Wednesday, July 28, 2010

French World Cup team suspended

After their World Cup tantrum, members of the French national team have been put in the corner for a time out. Read about it here.

Monday, July 26, 2010

In the kingdom of the blind the one-eyed Seattleite is queen

I can now say that I’ve seen the inside of Paris’ oldest hospital, Hotel Dieu. My Hotel Dieu adventure began Friday night when I felt like I had something on my right eye. I tried rinsing the eye with water and when that didn’t work, the big Brit was sweet enough to find a pharmacy that was still open (this was around 11 pm) and got some eye drops. Unfortunately, the pharmacy didn’t have an eye bath.

We tried flushing my eye several times with the drops but I still felt like something was stuck under my eyelid. We went to bed and I hoped that the problem would work itself out during the night…It didn’t.

Saturday, we tried the drops again and when we still had no success, the Brit insisted that I go to an eye doctor. I called a few ophthalmologists, but of course, since it was Saturday they were all closed. That meant one thing – a trip to the emergency room.

I did some googling and found out that Hotel Dieu has an emergency ophthalmology department, so that’s where we headed and spent a large portion of the afternoon. I waited over two hours before the doctor saw me, all the while wondering if I would go blind because the urgences wasn’t so urgent.

At first, I had a student doctor who spent a few minutes looking at my eye and trying to fold up my upper eyelid. The “real” doctor entered and took what seemed like less than a minute to show the student how to fold the lid and discover what the problem was.

Turns out there wasn’t anything stuck under my eyelid, but I had extreme dryness (probably from the heat combined with aircon in the office) and irritation from something that was on my eye, but had vacated. So basically something got onto my dry eye and scratched it a bit.

The good news is there’s no permanent damage. The bad news is that I lost a Saturday afternoon and have to put in eye drops 3x a day for a month.

I also discovered that the hospital has rather nice inner courtyard and garden. Here are a couple of pics.

Tuesday, July 20, 2010

Bus stop lady

I see you sitting at the same bus stop nearly every morning. It’s the only bus that goes by, yet you never get on. Are you waiting for someone? A husband, lover, friend? Who are you? What’s your story?

Friday, July 9, 2010

Friday, July 2, 2010

Wall art

This wall art is on Rue Saint-Martin a few blocks north of Rue de Rivoli. I walked by when the two people in the photo were adding to the abstract art. There are thin strings on the wall and the “painters” place white dots along the string to create the circular art. I think it’s pretty neat.

On another note, it’s friggin hot here. It’s been in the 90s the past couple of days. I’m afraid of August, if it’s already so hot.