|Posted by gramma on September 9, 2017 at 3:15 PM|
September, 2017 finds us in Rijeka, Croatia. We arrived about a week ago for a four-week Let's Start Talking Project. We are hosted by the Kristova Crkva (Christ's Church) and they have already been very helpful and supportive.
We do not have a lot of readers at this point, about 6, but a couple of new ones are scheduled to come next week. Our readers come just about every day so we logged 15 hours of conversation centered on the Gospel of Luke in four days. One reader, who began reading with Ky and Amy Martin during a two-week LST project earlier this summer, has already done 5 hours of reading in four days.
The days and weeks before leaving for Croatia were especially hectic. Val's left knee began hurting just before going to a felting workshop in Massachusetts. During the workshop the pain increased and an MRI immediately afterward (and only four days before our departure to Croatia) indicated a bad tear in her meniscus. There was no time to even consult an orthopedic specialist, let alone do anything to repair it. Given that meniscus tears sometimes repair themselves and that we didn't want to cancel the LST project, nor the visit we had planned with our dear friends Jo and Marion afterward, we decided to leave as planned.
Val spent most of the first week essentially confined to quarters, which seems to have helped her knee settle down, but her Fitbit step count has been pretty abysmal! Thankfully, our living accommodations, with the exception of our bedroom, which has a sink, are on the same level as our reading room so Val doesn't have to climb or descend the stairs too much. Saturday was our day off so we took a taxi downtown (10 mins) and rode a sightseeing bus around Rijeka and over to the resort town of Opatje. It was fun and Val racked up over 10,000 steps without noticeable negative effects on her knee. (Although I have just witnessed the taking of a pain pill as the ice pack has warmed up!) Please pray that her knee continues to stabilize.