Thursday, May 31, 2007

Safe Travels

My husband and son, along with Naomy have arrived safely on the first leg of their travels. They did have to work their way through one demonstration, but it was not violent. Please keep them in prayers as my husband will be traveling across the country tomorrow as well as Saturday and Monday.

Right now, things can change from place to place very quickly and one is never sure where the next hot spot may be. I covet your prayers for all of us, but especially those traveling.

There are more marches and demonstrations planned for tomorrow as well.

Update: Naomy is now safely in flight to the USA. This is a relief for us. There is now a travelers advisory out by the US State Department warning Americans NOT to travel to Venezuela.

Leadership: As unrest over freedom's end grows in Venezuela, out comes Jimmy Carter's Center, expressing "concern." That's rich. Carter played a leading role in trashing the press there, making dictatorship possible.

The Twilight Zone!

I feel as if I am living out one of those old episodes of the Twilight zone! If I stay in my little safe place...I can almost pretend all is well here. But, it isn't. Freedom is dying a little more each day. What many are realizing now,is that ,it is a little late to do much about it. The military is with the President., the police, the courts, the assembly, and the people are not left with many options.

But, we are still fine. Staying in our own little zone. I do ask prayer as my husband must travel tonight and tomorrow.

What is most bizarre to me...I check the USA news, and all I see is stuff about Lohan, Sheehan, Paris Hilton... is that really news worthy? Is that all people really care about? How about the 182 students arrested here for protesting? What about the minors who were yanked from their parents and detained here in Venezuela? What about the shooters roaming the streets?

I hear the theme music of the Twilight Zone.......

Wednesday, May 30, 2007

Is it WAR?

Watch video of chavistas shooting at protesters!

More fotos of student protests!

I am only REPORTING, not opining! Watch for yourself and make your own decisions.

Protests Continue

On the third day in a row, students from major universities in Caracas took the street to protest the non-renewal of the license for RCTV. (Photo: AP)
Students marched for Morelos Square, in front of the Ombudsman's Office, where they stayed for 182 minutes, i.e. one minute for every student arrested over the last three days of demonstrations following non renewal of the broadcast license for private TV station RCTV

Paraguayan journalists quit press association that "hailed" action against RCTV

A number of journalists resigned as members of the Paraguayan Journalists' Association after the guild praised the expiration of a broadcast license for private TV channel Radio Caracas Televisión (RCTV), following the decision made by the government of Venezuelan President Hugo Chávez.

"They did not even convene us to a meeting in order to take an institutional stance," said journalist Luis Bareiro, who works with the media in Asunción, when reasoning his decision.

Bareiro disclosed that some of his colleagues were getting ready to quite, "because this association endorsed the shutdown of a media outlet resulting in layoffs of press workers."

Monday, May 28, 2007

Life Goes On!

We are in need of some R and R!

In spite of what is happening, we will continue with our plans to get away and regroup.

Taking a Little Break!!

We will be leaving town this morning and spending two days way. Seven BIMI missionary families will be together for a time of renewal and fellowship. I am not sure if I will have access to internet until our return.

It has been 3 weeks since my surgery and although I am healing well, I am still not 100% so please pray for me on the road trip.

My son and his "friend" Naomy are having a great time on their visit. We have enjoyed getting to know her better. Friday night, my blond, blue eyed, Venezuelan son had Mariachis come to the house and serenade her. I will post pictures in a few days. They were on the balcony as the Mariachis serenaded from the back yard. Naomy was very surprised! It was very romantic!!! I think Josh must have some latent Latin blood in him!!

Another funny thing, Naomy is a Latin girl , her family is from El Salvador, but she was born and raised in California. We have been taking her around to see all the sights and everywhere we go the people think SHE is OUR guide and try and get her to translate for us gringos!!

Since I may not be posting for a few days, I want to share some links to some of my older posts that new readers may enjoy.

If you enjoy the funny Jungle Jollies, try these:

The Ol' Out House!


I'm Gonna go and Eat Worms!

Jackie's Jungle jollies!

