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Injured on the Job

Whenever I have to get an apartment or a house ready for a new arrival, the place needs to be thoroughly cleaned first. I usually hire somebody to help me do the cleaning. In July, I asked Koumbo to help me with an apartment. She has worked for me in the past and is a good worker.

The first thing we needed to do was to move a bed from one room to another. It had a piece of plywood on it so the mattress wouldn't be so saggy. She lifted up the plywood and I thought she'd be able to move it, but she dropped it on her foot. I could tell she was in terrible pain and it started swelling up.

I took her to the clinic and we saw the doctor right away. He ordered an x-ray and we got that right away. Then he said the orthopedic doctor would have to come. And he was in an operation, but as soon as he got out, he'd come. So we waited a while and then I went back to work. I went to check on her at noon....she was still waiting. I went to check on her at 3:00....she was still w…

More About My Work

Like I said in my last post, one of the things I do is get houses ready for new arrivals. One of the places I have to keep organized is a big ugly shipping container. It is full of shelves and cupboards where linens and kitchen items are stored. I try to keep the sheets in plastic bags, not only to protect from the dust, but also to keep them together as sets.
Well, as you can see the dust battle is a losing one!!! We just make sure we wash things well before we put them in people's cupboards.


The container has a strange smell....kind of a combination of dust and laundry detergent. Things have gotten rather disorganized this summer. We've closed down some houses and put the linens and kitchen items back in the container. Some things have been donated (that's always nice!) and I bought some gently used sheets. Linens wear out quickly here...a combination
of sweat, dust, and intense sun drying the sheets.

I don't find this picture of me very flattering! I had my …