So about the time that I posted last, right after my parents left I became extremely sick. I was lucky that I was in Natitingou at the workstation since I couldn’t move. I was sunburned, dehydrated had a fever and some kind of stomach sickness my guess would be amoebas. It was a week of being sick all day and not being able to keep anything in me. It was probably the sickest I’ve ever been. After talking to the doctor I took ciprofloxacin (Cipro), a miracle drug for severe stomach problems. I’m told that it is pretty intense and you shouldn’t take it more than twice in your life. So after wanting to die for a couple days the medicine kicked in and killed all the bacteria in my body (or at least felt like it) and I started feeling better. I spent the next week regaining my strength and eating very carefully (and very little). It was good to return to post after being away. But now I am feeling better and that is the important thing. Not too much has changed in Kouandé, they are putting in electricity poles along the road with the intention of one day having 24hour electricity. I don’t see this happening for quite a while. I met yesterday with the director of my ONG (NGO in English) and we are working on the creation of two environmental clubs one in Kouandé and one in a neighboring village for the CEG (High school). The clubs will hopefully run the botanical and vegetable gardens and help with the reforestation efforts in the commune of Kouandé.