I’ve just taken Annie out for her early morning break and cranked up the computer to see what’s going on.
It seems like this earth has an earthquake season, when one hits in one part of the world, we soon hear about another somewhere else. In January it was Haiti; now the morning news says there was an 8.8 earthquake in the early morning hours that hit the central part of Chile. According to Chilean sources, the center was some 70 miles northeast of Concepcion, which is the second largest city in Chile and is on the coast about 200 miles south of Santiago, the capital.
I visited Chile twice, after meeting some great people from there online. It’s a beautiful country because of its location, lying along the Andes Mountains on the east and the Pacific Ocean on the west. The landscape is amazing everywhere, and the people are very hospitable and decent. I hope everyone that I met down there is OK.
Here is a link to a video of a fallen bridge (which I believe is in the Santiago area) that I scooped up from latercera.cl (an online newspaper out of Santiago, which I read). There are also quite a number of images here. Live broadcast from TVChile here.
Now for the kidney stones: Overall, I’m pretty healthy and have very few health issues in my life. Probably, the worst thing has been getting a finger broken by pulling a garage door down the wrong way. But Thursday morning I was at work and started to have the worst pains in my lower stomach area. They became so severe, I just could do nothing. To make a long story short (if I ever can do that), an ambulance was called and I was taken to the emergency room and after several more hours more of miserable pain and several tests, it was discovered that I had a kidney stone that was working it’s way through. After about 8 hours in the emergency room, I was released with prescriptions for pain and nausea. I’ve mostly rested since then, but yesterday I started to feel better, but worn out. This morning, I feel fine. I know that I will have to change my eating, especially drinking more water and juices, instead of the 4 or 5 Coke Zeroes that I have been accustomed to.
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