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Monday, October 22, 2007

Dorothy I don't think we are in Kansas anymore!!! And not an actual "cracked" rib!!!!



Ok...because I felt so crappy this week....I finally went to the Dr. here....never been to him before except to get malaria pills..when we went to the Kruger Park back in 2004....but the good news after an exam...and being sent to the hospital for x ray......VEry wierd here...as they send you with a note..(kind of like going to the principals office) to the specialist or hospital. Then you get into the gown to get the procedure done....then you leave and have to go back to the Dr's office?????? Did I mention that they chased me down because I didn't know to TAKE my x-rays with me back to the dr's office????? It was crazy, I have never touched my very own x-rays before, felt kind of wrong in so many ways. But the girl told me to put my clothes back on, so I left. Which reminds me that the last time I had a chest x-ray, in the US, the very kind young man, taking my pictures asked me to Please LIFT AND SEPERATE the "girls" as they obscured the Lungs too much!!!! Now this girl took x-rays without asking me to adjust anything...but her x-rays didn't look all that great...so maybe they did need seperating! At any rate....they do the x-rays, then send them off to Bloemfontein to be read by a specialist, but you have to take them back to the dr. office....and then he holds them up to the light...says how difficult it is to read x-rays and then explains that he has been taught how to.(Did I mention that my dr. is Croation????) So I have difficulty understanding him at times...but he did get the info...that I tore the cartilage...holding the ribs to the sternum...a costocondral( sorry about spelling) cartilage tear. All I know is that I have been given several good meds...to help me while I travel this coming Sunday back to the US....about 34 hrs...straight through London..Chicago, then Nashville. I also developed a lung infection...hence feeling kind of crappy past couple of days. But will be right as rain once meds kick in. No sewing today...just didn't feel like it. I am including a couple of quilts made and delivered to various friends. Nothing special...just little lap rugs.These were made out of bin scraps that I scratched from the Overage...seconds bins, at the fabric store...and you pay by the kilo. Hoping to go by there tomorrow to pick up some blue schwe-schwe. Cathi at Celtic Knots sent me a photo of a dear jane quilt made from navy ( and I have a bunch of it already) schwe-schwe. Wow, I am hooked. Bought the book years ago....no time like the present to get started on one!Since I am hoping to have my Baltimore about finished when I get back from the US....well at least by Jan. I want to start the DJ as my next big Project. I will have access to the fabric for a while...so need to get a move on!!!! Speaking of Baltimore...working on block no. 12....so finally getting there. Just may have to incorporate more blocks than I initially had planned on. Hoping to get the next three squares all cut out...and put into baggies...so that I can take on the plane with me. To sew while sitting around. I am including a photo of something which stuck my children as pretty crazy when they visited here..... don't know that this is a sign that you really want to see when you are visiting a casino!!!! Yikes!!! Really want to send this to Jay Leno....for his crazy photos section. Maybe it is just me....but never seen anything like this back home! Have a great week. Hoping to post at least once more, after I go to the stinking camera shop to get photos put on cd....dang, where did I put the Nikon cord to my old digital????? It is such a pain....but the only way I can post new photos! Have a great couple of days. I plan on it...long as the Wizard doesn't send me back to Kansas....where things seems to make more sense!!!!

9 comments:

Tiki said...

Colleen,

My Mom did the same thing and the Dr. in the US told her that it is FAR more painful than breaking a rib! Hope you're feeling much better. Have a safe trip to the States.

Cathi said...

Oh...ouch! Glad you got meds for the tear and infection! We have to take our xrays back to the doctor here in Ireland too...

Lift and separate, lol!!

I can't wait to see the shwe shwe DJ develop!!

Tanya said...

It sounds like you are having a rough week though I hope it gets better! Just think, in a few more days you'll be back in the States and things will be like you know them! I can relate to the strange medical practices! I have them all the time in Japan. I tell my husband I'd better not become seriously ill in Japan because just the way they do things makes me cringe. No hope that my psyche would help me in any healing process!

Ruth's Place said...

Hope you have a safe, pain-free, trip back to the States. I was struck by the gun drop off points at our local casino here in Cape Town too. We'd never see it in Australia.

cmoon said...

hello colleen, I hope you feel better soon, with a long trip ahead you will certainly need your sewing to keep you sane!!
Safe journey and best wishes*

Libby said...

I'm glad to hear you got a real diagnosis and helpful medication for your rib/intercostal(?) It will make your travel so much more comfortable.

dana said...

hope you get to feeling better, ma! see you in about a week!!~~dana

dottycookie said...

Oh my goodness, regardless of whether cracked or torn - owwwwww! I am glad you have painkillers though, sounds awful. Hope they help you through the journey home ...

Faith said...

I have done exactly the same with my chest and ribs and golly yes it is very painful all I can do is rest and quilt. I love reading your posts and hope that you feel better soon.

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