Another of Jackie's Jungle Jollies!

A Not-So- Itsy-Bitsy Spider!

A Rude Awakening!

And for other jungle stories:

So..This is Heaven?


How does Your Garden Grow?

Silence at 10,000 feet!

My Son! My Son! My only Son!

Blood, Sweat and Tears!


What in the World is Going on Here?

We Are Fine!

All is calm around us. At midnight there was a lot of pot banging and sirens along with fire works to protest the, "non renewal" of RCTV's license. I will not refer to it as a closure, as I could be sued for saying that. In the words of my son, the government is saying, " I am not making the media be quiet and if anyone says I am, I will make them SHUT UP!" Yesterday there were threats to close down Globovision and CNN en espanol for 72 hours for covering a news conference of reporters. (SIP)

Thanks for your prayers. Not sure what today will hold for the country...just have to wait and see.

I am anyone in the MSM even covering this?

Sunday, May 27, 2007

The Latest Happenings !

Eye Witness Account!
Julia_1984 said...

Jungle mom. I was at the demonstration with a few friends. When the police started dropping tear gas bombs I ran as far as I could and we were lucky enough to hide in a hotel for a while, then they drop tear gas bombs again from both sides, front and back, we didn't knew where to run. After a while we could finally run to a safe place and come back home. They attacked again after we left, Im so angry! But luckily, Im home now. You can't protest here. This is truly a dictatorship. My head hurts a lot, I think probably because of the gas.

Julia! Be Safe! I know you must protest, but do try and be careful!

The Metropolitan Police and demonstrators have had clashes as people congregate to protest the take over of RCTV. The protesters were peaceful and the police brought out the Ballena
( Water truck) and used tear gas. The protesters were forced to leave but have returned and began singing the Venezuelan National Anthem . I have seen the face off, nose to nose, of several protesters speaking to the police. At least 11 police are wounded.

You can watch video footage here!

8:45 Update: The police have once again used tear gas on a peaceful protest.

10:20 UPDATE: It appears that there are shooters in Prados del Este. Shooting at the metropolitan police. I am not condoning violence, but, I understand how they feel! When there is no longer any pacific way to protest or be heard.

12:oo UPDATE: It is done! the RCTV emblem is gone! Now we see the new television social emblem! TVes.

UPDATE: All media is warned not to refer to this as a closure of RCTV, but rather that their concession (liscense) has not been re-newed.

2:30 am: UPDATE: Another clash with the Metropolitan Police. You can see video footage of a peaceful protest with pot banging here.

More fotos at

For All Our Troops of Today and the Past!

I will both lay me down in peace, and sleep: for Thou, Lord, only makest me dwell in safety.

Psalm 4:8

For He shall give His angels charge over thee, to keep thee in all thy ways.

Psalm 91:11

A Poll!

How would you rate Venezuela?

Ally? Friendly? Unfriendly? Enemy?
Not sure?





Not sure







North Korea


















40% of Americans view Venezuela as unfriendly or an enemy of the United States.

(Angus Reid Global Monitor) - Many people in the United States hold a negative view of two countries, according to a poll by Opinion Research Corporation released by CNN. 82 per cent of respondents believe Iran is either unfriendly or an enemy of the U.S., while 73 per cent feel the same way about North Korea.

Syria is regarded as unfriendly or an enemy of the United States by 54 per cent of respondents, followed by Venezuela with 40 per cent.

Saturday, May 26, 2007

It looks like we will have an interesting week end!

I post this button to show my solidarity with RCTV! I do not even watch the channel except for some early hour news show. ( La Entrevista, and La Bicha! ) I do however support the freedom of the press without government censorship.

Yesterday, there was a lot going on in Caracas. With the closure of RCTV TV channel looming overhead, things are getting heated on the street. I for one, have no doubt the closure will go through as planned at mid-night Sunday. All the marches and international support will not make a difference!

What began as a student protest of two universities, quickly joined by two other universities, and then spread through out the country, turned into a "free-for-all. Soon the National Guards were out in force.

