I just had my first hospital stay in the country of Paraguay. I was operated on at the Adventist Sanatorium and was happy with the care and attention I received. I am going to share a few of the things I remember of my surgery and hospital stay.
The first surprise was that I was not fully under for the surgery as I had expected to be. I have a few memories of clarity during the procedure but most are a blur, except I DO remember the doctor showing me my uterus in a jar, something I had never expected to see! My first thought was,"How did my son ever fit in there?" and then I was wishing I had my camera in the OR so that I could take a picture of it and post it here on the blog! Luckily for you all, I did not have one with me!
When I was returned to my room, I kept badgering my husband about the fact that my legs were paralyzed. I could not understand why this did not concern him as it did me!
I had a friendly nurse from an island off the coast of Argentina in Tierra del Fuego! Imagine how hot she was finding our high 90's weather! I also met an Ecuadorean/ Canadian who is here serving a short term mission and working in the hospital.
A long time blog reader dropped in to visit with goodies in hand. Kathy comments here frequently and lives in Curacao. She brought me very good medicine in the form of Hersheys!
The food in the hospital was vegetarian. I didn't eat solids until the last day and so the food was mostly tasty. I still don't know what they served me for dinner though. It was orange mush, wrapped in a green rubbery substance, but you know me, I will eat anything! Upon arriving home, Friday at mid day, my husband served me chicken and rice and it was DELISH!
I recall being accompanied by a talking llama in the elevator as I was transported from the OR back to my room. I swear! He was on the elevator with me. I am still unsure as to how a llama came to have a British accent though...
I just got home and am doing very well. I appreciate the prayers and support of you all so much. The procedures all went as expected and I am glad to say that I have had much less pain than I had anticipated, so far I have not required any narcotics. Still tire easily and am weak.
Thanks for all the lovely comments they BRIGHTENED MY DAY!
This picture was taken from the porch of the hotel we stayed in one night during our recent trip. It was a great spot to enjoy the morning and spend time in prayer and meditation. You can even see my coffee! It was very peaceful and refreshing.
I will be in the hospital for at least three days and do not know if my husband will be able to update here but know that 'no news is good news'.
I covet your prayers in these upcoming days for myself and also for my husband.
I will be having a hysterectomy and pelvic floor repair surgery tomorrow morning. (wondering if I should go with hardwood or ceramic???)I have received many emails from some of my regular readers telling me they have already had this surgery. I am wondering if you could share any information or tips with me as to how best to recover quickly and painlessly. Also, what pain medication were you given? How long did you need it? Did you have any unexpected symptoms or pain?
This REBEL will be taking a PAUSE from the blog next week....
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I will be having surgery on Tuesday. Not the best time for it, but that is how it happens some times. I will be in the hospital for 3 or 4 days and will be absent from the blog during that time. I am sure I will come back with interesting tales from my first Paraguayan hospital experience!
My surgeon is Russian, and as I mentioned, we sort of understand each others Spanish. He says I am getting every 'ectomy'possible! Or , I think that is what he said...maybe it was a lobotomy? It would seem equally appropriate right now...
I am an American living here and yesterday I went to three doctor's offices. One is Canadian so we speak to each other in English.
The next one was Russian, so we communicated with each other in highly accented Spanish... well, at least we knew what each other was trying to say!!!
The third doctor was Korean, we spoke to one another in Spanish... anyway, I think it was Spanish...
I was reminded of this post I wrote a few months ago.
Every country and culture has its own style and personality. I find that I mentally classify the different countries I have lived in by attaching a human face to that personality.
The United States of America
It's all about success and prosperity. Some folks love us while others detest us. We can be a bit ruthless as we strive for achievement, and yet, people keep coming, hoping to partake of our wealth. Even those who do not like us, often admire our tenacity. Some people find us to be arrogant because we know were are #1 and don't really care what people think of us, bad hair and all!
If the USA were a person, it would be Donald Trump. Rich, driven, controlling and somehow entertaining at the same time.
I only lived in Mexico for a year but the thing that stood out the most to me was their love of family and food. Very comforting.
If Mexico were a person, it would be Paula Dean.
Warm, friendly and good cooks!
In Venezuela personal beauty is very important, especially among the women. It is said that Venezuelan women are born wearing high heels. There is a great love for children but sometimes, the Venezuelans can be a tad bit arrogant, .like we Americans. They can be violent at times, but it is mostly just for show. We forgive them this because they really are beautiful people for the most part.
If Venezuela were a person, it would be Angelina Jolie! Beautiful, but can be over the top sometimes!
What can I say? Paraguayans are so friendly and yet, you just never quite know what to expect in this country. Something new and strange seems to be lurking around each corner. Whatever it turns out to be will be interesting and never boring! Its all good!
If Paraguay were a person, it would be the character Willy Wonka!
I never lived in Canad but its seems to be nearly invisible to us although it is our next door neighbor. We often forget about Canada but do enjoy knowing it is so nearby when needed. You know it is there and in a pinch will help you out, but for some reason Canada never is in the spotlight.
If Canada were a person, it would be the character
Wilson of the TV show "Home Improvement'.
Our hidden neighbor next door!
Where do you live?
What person would describe your region?
Here are a few photos I took of our visit at LaTrinidad, a ruin of the once magnificent Jesuit mission. This mission is one of over 30 which were peopled by the Guarani indians under the supervision and education of the Jesuit priests. The level of civilization they acquired in a matter of decades makes one contemplate what they might have accomplished had the Spanish Crown allowed them to continue in their path of progress rather than expel the priests which led to the decline and abandonment of the cities due to the raids of the Brazilians and Spaniards looking for treasure and slaves. These abuses led the Guarani to return to their nomadic lifestyle and return to a primitive life in the jungle.
The church at La Trinidad
Some of the beautiful stone work
When I look at the tool marks left on the stone by the Guarani man who shaped it,
I feel a great sense of pride at what these indians managed to accomplish here
and sadness that they were not allowed to contiue to do so.
The Bell Tower
Looking down from the Bell Tower towards the remains
of one of the indian housing complexes and the church yard.
Over 5000 Guarani lived and worked here at The Trinidad with several thousand more spread out caring for the cattle and crops. At Trinidad they also manufactured iron weapons on their own.
We will be driving all day. We are packing up the car to leave Uruguay, drive across Argentina, and on into Paraguay. We hope to be able to stop and visit some of the Jesuit Mission ruins along the way.