14 October 2011

Still Above Water

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14 October: We are not yet flooded here at home as of early evening. But a huge thunderstorm roared through and the rain was hard.
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We took Father-in-law to his hospital checkup (as well as me to my own checkup in the same hospital), and we had to go over a couple of bridges over the Chao Phraya River to get Father, as well as to return him. We saw a lot of flooding along the way. In particular, when Tuk and I were on our way home, our entire lane on a main road was running fast with water up to the taxi’s running boards, and it was not bad in that spot just an hour before.
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My new doctor, a hematologist, is great. My ultrasound showed thrombosis and he is taking over my treatment. His questions and explanations are thorough, and I have a lot of confidence in him. I could hardly believe the huge amount of blood they took from me. I was given a shot and take-home meds, and I go back to the hospital again for each of the next three days for shots and then for major bloodwork again a week from today. Because the meds for the clots in my leg must be carefully monitored for the safe yet effective level, the doctor carefully explained it all to me and made sure I understood. I took home a six page document about the meds. I have no pain, just a little swelling still in my ankle, and I feel great.
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We continue to closely monitor the news about the flooding. The latest word is that Bangkok will be safe from flooding but that those of us living outside the capital will not be. Tomorrow I plan to do a walking exploration of our neighborhood and scope out the waterfront. It reminds me of the Red Shirt riots in 2010, because everybody is wondering what will happen next. I will post news again soon, if the nagas be willing and the creeks don’t rise.
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-Zenwind.
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