Jessie and the team arrived back in the United States on May 15, after an incredible adventure in Malawi with Mission Rabies. We are proud of their efforts, and grateful to have them home. Interested in being a part of the team next year? Be sure to follow Clinician's Brief on Facebook to hear about upcoming opportunities.
Our last night in Malawi, Chelsea and I had an unforgettable experience—with a bug. By 10 PM, we had finished up our packing and were asleep in bed. At 11 PM, we both woke to a loud buzzing noise, like a car driving by or a cellphone vibrating. It was neither of those things. We realized instead that there was an enormous, unidentified mutant-bug flying around our room. Chelsea refused to leave her bed, so I climbed out of bed and turned on the bedroom light, then quickly returned to my bed and stood up inside of my mosquito net, ready for battle. The bug had been circling my net, so I rolled up a magazine (thank you, People!) and stood there, weapon at the ready, waiting patiently for the bug to come into view. When it landed on top of a cabinet near my bed, I took my chance, attacking it with the magazine (I got at least 15 good whacks in). Chelsea, of course, filmed the entire escapade.
Jessie and Chelsea’s unidentified mutant-bug, after suffering fatal wounds from People Magazine.