Thursday, November 26, 2015

Happy Thanksgiving

Happy Thanksgiving from Panther and Barbara!

Tuesday, November 24, 2015

Last minute visitors

I've been "taking it easy" since getting discharged 2 weeks ago from "pneumonia treatmetn."  And it's been pretty easy in my small digs these days.  My friends insisted that I don't "over do it."

But last week I got a text message about getting together for Thanksgiving. I did quickly say I couldn't travel this time.  So I expect some visitors.  And I can't hostess a feast, I'm afraid.

This lady doesn't wish to turn anyone away, however, so I found a restaurant that had a reservation still open. All of the ones I'd preferred were already completely booked.

This town (Asheville and Black Mountain) apparently has lots of folks who don't wish to do the whole feast thing at home these days!

I'm excited to see my grands and my son and his wife.  This will be a whirlwind visit of just 2 nights and one day, and they will stay in a nearby motel.

There's the lovely sleeping goddess figure on my windowsill (pic above).  I got this from another follower of goddess history who had visited Malta, where there are temples and even an underground system of rooms called the Hypogenium.  For information on Malta in the Mediterranean Sea try this link...HERE.

When our apartment management sent a young woman to clean the insides of my new windows, she moved the little figure to a table.  Later she said to me it looked like where she came from.  I said, that's from Malta.

Indeed she had been born and raised in Malta!  She said she even gave tours of the Hypogenium where this little statue had been found.  We talked briefly, and she stopped by later on her way to another job.  What a small world this is!

And this week, I am very grateful that my son and family will drive all the way to see me.  I feel so blessed.

Now back to work cleaning up!

Today's Quote:

“There’s nothing to prove, nothing to figure out, nothing to get, nothing to understand.
When we finally stop explaining to ourselves, we may discover that in silence,
complete understanding is already there.”
~Steve Hagen~

Saturday, November 21, 2015

Post script to hospital

Having spent about 5 hours dazed and very tired being poked to find a vein for blood, or listened to electronically by many gadgets, and then X-rayed and CT Scanned...I was mainly grateful to finally get a room in the hospital.  But that didn't mean I'd necessarily get any rest.

Finally I did sleep, most of the Monday following my midnight trip to the Emergency Room.  And finally I recovered from the use of morphine which did not one whit to lessen my pain with each inhalation (the symptom which prompted my 911 call.)  Two different vials of morphine were plunged into me, and I began swimming underwater, and the pain was also swimming there with me.  The morphine then gave me 3-4 hours of dry heaves.

The pain on inhaling might have been related to pluerisy, except I had clear lungs.  Continually my lungs were ok, and my heart was ok.  Many strips of ekg papers were studied.  My blood pressure was sometimes high.  I did take aspirin before calling 911, and they gave me some nitro under my tongue on the way to the hospital.

Sometime before dawn I either just was so exhausted so I no longer felt the pain or something must have been given in the IV solution that worked.

I only wanted to share this ordeal, which led to three days in the hospital, as a motivation to be more cautious about chest pain.

Pneumonia has been treated.  Never had a fever, but the Dr. said the CT scan showed that was what I had.  I've had at least 3 antibiotics by now.

The most effective relief came from Tylenol at the beginning of the day, or when I was really tired.  I continued to cough throughout my stay, and the staff finally realized that my own treatment using Mucinex was the best answer for that.  That didn't mean that I always got it when I needed it.  Same for the Tylenol.

I was tested for the flu.  I am so relieved that wasn't the problem.  I was also tested for MRSA, a really bad infection that resists most antibiotics.  Again not positive for that.

I received a belly-shot daily to prevent the formation of blood clots.

And now I spent last night thinking about the new chest pain.  I'm going to keep on walking around doing my own life tasks this time.  I'm not going to take my tender ribs to any specialist who immediately wants to treat my heart.  If I pass out at any point, then I guess this history is going to be of interest to my medical providers.  Probably not, because they will again be chasing my heart and lungs to fit into the diagnosis that the books have.  I have a feeling deep in my gut that I never have, and never will, fit into anything in the books.

