Today I visited the Pronto Soccorso for the first time. It is a weekend and I am unable to see my doctor. Yesterday we decided to give our two cats their yearly bath. Simba objected. And at one point he went totally nuts and while struggling with him he bit down on my thumb, right through it and for a moment I wondered how I was going to get him to let go. And it hurt! A lot!
I know a cat bite is one of the dirtiest bites you can get. I’ve also heard horror stories. I asked a friend of mine who used to work with animals and she said a veterinarian she knew lost her thumb due to a cat bite. That kind of lit a fire under me. I am never anxious to go to a doctor or a hospital, or worse, an emergency room. But we live in Umbertide. We have a hospital and we can even walk there. So we walked over to the Pronto Soccorso.
We rang the bell and explained why we were there. I had to fill out a form about how I was feeling today (Covid related) and they took my temperature. Then I got to go in. I had to go alone as they won’t let more than one at a time. I was pleased I understood everything they asked me and could answer all the questions. My Italian has improved quite a lot I’m happy to say.
The doctors were nice, interested because I am American. One even looked up Virginia on his phone and started listing the states all around Virginia. I showed them my Tessera Sanitaria, my health card enrolling me in the system here. They were surprised but I explained I live here and am in the health system.
There was no discussion about the cat bite. It seemed almost a given that one must get treated for a bite from a cat. They examined my thumb and redressed it. Then they gave me a tetanus shot and a prescription for antibiotics and dressed my wound. I have to return in 6 weeks for a booster tetanus shot. The visit cost nothing. I do love the Italian health care system 💕.
Afterwards we walked back and I drove to a farmacia to get my prescription filled. All in all a painless (mostly 🙂) visit. I’m glad I broke down and went. I won’t be so reticent in the future.
Yesterday and today I made pesto. The Basil is going wild. I harvested these two. They aren’t so pretty and bushy now. If you want to keep your basil producing you must cut it back as it starts to flower down to just above the juncture with two small leaves at the intersection of the stem. These small lives will grow into new, robust basil branches. I have regular basil and violeta.
Here is the jar of regular pesto I made.
This one is an experiment. Thai basil pesto. It has a dark color because of the purple leaves, and it has Thai flavors like fish sauce, sesame oil, etc. I haven’t eaten it yet. I will report back.
I have more to report as today was a busy day, but I will save it for tomorrow 🙂
It is still ungodly hot but supposed to break on Tuesday I think. Stay safe y’all. 🌈
I guess I’ll give him a pass. 😑 🙂
I have a weekly, hour long, one-on-one class. I am finally starting to see some progress. Thank goodness. I will never be fluent but if I can make myself understood, AND understand them I will be happy. It takes a long time. And you must work at it, which I have to admit, I’m lazy, and don’t work as hard as I should! 😑
I know! I have two friends here who are ex-vets and they lit a fire under me. I hope the antibiotics work.
It is impossible to stay mad at Simba. He is too adorable. He was just in a no bath mood. Every creature is a little (lot) grouchy these days. Stay well.
Hello Nancy, I’m so sorry for your trouble. I do hope you heal quickly! I am very impressed that you were able to communicate so well at the urgent care. How often do you take lessons?
Yes! 80% of cat bites can get infected..theyre nothing to trifle with! I’m glad you sought treatment.
I know Simba didn’t mean it. I was bathing him and he didn’t like it. But I can’t help not liking him too much right now either. Once it’s all past I’m sure we will make up. 🙂
Oh dear. When I was a kid, my father accidentally stepped on our cat and he got his big toe bitten. After lots of swearing, he ignored the wound. Needless to say, it got really badly infected and it was quite painful for a long time. He did not lose his toe though. He never much like the cat, Tippy, after that.