We don't have chiropractors in Kazakhstan, so I have attempted numerous things to try re-align myself. This time I am going to a guy who gives a massage and over time re-aligns your spine. First off, I have to go 10 days in a row. That seems to be the magical massage number here in Kazakhstan. Anytime anyone goes in for a "healing" massage, they are asked to come back for 10 straight days. Second, the other day as he was rubbing my back, I was afraid I would end up with rug burn (or whatever you get from a sheet) on my cheek from my constant motion back and forth. Third, he uses one word periodically that sounds kind of like therapy. I have come to realize that it actually means "you will soon be in excruciating pain, but I promise, it is good for you." Finally, each massage ends with him smacking me on the back over and over again and then telling me I have to lie still for several minutes. It has been helping though, so I guess I can't complain too much. I find myself trying not to laugh as I imagine people I know experiencing the same fun.
Overall, this week has been a crazy, busy week. Here are just a few things I have done.
- Met with a 49 year-old man who has no legs and only one arm who was requesting a wheelchair.
- Gave a wheelchair to a 14-year-old boy, after spending some time with he and his mother and brother.
- Introduced the children at the foster home for kids with disabilities to the iPad.
- Gave away a used computer to a man and his two daughters. I think it is their first computer, as they were really excited about it.
- Met with a man who tried to encourage me to allow him to read my past and future and then heal me of any problems.
- My English clubs came up with their first volunteering project ideas. They did a great job being creative.
- Two Kazakh lessons.
- Helped my Kazakh mom with something she has to do on the computer for work.
- Helped fix my Kazakh brother's iPod.
- Waited 30 minutes for someone who had asked for help to show up at his own home so we could better understand his request. We eventually had to leave.
- Visited with one of my former English club members.