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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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Hello my dear readers. I have been absent for far too long and have missed posting to this blog. Illness crept around the corner, grabbed my by the lungs, squeezed me, and landed me in the hospital, where I still am today. I managed to contract an odd variety of pneumonia. Never had this before and do not ever want to have this again either. Today, I am actually feeling a lot better and felt like creating a post.

The challenge for today’s WordPress Photo Challenge, Cheri has chosen the topic “Today was a good day.” Because I am stuck indoors, with a tiny window allowing me to see the tops of pine trees, I decided that I would share some favorite photos with you of what I would much rather be seeing. This will make my day a good day.

Seeing my dog Astro.

Astro

Astro

My cats….

Madison.

Missing Ms. Madison

Missing Ms. Madison

Toby.

Toby

Toby

Scrappy and Toby.

Is it OK if we play with this box?

Is it OK if we play with this box?

I would include my husband in these photos but I do get to see him every day when he visits.

I have missed you all! I am not sure how I will be feeling tomorrow, and if I can do it I will post again tomorrow. You take care and be well. Thank you for stopping by! ^..^

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The White Light - Photo by Stephen Baum

The White Light – Photo by Stephen Baum

She closed her eyes. Upon doing so, she saw a bright light. She heard the most beautiful music she had ever heard. It drew her in. Walking along the corridor the music grew louder, the light brighter. She shaded her eyes as she came into the light. There was a crowd of people, and they were smiling at her. A woman stepped forward, hand reaching out.

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Her family surrounded her bed. Her husband was holding her hand. A smile formed on her face as she drew her last breath. “Mom!”

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I hope that you enjoyed my story written for the Friday Fictioneers flash fiction challenge. Thank you Rochelle for hosting this challenge and to Stephen for the photo that inspired my story. And, thank you dear reader for stopping by! Be well… ^..^

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Today I will tell you the tale of Vernon and Lily. This is a story written for Sunday Photo Fiction. This challenge asks that you use the photo prompt and write a story of about 200 words. Today I went over by 54 words, but the story of Vernon and Lily needed to be told. Here is the photo followed by my story…

Memories of Days Gone By - Photo by Alastair Forbes

Memories of Days Gone By – Photo by Alastair Forbes

She looked at the line of benches along the boardwalk. The one on the end was where she and Vernon used to sit. It brought back many memories. She gripped the walker and slowly headed to the bench so that she could sit. Looking out over the beach to the water, she drifted back in time.

As a young girl, she used to play with her friends on the beach. As she got older, she walked here with her friend Emmie. At 22, she met Vernon at Sue’s Seafood. They married a year later. Over the years, they had four children. They would bring them here to play. Those were the days.

After the children left home, she and Vernon made a weekly trip to the beach. That was until Vernon fell ill. He had a rare blood cancer. There were so many trips to the Dr.’s for treatment. Even so, Vernon still wanted to come to the beach. His last trip to the beach was five years ago.

How she missed her Vernon. She looked out over the water. A tear slowly fell down her cheek. She took her last breath, and closed her eyes. Standing before her was Vernon, looking just like he did in his twenties. “My love,” he said and then sat down next to her. Holding hands as they used to do, Lily rested her head on Vernon’s shoulder. As they did all those years ago, they both gazed out over the ocean as they sat on their bench.

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I hope that you enjoyed this tale. I give thanks to Al for the photo that brought to mind the story of Vernon and Lily. And, thank you to you dear reader for stopping by. Have an amazing day! Be well… ^..^

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Thursday is the day that I devote to Friday Fictioneers hosted by Rochelle Wisoff-Fields. Writers are challenged to create a complete story using no more than 100 words that go along with the photo prompt provided. Here is the photo and my story, entitled “Hitched.”

Hitched - Photo by Jennifer Pendergast

Hitched – Photo by Jennifer Pendergast

Her mother pestered her for years calling her an old maid. Of the men she dated, the first question her mom asked was what kind of car they drove. Money, possessions and appearances meant everything to her Mom.

She said to her Mom, “Here are my options. Date a man who drives: A Porsche and lives in it; a Camry, lives in a lavish house, and is broke; a 1963 VW Bug, lives in a studio apartment, and is financially sound. You can’t judge a book by its cover Mom. When I get hitched Mom, it will be for love.”

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Thank you Rochelle for hosting this challenge! Thanks to you too dear readers for stopping by today! Be well…
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Happy Valentines Day to you all! ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥

For today, I thought I would give you Daffodils from my garden! I hope that you enjoy these flowers! 🙂

Here is a portion of the poem

Love - Elizabeth Barrett Browning 1806-1861

Love by Elizabeth Barrett Browning 1806-1861

When a soul, by choice and conscience, doth

When a soul, by choice and conscience, doth

Throw out her full force on another soul,

Throw out her full force on another soul,

The conscience and the concentration both make

The conscience and the concentration both make

mere life, Love. For Life in perfect whole

mere life, Love. For Life in perfect whole

And aim consummated, is Love in sooth,

And aim consummated, is Love in sooth,

As nature’s magnet-heat rounds pole with pole.

As nature’s magnet-heat rounds pole with pole.

˜”*°•.˜”*°•.˜”*°•.♥♥♥♥♥♥.•°*”˜.•°*”˜.•°*”˜”

May you have a splendid day filled with love! Be well! ^..^

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Do it with your heart!

Do it with your heart!

This saying comes from the Dhammapada, which is a collection of quotes from Buddah. I once took a class in Eastern Philosophy and read the entire book. It took a while because the sayings really make you think…Here are a few more:

“Do not give your attention to what others do or fail to do; give it to what you do or fail to do.”

“As irrigators lead water where they want, as archers make their arrows straight, as carpenters carve wood, the wise shape their minds.”

“It is easy to see the faults of others…it is hard to see our own.”

“Like a lovely flower full of color but lacking in fragrance, are the words of those who do not practice what they teach.”

Take each of these with you today, and see if you can find the truth for yourself! Thanks for stopping by, and have a wonderful day! Be well! ^..^

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