okay, love.in.the.time.of.cholera. i'll be honest. this is not a quick, easy, or fast read. it probably took me about 3 months to finish and i'm typically a pretty fast reader. my friend left it for me after finishing it while she stayed with us, and she had the same experience. it truly is beautifully written, but it does get very detailed. usually, when books get to be too much for me, i skip over those uber-detailed paragraphs, but with this, i really WANTED to take the time to read it. so it's quality, but sometimes slightly painful. i know, i know, not really a great review. it is a good book, though, curious characters, and a sweet ending.
So. ANYONE who is interested in either of those books, just leave a comment, send me an email, or call and leave me a voicemail, and we'll send them out to whoever says they want it first...just sharing the love!
1. Keep her away from the stitches. If she starts to nibble, put a little t shirt on her. The first 48 hours are the most important.
2. Keep her inside for 24 hours…the anesthesia makes it so she can’t self-regulate her temperature.
3. Feed her only a teeny bit of food. If she keeps it down, a little more an hour later. Continue until she’s up to a full dose after 24 hours. Same with waer.
4. Keep her quiet for 7-10 days (Haha! The nurse kind of laughed when she said this.)
5. Come back in 10 days to remove stitches.
6. If she’s in a lot of pain, give low dose aspirin.
7. No bath for 10 days.
Poor little Nyabo. I knew it would be rough on both of us, but I didn’t realize how rough. The little thing can barely lay down. She’s got a very glazed over look, and doesn’t really seem to have a grasp on anything that’s going on. She just looks so pitiful that it makes me so sad.
On a brighter note, they were so helpful at the doctors office. When we dropped her off, they offered us a blood screen to make sure there won’t be any problems. Nyabo is just at the in-between age when they don’t recommend it but still give you the option. We decided to go ahead and do it (suckers!). While she was out, they did her vaccinations. But when we picked her up, they didn’t charge us for the pre-screening OR her vaccinations! I feel so bad for not doing this earlier! Poor Nyabbies.
My enthusiasm for the Olympics is different now than it used to be. Like many Utahns, I got to participate more closely with the Olympics when they were in Salt Lake City in 2002. I had a once-in-a-lifetime chance to work for the SLOC for five months surrounding the Olympic and Paralympic Games and to participate as a spectator at several of the sporting and entertaining events. Watching the Olympics on TV is awesome and still gives you a sense of the Games, but you have the commentator’s critiques and tend to view it with more of an eye of judgment. Actually being at the events allows you to feel the true support and camaraderie that is part of the Olympic spirit and how incredibly strong it is.
One of my favorite moments during the 2002 games was a long distance cross country event. The athlete that finished last was from some warm weather country and had had little training in actual conditions. He crossed the finish line about an hour and a half after the others, but the spectators, other athletes, announcers, and Olympic personnel cheered him on to the finish line like he was the gold medal winner. There were few critiques at any events I attended. Actually, it was the opposite; if an athlete made a mistake, instead of pointing it out or quoting deductions or histories, the announcers merely ask everyone in the crowd to cheer to show their support. No matter WHAT country the athlete was from…
The Olympics start with the Opening Ceremony when every country walks in waving its colors, but the REAL appeal for me and the true “Olympic Spirit” are those moments of triumph when we, as human beings, root for each competitor to succeed and cheer no failure, no matter what color their flag, no matter what color their skin, no matter what the ideals of their government.
At least that’s what I think. What do you think?
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