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I think that I could most likely write a book over my recent visits, yes more than one, to the local hospital. There were moments of hysterical laughter, with some good natured nurses, aides and Dr.’s. There were moments of sheer terror of all the needles. So far, so good. One day at a time.

The list of things wrong with me kept getting bigger, so did the list of medications and their lovely side effects. Do you remember the lyrics to the song from decades ago entitled “Go Ask Alice?” Same name and performed by Jefferson Airplane. I am reminded of the line, “One pill makes you larger…”

Boy, did it! This one pill gave to me about twenty pounds in a week.

Fat feet and legs

Fat feet and legs

Remember that post I did a while ago and there was that question of “Can you imagine getting sick at the airport and having the terminal Dr. wait on you?” I forgot to include “Why is it that we see Dr.’s that just practice medicine?” I think I met a few that still just practice.

Some of the patients whom I shared the rooms with were great, and others not so. Miss you Janet!

I am now 8 days into radiation, 2 days of chemo, and I think I am pretty good so far. The side effects could be worse, and I knock on wood that are not. While I have wanted to write for this blog, I have had to put it off and have just worked on the Mondays Finish the Story blog.

Arnold said in one of his movies, one of the Terminator movies, “I’ll be back.” I will be with some updates every now and then.

Be well… ^..^

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Have you ever had one of those days where you simply have had enough and then something else falls from the sky, drops in your lap, and voila, you simply have to take that on too?

Recently I have had a series of events occur that are over the top and I wanted to share this with you.

Going back a bit to the beginning of last year, a blood test revealed that I had a cancer. All last year and into this, I have been undergoing treatment. There have been a number of side effects to say the least.

One of these I have been referring to as a “spell.” It is rapid heartbeat and low blood pressure. Both the oncologist and the primary care doctors told me not to worry. I don’t know about you, but for me this was a worrisome deal. On a recent Saturday, when I was having one of these spells, I looked to my husband and said, “Take me to the emergency room. Let’s find out what is really going on here.”

Now, I could really get into the details here but would rather not. Suffice it to say, there was a treatment to settle down my heart, xrays, and more. One of the funny moments, if there can be any, was when the ER nurse handed me this tiny cup to use for a urine sample. With all the wires coming off me, how was I ever going to hit target zero? I felt like I was the meatball in a huge bowl of spaghetti.

I ended up spending quite a bit of time in the hospital. More than I expected. I was in for a total of 16 days, or slightly over half of August. What they discovered was that I have a fixable heart condition. The next thing they discovered was pneumonia. I thought this would quarantine me, but surprisingly it did not.

Over the course of my time in the hospital, I had numerous xrays, too many blood tests, insertion of a PICC line to enable the nurses to draw blood, respiratory treatments, and whole slew of tests, and pills, pills and more pills. Then there was the food.

The nurses bragged about the good food that comes from their cafeteria. The food was really bad. If they added a bit of applesauce to their apple muffins, eating one of these would be moist and flavorful rather than bland and dusty. Dinner plates were attended with a dull knife. There can be no serrated edges to a knife handed to a patient as they might cut themselves. I found it was easier to eat like a cave man. It just worked out better. The staff was not happy that they kept having to change my gown and sheets.
Upon release, they told me that I had a fixable heart condition and the pneumonia. They also told me that I was suffering from COPD, and a slight trace of emphysema. They were waiting for results from a test they did on my lungs, and it would be about another week before we knew what those results would be.

Did I mention that I gained 20 pounds in the two weeks? It was not from the hospital food. One of the drugs causes major water retention. I swear I can hear myself sloshing as I walk. The swelling has my ankles looking like I had sprained both of them. Maybe I should add a bit of purple and green eye shadow. At least I now I know what my feet probably looked like when I was a baby. All the wrinkles are gone there and in my face too. Who cares that I look like a chipmunk? Hey, maybe they should just give this drug out instead of using a Botox based drug to create a youthful looking you.

When we finally found out the results of the tests, we were told that I now have stage 3 cancer. The other cancer does not seem to be with me anymore, but this one is.

So, now you know why my responses to you and new postings have shifted. This last week has been one Dr. appointment after another as things get lined up and ready for the start of my treatments. My treatments will be a combination of radiation and chemotherapy, and I believe it will begin next week.

As if is this is not enough, one more thing happened. It took us once again to the ER. I have a blazing red and purple rash on my abdomen that turned up quickly. This ugly little rash turns out to be shingles. I can now pass on chicken pox! Wahoo! One never expects to hear hysterical laughter in the ER, but after hearing this is what I had, my husband and I did just that: We laughed our asses off.

We have new challenges to face, my husband and I, and we will be doing so head on and with a positive outlook. I want life to be as normal as it can be considering the circumstances. I am hoping that I will be able to post to the Life in the Foothills blog on a regular basis, and same with the Mondays Finish the Story blog. If there is a bit of delay in my replying to a comment, commenting on your story, or doing a post, I ask that you bear with me. I have an offer from one of my blogging friends to help me out, and if I need to I will take her up on that.

Thank you for taking the time to read this post and remember: Be well… ^..^

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Krista at WordPress has chosen the topic “Off-Season” as the topic of this week’s photo challenge. Here in the Sierra Foothills this June, we are experiencing weather that is not typical and is off season. June is usually hot and dry. Well, we have the heat, but we have had rain. Here are some photos taken recently of this odd off-season weather.

