So, 27 months have turned into 3 months. We are sad to say that we are leaving Moldova and heading back to the U.S.
When we write our blogposts, we consciously try to keep an upbeat attitude. For that reason, we haven’t shared on the blog that Brian has been sick most of the time that we have been in Moldova. His sinus issues have been exacerbated during our time in Moldova. He has had two scans while here (one about three weeks in and one about two weeks ago), both of which showed that his sinuses were full of infection. He has gone through three rounds of antibiotics, and has been in Chișinău (the capital city) for treatment for the past two weeks.
It has felt like Brian has not been able to get out of this recurring cycle of being sick, and has just felt bad for probably 90% of our time here.
Both the ENT and the Peace Corps Medical Officer expressed that they thought Brian would feel better once we were back in the states. The PCMO even stated that if she had known that Brian had both asthma and chronic sinusitis (and previous sinus surgery), she wouldn’t have approved him to serve in Moldova. The air quality can be poor in Moldova, and perhaps there is other stuff in the environment that has caused Brian to have so much sinus trouble.
So, we decided that Brian needed a change of environment and a different course of action in order to get healthy. Once that decision was made, we accepted the tough reality that we wouldn’t be able to continue with our Peace Corps service in Moldova.
It has been a very emotionally difficult week, as we let Peace Corps, our host family and our work partners know of our decision. It is hard to leave a situation where we felt like things were going well…we really liked our host family, we both felt really lucky with the partners we had been assigned to, and we both felt that we had made a lot of progress with our language skills.
We spent our last day and a half completing a lot of “check out ” tasks for Peace Corps, seeing a few of our fellow volunteers, and making it out to Allison’s training village to say goodbye to her host-mom. It was a busy time, and it probably helped to occupy our minds so that we didn’t have to think too much of the reality of our departure.
Part of the difficulty in leaving Moldova is our own personal feeling that “we’re not quitters”…and leaving under the category of “early termination” feels like we are quitting. Of course, Brian’s health changes that, but it is still something that we struggle with.
So, now we are on the plane heading back to the U.S. Our current plan is pretty simple…get Brian healthy. Beyond that, we don’t have any plans. We’ll just have to wait and see what the future holds for us.