Long time no write!
It’s been about a year I think since I last wrote on here! Since then I left Africa after a near fatal bout of malaria, fever and parasites after doing soil sampling near Beriaboukro. I loved doing gold exploration in Africa but I love my health too, so I left the Ivory Coast and moved back to Brisbane, Qld, Australia.
Here I am after three days in bed, pretty happy to be standing on my own again (11/06/16)!
I am now working at the Capcoal mine in Central Queensland. I work primarily at Grasstree but occasionally venture to Lake Lindsay.
Coal dusty face after working RC holes at Lake Lindsay late last year (08/10/2016)!
Onwards and upwards!
Last night we went to La Brise in Yammosoukro for a meal as one of our bosses had been visiting and was leaving in the morning.
La Brise is a quite popular restaurant down by the lake, close to the presidential palace in central Yammosoukro. I’ve been there a few times and really enjoy the food.
Anyway, my diet in Côte d’Ivoire basically revolves around fish, chicken and rice, so whenever I get the chance to have anything but those staples I jump right on it. I had a pizza!
Anyway, whilst consuming this glorious pizza (they make awesome pizzas in a clay stove), with someone singing Phil Collins songs in the background, the peace was shattered by police sirens and flashing blue lights! As the police came into view, an army of blokes on Japanese and British imported motorbikes roared onto the scene!
Following these beast bikes was a mass of locals wanting to get a look as these marvels of engineering. The bikers parked up at the restaurant and went to get food.
Suddenly the buzz was about these bikes, you don’t see bikes like this normally. You usually see 50cc equivalents that don’t look particularly road worthy! People were sitting on the bikes getting their photos taken and comparing the Japanese racers and classic style British bikes! Others were talking about how it was their dream to own such majestic contraptions.
It was all very cool! I wish I’d got a photo!
So, a couple of days ago (Sunday) I started feeling pretty ill. Headache, sore joints, cold sweats and a bit of the ol’ D and V! I initially put this down to food poisoning mixed with a bit of dehydration and lack of sleep. The diarrhoea and vomiting stopped Monday and I started to feel better. However, come Tuesday the headache, sore joints and cold sweats were back with a vengeance. I mentioned this to Elisha, my girlfriend over Facebook messenger and she suggested it could be Malaria, so I immediately told Abraham, the senior geo on site and he called the doctor.
The doctor came over and suggested the symptoms are characteristic of Malaria and sent me to the clinic, where I indeed tested positive for Malaria. I am now of a cocktail of pain and anti Malaria medication to get me sorted.
I think the main thing I’ve taken from this experience is to know first hand what the symptoms of Malaria are. This is something that was explained to me before moving to Cote d’Ivoire. However, it slipped my mind! Not a mistake I will make again!
So, here is some info on the symptoms of Malaria:
- Muscle Pain (Sore Joints)
- Sweats and Chills
- Diarrhoea and Vomiting
If you live in a country where mosquitoes carry Malaria and you get these symptoms, get yourself to a doctor as Malaria is deadly if untreated!
For more info check out: http://www.nhs.uk/Conditions/Malaria/Pages/Introduction.aspx
I travel a lot for work, I’ve worked offshore conducting geotechnical surveys in Europe, coal exploration in Australia, gold exploration in Ireland, nearshore and onshore geotechnical site investigations in the UK and now I’m in Cote d’Ivoire working in gold exploration.
The type of travelling I do means I see things most people wouldn’t normally see and have gained insight into different lifestyles and cultures, as well as seeing some awesome geology! I figure I could try and write about my experiences…
…lets see how it goes!