Thursday, August 20, 2009

A Museum outing, plus preparing talk on assigned topic "Long-term benefits of Family Home Evening"...

The area office was closed Monday, August 17, for the Argentine national holiday honoring the day their liberator hero, San Martin, died. So the Sr. Missionaries had an outing to LaPlata (about 1 1/2 hrs from Buenos Aires). We went to the Museum of Natural Science.

"It's the best Natural Science Museum I've ever been to," Walt told our daughter Janie on the phone that night.

I love flamingoes, so had to get a photo of that display.

And I thought the grandkids would like the one of us by the dinosaur bone replicas.

Six of our group of 13 (one of the wives was not feeling well and stayed at her apartment) went over to see the beautiful Cathedral after we had an outdoor parrilla asado by the museum (outdoor bar-b-que). The rest of us had already been to the Cathedral, which I had a blog and photos about in January.

I'm working on a talk for Sacrament Meeting for Sunday, August 23, in our Palermo Barrio. I have received several comments about the long-term benefits of family home evening from family and friends. If you have a comment you'd like to share, just add it to the comments for this post.

Walt's translating my first draft from English to Spanish.

I've been having some back pain. It was being controlled with IBU Profen, and when that stopped working about February, Walt started me on Diclofinaco, which did wonders. However, from a blood test in April it revealed that the Diclofinaco was affecting my kidneys, which can be a side effect. So since I had to stop that nothing has really controlled the pain, and I spend most of the night trying to sleep sitting up on the couch. Walt and Brian have put me on a muscle relaxant 4x a day, along with 1 Tylenol.

We are praying that we can finish the last 7 months of this 18-mo mission. I've always dreaded back surgery because it seems so many who have it are no better, and sometimes worse.

Yes, I've had a priesthood blessing, and we are hoping for the best outcome.

Dr. Petersen is such a help to the mission presidents, mission presidents' wives, and the missionaries here in helping them with their medical concerns. I hope we can stay till our time is completed.

His Spanish is so good that he is a blessing to the Spanish-only speaking missionaries, presidents and wives here. (And he will be upset with me for saying how good he is. But it is so true!)

Have a good day.


OUR FAMILY said...

I always heard horror stories about back surgeries but Richie had surgery a few months before he got married and it was amazing. Dr Joe referred us to Dr Peterson in SLC, he is a Neuro surgeon. He had a bulging disc and a herniated disc. His surgery is about an inch long and he went to rehearsal 2 days later.It was a very positive experience. I'm glad we took him to the Neuro surgeon and not an Orthopedic surgeon. Dr. Joe gave us the choice and I think we made the right one.

When I typed the recipe for the pizza, I said one TAB spoon of yeast and it is two TAB of yeast. I'm sorry.

Jogusboy said...

I hope and pray that you will be able to complete your mission. I know that you will be blessed by dilligently serving the Lord, even through trials and pain, as you are.

The museum looked really fun. I'm glad you had a good time. :)

Julie said...

So glad you had a fun little outing. Dad said you were there almost 2 hours and didn't even see the entire museum! Hope your back is feeling better. I keep thinking we'll get a phone call to pick you up at the airport. Love you! Julie