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Posted Sep 16, 04:08 PM


The Saturday before we left I was sitting at my computer when I was struck by a “brilliant” thought. I have had a small bump near my left elbow for years and it is a continual annoyance. The kind of thing where you keep finding your other hand “feeling” the annoyance.


The Saturday before we left I was sitting at my computer when I was struck by a “brilliant” thought. I have had a small bump near my left elbow for years and it is a continual annoyance. The kind of thing where you keep finding your other hand “feeling” the annoyance.

On the spur of the moment I decided to go to a local doctor to have it removed as doctors in Panama are so much cheaper than doctors in the USA. Robert thought I was crazy to do it then but I was sure it would be ok as it was not in a place that is bothered or stretched by lifting packages.

Everything was fine and it never hurt at all but now I have a small dilemma – because we don’t yet have our shipment, we don’t have any small scissors so I haven’t been able to remove the stitches!

Here at the park there is an area called the Care Center where RVrs can stay when they have health problems and need a little extra help. When I finish here I am going to walk over there to see if I can borrow some scissors. Maybe I’ll have them out before I get this posted on the website.

Whoo – Hoo – they’re out! The Care Center folks had the typical American Medical response – Oh no – you can’t do that!! You have to have sterile scissors to do that.

Soooooooooo I hurried over to catch the last of the daily social hour in the clubhouse and ran into a woman who was at line dancing this morning. Low and behold, in their RV they had complete tools for suture removal. Turns out he used to work on horses.

It’s a good thing I got them out too as he had to work hard on a couple of them. They had started to embed themselves in the skin. I didn’t think that was happening because I kept pulling on the stitches to keep them loose. Oh well, the important is they are out and my arm seems just fine.


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