I think we’ve settled into a groove here, now that over half of our time at the hospital is over, of course. Hopefully, the things we have learned and figured out will be useful to future students here, as we pass on the knowledge, maps, addresses of businesses, etc.
It’s been fun interacting with different parts of the hospital. The other day, I was giving one of the surgery senior house officers (something like a resident) a hard time because the nurse in the outpatient clinic was telling him how to incise and drain a patient’s abscess. We always have the same aides and nurses in clinic, so we have all developed quite a jovial relationship.
Healthwise, we’ve both settled down some, although we take turns feeling less well at times. Today is Kathleen’s turn. Earlier this morning was my turn. It’s quite odd, because I usually feel fine, and then suddenly feel light-headed, get a headache and abdominal pain, run to the bathroom, evacuate some less-than-solid bowel contents, and then generally feel much better. But it’s basically random. It can happen anytime, including in the OT (like it did today – thankfully, we were at the end of a case).
We also got to see Dr. Joy and Leela aunty this past weekend, our friends from the ACA. We went to church with them and had lunch with them and a pastor from New York. His church is literally across the street from Carnegie Hall. That’s pretty sweet. We told him we’d visit his church if we’re ever in NY, and that we’d also get tickets to whatever Carnegie Hall had going on. Anyway, back to the point of this paragraph. We got to see the Georges, and it was such an encouraging and refreshing time. Seeing them again gave us a sense of comfort and familiarity, almost like we were back with family. Now, it’s not that we haven’t enjoyed our time at this other hospital, but it just hasn’t been the same, in terms of some untangibles. The atmosphere just feels different with the Georges (and at ACA) than it does here. We’re not sure what it is, but we have some ideas, which go back to theology, and how we perceive God has called His covenant people to live and love in the world.
We ate at Pizza Hut last night. They have all sorts of Indian flavored pies, like tandoori murg, gosht, paneer, and more. It is very good pizza.
One thing I’ve noticed – ice is optional, with a default to none, in your soft drinks at restaurants. Additionally, they have bottled Sprite, Coca-cola, and Fanta at the little stand outside of the hospital. Yum – bottled Cokes. And all for less than a quarter a drink.
We also saw a movie this weekend, at what is supposed to be the coolest mall in town. They were showing movies in many languages, including Hindi, Telugu, and Tamil. However, we watched Arahan, an urban Korean martial arts flick, dubbed over in Indian-accented English. We had wanted to watch another film, Mangal Pandey, but it was only in Hindi, and did not have subtitles. It was actually quite a nice fun and simple movie. There was a bit of romantic comedy between the cute martial arts chick and dopey-unususpecting-hero-who-wants-to-learn-the-moves-to-get-revenge-but-finds-a-larger-purpose-and-saves-the-world, mixed in with some pretty eye candy special effects (although nothing groundbreaking) and the good guys triumphing over a misguided master from ages past. Great fight scenes in a downtown somewhere in Korea. If you get a chance to see it, it might be worth it just for some of the fight scenes.