Saturday, May 18, 2019

Dengue and Us

Katrinka came home yesterday afternoon after four days in a Denpasar hospital for Dengue. Doctor came at 2pm yesterday and said her blood platelet count was going up fast and she should consider herself recovered and can go home. I was surprised. A doctor buddy I've done Vipassana retreats with said she shouldn't leave till the platelet count was back up to the low end of the norm, 150. Katrinka arrived there with a count of 20 and it had gotten as low as nine which is scary because platelets are what clots.

Friday, May 17, 2019


Photo of skimmers who were caught - and they're caught a lot here. Usually read they're from Russia or Eastern Europe.

There were some dubious charges on my card from an ATM in Ubud where we'd spent a few days. That is the ATM I used there but I only was there once and it was date four days after I'd left - post dates are two days late but I didn't recall ever seeing four. One withdrawal for about $70 and the one for $14.

Wednesday, May 15, 2019

Cool new phrase

Driver mudik used the term "up to date" in a strange way and I found out it's a cool thing young people are saying to mean "trendy." So Katrinka and I started using it with each other as in:

Nice blouse babe - up to date!


Tuesday, May 14, 2019

Tennis and Healing

Played tennis yesterday. Gatot from Java was confused on where we're playing cause he came to pick me up thirty minutes early but we played nearby rather than on the roof at Prime Plaza 20 minutes drives away. I was going to ride with him but he said Bandi dogette would get hair in his car. Bandi doesn't shed much - we never notice any - but I realized that the real reason was said partner is a Muslim. So I walked Bandi to the court. She knows to stay on the side of the court from getting hit by balls when she didn't and she's easy to shoo off if she forgets so she mainly walked around the edges and watched. Afterwards I joined Aussie John and Dutch Herman for some delicious dragon fruit juice (no sugar, no ice, no straw) while they each drank a Bintang (star) beer which is rather popular here. I mentioned how I'd picked up a bit of Trager technique from ex wife #1 Daya body worker and how just rocking Katrinka hands on the side of her bum while she lay face down eased her lower back pain. Elin and I used that effectively too. John said he'd studied shiatsu and Reiki and had used Reiki on others a lot and that it worked quite well but that he stopped because he kept getting what the recipients had. But he said that yesterday he used it on a young girl with a 39 degree (102 F) temperature. He demonstrated, putting his right hand in front of his forehead, sweeping it over the head  keeping it four inches or so away from touching, then swiftly bringing it down on the back side. Did it a for a big and in five minutes he said her temperature was normal. 

Saturday, May 11, 2019

How to treat a cut

I hurt my big toe stupidly rolling our heavy metal front gate up to it - couldn't go over. Katrinka wrapped it in waterproof bandages after I stuck it under the faucet in the tub watching the red swirls. The waterproofing works cause I  have had three showers since then and swam at the beach earlier and the toe's still bandaided fine.  Our friend Sarah is a diving master. She wrote "Diving in Indonesia." We compared feet. One of hers is wrapped in cellophane tape. She got just a tiny cut but she can't walk on the beach barefoot with it or a grain or three of sand gets in and ouch. She's spent a lot of time on remote islands in Indonesia beyond easy reach of pharmacies and clinics, places where when it gets serious you got to get helicoptered out. That's where she got into sellotape as she called it. She used the term generically like Kleenex is used but that's also the brand name of a clear medical tape sold in her native England. She said if she was way out somewhere and got a larger wound, that she knew she had to immediately do what she could to avoid infection which happens easily in the tropics. Wounds don't heal quickly here either.  So she'd painfully scrub the wound with a brush and fill it with super glue. Worked every time she said.