Stones give Jason a painful reminder
photo was taken just a day after Jason spent a day in bed due
to the pain of his kidney stones. Despite the pain, nothing was
passed and so it could occur again at any time. The doctor's orders
are to drink as much as possible- preferably beer since the malt
and the alcohol are particularly good for passing kidney stones.
These aren't easy instructions to follow if you've ever tasted
Egyptian beer. Currently Jason is trying to force down 500ml of
beer a day.
Jason's Mum left Egypt after her six week
visit on 19th of December. Fortunately this meant that she could
take all of our Christmas post with her! She hopes to return for
a three month visit starting sometime in January. She always said
that she doesn't like the English winters and so hopes to escape.
During her last visit she helped with looking after the children,
cooked meals, did the ironing, washed up . . . etc. No wonder everyone
wants her to return!
News in Brief . . .
Christmas in Egypt is usually celebrated on January 7th in accordance
with the orthodox calendar and is the traditional date of the visit
of the Magi. We celebrated on the 25th of December along with the other
Westerners. We went to a series of carol concerts and parties but were
glad to spend Christmas day together just as a family.
can drop to about 10 degrees Celsius at night during the winter, but
in the day time it can still reach about 20 degrees. The temperatures
can be a problem at night because there is no central heating in the
flats- everything is built for the heat! The girls go to bed in thick
pajamas, socks and jumpers on. At least the weather stays fairly dry!