I made them myself

I have taken my attempts at host country integration a little further than most Peace Corps Volunteers in their first three months of service, in that I have seen the inside of an Armenian operating theater, and a large number of Armenian medical professionals have seen the inside of me. I am without a gallbladder, but my surgeon thoughtfully kept the quite startling collection of gallstones, so I still have those. In this land of stone and rock it seems only fitting that I should have my own pebbly pocket-collection to carry around. This time the pouch containing them will not be linked to my digestive system. I have walked a few steps, eaten a baked apple and brushed my teeth and hair. I have clean pajamas. I am pretty much ready for anything.

7 Replies to “I made them myself”

  1. Hope you will soon be feeling really well again. The stones are amazing – you are definitely better off without them!
    Love Auntie Dot

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  2. Really?? Those really are yours?? No wonder you were in agony!
    We were both delighted to hear from your cheerful self. We both believe this procedure willl bring you a new lease on life in your upcoming 58th birthday year. Our love and best wishes for many more baked apples
    Judy and Bill

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  3. Polish them up, find a nice chain, make a lovely necklace! So glad to hear you’re through the op; your commitment to integration is admirable 🙂 Love, Chris x

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