Red Hot Chili Peppers by bobfoto

Red Hot Chili Peppers

Chapter Three continues...

Port Moresby.

My previously mentioned crew member who had been diagnosed with mouth cancer has been shafted.... dragged from ward to ward and clinic to clinic and doctor to dentist, it was time for intervention. This morning we met up at the dental clinic and it was time for interrogation, for answers, for plans, for treatment.

The Doctor/Dentist was absent...

I asked the nurse if perhaps he was at home asleep or still brushing his teeth (this got a laugh from the other patients waiting with us in the open air garden of the dental clinic at POM General). He wasn't and he was arriving soon.

Some young kid with a white Colgate jacket showed up and my friend, despite the extreme swelling that takes up the side of his face said to me Doctar i kam...

I said Yu shittim mi, em doktar lookim laik youngpela man, em i nogat kisim draivas licence huh?

The dentist/doctor introduced himself and said that he checked his inbox this morning and no pathology results so please come back in one weeks time for answers.

Not a great answer/introduction.

I decided it was time to visit pathology and surprise surprise, they had his results filed in a folder with my crew members name on board. I asked for a copy and then headed back to the dental clinic. The dentist/doctor made the mistake of giving me his mobile number.

Back at the clinic.

I see the nurse and she says the doctor has just stepped out... when will he be back I ask and she shrugs I dunno. I call him on the phone and to my surprise it rings and a bigger surprise, he answers!

hello

doctar, mi kisim pathology results. yu stap we nau?

oh I am out

yu out we? klostu o nogat?

ummm I'm with a patient where are you? You at pathology?

No, I am outside your clinic, I have your patient, I have the test results from path, where are you?

I'm in my office.

then step outside and lets talk, lets look at these results?

ok.

The young man steps outside, in his white colgate coat.

We read the path results together...

Good news and Bad news. A Chinese Dentist joins us, looks into the patient's mouth.

Fuck this place sometimes...

On my way back to the office, I stop for a Mountain Dew, my work colleague goes for a Sprite Ice, he says it is like a Vicks but liquid. We're in a part of town where white people don't get out of cars, I'm walking hard, and walking tall. The locals are amazed. I see a small market and there are chiles. The other day I searched the stupidmarkets and there is a chile drought in Port Moresby. I buy a heap of chiles from this lovely old lady, she smiles, I smile and I head on my way.

I can buy chiles but I am struggling to buy radiotherapy.

to be cont...
Oh crap, what a frustrating and worrying day!
At least you have chillies.
February 5th, 2013  
A fascinating read
February 5th, 2013  
Favo :)
February 5th, 2013  
Oh wow...what a great read, despite it's frustrating content.....love the composition here and the colouring...fave for me. Still expecting a frog's head to peep over the top! :-) Best wishes to your friend.
February 5th, 2013  
What a day! At least your colleague has you to stand up for him and get things moving, I hope your perseverance pays in the end and he gets the necessary treatment. Trying to work your way through the beaurocracy of the medical system in the UK is a nightmare but nothing in comparison to PNG.

BTW - fabulous photo, quite unJason but I love it...fav
February 5th, 2013  
@monika64 - small gifts...

@peterdegraaff - thanks Peter.

@ozziehoffy - thanks for the fave Cassandra!

@Cherrill - no frogs here at the mo'

