June 19th-22nd, 2013
I am officially medically cleared to return to America, unless something happens in the next month. I had my Close of Service medical exam and I am all healthy. No HIV, no TB, eyesight is good, BP is good, no cavities, no worms, etc. I even got a bonus thyroid test done as per protocol for loosing more then 10 lbs during service. On the record its officially 22 lbs and my thyroid is just fine!!!
After the three day fun of medical, we had our annual all PCV Christmas in June celebration. It was awesome!!! There is one other girl who is g-free (and dairy-free) here and between her and me constantly reminding people of what we can and cannot eat, it has finally made a difference. Everyone pulled together and purposely made g-free dishes so we could have a full meal too. I made g-free sweet potato cornbread, there was chickpea stuffing, g-free brownies, g-free chicken (aka made without stuffing inside), mashed potatoes made with goats milk, and lots of veggies. It was so great, and I can’t believe my PC family is so good to me.
We ate our hearts out and then did a white elephant gift exchange. We all brought random stuff from our huts we don’t want. G9ers (those of us who are leaving) gave some stellar gifts as we are getting rid of everything, and then there were some really funny, but not so stellar gifts also. I ended up with goody bag of instant coffee, condiments, a condom, and a moist towelette from South African airlines haha.
Santa showed up, we drank lots of eggnog, and celebrated Christmas six months late, American style. I donated all my xmas decorations that friends and family have sent me from home to make the scene for the party. I dressed up a tree for all the gifts to go under and the most popular ornament by far was one I received via package that is a snowman holding a star that says “God Bless America.” We may commercialize everything in America, but its all meant to bring people together, and to me that is what all the holidays are about, celebrating life with friends and family. We don’t have much as PCVs, but we sure know how to take a little and turn it into a big celebration!