Wednesday, May 6, 2009


Monday, May 4, 2009

Four years ago today we landed in our new home country and began our adventure in Paraguay! We have totally enjoyed the journey! We decided to celebrate by….getting Joshua’s cast off. Ryan said, “It’s already time to get it off? It has only felt like he had it on a week!” Joshua was quick to disagree. Joshua said, “I like my cast and don’t not want it off.”

But at last the day arrived. We drove 5 hours to Asuncion and Friday morning we all took a taxi to the hospital. We noticed that the hospital was uncharacteristically quiet. Jeff called the doctor and he said, “I am out of town. I forgot about the appointment. Can you come back Monday?” Sure. Joshua was relieved. “I didn’t want it off anyway,” he said as we left.

Today we went back up to the hospital. I wish I could say that Joshua didn’t make a peep throughout the process of sawing and cutting the cast, but that would be a big lie. In fact, Joshua cried for a good 30 minutes after the cast was off and he screamed while they took x-rays. Next, the doctor pulled/yanked/jerked the pin out of his arm/bone. Joshua wailed and the rest of us moaned as we watched it….ouch! The doctor turned to Jeff and said, “You can take the stitches out later today. You will be more patient with him.” I wasn’t quite sure how to take that comment.

We celebrated with ice cream….a definite cure-all.

Joshua getting teh cast taken off

Joshua's face says it hurt

Joshua showing off the pin that was in his bone minutes before

Ice cream - a cure-all


Julie said...

God bless you guys too as you serve your interns and prepare for your home assignment!

Ken, Christie, Camille, Caroline said...

Aw, that just breaks my heart. I know the crying/moaning part must have been HORRIBLE for you. It really doesn't seem like he's had it that long, though! Hope you had a nice time in the Big City. :)