@judithdeacon - its hard when the only service is in another part of the country?
February 5th, 2013  
Your photo is absolutely gorgeous. I really wish I could say the same for your day. I feel so sad for your colleague and hope he can get his much needed treatment pronto. God, what a place!! How long are you there for??
February 5th, 2013  
very nice composition and colours
February 5th, 2013  
Amazing narrative. Great chiles capture.
February 5th, 2013  
Great shot from a frustrating day. The contrasts are fabulous. Hope your mate get some assistance soon - sounds like he's got the right person on his side anyway.
February 5th, 2013  
OK...let's try this again.....when do you *actually* think you might get used to the place again??!!? :P
Bugger. Buai I assume? Man the red spots all over the ground are etched into my mind from that place. Someone spat on me from the top of a boat on our way from Finch to Lae too. GROSS.
Good luck with dentist/doctor/whatever he is!
February 5th, 2013  
That sounds VERY frustrating! Your poor colleague must be out of his mind by now. I hope he gets help real soon. Fav by the way for the chillies, love the shot!
February 5th, 2013  
Ju
This photo is fab, what will you do with all those chillies? Best wishes to you and your friend, take care x
February 5th, 2013  
the title +shot are TOP! :D but the day sounds awful... :/
February 5th, 2013  
great colors! lovely red chile. :) the doc always out.same here in my country have to wait for doc to arrive.we have to fall in line or get a no. as early as possible so u will be the one to be served first.
February 5th, 2013  
FABULOUS SHOT!
I'll bet it is how you were feeling after the debacle with the dentist! How much does your friend have to pay for this "excellent" care?
FAV on the picture BTW
February 5th, 2013  
Awesome
February 5th, 2013  
Jim
Great storytelling as always. And of course I love how it ties together with your photo in the end. Love chili peppers, and love the photo
February 5th, 2013  
You are a good friend. Great pic of the chiles
February 5th, 2013  
What a frustrating day - your friend is lucky that you are trying to get some answers...l would want you on my side- hope there are some answers soon...glad you got some chilies ....great photo!!
February 5th, 2013  
spicy. now I understand your comment
February 5th, 2013  
Great pic and title - like RHCP. Hope your friend gets sorted real soon
February 5th, 2013  
The sense of frustration must be unbearable at times. It probably drives you to find a remote place and emit a primal scream.
February 5th, 2013  
I love how you are incredibly tough and compassionate at the same time. You make a great advocate. I love chilies and I love this photo. Fav
February 5th, 2013  
Such frustrating time,hope things get moving soon!!
Hot capture and reflection!!
February 5th, 2013  
I love your expression "chile drought" - not something I've had the bad luck to encounter!
February 5th, 2013  
great pic, lovely turn of phrase for the story, sorry about your friend. Here's hoping treatment can be found swiftly.
February 5th, 2013  
GORGEOUS, just beautiful... a fav!!! I like the band too!
February 5th, 2013  
@redsherpa - perhaps two years?

@abhijit @anazad511 - Thanks Abhijit and AnaZad :)

@subi06 - Thanks Sue.

@buggirl - Yesterday felt like a defining day... oh that would have been really gross being spat on! A friend of mine used to ride a motorbike and he said the spit being emitted from the buses was always bad. My colleague says he doesn't chew, but I am sure he used to.

@bella_ss - Thanks for the fave Sheralee :)

@jubu - I can throw the excess chiles in the freezer, or I may dry some of them and then grind them up and use as dried chile flakes???

@agentzuckerguss - thanks Katia.

@snowflakes86 - we got number 1 yesterday, but because the doctor was out, number 3 got served first???

@grammyn - This is public health so the costs so far has been a few Kina here and a few Kina there. We have heard that the Radiotherapy if we get to that stage may cost tens of thousands...

@megsy - thanks.

@jcarrollphoto @tigerdreamer - Thanks Jim and Karen.

@michelle58 - thank you Michelle, the chiles are a small gift.

@houdiniem :)

@malc - thanks Malc.

@olivetreeann - maybe I should take up boxing?

@ptowncook - Thanks Laura, and thank you for the fave.

@carolmw - Thank you Carol. Fingers' crossed.

@will_wooderson - we have the occasional cheese droughts too.

@nicolaeastwood - I'm hoping too.

@adifferenteye - Thanks Dar and thanks for the fave :)
February 5th, 2013  
Cool, well hot
February 5th, 2013  
This so much reminds me of something...couldn't be Delhi bureaucracy could it...Awesome chilies, love the reflection...faved
February 5th, 2013  
OUCH! I wondered if that might not be the case. People in my country want free health care without realizing the waiting and bad service are all a part of that!
February 5th, 2013  
Gorgeous shot of the peppers. I wish the rest of your day had been gorgeous. I am so sorry about your crew member's cancer. I hope he is able to get treatment for his cancer.
February 6th, 2013  
You are a great story teller, mate. I loved the Tok Pisin bits too! Enthralling story!
February 6th, 2013  
Wonderful....but sad too....story.....I hope you get it worked out...you said good and bad news....not cancer?
I love this shot of the peppers....awesome colours and focus.
February 6th, 2013  
Great photo, as colourful as your stories .
February 6th, 2013  
Nat
Jase - no words for the crap way your offsider has been dealt with mate. He's lucky to have you there.

And while the shot is a massive departure from your 'regular' pics, it is stunning and a fav for me.
February 6th, 2013  
@johnnyfrs - thanks John.

