Since Carlo has been out of hospital he has been put on some sort of medication. Apparantly to stop his blood from coagulating, while he sits around waiting for the bones to mend. Now, I am pretty sure that anywhere else in the world, this medicine would be given in pill form. ( I am actually secretly convinced that an aspirin a day would do the job fine.) But no here, no, in Italy the preferred way to administer medicines is in injection form. And guess who has to give these injections?
Of course, being just a silly uneducated English lady (as was recently pointed out so kindly, in the comments section) I have never been taught how to inject someone. So while visiting Carlo in hospital I followed the nurse around for a bit to watch how she did it. She explained about squirting a bit of medicine out to ensure there were no air bubbles, she showed me which part of the patients backside the needle should pierce, and she showed me how to slowly pull back the syringe, before injecting to make sure I had not hit a vein. But I couldn't practise on anyone.
So, now we are at home, I have been left to puncture Carlo every day for a month. So far, the results have been different every day. Lets just say that I am not a natural, er, injector.
It turns out that these ready filled syringes have to be injected under the skin, in the upper arm, not in the muscle like I was shown in hospital. The first day I went in too deep. A rock solid lump formed, bruising all round. It has not gone away yet. The second day, I somehow managed fine. It worked and left no mark. But the next day I didn't inject far enough under the skin, and as I pushed down on the syringe, the liquid bubbled up like a blister under about 2 layers of skin. When I pulled the needle out the medicine squirted back out the hole it had left. Every now and then I get it right, but more often that not poor Carlo is left with a leaking blister or a bruised lump.
What I am left wondering is this: Are injections part of the Italian school curriculum? Or are Italian women just born knowing how to inject a syringe into someone? When you are taught how to do this, what do you practise on? Friends? Enemies? Ex's? It's a bit like when I had to learn how to pierce ears, it's difficult finding someone to practise on because either they have already had their ears pierced or they never want to. I, of course, had Carlo handy at the time, and no, he didn't keep his earrings in!