I really have no photos of my frenetic two-week journey on pain’s highway from Honduras to Seattle.  Other than those seared into my mind.  It’s best to forget most painful moments in life.  One must think positive thoughts after all.  Which I am struggling to do after seeing the orthopedist at Harborview Medical Center last Thursday.  Heterotopic Ossification, he said.  That is the complication my Occupational Therapist suspected I have when, after a month of three-times-a-week Occupational Therapy exercises, we both noted a sudden decrease in progress.  Multiple surgeries and minute pieces of bone from the comminuted fracture set the stage for the growth of boney spurs into the surrounding soft tissue causing an internal blockage.  The result is a locking of the elbow joint into a 90 degree angle that can only be relieved by another bout of surgery.  Yes, the doc said, confirming the diagnosis, adding that I would be scheduled for additional surgery after a consultation with the ‘locked elbow’ guy.  I am thinking positive: this will only delay my return to Honduras by two or three months.  I continue to be in contact with my friends and colleagues in Honduras concerning the status of my projects and I will continue to post comments.  The pictures above are from our deck overlooking Puget Sound with the Seattle ferry to Whidbey Island in the distance and three shots of the U.S. aircraft carrier U.S.S. Abraham Lincoln making a port call at Everett Naval Station on its way to Norfolk Naval Station for a three-year refitting.

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About Fortunato Velasquez

Fortunato Velasquez received his Registered Nurse's license from the State of California during the month that Neil Armstrong walked on the moon. On February 15, 2020, my friend and the director of the Fundación Señor San José in La Paz, La Paz, Honduras, Sister Edith Suazo Fernandez died at the age of 47. This a video of her funeral.

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