Then a pro-chavez group arrived at the Globovision headquarters ( a 24 hour news channel) and began to paint hateful graffiti on the walls. They were riding on motorcycles belonging to the county provided by the mayor, who of course claims ignorance to the fact.

We had a lot of extra police around our house as we are in an area where there are several universities.

We then received some threats from His Highness Hugo, (H to the power of three, as my friend says!) as he wore his ilegal military garb and showed us the new Russian planes which he said were loaded with bombs that could be strategically dropped . We all were left wondering, "Dropped where? Why? When?" I felt threatened and I am sure others did as well. He also threatened the Supreme Court here if they intervened on behalf of RCTV.

It seems HHH is here. We have soldiers every 50 feet or so in all directions. We had military jets flying over all day yesterday and HHH's jet is at the airport .

For more details read this. The Devil's Excrement
Venezuela-US topics

Thursday, May 24, 2007

So...You like the sound of socialized medicine? But...Do you like the looks of socialized medicine??

From; The Real Cuba

Here is a look at Hospital Universitario (University Hospital) in Caracas after 9 years of Chávez:

The Operating Room

No Garbage Pick-Up

Dog in the Stair well

Patients on the Floor

So, Michael Moore, when are you coming down for some medical care???

What Is Fundamentalism?

It seems that the Islamic Fundamentalists have hijacked the word "Fundamentalist"and now it is synonymous with "violent religion".

This has not always been the case. At the turn of the last century, a group of evangelical Christians began to call themselves "fundamentalist" to differentiate themselves from a modernist movement which denied the deity of Christ as well as the inspiration of the Bible, among other things.

The term "Fundamentalist" only meant that they adhered to the FUNDAMENTAL, or basic, traditional, doctrines of Christianity.

We all have studied courses, such as "The Fundamentals of Math" ..does that make one a violent mathematician? I took a course in college called, "The Fundamentals of Test and Measurement" I a violent test giver? Or, "The Fundamentals of Language"...does that make my speech violent?

What I want to express here, is that I am a "Christian Fundamentalist". I adhere to the basic Christian doctrines, I am not violent, nor do I wish to kill or inflict violence on anyone that disagrees with me. I can no longer use the term "fundamentalist" in many places without people assuming I am a violent person.

I found the following article which compares some of the fundamental teachings of Christianity, Judaism, and Islam to be enlightening. Although it in no way shares the complete statement of faith of the religions, it does show the primary motivation for the treatment of others as taught by each religion.

The problem is not in being a fundamentalist. The problem arises in what fundamentals you believe in.

What Is Fundamentalism?

Christian fundamentalism:
"Love your enemies, bless them who curse you, do good to those who hate you, and pray for those who despitefully use you and persecute you, that you may be the children of your Father who is in heaven."
-Matthew 5:44-45

"You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind. This is the first and great commandment. And the second is like it, Thou shalt love your neighbour as yourself."
-Mathew 22:37-39

Jewish fundamentalism:
"Hear, O Israel: the Lord our God is one Lord. And you shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your might."
-Deuteronomy 6:4-5

"You shalt not avenge, nor bear any grudge against the children of your people, but you shall love your neighbour as yourself."

1. You shall have no other Gods before me.
2. You shall not make unto yourself any graven image bow

....down yourself to them, nor serve them.
3. You shall not take the name of the Lord your God in vain...
4. Remember the Sabbath day, to keep it holy.
5. Honour your father and your mother...
6. You shall not commit murder.
7. You shall not commit adultery.
8. You shall not steal.
9. You shall not bear false witness against your neighbour.
10.You shall not covet ...anything that is your neighbour's.

