As you all know I get paid to blog. A whopping 1 to 2 quid a day. I for that reason also accept donations as at the moment I am rather poor and often use the donations to expand my income in particular aim towards certain purchases.
A few people have asked me what “exactly” I spend my donations on. After all, vintage erotica is free and Fabergé eggs are rather hard to come by in India.
Well my current plans for the money I get from blogging and donations consist of.
1. Pay for my ticket back home for February (done)
2. Provide me some spending money when I am back home in February
3. Buy a Camera
The rationale boils down to
1. I am on holiday and I would like to go home
2. I would like to spend money on myself when I am home and on things like dates with Hera. If people haven’t realised it already I am a massive fan of food and living in India’s biggest torture is the rather singular diet of pulses and rice so I do spend a fair bit on nice food to tide me over for a year of living on rice and pulses.
3. I see a lot of unbelievable things and I meet a lot of cool people. I used to take photos of those things and those people but my Camera met with an unfortunate accident involving a ham handed copper who had never seen a DSLR up close before and the weather. Basically? Water got inside the body of a rather old camera I was given by a friend. I was not really bothered by it’s loss until I saw pictures being taken by other people here.
Today I saw a woman who was smiling because she finally got to see a doctor.
She had uncontrolled diabetes and two diabetic ulcers on her foot.
These were so deep that you could see the muscles underneath move. I spent the day teaching newer students how to present such a case and how to manage it.
Such a case would never be seen in the west. The size and the depth of this ulcer is astonishing. I can demonstrate to naive audiences the reality of diabetes and how and why we take medication in the UK. The difference between this woman and my father is the availability of Insulin.
Her foot is healing well, they will operate on it to do a “flap” procedure. Adjacent skin will be incised and stretched over the wound and approximated to cover these massive ulcers up. We can even do skin grafts.
And here is the thing. People would not ever believe you because “holy moly? Who has 15 x 7 and 5×18 cm ulcers deep enough to see the muscle tissue and doesnt’ think it’s a medical emergency?”
We can show that we can even save a foot this badly damaged.
The idea is the camera will allow me to do something interesting in charting my first year as a doctor.
So what can you do? Well? Stay the course! Keep reading A Million Gods. Donate if you wish or go onto our ad-free membership. It’s you lot who are allowing me to travel around.
And for the Brits among you? I met a couple of people last time (Daniel and Guy Otten) but I am willing to have some sort of Million Gods night out/meal out/sit in a pub and be social with anyone who is around the Manchester or Stafford area. I do enjoy meeting new people and actually putting faces to names.
Thanks for the help!