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Carrie in Mongolia

Carrie in Mongolia

Carrie in Mongolia

Friday, February 04, 2005
Mongolian Ambulance:

I've come to discover that there is no sense of urgency in Mongolia.

I was happily chopping wood yesterday afternoon around 4 p.m. when I chopped a little too casually, and d*** near took my thumb off. I was actually quite fortunate...missed the bone and only sliced a large chunk of skin, which remained in "flap" form, dangling from my mangled digit. Bleeding a LOT, I ran into my ger and wrapped it, then paid a visit to my neighbor the doctor, to ask his assistance in properly cleaning and wrapping it.

He was wonderful as always...cleaned it nicely and wrapped it tightly. He offered to stitch it but I told him our doctors won't allow it. So I called my own doc, and he told me to get in asap, as there is only a 12 hour window for being able to use stitches.

Well....we had a minibus going within half an hour, a bag packed and I was on my way w/ the usual group of Mongols in the front, and 30 or so dead animals in the back and on the roof.

We probably stopped at every ger, gwantz (restaurant) and gum stand on the way here, not to mention the blown tire. So once again the trip took about 11 hours, and I was well past my window for sutures, though they wouldn't have been an option anyway given the mangled, jagged nature of the cut. Also, the axe just mashed the tissue to bits.

I got a cab into the city as my driver was not able to sell his meat on the spot and countryside drivers are not allowed to bring meat into the city. Got to the PC office at 4 a.m. and Paul came over to have a look.

He cleaned me up (quite painfully) with alcohol and cleansers, and wrapped my hand. I'm going to be vacationing here in the city for several days while he keeps an eye on the inevitable infection. It's ok with me...I get a free room, free shower, and daily allowance while I'm here. The fact that my finger hurts like hell is only secondary, right?

I do feel quite fortunate to have all 10 fingers still, and in future will regard my sharp axe with a little more respect. =) Actually I always have respected the blade...and thought I had a good system going. But you let your mind drift once.... Occupational hazard, Paul called it. He said he treats three or four such injuries a year and offered to show me his own scars as well.

Anyway, I'll be here for a few days so feel free to email or call!

Life in my soum is getting better all the time and I am over the Christmas blues. Thank you all for your supportive notes.

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