....-Exodus 20:3-17

Islamic fundamentalism:
Regarding infidels (non-Muslims), they are the Muslim’s inveterate enemies.
-Sura 4:101

Muslims are to "arrest them, besiege them and lie in ambush everywhere" for them.
-Sura 9:5

Muslims are to "seize them and put them to death wherever you find them, kill them wherever you find them, seek out the enemies of Islam relentlessly."
-Sura 4:90

Allah will give "a far richer recompense to those who fight for him."
-Sura 4:96

Anyone who fights against Allah or renounces Islam in favor of another religion shall be "put to death or crucified or have their hands and feet cut off on alternative sides."
-Sura 5:34

A Muslim is permitted to kill any person if it be "a just cause."
-Sura 6:152

"Fight them until Islam reigns supreme."
-Sura 2:193

"Cut off their heads, and cut off the tips of their fingers."
-Sura 8:12

"When the sacred months have passed away, then slay the idolaters wherever you find them, and take them captives and besiege them and lie in wait for them in every ambush."
-Sura 9:5

Muslims are to be "ruthless to unbelievers."
-Sura 48:29

"Allah loves those who fight for his cause."-Sura 61:3

Used with permission

No Socialism for me!!! Thank you very much!!!

You Are 80% Capitalist, 20% Socialist

In general, you support a free economy and business interests.
You tend to think people should fend for themselves, even when times get tough.
However, do think the government should help those who are truly in need.

Wednesday, May 23, 2007

More than you ever wanted to know about Jungle Mom

This is my 400th post!!!

I have been tagged yet again . This time by ab5sy. I will try and come up with 8 new random facts about me that I have not already shared here on my blog! Hard to do, since I share so much. The good, the bad, and the ugly!

1) I have only tasted alcohol once in my life. That was by accident due to my own ignorance. I had to attend a Marine Corp Ball with my husband shortly after we were married.. I had a terrible cough and while he was away, a very nice Marine gave me a cup of punch to help me with my cough! Boy did it!!!

2) I am a speed reader! 1500 words per minute at 85% comprehension when last tested. Typing, now that, I am not so fast at!!!

3) I love archeology and in another life would have pursued that. I have seen the Aztec pyramids but would love to go to Egypt, as well as Peru to see the other pyramids .

4) I hope to sky dive before I die! But I do not ever want to scuba dive! That would scare me!

5) I love the taste of gator! Especially gator deep fried nuggets!

6) I can not whistle to save my life!

7) I graduated from High school at 16 and started college at the same age.

8) I was married at 18, pregnant at 19, and a mother at 20. ( Good thing I graduated early, huh?)

I am supposed to pick others to do this list, but so many of you have already done it...if you have not, and would like to, just let me know by leaving me a comment.

Here are the other random things I posted earlier.

An Announcement

I must share some wonderful news!!! After several fruitless attempts, we were finally successful and have been able to acquire that most elusive substance!!

What, you ask??


The possibilities are now endless! I can bake cookies,using brown sugar of course, if the recipe does not call for oil! I can have perico with my arepas in the morning! I can cook for my visiting son! Can you imagine? I can even make mayonnaise since we cant find that either!


Tuesday, May 22, 2007

A Rude Awakening! (Another Jungle Jolly!)

When we were newly arrived in the village, I came down with malaria. I had been sick several days, (weeks?) with high fever and pain, followed by some hallucinations. It was hard to know what was really happening around me from the hallucinations. Often times, in the village, the real life happenings were more bazaar than the dreams!!

Imagine having every bone in your body aching like the worse flue you can imagine...X 10!! And no bed, no bathroom, no where to do the laundry but the river, still cooking over a fire, etc.

One day, I was feverish and in my hammock in the mud hut we had been loaned to use until we finished building our own mud hut. The doors did not lock, so there was no way to keep people out of the house. I was wiped out and fell into a deep sleep.

I began to wake up as I became aware of something rubbing my arm. As I strained to fight the fatigue and open my eyes, I realized my legs were also being touched. I could hear some low voices nearby speaking a language I did not understand.

As I raised my heavy eyelids, I saw four faces bent down over my hammock, looking me over. They were Sanama Indian woman from the next village. Each had their face painted and were adorned with the sticks they use to beautify themselves. They also had a roll of tobacco placed between their bottom lips and lower teeth. This gives the teeth a green, slimy look and produces a green dribble which they spit out on the floor every few seconds.

