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On To San Antonio

Hank – We left Austin and drove to San Antonio to visit our friend, Father George George. He was the priest at Fairchild AFB 10-11 years ago. Kathy helped nurse him through his surgery and treatment after being diagnosed with bladder cancer back then. He was medically discharged from the Air Force and he moved to San Antonio. We’ve kept in touch over the years and have been looking forward to seeing him.

Since it was Sunday and he wouldn’t be home until late as he had a number of Mass services to preside over, we took our time and visited a couple of places in town. One was ArtPace. This is a cool idea. It’s a residency art program where they bring in nine (three in each category) local, national, and international artists to live here and create art. Then they display what they’ve created. The current exhibition is called Word On The Street.

After ArtPace we did the obligatory visit to the Alamo. Downtown wasn’t very crowded at all, probably because most people were somewhere ready to watch the Super Bowl.

We met Father George at his house and then went out to dinner with him and his niece, She’s living with her uncle while attending school here.

Kathy – The drive to San Antonio was pretty uneventful, and pretty fast – compared to riding here on our bikes. Really loved ArtPace’s concept of supporting nine artists (3 from Texas, 3 from other states in the U.S., and 3 international students). They live at the studio for three months while creating works of art to show and sell. What a great program.

The Alamo looked the same as before…but, it was nice to read and refresh our minds again with all the detailed information related to this historical site.

Best part of the day was having dinner and visiting with Father George George and his niece, Rinnu. We are staying at Father George’s house for two nights while in San Antonio, Texas. He is looking and doing fantastic – considering just eleven years ago we were very concerned his extremely serious bout with cancer could possibly take his life. Very thankful that he is doing so well now, and no signs of the cancer has return. After wonderful conversations this evening we called it a night knowing we can catch up more in the morning.

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Relaxing Day In San Antonio

Hank – We visited the US Army Medical Department Museum on Fort Sam Houston. We walked through exhibits showing the history of the department from the Revolutionary War to present. It was worth the visit. After that we stopped by a chapel where Father George does Mass every once in a while. The Gift Chapel, as it is called, was built in 1908-9 and dedicated by President William Howard Taft. It’s the only military chapel I’ve seen that has a dome. The rest of the day was spent just hanging out. Sometimes it’s nice to just not do anything.

Kathy – It was a nice relaxing day spent with Father George. It’s been about ten years since he was stationed at Fairchild Air Force Base in Spokane so we had a lot of catching up to do. Life is good for him in San Antonio, Texas. He is part of the Austin, Texas diocese so he returned to this area once he finished up his time in the military. Father George is now a contract priest providing Catholic services to the five military installations in the San Antonio area. He is semi-retired and only works part-time now. Life is going very well for him and I am so thankful for that. Father George is a very kind and compassionate person that deserves much happiness and relaxation at this point in his life. It was good to spend the day together.

The US Army Medical Department Museum on Fort Sam Houston was super cool. We were there for hours, and I could of stayed longer but it looked like Hank and Father George were about done. Maybe it is my medical background, but I found this place fascinating. Loved walking though the medical history during each of the wars as well as seeing all the technological advances in medicine over time. This is truly an extraordinary museum. There is so much interesting information that I could have easily spent another three or more hours here.

I really liked learning about the homemade warming devices that were made for ICU patients during the Iraq war. They were called, “Chief Cuddlers” A young solider from New York invented them. The main purpose of this cloth covered cardboard was to help raise body temperatures for trauma patients who had significant blood loss. The makeshift hospitals in Baghdad had limited supplies so this was a way to increase body temperatures which helped patients heal and increased survival rates. They actually did some studies while there and proved that something as simple as a cardboard box covered with sterile fabric improved patients outcomes.

I also learned that Hazel Colombo, a local civilian working in the 1960’s at Brooke Army Medical Center, in San Antonio, Texas created the first prosthetic eye that actually looked just like the patients other eye. Pretty cool stuff. I remember the first time I had to remove and clean an artificial eye during nursing school over 30 years ago. At the time I was young student nurse and thought it was a bit gross to remove and clean a patients eye. Even then though, I thought the glass prosthetic eye was fascinating and it amazed me that it looked so much like the patients other eye. Just a little tidbit of knowledge from the medical museum and it brings back those nursing school memories.

I really enjoyed the seeing the Gift Chapel in Fort Sam Huston. Going to churches and cathedrals always gives me a sense of peace. I absolutely love stain glasses windows in churches and this one had some beautiful ones. The 50 state flags and the four U.S. territory flags were hanging inside in the chapel. This is pretty standard for military chapels. Its pretty neat that the flags hang inside, they are beautiful, it reminds me that we are all connected in the military, and specific flags hold different memories of travels to those places. Also, the Gift Chapel has much color and beauty throughout it but I love the simplicity of the bare altar. So many symbolism’s here to reflect upon – within these walls and outside of them.

Our day ended with dinner and relaxing the reminder of the evening with Father George and Rinnu. It was a good day in San Antonio.

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