Saturday, June 21, 2008

Doctors and Patience

AIEEE! DoctorsThe future Baron and I had an extended and pleasant visit with Dymphna in the hospital this evening, and she asked me to report back to GoV readers on her progress. She is doing well, and is quite chipper, given the circumstances.

She has had a brain scan, which turned up normal. Various heart tests have also been done, and blood has been extracted, but no definitive results have been reported yet (it’s the weekend).

She says that a neurologist paid her a visit and poked needles at different parts of her face and neck, and also rapped on her joints to gauge the response.

There is reportedly a Nurse Ratchet clone on the ward, but I didn’t get to meet her.

Outside Dymphna’s room, on her roommate’s side of the door, is a pre-printed sign that reads as follows:





Dymphna was jealous that she didn’t have a special sign of her own on her side of the door, so she created and posted one herself:
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Most of her time is spent in severe boredom, which is why she took all those books with her.

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One of the weekend techs who works on the ward is a young man from Croatia who is majoring in physics at a nearby college. He was just coming off a twelve-hour shift, and the future Baron and I had an interesting discussion with him before he left.

From him I found out that Serbs and Croats can almost completely understand each other’s languages, but that it is not so easy with Bosniak, Slovenian, and Macedonian.

The fB, following his own major interest, learned that Croatia has a vigorous viticulture industry. Its climate is favorable for growing grapes, and, being adjacent to Italy, it has an established wine-making tradition.

Unfortunately, as far as we can tell, no Croatian wine is exported to the USA, so we won’t be sampling it any time soon.

That’s all the news from the hospital front.


Findalis said...

Actually my local wine shop (I'm outside Chicago) has Croatian wines. They are good, but need some work to become truly great.

Hope Dymphna gets better soon.

Zenster said...

Bed Entrapment

Ahhh, the stuff dreams are made of.

Er ... now where was I? Oh yes, get well soon, Dymphna!

Whiskey said...

My prayers are with you and Dymphna and your family Baron.

All my best.

talnik said...

Ditto whiskey 199

Jungle Jim said...

Get well soon, Dymphna.

spackle said...

Good luck Dymphna. I too have been fighting against my own body. It is one of the most frustrating things not being able to put your hands around the culprit and choke him to death. Unfortunately we sometimes have to turn over our body to men in white coats. I hope you have a good white coat.

Henrik R Clausen said...

Yes, Serbian and Croatian is basically the same language. We used to treat it as such in Denmark (has many immigrants from Yugoslavia).

The semi-fascist regime of Croatia changed that somewhat, by more or less artifically 'fixing' the pronounciation of a truckload of words, in order to differentiate Crotatian from Serbian identity.

VinceP1974 said...

They all look the same.

Evan said...

We miss you and your literary gifts, Dymphna. Get well and get back soon.

- Evan