As my eyes took in the sight, I screamed!

The four, poor women, jumped! Screamed! Dropped their tobacco and walking sticks...and ran out the door! Screaming all the way through the village as they headed to their canoe!

I must have been just as scary to them as they had been to me. To add insult to injury, all the men in the village came running in to check on why I and the women had screamed, expecting to find a jaguar or something equally dangerous!

NO, just me sitting in my hammock trying to figure out if it was real...or another hallucination!


Venezuela's Chavez funding Glover film

Politician pours $18 mil into 'Toussaint'

Chavez is funding a movie !

"With so much poverty in our country, I can't deny that it infuriates and hurts me deeply," said "Secuestro Express" writer-helmer Jonathan Jakubowicz of Chavez's film foray.

Freaky!!! (For Peter)

What Your Soul Really Looks Like

You are a wanderer. You constantly long for a new adventure, challenge, or eve a completely different life.

You are a very grounded, responsible, and realistic person. People may not want to hear the truth from you, but they're going to get it.

You see yourself with pretty objective eyes. How you view yourself is almost exactly how other people view you.

Your near future is in a very different place (both physically and mentally) from where you are right now.

For you, love is all about caring and comfort. You couldn't fall in love with someone you didn't trust.

You are a wanderer. You constantly long for a new adventure, challenge, or even a completely different life.

You are a very grounded, responsible, and realistic person. People may not want to hear the truth from you, but they're going to get it.
Oh! They will hear it alright!

You see yourself with pretty objective eyes. How you view yourself is almost exactly how other people view you.
I don't know, what do you all think?

Your near future is in a very different place (both physically and mentally) from where you are right now.
OK! I am moving and changing direction in every area next month!

For you, love is all about caring and comfort. You couldn't fall in love with someone you didn't trust.
Of course not!

Do I Ever!!

Ever feel like this?

If so, remember this!

Words from a hymn written by Anna L. Waring in 1850:

Father, I know that all my life
Is portioned out for me,
And the changes that are sure to come
I do not fear to see;
I ask Thee for a present mind,
Intent on pleasing Thee.

I would not have the restless will
That hurries to and fro,
Seeking for some great thing to do
Or secret thing to know;
I would be treated as a child
And guided where I go.

Wherever in the world I am,
In whatsoever estate,
I have a fellowship with hearts
To keep and cultivate .

Monday, May 21, 2007

Better than just an OLD bag!!!

You Are a Classic Gucci Bag

You've got style mastered - because you stick with what works
Like this Gucci Bag, you prefer classic items that stand the test of time
You're also a bit of a practical girl, who prefers function over fluff
You prefer a big bag, so that you can have your stuff with you at all times

Sunday, May 20, 2007

Have You Ever?

Have you ever?

Listened to the sound of rain falling upon a palm roof?

Heard the songs of howler monkeys in the jungle?

Seen the double rainbow stretched over the canopy?

Watched the majestic macaw soar overhead?

Fallen asleep to the sound of the river flowing past your window?

Swam beneath the spray of a waterfall that has no name?

Heard the complete silence of a night, when you were all alone?

Seen the full moon so bright, you can cast a shadow at midnight?

Listened to the thunder roll across the jungle, and heard the voice of God?

Followed the tracks of a jaguar down to the creek, hoping to catch a peek?

Stand under the jungle canopy, looking up...and see no sky?

Felt the sun beat upon you as you lazily float down stream in a dugout canoe?

Loved a child with dark, black, shiny eyes?

Swam in a current that nearly takes you away?

Eaten a sun ripened pineapple, straight from the garden?

Drank the cool, clear water of a jungle mountain stream?

Held the hand of a tribesman, and truly felt him to be your brother?

Smelled the smoke of a camp fire, hours before you arrive?

Been held in the embrace of an Indian grandmother, who "rocks" away your pain?

Eaten a fish that was speared only moments ago?

Had your face lovingly painted in onoto, and felt beautiful?

