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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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Inside - Photo by Alastair Forbes

Inside – Photo by Alastair Forbes

All it took was a quick stumble. The toe of the left shoe caught on a small piece of uplifted stone. He landed flat on his face. Rolling over, he checked out his ankles and knees. He saw no major cuts or scrapes.

Now what was it that his shoe caught on? There it is. He moved over towards it and noticed that the stone now had a series of spalls. Taking out a wide paintbrush, he started to clear the area. More and more of the pieces splintered away.

He knew he had discovered something significant. He received government funding to continue the project, was able to hire a team to do the archeology, and secure for him a nice place to stay.

While clearing one of the many painted walls, he found himself caught up in the scene that was emerging in front of him. Looking closely it began to move. “How can that be?” he thought.

In a rush and a whirl, Alastair Forbes found himself in the painting, and could hear the echoes of the curse as he and the art became one.

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A huge thanks to Al for the inspiring photo, hosting the challenge, and for taking part in my bit of flash for the Sunday Photo Fiction.

Have an amazing Sunday and be well…. ^..^

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What? Another post? Guess I am starting to feel a bit better! Today, Shane Francescut, has been chosen to come up with a topic for the weekly WordPress Photo Challenge. His topic is angles. Please do check out the weekly post to see suggestions for how to take photos for this challenge.

I realized that I had two sets of photos that would meet this challenge. One is of a test plane taking off from the airport where I live. The other is of the youngest in our household. I hope that you enjoy these photos. Let’s start with the test plane…

Facing East

Facing East

Facing North

Facing North

Facing West

Facing West

Now for the youngest…

Facing Forward

Facing Forward

Facing Back

Facing Back

Should have named him “Fang?”

Upside down

Upside down

What do you think?

There you have it! Angles. Thanks for stopping by today and may you forever be well…. ^..^

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This week, Cheri Lucas Rowlands over at WordPress, has chosen the topic “beneath my feet” for the photo challenge. So, let’s take a look at some photos of where my feet have taken me.

What is beneath my feet is:

The deck of a cruise ship.

Split image

Split image

The dry earth of the desert.

It is dry as the desert here!

It is dry as the desert here!

Winter snow.

My house in December

My house in December

A meadow.

The herd returns - see the ranger?

The herd returns – see the ranger?

Hoover Dam.

The overlook bridge

The overlook bridge

A beach.

A beach view in Puerto Vallarta

A beach view in Puerto Vallarta

A trail in Big Trees State Park.

One of the smaller trees

One of the smaller trees

I hope that you enjoyed my photos for this challenge. Have a splendid weekend, and be well… ^..^

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Krista over at WordPress has chosen the topic “inspiration” for this week’s photo challenge. She says, “What is your inspiration? What moves you? What is it that never fails to motivate you, to get you going, or make you happy? It could be the bench in a quiet section of the park where you go to center yourself. Maybe it’s a favorite piece of music or book passage that boosts your enthusiasm. Or, maybe it’s the face of the love of your life, a treasured memento, or the unconditional love you see in the eyes of your pet.” I get inspired by a number of things. Here is what inspires me.

After a rain, I am inspired to take my camera outside to take close up photos that capture the drops of water on the spring blossoms.

All wet!

All wet!

I am also inspired to look for the abundance of mushrooms that pop up after a spring rain.

Mushrooms in moss

Mushrooms in moss

I like finding places that offer serenity and a place to relax.

The chair seen a second way

The chair seen a second way

Because of the beauty that I find in places, I am inspired to explore. Here are some shots of places that I have seen on these explorations.

Hiking through some rough terrain, I discover this lovely view of a beach.

The calm of the sea

The calm of the sea

Walking the trail gets me to a good viewing area enabling me to capture this shot of Half Dome in Yosemite.

Half Dome and Yosemite Valley from Glacier Point

Half Dome and Yosemite Valley from Glacier Point

Hiking a trail in Volcanoes National Park on the big island of Hawaii, the shrubbery opens up and I am delighted by the view.

Pit Crater of Kilauea Iki

Pit Crater of Kilauea Iki

What inspires you? To see what inspires others, click HERE!

Thanks for dropping by today and be well… ^..^

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Over the years, I have been lucky enough to capture birds bathing.  And, I happen to have a variety of photos of these lovelies in the midst of their abulations. Let’s go check them out.

Join me in a bath?

Join me in a bath?

Bathing White Pelican

Bathing White Pelican

A gull taking a bath on a Carnival Cruise

A gull taking a bath on a Carnival Cruise

Now shake it off!

Now shake it off!

Pulling the water up

Pulling the water up

Taking care of the back

Taking care of the back

Now that was good!

Now that was good!

Drying in the sun

Drying in the sun

Cleaning the face

Cleaning the face

And done! I hope that you enjoyed today’s photos! Have a great day and be well… ^..^

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Lingnum Draco over at WordPress has chosen the topic “Vivid” for this week’s photo challenge. So, let’s head into my world of what vivid means to me. I hope that you enjoy the photos!

When we were on the “Big Island” of Hawai’i, these little guys stuck out with their bright colors.

Gordy Gecko

Gordy Gecko

A splash of red is always vivid for me.

Just Red

Just Red

There are lilies that grow around the area, and the contrast in colors fit this week’s challenge too.

Contrasts of rust and yellow

Contrasts of rust and yellow

This lovely sunset, this photo taken from my back deck, certainly fits the bill.

Sunset in orange

Sunset in orange

What do you think about this sunflower?

A sunflower

A sunflower

The rose of sharon in our yard is quite pretty. Don’t you just love the red contrasting the white?

Rose of Sharon

Rose of Sharon

One more shot…I just love peonies. How about you?

Shades of gold

Shades of gold

Well, thanks for stopping by today. It’s the start of the weekend. Make it a good one, OK? Be well… ^..^

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