Sunday, July 10
I talked to Liz tonight. Laura had called her and said that their plane took off from LAX and had to turn around and go back because a passenger checked baggage and then didn't get on the flight. When they returned, they found that the passenger was an 80 year old man who spoke little English and was wandering around the airport. So after all of the security checks, they took off again, albeit around 5 hours late. That should put them into Paris around 4 PM Paris time on Sunday.
Tuesday, July 12
Uncle Editor's Note: It appears French computer keyboards don't feature a shift key.
Sunday, July 17
Saturday, July 23
Email from Cindy:
Laura called me today. She is having a good time and learning a lot. She says that the surgery they are doing is the kind of stuff that would have been taken care of much sooner here. They removed an ovarian cyst the size of a basketball. They are working really hard and doing surgery all day. She is learning how to tie suture knots and close incisions. She says the hospital smells, but she is getting used to it. There are about six other people about her age who are in medical or nursing school and are doing the same things she is doing. Al can't do the quality anesthesia that he is accustomed to practicing and that is stressful to him. The monitoring equipment isn't very good. And he can't find a good spinal needle. Here everything is disposable, but they have to sterilize and reuse the spinal needles. She said that they are all dull and bent.
It was good to hear her. She sounded like she was having a good time.