So, I am still half deaf. Basically, I swam so much in Sardinia (and haven’t done that in a looong time) that my left ear got all inflamed and that created ear wax and then there was more inflammation and, yeah, basically, I have ear wax stuck somewhere in my ear. So, I’m still deaf. I went to the “medico” on Wednesday (mercoledi?) to check and make sure I didn’t have an infection, which I didn’t. I need to find an ENT here as they can unclog my ear. Wonderful. I know it sounds so gross. Sorry!
But, anyways, going to the doctor here was kind of cool I thought. It was definitely NOT like America. The town of Dairago is small (5000 people) so the doctors are much more involved in the community, especially those that are generalists. Anyways, the waiting room is very small, no receptionist or check in list or whatever. His office is also his examining room and he has his desk, all his pictures (including lots of pictures from kids – he doesn’t treat children, but they all draw him pictures for some reason), etc. He also, seriously, had a black doctors bag – I don’t think I’ve ever seen those except on some episode of Little House on the Prairie or something. And, my visit would be great for the PPS interpreter module as the doctor couldn’t speak English. ha.
Yesterday, we went to see “The Last Supper” (Cenacolo) in Milan. You have to book tickets way in advance and, when you go, you are given a certain time. They only allow about 15 people at one time. The room where the fresco is is sealed off and the doors are opened only briefly. Only one set of doors is also open at a time. Even in the rooms directly adjacent to it (like the holding room you mus twait in before you go in) only open one set of doors at a time. So, a lot goes in to preserving the Cenacolo! The painting isn’t in the church. It’s actually in the the cafeteria where the friar’s would eat. So, I guess having that painting there made them feel like they were eating with Jesus? haha. It was much bigger than I thought it was going to be and the level of detail is incredible. Its really worth seeing if you go to Milan. Be sure to plan ahead! There’s the other painting on the wall directly across from “The Last Supper” but no one seems to care about it. I feel sorry for whoever painted that! (PS: the pictures above are from the church)