@swilde - thanks for the fave Sue, I'm not sure about Delhi bureaucracy, but I can imagine!

@grammyn - I have a budget at the mo'

@daisy - I'm hoping too.

@asutherland1964 - Thanks Andrew. Thank you.

@lynnb - The tests so far have suggest that it is not malignant, which is kinda good news.

@bristolrose - thanks Kathryn :)

@natr - Thanks for the fave Nat... btw, fave in Tok Pisin is Nambawan!
February 6th, 2013  
Nat
@bobfoto if course it is. Makes perfect sense. You're my Numbawan 365er!
February 6th, 2013  
@natr - Ai Ya!
February 6th, 2013  
Nambawan. You're a gem in so many ways.
February 6th, 2013  
@rockinrobyn - I think my cheeks are the same colour as these chiles.... Thank you Robyn.
February 6th, 2013  
@grammyn Katy!! I just got a pit in my stomach thinking this is how are health care will be soon! @bobfoto your friend is lucky to have you looking out for him, hope he gets the help he needs soon. What did you make with those beautiful chilies?
February 6th, 2013  
@sunshinephoto5 - Thanks Dawn, I made a hot Mexican dish, but the others will be frozen and dried so I won't miss out again?
February 6th, 2013  
Great color and I like your setup with the dark background and reflection. How damn frustrating. We may be remote here, but the medical facililities are excellent. The crap you are experiencing is unheard of here. Your persistence is admirable.
February 6th, 2013  
@bobfoto what does that mean?
February 6th, 2013  
@sunshinephoto5 Having been in the military for years (my husban not me) I already know the tuype of medical care it will be if it ever comes to pass! I have been preaching against it for forty years!
February 6th, 2013  
Hot stuff ;)!
February 6th, 2013  
I remember Prince Charles was described as Nambawan pikininnie missis quinnie. Excuse spelling. I now know you are the Nambawan Jason.
February 6th, 2013  
A great shot, love me some spicy food. Bummer about the run around, and the little boy treating patients. Glad your friend has someone like you on his side. Keep at them. :)
February 6th, 2013  
fav!
February 6th, 2013  
Fabulous presentation, colour and reflection - Fav
February 6th, 2013  
Amazing colour, shine, reflections, composition......fav! Oh dear! Just seen above comment:-)
February 6th, 2013  
the color is fantastic
February 7th, 2013  
I love this one Jason!:)
February 7th, 2013  
Stunning shot Jason, marvellous reflection - what did you use to get that?

Shit story! Hopefully with you on his case, he'll get the appropriate treatment.
February 7th, 2013  
@rvwalker - Thanks Ross, I'm not the kind of boss/manager/guy/friend who is content with being a weak link in the chain. I feel the need to be able to achieve the best that I can. I'm happy to leave the weak link to others.

@grammyn - Part of my reason for being alongside my friend is financial.

@jannaellen - they sure were!

@seanoneill - that's close Sean, Prince Charles is known as nambawan pikinini bilong missis queenie.

@geocacheking - I'm in his corner.

@loztsoul - Thanks Trevor :)

@shirleytemple - Thank you Shirley, thanks for the fave!

@mejbronant - that's okay Mair, thank you for your comment!

@phillyphotos @ellimae - thank you ladies :)

@kjarn - I have a really nice dark timber dining table and its very reflective!
February 7th, 2013  
again I say he is blessed to have you for a friend!
February 7th, 2013  
Thank you for being an advocate. Sometimes that is all that is needed.
Bless you.
And I love the chiles.
February 7th, 2013  
@grammyn - He did seem grateful yesterday when I dropped him off at his house.
February 8th, 2013  
@cdonohoue - Thanks Cathy, I am doing my best. I just can't sit back and watch unlike some of the Doctors in this country... it must be such a hard job to work in medicine here.
February 8th, 2013  
February 8th, 2013  
Great chillies, brilliant shot but I groan at the story... bless you for sticking up for him and kicking a bit of ass so politely when it was needed. Go team Jason!
February 8th, 2013  
What a day for you :-(
At least you got your peppers which is a very cool shot!!
February 9th, 2013  
@filsie65 @turning_40 - some more arse kicking will be required early next week...
February 9th, 2013  
Isn't healthcare fun... (said with bitter bitter sarcasm) I really am hoping the best for your crew member.
April 6th, 2013  
@talea - oh so am I.
April 6th, 2013  
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