Had to leave it all, not knowing when , or if you would see them again?

Have some Fun!

You know the Bible 100%!

Wow! You are awesome! You are a true Biblical scholar, not just a hearer but a personal reader! The books, the characters, the events, the verses - you know it all! You are fantastic!

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Saturday, May 19, 2007

More Anti-Semitism from Chavez, (Last Nght.)

We were blessed with a "cadena" last night. This is where the state takes over all channels on the TV and radio for a "speech" of HHH. At this site , you can see his speech. It is long. At about the 6 minute mark, Chavez declares that the Indian massacres in the new world were worse than the holocaust. The video clip is only about 15 minutes long, but the actual speech was several hours long.

If you speak Spanish, watch it for yourself.

Leaving Venezuela

For all new readers!

Here are a couple of older posts that explain somewhat, why we are leaving Venezuela. There are other reasons which I am unable to share.

The Big News, Part One.

The Big News, Part Two.

Friday, May 18, 2007

Why haven't I ever thought of this????

You Know You've Had Too Much Coffee When . . .

* You can type sixty words a minute with your feet.
* Instant coffee takes too long.
* You chew on other people's fingernails.
* You answer the door, before people knock.
* You sleep with your eyes open.
* You go to sleep, just so you can wake up and smell the coffee.
* You don't even wait for the water to boil anymore.
* You're the employee of the month at Starbucks - and you don't even work there.
* You help your dog chase its tail.
* You lick your coffeepot clean.
* You go to AA meetings just for the free coffee.
* You're so wired you pick up FM radio.
* You have a picture of your coffee mug, on your coffee mug.

Do you have anything to add to this list?

My favorite coffee is Venezuelan coffee! I love Cafe Madrid! One of the many things I will miss about living here is not being able to drink Cafe Madrid! I have tried all the other brands, both here and in the USA, but this is my favorite. Wish you could try some!

What is your favorite coffee?

Mixed Emotions

Josh and Naomi

My son is on his way to Venezuela today. He is bringing home a "friend". Hmmm??? Should be an interesting visit. We are all a little sad, knowing this is his last trip to visit us here in Venezuela where he was born and raised. It will, I am sure, be an emotional time for us all.

The container came on Wednesday. The house is empty looking,with nothing to decorate the walls and only the necessary furniture to get by with. In the kitchen, I keep looking for my favorite spoons and pans, but they are gone already. It is like we are camping here in the house for the next month.

It is real now. We are leaving this land we have made our home for 20 years. I try not to think about it. I try to think of the future, but it is hard to do.

For now, we will enjoy this time with Josh. Get to know his friend. And keep on!!!

So, as I said, we have mixed emotions.

A month ago I asked for prayer concerning some things I could not share a lot of details about.

1) The friends in danger are ok. Seems they have been able to get out of the hot spot.

2)The permit we were trying to get so that Clint could go into the village to do maintenance on the tractor and generator, and hopefully get out some more of our belongings that we had to leave, did not come through. The General would never receive the letter.

3) Josh being a Venezuelan citizen, needs his Venezuelan passport. We have been trying to get it renewed as his expires in a month. It shows up as "delivered" , but not to us. So either, they did not renew it, or it was delivered to someone else and who knows what they are doing with it.

4) The other request involves some legal issues we have in the courts here. Still waiting on that as well.

So, we still need prayers!!

Wednesday, May 16, 2007

Hmmm...Perhaps because I am still home schooling my last two through HS

You paid attention during 97% of high school!

85-100% You must be an autodidact, because American high schools don't get scores that high! Good show, old chap!

Do you deserve your high school diploma?
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Check out my Hubby's score!

Describes me Quite Well!

If my body were a car, this is the time I would be thinking
about trading it in for a newer model.
I've got bumps and dents and scratches in my finish
and my paint job is getting a little dull ...
but that's not the worst of it.
My headlights are out of focus
and it's especially hard to see things up close.
My traction is not as graceful as it once was.
I slip and slide and skid and bump into things
even in the best of weather.
My whitewalls are stained with varicose veins.
It takes me hours to reach my maximum speed.
My fuel rate burns inefficiently.
But here's the worst of it --

Almost every time I sneeze, cough or sputter ...
either my radiator leaks or my exhaust backfires!

