Archive for February, 2006

Radio Days

February 26, 2006

As always, I have SO much to update, but I’ll try to go one story at a time. But first here’s another story with a bad pic called “Radio Days”. Finally got this part of my plan for the year off the ground. You can’t tell much from this pic, but I’m guesting every week now on an English language radio show on a student-run radio station in Jogja, 95 Fm. I’m there for the whole hour, maybe 20 minutes of talk and call in and sms, broken up by songs and ads. Each week a different theme. Good fun gets me out to a wider audience so more folks out there can start to get the sense that folks of my sort ain’t so bad after all. Posted by Picasa

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February 26, 2006

Last weekend Julia and I hit the mountains nearby for a spectacular hike through King Kong/Skull Island-type terrain. Hopefully some pics up later this week, but today’s installment has to take precedence. There are monkeys in this pic… click for a better view.  Posted by Picasa

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February 26, 2006

My little friend was six months old. I didn’t even know I had the little friend until my cousin-in-law Patti told me it wasn’t a callous but a wart while in Carolina for New Year’s.It was already 4 months old by then. The standard Western treatments weren’t gonna discourage it, though I tried them. Julia tried the traditional Indo home remedy a couple of times, but it just hurt a lot. If in the US, I would have been able to walk into a dermatologist’s and frozen the bugger and watch it fall off in a week, but I delayed consulting a physician in Indo, because that’s not what happens here.  Posted by Picasa

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February 26, 2006

The pain got so bad on that mountain hike last week tthat I knew I was gonna have to bite the bullet… and today I very nearly bit one literally… herewith the story of our adventure in the (I kid you not) Happyland Medical Center. Pictures courtesy of my personal nurse Julia, except for this one… notice how much more reassuring and attractive she looks than the water stain by the lightbulb in the ceiling or in this next pic of the patient’s elevator – mind the bare brick. Yesterday we made the appointment for today’s fun and games in a fairly polished looking office staffed and frequented by very very conservatively dressed Indonesian women, and we know that means. Imagine the giggles from nurse Julia as I answered her question about the brightly backlit sign over the reception desk advertising a treatment partnership with the “LVR Institute” in Los Angeles… where the L stands for “Laser” and the R for “rejuventation” and the V for …well… not writing that here…
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February 26, 2006

Note the brick…
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February 26, 2006

The emergency room where the surgery took place was a different story, however, and I have to say everything went swimmingly despite some of the comments and pics you’ll see here. We made sure the doc here knew I was developing education programs for the main Islamic University in town, after which I had to show him which toe housed my little friend– which involved ME, from a prone position, manhandling the light so that it showed HIM, rather than ME, my well-lit foot. His nurse was too busy turning OFF the AC (see my study on AC below) to help improve on his lighting job. MY nurse had the AC back on in seconds!  Posted by Picasa

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February 26, 2006

The first of the gross-out pictures. Julia was pretty grossed-out by the color of the covering on my foot. For someone who can�t watch Lord of the Rings by herself, she sure handled the needle better than me. This is the only thing that hurt, but gawdditithurt! This is the bite the bullet part, and HIS nurse knew it (see the restraining arms?). The volume of the anesthetic shoved in here was pretty much the volume of my toe, which was (as you will see later, if you�re still here) just about the volume of my little friend� That said I never moved or cried� Posted by Picasa

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February 26, 2006

The gross stuff here is blessedly obliterated, but I made sure I witnessed the sanitization process for those horrid tools, felt nothing other than a strong tugging sensation that instantly took me back to my wisdom teeth session about 20 years ago — what a surprise memory THAT was! Posted by Picasa

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February 26, 2006

Speaking of wisdom teeth, look at the size of that thing! In my middle toe! John Hurt and Ridley Scott have some competition… Thank goodness Patti set me straight and told me my friend was not a callous. I just thought I was getting old… good to know I’m not 😉 So here’s the thing itself…
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February 26, 2006

And here is the space it vacated� click for a more-detailed view�
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