Thunderheads off in the distance

Thunderheads off in the distance

A double rainbow

A double rainbow

The independence day ufos are behind these clouds

The independence day ufos are behind these clouds

Lightning shooting off to the right

Lightning shooting off to the right

Looking up at the dark clouds

Looking up at the dark clouds

Since these off-season storms have blown through, we have returned to clear sunny days and hot temperatures. Today will be in the high 90’s. We are melting here!

Have a great Friday and thank you for stopping by! Be well… ^..^

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We have had very odd weather here. Yesterday we had 3 tenths of an inch of rain accompanied by a huge lightning storm! I am posting the stills today that I shot yesterday. I have lots of video footage to review to find all the lightning that I was able to film. I will take stills from those videos to share the lightning with you at a later date. This storm was indeed impressive! Click on the photos to see greater detail. Ready to take a look?

The storm is coming our way…

The approaching storm

The approaching storm

Looking towards the west, you can see where the sky is clear with a few clouds heading that direction.

The leading edge heading west of us

The leading edge heading west of us

There are many layers which look really cool.

Layers

Layers

The storm slides in.

Sliding in

Sliding in

It gets really dark. It is early evening, around 5:30 p.m. It should be very bright still as sunset is around 8:00.

It got really dark

It got really dark

From where I sit, I take a photo looking up.

Looking up from my chair

Looking up from my chair

The clouds appear like a hand with fingers spreading out.

Fingers

Fingers

A bolt of lightning as it starts..

One bolt

One bolt

Then one more. This one spreads quite far.

Then another

Then another

Well, that is it for today. We are to have another storm come in this evening.

Thanks for stopping by today! Have an amazing Saturday and be well… ^..^

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As my husband and I have our evening cocktails, we observe one of the local natives: A western fence lizard. I decided that I would share photos I took the other night of this foothills critter. Please do click on the photos so that you can really see the detail on this amazing creature.

Meet the western fence lizard

Meet the western fence lizard

Did you see the blue stripe on his underbelly? This lizard hides in the night blooming jasmine in our front yard. We were please to see him out and about. Here is a photo of this little guy looking right at me. I think it was the sound of the camera as I snapped photos that attracted his attention.

He is looking at me

He is looking at me

Here is a photo where he is watching possible prey.

He spies prey

He spies prey

His prey: A honeybee.

Predator and prey

Predator and prey

He gives up on this bee and heads over to the hose.

Hiding on the hose

Hiding on the hose

While in this spot, he catches a wasp. I missed it, but I did get photos of him consuming his meal.

He caught a wasp

He caught a wasp

As his mouth is clamped down on the wasp, we watch the back end of the wasp wiggling. He quickly swallows and clamps down again.

It's almost gone

It’s almost gone

It now gone. He is smiling!

It's gone

It’s gone

What surprised us next was when he burped! If you look closely at this photo, you will see the hind legs of the wasp sticking out.

Burping after lunch

Burping after lunch

Satisfied after eating, he scratches an itchy spot by rubbing his head on the cement.

Taking care of an itchy spot

Taking care of an itchy spot

Well, there you have it. This is part of our early evening entertainment. We are very fortunate with what we get to see and experience here.

May you have a wonderful Wednesday, and thank you for stopping by. Be well… ^..^

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Over the crest in our driveway, we watched as the first of the male turkeys sauntered into the yard looking for the bird seed that we pull out for the little birds. They have been visiting us quite frequently this year. One female turkey was in the group. But what amazed us was the newest addition to the troop. Want to see? :)

Hanging out with the turkeys

Hanging out with the turkeys

Yes, it is a peacock! A female peacock!

A female peacock

A female peacock

What would happen if she mated with a turkey? What would you call it? A peakey? A turcock? A peturkcock? :)

She has such a lovely profile!

Such a lovely profile

Such a lovely profile

The boys, well, they are admiring her beauty!

The male turkeys admiring the new gal

The male turkeys admiring the new gal

She hears the sound of the camera shutter and is wondering at the sound…

Curious

Curious

Then she looks in my direction!

I am looking at you!

I am looking at you!

Now you might be wondering why there is a peacock in the Sierra Foothills. Well, the story goes that someone up here at one time raised peacocks, and they got loose, and kept getting loose. So the person gave up on them and let them go do their thing. Their call is very distinctive and we often hear them in the morning and the late afternoon. There are about a dozen that roam in our area!

One last shot…Isn’t she a beauty?

What a beauty!

What a beauty!

Thanks for stopping by today! I hope that you have an amazing Saturday! Be well… ^..^

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We took a drive to historic Jackson here in the Sierra Foothills. The town has a lot of charm. I decided that for today I would share some photos of things that I captured that day. Ready to see bits of Jackson? Let’s go!

Let’s begin with an old photo. There is a union sign and an agency sign out front along with four dashing fellows of the day…

An old photo

An old photo

Here is a view of one of the storefronts. The building needs a bit of work…

A storefront with rooms above

A storefront with rooms above

Walking along the sidewalks, I discover that the hardware store used to be in this location. It is another business now, but the pavement still shows what was once here.

Embedded in the sidewalk

Embedded in the sidewalk

Shortly after this we came upon a rather funny historical marker.

A historical marker

A historical marker

In the entryway to one building, I discover a really bad tile job!

A bad tile job

A bad tile job

One final shot, this of the Jackson Hotel! Here you can not only rent a room for the night but enjoy a juicy steak at Stanley’s!

Historical National Hotel

Historical National Hotel

Well, thanks for stopping by! Have a great Saturday! Be well… ^..^

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