By the way, whoever writes things into books leaves out a good percentage of symptoms which people have.  It's called treating the "average" condition...not the extreme ones.  Remember learning how a bell-curve describes what is average...that a lot of things fall on the opposite ends of average.  Oh well.  I've never desired being average.

Friday, November 20, 2015

The last TailGate for 2015

What a great season this has been for the Mudbuddies.

At least in friendships shared, and spending 3 hours each Saturday in the lovely setting behind the First Baptist Church.  It was great being outside in the sunshine, under the oaks, and watching the children and dogs cavorting around with their parents.

We had to cancel several markets because of rain this year.  That was a first.
Our Mudbuddies have had two of us in attendance each week, but we've shifted around sometimes due to health or traveling.

The Holiday Market is set for Saturday Nov. 21, from 10-1 pm.  I'm bringing all my mugs.  Really!  As well as some lidded jars with some treats to put inside for gift giving!

So it's time to say so-long.  And a big thank you to all our great customers.  See you next year!

It's been fun!

Thursday, November 19, 2015

Throw-back Thursday

Pit fired vase, 7 inches tall

Today's quote:

When we give cheerfully and accept gratefully, everyone is blessed.
Maya Angelou

Wednesday, November 18, 2015

Caps and kids

Sepia Saturday, here I am again, finally!
Have certainly missed being on line much due to health concerns.  But I'm back!

This week's meme has to do with young boys playing some tossing game with their caps.

My photos are much more recent, but I think have a bit of a loose connection.
My son, Tai was jumping for joy on his first occasion of snow on the ground, around 1986.

And what about that cap on his head?
None have ever been made in quite that way.  They should maybe.
A ski cap, knit by yours truly.  Then a much more "cool" cap on top.  I am not sure why he thought he needed both...but they worked for him.

What joy of learning how to throw a snowball. (But I notice he's switched from his own gloves to my leather ones...mmm.)

More recently, three of my granddaughters went skiing.  They love this sport, as well as all the rest of the fun that goes along with it.  So notice their helmets.

Goodness, does everyone wear helmets for all sports these days?  They don't when they swim or do gymnastics at least.  Whew!

For more photos of caps, and interesting contributions based upon (loosely) this meme, go check out the linked names at the bottom of Sepia Saturday.

Tuesday, November 17, 2015

Terrain change

Home bound means looking at any diversions outside my windows.And this week I was treated to a show of various machines and workers changing the terrain below my apartment.
After much earth moving, and building of forms, then concrete was dumped and is being spread about.  New steps have been added, where the old asphalt walks had none.  I frown at how that will affect the residents who cart things around like laundry and groceries.

These two strips joined, then the workers left late Saturday.  Again, how is my sweet friend who lives downstairs to the right going to get anywhere until this is finished? There is nothing but a dirt path from the end of the cement to the parking lot where her car is parked.  She uses a cane.

 The young man on the earth mover seems to enjoy his job very much, but also doesn't seem able to solve the problem of how these divergent paths are going to meet and be somewhat level.
My photos don't do justice to the amount of elevation change there is happening.

So someone decided to just raise this ramp to the newly poured walkway.  Good idea.  But there's also that light post that's right there at the end of the sidewalk where the man is bending over.  What are they going to do with it, I wonder?

 I go to lunch and when I return there is a temporary ramp over to one side, but probably just for residents to use until the new one is built.

 And just look at how it's all coming together!  Those walkways are over 2 feet higher in elevation in places, but without the climb up and down where they used to dip.  The guy in the earth mover has done a good job. Hopefully the concrete walks will be easier to use for those who live in those 8 apartments. 

I'll post a picture as soon as it's completed, especially of how they solve the light post in the walkway problem!

Today's Quote:
“There’s nothing to prove, nothing to figure out, nothing to get, nothing to understand.
When we finally stop explaining to ourselves, we may discover that in silence,
complete understanding is already there.”
~Steve Hagen~