Tuesday, December 30, 2008

A Mission Full of Firsts!

Great to hear from Ali and Josh (see comments in the last post)! Thanks you guys!


A few days ago, we had our senior couples Christmas Dinner and what was described to us as a traditional Christmas Dinner. We returned to the same restaurant where we had our party for the entire mission yesterday (see last post). I guess we just didn't understand whose tradition they were referring to! Here are some pictures. Picture one is of the first course. Yup! Sushi! We have had sushi before. Not something we have much interest in, though it doesn't really taste bad. But give us meat and potatoes anytime!

The second is of a Rice/Mushroom casserole. We hate mushrooms! But, picking out the mushrooms, it tasted fairly good. Both dishes Christmas firsts for us! But we were waiting for the promised "turkey and all the trimmings!" The turkey came. Along with mashed potatoes and gravy. And they were VERY tasty. But where's the hot bread, stuffing, yams, cranberries, etc.? But it really was good. Even though the ladies were served all the white meat while the guys were served drumsticks. But the guys scored pretty well in the end. The white meat servings were rather large and the ladies couldn't eat it all. Can't let a good meal go to waste, you know!

Thought you might like an up-to-date picture of Sister Caldwell. She's been rather ill for a couple of days. Then, on our way to the office this morning, she fell on the ice and broke her arm! The first broken bone she has ever had! The medical facilities here are, well, antiquated, shall we say. But we do have a mission doctor (the only mission in Asia having it's own doctor - that should tell you something of the level of medical service here). He has learned where to go here for best treatment, depending on the problem. He took us to an old Russian Hospital building which is now occupied by a couple of private practice physicians. And it is old!

But the doctor was really nice - we liked him. And he really did quite a good job of fixing things up. Sister Caldwell is now in a plaster cast (not the fiberglass kind that is now used in the States) and our mission doctor has her on pain pills.

The break is in her upper arm. But it could have been much worse. She should heal fairly quickly but will have a fair amount of pain for a couple of days.

So, first time Sister Caldwell had ever been on an airplane was coming here. A couple of firsts for Christmas dinner and her first broken bone! The records are falling right and left -- and so is Sister Caldwell!

Other than that, we are really doing well in Mongolia!

11 comments:

Julie said...

Oh my poor mother!! I just feel sick (But not as sick as she is!) You have your stake president to blame. I sure hope you guys remembered the part about being healed quickly by the power of the priesthood (and the prayers of your little ones here who love you very much). Dad, you better be waiting on her and and foot (and arm!!!)

Julie said...

By the way, Jarod sent FIVE kisses tonight instead of one so you would feel better. Sorry dad, you just get one.

The Cowley Clan said...

Ahhh! I can't believe you broke your arm! I am sooo sorry!! I came on to say Happy New Year since it is now 1/2 hour into the new year for you but it looks like you may have a painful new year! We love you! Glad to see an updated post.

meglex said...

Okay, so this is really when we hate that you are all the way over there!! All of us are just sick to our stomachs that our poor Mom is injured and we can do nothing to help out. And we can't even sign your cast, that is the only fun part of breaking your arm! Should we send you some new shoes, with LOTS and LOTS of tread on them? Dad, give Mom a big kiss for each of us, I wish that there was more that we could do for you. We love you!! Get better soon!

The Caldwell Bunch said...

I hope you are feeling better Grandma. I am sorry you fell. Love you! Kelsie

meglex said...

Happy New Year!! The girls both made it until midnight this year, surprise surprise!! I thought that we would loose Megan, but she held on. Love you!! Glad to see that Mom is doing okay!

Cindy said...

Oh my goodness, I am so sorry Melba. Both about your arm and the sushi.

Gaby said...

Hello Mike and Melba! We were so sorry to hear about your arm. Get better soon! We are doing fine.I, for one, have loved reading about your adventures in Mongolia, and also love hearing about your progress in the mission field.
We miss and love you both!
Gaby and the rest of the Seeleys

Angie Nelson said...

Im so sorry to hear about your arm but at least I know the mission doctor and you are in good hands! Take care and Happy New Year!!

Rod said...

Melba I am sorry about your arm but it appears to be the most popular arm on the internet right now. Hope you heal quickly and get some of those strap on steel teeth for the bottom of your shoes. Mike do you have to do all the dishes and the cooking now? God bless you both!!

Anonymous said...

Sister Caldwell(Melba!) You said it was your wrist! Not a big deal and you would be better in a few days. Then I look at your blog and you are a mummy! My goodness! I hope you make a full recovery soon, but the mummy look is not something you should go for. I told Cathy about what happened and of coarse the whole factory knew in about five minutes. We all wish you a speedy recovery.

Randy