the floor, groaning.” (Pardon the description) But you get the point.
The rich were not spared either. FDR, the 32nd President of the United States was stuck by polio in 1921 when he was 39 years.
Being here has helped me to give thought to many advancement in health and life. I can single out my favorite example in the history of english language. It comes from the first sentence of a Wikipedia entry:
Smallpox was an infectious disease caused by either of two virus variants, Variola and Variola minor.
Yes, “Smallpox was”
Karl, saved a billion lives by his discovery of blood groups. The heroes did not stop there. Abel Wolman discovery of Chlorination of water saved 177 million, measles vaccine by John Enders saved 120 million, smallpox eradication strategy by William Foege saved 131 million, Penicillin Howard Florey 82 million……and the list will be endless if you give it much thought.
In Stalin’s law on war on death-“Things that can’t go on forever don’t”……as amended by Davies’s Corollary…..”Things that can’t go on forever can go much longer than you think.”
And that’s the world right now.