Thanks Just a Thought!

Tuesday, May 15, 2007

What Should I Title My film???

You Should Be a Film Writer

You don't just create compelling stories, you see them as clearly as a movie in your mind.
You have a knack for details and dialogue. You can really make a character come to life.
Chances are, you enjoy creating all types of stories. The joy is in the storytelling.
And nothing would please you more than millions of people seeing your story on the big screen!

Monday, May 14, 2007

La Clinica

I thought I would write a little about how hospitalization is here in Venezuela. The first thing is...Never go to the HOSPITAL! Go to a CLINIC! The hospital is socialized medicine and lacks just about everything. I have seen two, recently delivered moms sharing the same bed. I have been in a pediatric hospital with 300 patients and no doctor in the building. Socialized medicine is not a pretty thing, it is free, and as they say, you get what you pay for!

A Clinic is a private hospital. It is not free, but you can get great care. The little clinic I was in for my surgery, is a family owned hospital. The older brother is the only surgeon and various family member s are doctors, nurses, secretaries, etc. This is the type of hospital Chavez is now enforcing price controls on which will lead to bankruptcy or nationalization of all private medicine.

I must say, I love the personal attention and care given in the clinics here. For instance, there are only three beds in this clinic all private rooms. At night, I had my own doctor. Just me! No other patient at all. Not a nurse..a surgical resident. He spent over an hour and a half in my room and rubbed my hair off my forehead and patted my arm. He came back the next day with his son to check on me, on his own time!

The second night, another resident was with us and the one other patient. She came and changed my sheets after some bleeding , yes, the doctor! She helped me change and get comfortable. Being a woman she adjusted all the garments "just so" and kept asking if it was ok.

The surgical nurses kept coming in to check on me the next day as they had several out patient type surgeries and a little free time in between. They brought me jello from the kitchen.

My anesthesiologist also came and checked on my each day. As did the assisting surgeon.

The housekeeper also doubled as the cook. She would come in before each meal and ask me what I wanted to eat. She would cook what ever I asked for. Even oatmeal for lunch! She always made an extra hot ham and cheese sandwich or arepa for Clint so he could eat as well. She would bring him coffee a couple of times a day.

When I left, everyone was hugging and it was like I was leaving a family I had been visiting!

The Venezuelan people are a great people on the whole. I love their hospitality! I will miss that.

Saturday, May 12, 2007

7 Random Things

I was tagged last week to do the Seven Random Things About Me. So... A little late but here goes! I was tagged by BAPTIST GIRL.

I was also tagged by Stray Thoughts.

1.I met my husband at a roller rink. I fell and he tripped over me and kicked me in the fore head which left a big bump!

2.I can help deliver babies with no problem at all, but if Clint has to do a dental extraction...I leave the house!!! Makes me nearly pass out just writing about it!

3. In my elementary scrapbook, I have news paper clippings of my choices for the Presidential elections. I wanted Reagan to win the GOP nomination, but Gerald Ford won it! Even at that age I was interested in friends thought that was weird!

4. I am petrified of mice! Snakes, spiders, lizards, bats and other such critters, I can get rid of myself, but a tiny mouse scares me to death!

5.One of my earliest childhood memories is of sneaking out my sister's doll into the back yard. and hiding in my Dad's boat. I hid down under a tarp and used a marker and drew all over the rubber doll! I don't know if Pam remembers it or not, but I have carried the guilt for years!!! What made me do such a thing????( Maybe I should have become a tattoo artist?)

6.I use bleach to clean my house. If it doesn't smell like bleach, it doesn't feel clean!

7.I have always dreamed of living in the mountains in a log cabin! It would be PERFECT!

Happy Mother's day

Here are a few good articles for all of us on this Mother's Day! God Bless!

