Friday 19 April 2024

Doctor Jurelma


Hi Tom,

Look forward to seeing you too!  So sorry for the delay in replying. I was out of range for email/ internet

Ordering items and I should have them on my arrival. The stethoscope that is the special one for doctors is called a littmans. I highly recommend it and it will prove to be a wonderful gift. I have mine and have never forgotten the person who bought it for me. 

The cost is about £200 for all.

See you on Sunday/ Monday.

Kind regards



Hi Jo, that is so kind of you! 

Ju will be thrilled.  I have absolutely no idea how, but even I have heard of Littman’s stethoscopes!

Please send me the final amount and your bank details so that I can reimburse you straight away.  As I said, if there are things missing off the list you deem useful additions (maybe Ju was too shy to push her luck?) just add them.  Looking at the list again, has she asked for that most basic of items, the thing to measure blood pressure?  I am familiar with those.  Once clamped around my arm and having pumped a bit the doctor at the business end of the device always asks, ‘Mr. Gowans, how much do you smoke and drink on average?’ A precursor to: ‘Your blood pressure is off the scale…’

Your sharing with me the emotion you felt toward the person who bought you your Litmann stethoscope warmed my disintegrating heart.  Little stories like that are what makes life worth living; a simple present inspired you to contribute so much to Society. Honestly, I had to light up and pour myself another scotch.

Ju’s older sisters trudged the well-worn footsteps of so many girls here; teenage pregnancy, monstrous physical abuse, evil exploitation, abandonment, followed by the miserable life endured by unemployable, unsupported female single parents, forced to base themselves to succour their children. All before age 20.

I was able to pluck Ju out of this.  She is now 23, unsullied and clearing her third year.  In two she will qualify as a doctor.  She spends her free time in the Bairros offering first line medical support.

I am being beaten hard by the Malaria stick.  I had hoped that a dose of Quartem on Monday evening would sort it out. Given that I still feel awful, I guess I am in for a rough weekend.


Tom G


  1. You have an affinity for rescuing and advocating for children. Has the cat distribution system found you yet?

  2. Great story - I was that little girl, but not in Africa. I asked you before where could I vacation on your property to support your transition to the next phase

  3. You must be bloody bored to be reading my stuff To.

  4. Malaria and no beer in the fridge, guess I was desperate.

  5. Regardless of circumstance, I revel in your posting again. Norman in San Diego


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