Tuesday, April 28, 2009

Wear Your Sunscreen!

Gross photos ahead ...
Troy held my hand and kept reminding me to breathe more slowly. Only once did I nearly launch into panic-attack mode. I pretended to be all chill about it last night - but I lied.

"Dr. Edna" made us snicker and squeeze each others' hands with her quirky, animated personality. She showed up 35 minutes after the time she told me to be there. She smoked for the first portion of our appointment and she took about four phone calls with the scalpel in her hand. She waved her hands around chatting while intermittently stitching ... telling Troy about her kids attending University in France.

After I was finished she told me the cost. I asked her if she meant U.S.D.? Yep. I only let one tear drop in her presence while Troy told me "you are worth it". Time will tell if I am.

When she asked what time I could come get my stitches checked I said "What is your earliest appointment?" Her response, and I quote: "Oh that is not going to be convenient for you."
Huh? Uh. Ya, that *is* the best time for me. But she told me that 10:30 was the most convenient for me.

We learned that *we* would be responsible to bring the pieces of my skin to the pathologist on the other end of town. That is TIH to the max. I should know better by now - but it surprised me. We did not have time to do that today so my hunks of skin are sitting in the kitchen on top of the refrigerator until Thursday. That is totally normal, right?!? Thursday is the next day we'll have time to go deal with PAP traffic and find this pathologist person. Until then, this tasty little treat, strategically perched, is helping curb all appetites at our house:

Let's review: wear your sunscreen. KIDS - this means you!
One last thing. We get these emails in Haiti that are "Warden Reports". They usuually tell of possible trouble in Port or planned protests. Tonight's report:

U.S. Embassy Port-au-Prince issued the following Warden Message on April 28, 2009:

This Warden Message is to inform all Americans living and traveling in Haiti about the recent outbreak of swine flu in Mexico and the United States. At this time there are no confirmed cases of swine flu in Haiti.

We're all stocked up in the disease department. Sorry about your swine flu, America - but we're breathing easier down here.