China is now a full-blown guys trip. Price and I are perfect roomates because we both like to eat lots of snacks and watch tons of movies. Fortunately for me, Price can watch the same 6 episodes of Blues Clues 20+ times and still laugh at the same parts every time. May God bless Steve Burns and his green-striped shirt. For those who know Blues Clues, you'll be glad to know Price is a Steve fan all the way,he's not big on Joe. He's a purist. When Steve goes off to college Price loses interest real fast. Outside the room, Price is a crawling machine. There are lots of long hallways in our wing of the hospital and Price goes up and down them non-stop. And of course there's a staircase in the lobby that he climbs and descends as many times as I'll let him. The floor above us is all Chinese patients and their parents so it's kind of an international trip for him. When he gets to the top there's usually a few Chinese moms who cheer for him and try to pick him up but he laughs and shakes his head and puts it in reverse and scoots away from them. He thinks it's hilarious. Needless to say, Price loves all the attention and everybody loves Price. Price has also figured out how to go down the stairs feet first, which is much less hazardous to his forehead.
The most pleasant surprise of the trip so far has been the relationships we've been able to form with the medical and other patients. The doctors and nurses and translators have all been awesome, making us feel right at home since we got here. It's a much different experience than you get in the States in that you get to see and talk to the doctors everyday, sometimes even several times a day. They are constantly checking in to see how we're doing and readily available if we need anything. The nurses travel in packs. They usually visit 3 at a time, and they love to sing to Pricey, especially when he smiles and laughs. You can tell all the medical staff really cares about the patients, and that makes us a lot more comfortable about being here. The translators are awesome. Without them we would be hopelessly lost.
There's an older couple here from Canada that we've been tagging along with some. They run a grain farm back in Saskatchewan and sell most of their grain to the Chinese. And they end almost every sentence with "eh?" Very Canadian and really neat people. There was a Scottish couple arguing over how to turn on the Xbox the other night which made for some interesting theater. I'm pretty sure they were speaking English but I have no idea what they were saying.