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"When are we ever going to use this?"

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Have you ever been sitting in {insert language here} class wondering, "When am I ever going to need to know this vocabulary?" Maybe it was learning how to tell time, give directions, explain how to cook something, whatever subject it was, you have probably had that question at some point.  Well here, Chris while riding his bike back home in Japan found his answer to the eternal question, "When am I ever going to need this?"

...I somehow sandwiched my hand in between the cement wall and my bike handle and tore up my left hand. It stung for a second, but I just shrugged it off, and let my hand stay high to stop all the bleeding for the rest of the half hour bike ride. It was only a bit of bad luck...

When I returned home, I washed up the wounds, which were pretty sore, and bandaged them up myself. I had dinner, and even typed up the previous post with my amateur-bandaged hand. After I took a shower, I asked my host mother for some antibacterial medicine. This is the first time she seen my open wounds and kinda freaked out. It had been almost 2 hours since I had returned home, and my hand had swelled, and the slightly dried gouges presented their depth. Almost ironically, my host dad arrived home just in time for the "hand inspection". They were both very concerned. I now know it is a universal parenting trait. To the hospital it was for me... at 11 at night.

My host father took me to the local hospital, which wasn't Beaumont hospital huge. It was a quaint hospital, barely lit, since only one doctor and two nurses were there at this time of night. When we went in, all three were immediately caring for me with gauze, paperwork, and questions. A quick, funny story... This past year in Mrs. Lowry's Japanese II class, we spent a significant amount of time learning vocabulary about sickness and health. Many of the kids in my class complained, saying, "when will we EVER use this". Well the moral of this is, today I did, and I used it in a very big way. On the bright side of this whole ordeal, I was able to use a whole new array of Japanese vocabulary. The two nurses treated me as if my hand was off. They were very caring. First I had x-rays taken. My wounds were then cleaned out with saline water and iodine, which wasn't too fun - yes... stick some gauze and tweezers into a small, but deep open wound...ouch. Then I found out that I would need a few stitches for some of the gouges on my knuckles. It all happened really fast. Iodine, anesthetic shots, gauze, stitches, ... pictures, haha. After the procedure was done, we were ready to return home... at 12:30 at night. Wow, what a day. After the hospital, we stopped at 7-11 for some puddings to take home. When we arrived, Erika and my host mom were waiting, and my parents at home in America were already notified by Okasan!...

Chris recovered just fine and completed his Japan exchange successfully.  You can also see the entire post here: http://ccjapan.blogspot.com/2006/07/hospital-just-one-more-check-to-mark.html

Food! Food! More food!

brandpointyfu

Thanksgiving is this week!  We, at YFU, are sure you are thinking of all the food and sweets that are coming up.  Possibly Grandma's secret recipe for apple pie or the savory turkey your parents always seem to cook perfectly.  Whatever it is, we hope you enjoy it.For something new and exciting though, maybe you could consider trying something such as tapas, sea urchin, Vegemite, schnitzel, Japanese barbecue, smoked salmon, even candies and sweets (such as crepes) from all over the world! There are thousands of foods out there waiting for you to try.  Get out there, try for yourself!

You could even, if you are not feeling that adventurous, just share your Thanksgiving traditions with an exchange student at your own home.

Happy Thanksgiving from YFU!