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Published: June 30th 2008
Well, my husband punched a hole through his hand with a rusty nail.
He and Christoffel were out back in the bar mounting the projector and working on other rennovations. Jack was drilling something and set his other hand down on the ground for leverage, but a 1 inch nail was sticking out of a plank of wood right where he placed the side of his hand. It went clear through the fleshy part, he pulled it right out, but then nearly passed out. Christoffel just happened to look up and see Jack turn completely white. Christoffel ran in to the cafe to use the computer (I know now that he was searching for a clinic), and I went back to see how they were doing. Jack was walking toward me all wobbly, so I had him sit down on the couch and he explained what happened. He said he felt like he was at the "FINISH HIM" part of Mortal Kombat. It looked really funny. He said his hand didn't really even hurt, and the hole in his hand wasn't bleeding at all when I saw it. It was just the shock of having a nail go through a muscle that made him all dizzy. Tiff, remember when you cut your finger open?
Christoffel took him to get a tetanus shot, but they said he can't get one here because they don't know when his last vaccination was. In the meantime, we have to monitor him for tetanus: if he gets tracking up his arm, if the area swells profusely, or especially if he gets tightening of muscles (particularly the jaw: lockjaw). Worst case scenario, they will need to cut and remove the flesh inside his palm that was touched by the nail. Absolute worst case scenario, he would get tetanus and wind up in the ICU for a while.
So, we found out that his last vaccination was in 2000, which should cover him for this injury. We will get in touch with the clinic again today to see if they feel the same way (some doctors recommend the vaccination every 7 years, others every 10 years). Christoffel and Alison have both been paramedics for years, and Christoffel will be going into a 5 year med school program in February. He is not worried about Jack at all. Either way, I studied up on tetanus on WebMD.com to see what I should be looking for in case he does get tetanus, signs/symtoms, how to treat it, etc.
Aside from the ski trip planned at the end of this month, we are trying to hire (rent) some dirt bikes or ATVs for a day to go through the trails up the mountains. We also want to head up the peninsula to see the forests and beaches, maybe go camping if the weather isn't too bad. It has been anywhere between 32-50 degrees here. We have had two awesome, sunny, blue-skied days in a row. Mom, Dad, Matt, Tiff: the hail isn't as big as what we got in Chile, and the wind and rain are just as strong (sometimes feels stronger) as Argentina was in the winter. It is so humid here, though, that the cold feels damp and clammy. The lightning isn't quite as good as Florida.
Jack and I get laughed at so much for the way we speak English. People get a kick out of our accent, especially Christoffel and Alison. They make fun of the way we say butter, party, and city because we say it with a "d" sound instead of "t" (budderrr). Their "er" sound isn't as harsh as ours, either. They think the way we say the word "burger" is so ugly. You should hear them imitate us, it's awesome. So, now we are not only learning the kiwi jargon, but also the British and South African.
• "That really rips my nightie" from South Africa means something really frustrates you
• "Saf" is short for South Africa
• "Scon" is how they all pronounce the word scone. They keep telling us it doesn't have a "w" when we say it wrong
• "Can't be bothered with it" is how the kiwis would say they couldn't care less
• "Serviette" is napkin
• Tomato, banana, pajamas are all said with a long "a" so it sounds nice and proper
• "Chips" or "hot chips" are french fries
• "Crisps" are potato chips or kettle chips
• "Trousers" are pants
• "Pants" means underpants, so it makes sense that they would look at me funny when I say I got my pants dirty
• They use pet names like pickle and possum
• Program and process are said with a short "o". Again, it sounds so proper
• They think country music and southern twangs are funny
• People ask us if we are from Canada. Close enough.
• They call sharp cheddar cheese "tasty cheese"
• Instead of "sweet or salty" they call it "sweet or savoury"
• A pie is not a dessert, it's a meat pie
• They sell meat pies EVERYWHERE in single serving, prepackaged wrappers.
• "Pudding" means dessert in general, not the creamy stuff
• When they say "ta" they mean thank you
• Sometimes their i's sound like e's or u's. They say the Australians don't get their vowels mixed up as bad as the kiwis do
• They say "ehh?" only it doesn't sound so Canadian. More like "ayy"
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