Day 28: Extracting
two is usually my favourite day because I can get on and do things but
it starts badly. I've been feeling really nauseous and vomited the previous
night, perhaps due to the difficulty I have in breathing because of a
series of asthma attacks. It's raining; all I have to look forward to
is another day of rock crushing and worse of all by far, I meet Mikey
to find that he has been involved in a car accident. He is bruised and
has quite a few nasty lacerations on his head. There could be worse injuries
hidden away so he must go to the doctor. Needless to say, the programme
will be difficult to make with Mikey in hospital but the show has to go
points out that he thinks there is so little gold in the ore we are using
that I will have to powder the remaining five and a half sacks of rock
by later that afternoon. Angie, Derek, John and Kate come to help. Kate
takes the sledgehammer and breaks some rock for the camera. It's a tiny
six-pound specimen, which is just the right size for her but very frustrating
for me to use. She makes it hard for herself because she doesn't know
how to use it properly but ten out of ten for effort.
all the extra help, the rocks are soon broken down to useable sizes. The
next step is to pound the small rocks with one of the heavy half-shafts.
It's very labour intensive. The dust gets stuck in my throat and goes
down into my lungs. I have another asthma attack but can't find my inhaler.
It is difficult to breath, let alone talk.
Without Mikey around
the afternoon was plain sailing because little could be filmed. I really
didn't have much to do, so made tea for the others and slept. I needed
the rest anyway.
It's difficult being
away from home for so long but I'm pretty sure that it's harder for those
at home. I wish that they could come to visit, or at least that they could
see how we live. I increasingly treat Rough Science as a job. It's a nice
job, but quite a hard one and isn't always fun.