Sunday, August 8, 2010

This Ain't No Campfire...


Before we left Colorado, we had fun roasting marshmallows in the neighbors' backyard. It's too bad the rain started just as we began!


Natalia and Andy sure are inseparable... They LOVE playing together and had each been counting the days until they would see each other...

Now we're in Connecticut again. We were supposed to head back to Moscow on Tuesday, but that's not going to happen...

I'm not exactly eager to arrive smack in the midst of Russia's worst heat wave ever, compounded by the health risk created by the smog that has taken over the capital as wildfires surrounding the city run rampant. If it's 100 degrees outside, it's MUCH hotter inside our apartment... And you can't open any windows or spend any time outdoors because of the toxic air.


I can only imagine the danger if the nuclear facilities 300 miles east of Moscow catch fire, too. I read in today's Christian Science Monitor that "Russia wildfires have now pushed carbon monoxide levels in Moscow to 6.5 times the allowable level and the concentration of other unspecified toxins 'up to 9 times' acceptable limits, according to Russia's health ministry."

Just take a look at the Kremlin:


For now we're just sitting tight... I'm about halfway done in our massive packing and I'll finish up soon. We all are eager to get home and get back to our regular routine, though... I had such a long list of things I had wanted to finish up in our apartment before heading back to work... Once the school year starts, I'll never get a chance to do a major "spring cleaning" and overhaul of everything...

At least I'll now be able to see more medical specialists in the USA before having to leave. It's looking like I'm simply a "carrier" for strep, and that the strep virus itself isn't my real problem. My throat itself actually looks fine—the "soreness" is actually coming from my glands.

The phlebotomist made me feel like the provider of an all-you-can-eat vampire buffet the other day as she drew blood for a myriad of tests... Some are already back, and it's looking like I could have rheumatoid arthritis. Yuck. I'll know more by the end of this week, and my ENT promised to get me into the relevant specialists before I'll have to fly back to Moscow.

6 comments:

Sara said...

I'm glad you're still here. I saw the news and was worried about your family.

Hevel said...

I was just thinking the other day that I sure hope you and the girls are still in the States with all the fires and everything else related to them. :(

Anonymous said...

I really very strongly suggest you get a neti pot, for sinus and throat and allergy and smog troubles... Really, it helps so so much. It saves my health constantly.

Jessica said...

Thank goodness ya'll are still here! Was just reading the news bout it yet again and was concerned since you hadnt posted anything, that maybe somebody got sick.

Annie said...

Those are staggering photos. Overwhelming. Three years ago this week we left for Russia to get Ilya. I guess, better then than now.

Aren't you glad you are here?!

Anonymous said...

Glad to hear that you can stay here a little longer. The conditions in Moscow do not look good.
Olga