Archive for February 20, 2008

Long Wait Monday; Expedient Wednesday

Two contrastings days.  As if the ultrasound technician had been waiting for me this morning after I walked the 15 minutes to the clinic to get my first treatment for my swollen foot.  The first 5 minutes were a bit painful as she put the ointment on and used her wand to bear down on my edema ankle.  The next 5 minutes were more predictable but I was wondering how long this would go on. Fortunately only about 10 minutes. 

Monday’s long two hour wait for the actual x-ray to find out that nothing was broken was almost too painful to reflect back to.  Monday catches up on all the weekend accidents, Wednesday is more relaxed from overwrought patients.  Fortunately, I had someone next to me in the waiting room who could speak English and had broken her foot in a skiing accident.  That helped pass the time to talk besides reading homework papers.  Apparently, people from this part of the Central Asian world are used to sprains and breaks because of the skiing industry but also because of the icy sidewalks.  When I lived in Kyiv, people had to be more wary of overhanging HUGE killer icicles that threatened their very lives.  Anyway, happy to say the two week ultrasound treatment is all paid for by insurance and I might as well take advantage of this even though it cuts into my work of teaching and other related duties. 

Something totally unrelated to the above topic is a quote I picked up from C.S. Lewis from his classic book Mere Christianity:  “…fallen man is not simply an imperfect creature who needs improvement: he is a rebel who must lay down his arms.  Laying down your arms, surrendering, saying you are sorry, realizing that you have been on the wrong track and getting ready to start life over again from the ground floor – that is the only way out of a ‘hole.’  This process of surrender – this movement full speed astern – is what Christians call repentance.  Now repentance is no fun at all.  It is something much harder than merely eating humble pie.  It means unlearning all the self-conceit and self-will that we have been training ourselves into for thousands of years…”

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