Sept. 18, 2013: A few of weeks ago I was flossing my teeth and I felt the crown on my back tooth lift slightly, and then I couldn’t get the floss out. I pulled it through and for several days after that I couldn’t get the floss to go in between the teeth. During that time, I developed a toothache that was becoming annoying. Not bad, just annoying. Rich went to the nurse’s room and got one of the dental tools and I was able to clean between the teeth which allowed the floss to go through after that, but the toothache continued. I started taking some Echinacea since that is the only type of antibiotic we had. Last week a slight swelling and tenderness started under my jaw. Rich and Elder Youngberg gave me a blessing and the swelling and tenderness subsided the very next day. By the third week, I decided to go to the local dentist which was an experience. (I wish I'd had my camera.) The dentist’s name is Sam. He spent five years in Fiji going to dental school and has been practicing in Kiribati for five years so he may be in his mid-thirties. He was very friendly and seemed very competent and apologized for the lack of dental resources available in Kiribati. After a very nostalgic, antique x-ray, he determined that the crown had indeed lifted causing just enough gap between the tooth and the crown to allow a leakage of bacteria to get into the tooth and root canal. He suggested we go to New Zealand to get a new crown where the services are quick and superior. Soooo….. much to our dismay our mission will once again be interrupted by a trip off the island. When the dentist there checked my crown and took some x-rays, he said the crown was great but the tooth was infected which resulted in root canal. Lucky me, the tooth has four roots instead of the typical two or three. It took him an hour on Mon. and another hour and 2o minutes on Tues. to get the job done. I must be a total boob for pain because it was intense. He gave me a few shots trying to deaden it but it was not enough. I was so tense and just laid in the chair and cried. He finally said I’d just have to get through the pain threshold. It wasn’t until he drilled through the crown and was able to get some anesthetic into the roots that I was finally able to relax. We're grateful to be back in Kiribati with warm weather and hope that's an experience we never have to repeat. Besides, who's ever heard of traveling 3000 miles just to see the dentist.
Sunday, October 20, 2013
|Carrying a log for a new maneaba (open meeting place)|
The simple life of Tarawa never ceases to amaze me. Here are a few pictures of everyday life in Kiribati.
|Saturday bath time|
|Best way to repair a broken mirror!|
Trimming the grass with scissors
Need a new house?
This little piggy won't run away.
(All pigs are tethered
to a tree.)
Tuesday, October 15, 2013
|Wearing of the cultural tibuta (sibuta or blouse)|
|Cultural dances and singing|
|Auctioning a student made fish net|
Sunday, October 6, 2013
|Relay - Setting a table|
The next week was Youth Conference. It consisted of both stakes held on campus. It involved about 200-250 kids from Tarawa and the outer islands. Since this last week was the off week for students between terms it was an ideal venue for a youth conference. All the young girls stayed in the dorms and the young men stayed in various class rooms. It began on Wednesday and lasted until Saturday about noonish.It started every morning at 5:00 on the basketball court just outside our flat with morning aerobics. One morning I decided just to join them instead of doing our typical morning walk.
Sitting on the ground, eating with hands
We were asked again to help with table manners and how to use a knife and fork and how to set up enough school desks and chairs and place settings for 90 Priests and Laurels. Well, over 100 showed up. The kitchen staff ran out of plates and had to use tin foil for plates. Plus, they actually did run out of food. There were lots of games and activities, like coconut husking and shredding contests. It was a fun week filled with activities and classes for all.
DJs playing loud music outside our door ALL four days!!!!
Classrooms were turned into sleeping quarters for the boys.
|Moroni Ward youth|
|Sister Cassita, Elder Rasmussen, ???|
Saturday, October 5, 2013
|President and Sister Shaw|
|President and Sister Weir|