Chapter 18. What Did You Just say?
For the last time before we leave, we are with Sophie, our doctor guru. She is teaching us how to make stitches. Honestly : I hope if won’t need some. But if we need some, and cannot reach medical assistance, better safe than sorry.
We bought a pork leg to practice.
-So here, you turn the thread around the plyers and you pull to make the knot.
-Aghhh, didn’t work so well for me. Look Sophie! The 2 sides of the wound are too loose, it seems.
-That’s because you didn’t invaginate it enough.
Sophie is like that. Sometimes she drops specific medical terminology that we are not really familiar with. Usually I raise a puzzled eyebrow. That time, I must admit that I raised two. Sam says:
-Invaginate. That’s a word. It means to introvert. To capsize, kind of.
-Why, I’m pretty sure it is!
I keep stitching trying to find every reason to pronounce that new funny sounding word.
-I hope our boat is never gonna invaginate in the sea.
-Not sure that applies to that kind of capsize, she replies.
I don’t despair practicing my new vocabulary:
-Dang… look my stitch now Sophie, it looks too much evaginated.
-Can you say that? she asks.
-I don’t know…I guess if you can invaginate, you can evaginate? No…?
-Not sure. Let’s google that.
Sam stops stitching:
-NOPE, let’s NOT…
Arriving back at my mom’s house that evening:
-Hello you two, how was your evening. What did you learn that time?
-Went great! We learned how to invaginate a pork!!!
In case you ask : we passed the class. Woop woop!
(But my guess is that you are googling Invagination and Evagination at the moment. )
Top photo: Cass making a few stitches on the pork leg. I guess the butcher would be surprise of how we “cooked it”.