Friday, May 11, 2007

Jungle Mom returns...Sorta!

Thank You all!Thank you for your prayers and best wishes. Thank you for the kind and loving comments left for me as well. And thanks to my sis and hubby for updates!

I am now able to sit up for short times and am off most of the meds , so I am not so loopy! I trust myself not to reveal any family secrets! I don't have much to blog about since this week was mainly confined to a hospital room, my room with bouts of pain followed by droggy sleep from the pain medication. Everything is going well. I just went in to have the drainage tubes removed which made me feel so much better!

Sunday, I don't remember much of , apparently I had a political discussion with one doctor about Chavez, which I remember nothing about!!! Monday I had some mild side effects from the morphine which I did not enjoy! By Tuesday, I had the morphine out of my system and felt so much more in control. More pain on Tuesday, but I was better able to handle it and went home Tuesday evening. The ride home on the rough roads of Barquisimeto where every street seems to be in repairs, was painful.( Aqui decimos "Barquisihueco")

By Wednesday, I was doing so much better! PTL! Thursday was better yet and I actually slept a solid four hours! Unfortunately one of the drainage tubes decided to come out which required a trip to the surgeon. He removed them as I have had very little bleeding. So.... another week of complete rest followed by another few weeks of semi recovery and then..good as new, or better, I hope!

PAM has an announcement to make!

Jungle Mom with her hubby and my first born. Not sure what Yekwana Man is doing in this photo?! HMM! Rita is talking of course! LOL

Aunt Rita holding her nephew Josh Rios for the first time. (20 years ago!)

Rita in August, 2006, Beach House at Hunting Island, holding her grandbaby Elena, who is now living in Paraguay!

Yekwana Man and Jungle Mom, last supper at Olive Garden before heading back to Venezuela, Sept. 2006.


Tuesday, May 08, 2007

We Are Home

Just a quick entry to let everybody know that we are home. Rita is resting well and recovering slowly in these first few days. I believe that she will be blogging again in no more than two days and I will again have to fight to pry the computer out of her hands. The Dr. was very pleased with the outcome of her surgery and believes that the healing process will be completed quickly. Thank you for your prayers. We both appreciate it very much.

I must admit that that first night after surgery was rough. JM kept waking me up and wouldn't let me sleep. So I woke up with a headache and a little sore from the fold up cot. But I am feeling a lot better now!!!!! prayer works!! I told Rita that we should change the marriage vows to "in sickness, surgery, recovery and in health!" Because I don't remember anything about bedpan patrol in my wedding vows!!!!! She is my girl and I am glad she is getting better. I also thank God that I was the one able to take care of her.


Monday, May 07, 2007

"Don't Try This At Home"- Update on Jungle Mom

Hi Ya'll!

This is Jungle Mom's sister, Pam, from "Midnight Musings". I spoke with Rita on the phone about an hour ago and she sounded well - considering! She gave me her password to Blogger so that I could leave this update for all her faithful readers and blog friends.

Due to the fact that she was under anesthesia for 8 hours yesterday, the Dr. feels Rita should stay one more night in the hospital. Of course, Rita said to thank you all for your prayers. She is in some pain, but the surgery was a success. She may give you more details later when she is able. For now, I will tell you bits and pieces. She is in a small, private clinic in the city where she lives. Her dear hubby Clint is with her and spent the night there on a roll-away bed. In fact, when I spoke with him, I thought he sounded just as groggy as Rita did! He jokingly told me she wouldn't let him get any rest last night! LOL When I asked Rita if she had anything she would like for me to tell you all on her blog, she said in a dry, groggy voice, "Yeah, tell them DON'T try this at home!" As you can tell, she still has her wit about her!

Friday, May 04, 2007

Surgery on Sunday

I wanted to let you all know that I will not be blogging for a few days. I will be having surgery on Sunday morning and request you prayers. I will spare you all the boring details, and the guys the embarrassment, and just say that I have some "female issues" that need to be taken care of.
I should be home on Monday and have no idea when I will be back to blogging. As soon as possible, I am sure!