Monday, November 3, 2014

Hospital Bokhdan

Happy Monday one and all. We had a great time at The Porch this weekend. It was great to see some of you there. A huge thanks to Kyle for recording and uploading it for us.

Some of you have heard parts of my Ukrainian appendectomy story. I decided this weekend to tell that story in full, with an update that I hadn't yet shared on Stranger. The update had to do with my return to Hospital Bokhdan in May of this year, ten years after I had my operation. I've been meaning to share the details of that experience from this year but hadn't gotten around to it. I thought that The Porch would be a good forum for it.

And now, below, is the full video of the story from The Porch.

A very awkward eyes-half-closed photo of me on a hill near the hospital in May.
~It Just Gets Stranger


  1. best way to start the day ever!!! hahahah I really wish there was a video somewhere of you in that recovery room.

  2. Eli, should you ever start a podcast or a Youtube channel I would listen even if the quality was the worst. Seriously, it's magical when you tell your horro--I mean, whimsical tales. I would also get all of my family and friends to listen to it as well.

    Not that blogging isn't enough... but your voice just has a way of making things come to life! ^.^

  3. Bad idea to listen to this at work. My colleagues probably think I am cuckoo because of all the chuckles while looking at the screen with work stuff. Awesome story. Oh, and Hi from Ukraine.

  4. So wait, you never found the old lady?

    1. Sadly, no. And I'm afraid that ship has sailed.

  5. You are a phenomenal story teller. Thank you so much for sharing this.

  6. You should see if the old lady's house is still on Google Earth. You could have a picture of it, at least.

  7. I have nothing to say. Just that you are awesome. And your hair looks great.

  8. I am traumatized just listening to this story! I can't believe you had the guts to go back there, though I'm really sad you couldn't find the old lady's house. What an experience. It's a testament to you and your faith that you stayed in Ukraine after that!

    Oh, and thank you for the slutty arm-bearing outfit - not that he knows what that is, Cathie!