These flowers are shavings from wood and made into very pretty arrangements. Popular for home decor here in India.
Rusty balancing on the ball in physio - very difficult for anyone, especially if it you are paralyzed from the waist down.
Ball balancing and raising one hand at a time.
Shivani watches Rusty very closely to make sure he does not topple.
Carrots for dinner?
Some of the many “homes” located right on the street.
Interesting sites on the drive to Gautam Nagar.
This is the front of Gautam Nagar Hospital where Todd and Adam from Australia wait for our taxi to take them back to Green Park.
Apartment housing on the side of the hospital.
This is a side view of Gautam Nagar Hospital.
Yesterday, we finally got through with our 3-day procedure at Gautam Nagar and were released to return to NuTech at Green Park. I haven’t experienced any “radical” changes from stem cell injections, but the nerve sensations in my muscles are definitely stronger and my limbs feel heavier - like there is more substance to them. An odd thing did happen, on the last set of injections my left eye, cheek, chin and nose got very tingly. Then, the sensation went to the top of my head and my right cheek. Dr. Ashish said he’d never had anyone experience these sensations. After the injections were over my eyesight got kind of waverly and swimming. The entire sequence lasted probably 20 minutes. Pretty weird. The hardest thing, well really the only thing hard about leaving Gautam Nagar, is knowing you won’t be getting any more omelets for breakfast. Damn, they sure are tasty and nice to wake up to.
We signed out, loaded my butt in the taxi, and headed home. Travelling through the market we were gauking at all of the different stores, merchants and their wares and the funky, cool alleys that are dark and mysterious. Kathy was trying to get a couple of pictures of goat carcasses hanging in a shop window, when I looked out my window and there is an elephant’s hind leg and butt a foot from my face. My bride has been gaagaa over getting close elephant pictures and here one was – she was in heaven. Her camera was in overdrive clicking pics. After we got on the main drag and looped back towards NuTech, here he came trudging along, right along side every kind of vehicle imaginable. No worries. When we unloaded at the hospital the elephant came striding down the road and passed right in front of us, heading somewhere to toil for his masters, riding atop him. His trunk, face, and jowls had an awesome fluorescent orange design painted on them. Pretty cool encounter; Kathy was delighted and pleased.
This elephant is up close and personal – look at how calm his eyes are.
A working elephant and his handlers heading to a job across town.
Shocked us at how fast this ambling elephant got throught the busy traffic.
After physio and lunch on Saturday, Kathy drug me out shopping. I tried to tell her I didn’t travel half way around the world to shop, I came only for the stem cells, but it did no good. We hailed a tut-tut and took off for Dilli Haat, an open air market specializing in crafts and textiles. Kathy shopped to her heart’s content, picking up gifts and souvenirs. Indian fabrics are all so vivid and colorful. Combinations of some (which you’d never contemplate putting together) are strikingly beautiful and make amazing garmets, shawls, saris, etc. Finally I convinced her to let me go back to NuTech, so we hopped into another tut-tut and came home. I love watching people as we load me into and out of a tut-tut, never ceases to amaze me how interesting we are to others and vise-versa.