A return to Normal (Normality? Normalcy?)

(Ed. note: I think it is time to get back to the “regular” blog topics, don’t you? Enough high drama. Except for an irregular update or two on my progress and perhaps some information about my upcoming scheduled appointment to see the surgeon, we will return to where we were before all of this happened).Continue reading “A return to Normal (Normality? Normalcy?)”

Tales From the Madhouse Volume 2

(Ed. note: Anecdotal and pictorial remnants from Jiaxing Hospital #1) Lunch at #1 Hospital At 6:18am, 11:18 am and 4:18pm the meals are delivered to the nurses’ station. The woman serving yells out – and I mean YELLS – out something and all the caregivers come scurrying out of the rooms to get the meals.Continue reading “Tales From the Madhouse Volume 2”

I Return Home – From the Hospital and the Dead

(Ed. note: Here’s my problem. When one has a near death experience, which, according to Terry and the doctor I did, do I become irreverent and glib about it or do I take a long look about how I write these blogs.) As you know by now, Saturday October 18 wasn’t exactly how I hadContinue reading “I Return Home – From the Hospital and the Dead”

Things You Won’t See in Canada

I have written about characteristics of Chinese culture that can be a little hard to live with at times, but today I want to extol some Chinese virtues. True, patients have to provide a lot of services that we take for granted in hospitals but consider the following: From the moment George heard our predicament,Continue reading “Things You Won’t See in Canada”

Be a ‘Rockstar’ in Moscow

Welcome to the new VIP Lounge in Moscow Sheremsomething Airport, invitingly called “The Rockstar.” Great! Will it be posh leather chairs and sofas, with soft throw pillows to rest our weary heads? A buffet of Russian caviar and smoked fish? Smiling, helpful people to wait on our every need? Think again. When you first enterContinue reading “Be a ‘Rockstar’ in Moscow”