Thursday, June 02, 2005

A Marvelous View

Unfortunately, Kiran remains a resident of room 6013, Apollo Hospital. We were all packed and ready to move to a comfy hotel this morning, but the magic word never came. They want to see just a little more improvement in her platelet count.

I knew when I married Kiran that someday I would be in a hospital somewhere in the developing world. You could call this premonition if you like, but it was more a knowledge that the two of us would travel the world together, contracting bugs along the way.

What I couldn't have foreseen, however, was how nice the hospital here in Sri Lanka is, how prompt, courteous and professional the staff would be, and what a marvelous view of Colombo we would enjoy. If you have to be sick and stuck in a room, this room's not bad. The scene includes an impressive Western sky, the blue of the Indian Ocean, the thriving Colombo skyline, its bustling streets littered with tropical trees, and closest of all, a sports field where locals are constantly playing cricket, soccer, field hockey, or walking the track. Today there is a track and field meet taking place and we've been able to watch the competitors race around the grass lanes.

It is now too late for Kiran to attempt another tsunami-related trip before returning to the States, and my tentative plans to return to Batticaloa without her have all but been cancelled. If she improves in the next two days, I will consider a shorter day or overnight trip to the south coast, but again, we'll have to play it by ear. The good news is that the doctor assures us that our return flight next Wednesday morning is not in jeopardy.

Regardless of how plans might change in the next few days, we continue to be very optimistic, are encouraged by the progress Kiran is making, and feel blessed to be here in this way.


At 7:46 AM, Blogger JoshG said...

No Mark Prior, no problem. John Koronka, making his big-league debut in place of the injured Prior, earned the win in the Cubs' 9-5 victory Wednesday. The win was the Cubs' sixth straight.

Hmm looks like you need to go to Sri Lanka more often!! Hope Kiran feels better!! God Bless

At 8:42 AM, Blogger T&E WEB said...

Hi Kiran and Alex:

Yep, it's me and I'm sure surprise shows on your faces as you read this. A fellow worshipper and co-worker informed me of your situation and was kind enough to offer your website. It's a good thing, because I wouldn't want to miss sending you our very best well wishes.

Funny what can happen while you're away. What an adventure you are on, though. Most happy that Kiran is receiving the best of care and is most comfortable.

Many many best wishes for a speedy recovery and a safe trip homeward.

Tracy and Emily

At 6:42 PM, Blogger Irene and Bob said...

Kiran and Alex,
It must be God's plan for your trip to end like this. Glad to hear that Kiran is getting better each day. You have made quite an accomplishment and God has watched over you. This blog has been a wonderful tool of communication for all. We continue to pray for your safe return and can't wait to see you.
God Bless,
Irene and Bob

At 7:59 PM, Blogger Kit said...

I love reading your updates, Alex, and am so glad Kiran is feeling stronger. In a weird sort of way, it must be nice (a gift?) to have the forced stillness here at the end of the trip -- her fever no longer frightening but still worth caring about, so you can't travel but just have to let things seep in (soak in? percolate?). Maybe not what you would have chosen, but perhaps a good way to really process all you've experienced rather than adding more layers of experience. Are you missing Suki?

Love you.

At 6:08 PM, Blogger Peg said...

Hi Alex and Kiran,

I just returned home from Twin Valley's graduation and got to see all of our kids graduate. How wonderful! Due to the only rainy day we have had in awhile, the ceremony was held inside. Kiran, we continue to pray for your healing and hope that you will be able to come home from the hospital soon. I'm glad to hear that both of you are keeping your spirits up and trusting God in these circumstances. We can't wait to see you back at home!
Keith, Peg and Mere

At 6:13 PM, Blogger Sloane said...

Hi Kiran and Alex,

I got dengue fever in 2001, September actually, and slept for a month. Went to the Amazon basin and got it there. I know it is tough to get through, but possible and probable. Just wanted you to know you both are in my thoughts and prayers, and not even in a sympathetic way, but even in an EMPATHETIC, way, really Kiran! Get well soon. Love to you both,



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