17 March 2008


Last Thursday we went up to Thessaloniki for our two week check-up. We were planning on going Tuesday, but Monday was a Holiday so I thought maybe some of the doctors would make it a 4 day holiday so we thought to go on Wednesday. On Wednesday the doctors went on strike that's right a STRIKE, here everyone goes on strike last week we had our power turned off about 5 times, our water about 3, they aren't picking up trash in the bigger cities, everyone is striking in protest to the government trying to make changes to their Social Security. It's not a bad change what the government is trying to do is reduce the number of companies in charge of pension (Social Security), there are about 80-100 different pensions out there. Now if you work for the electricity company that pays you 4,000 euros a month for retirement, well then you would want to go on strike, because that is rich money in Greece or anywhere really. The pension plan that we are on for Tavernas pays about 450euros, so we aren't on strike, HA!

Okay, let's talk about what the doctors said, not much in fact we drove 6 hours for them to tell us "He looks good, come back when he is 10kilos (22 lbs)." So at least we won't have to make that trip again for a while, and he does look good, they didn't weigh him so no stats on that but I can tell you his little hands and feet are getting much fatter and he is filling in all of that extra skin he had around his knees and elbows. In fact his Grandmother Katerini put a yarn bracelet on his wrist when he first came home and it is already getting tight on him.
Nicolaos Sakkas wearing a Disney Tiger outfit and hat provided by Gracie and Garry Capron.

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