Monday, July 22, 2024

BY AMBULANCE TO THE HOSPITAL

Since coming home from London's University Hospital a week ago Kelly has not felt well and has steadily become weaker with each passing day.  Today was not a good day for her.  With hardly enough energy left to get out of her chair and fearing her hemoglobin numbers may be dropping I drove her to Goderichs Dyna-Care Lab for blood work.  She did not want to go to Emergency again so after Dynacare we came home.  Her condition continued to worsen to the point where I finally called for an ambulance.  The ambulance was here quickly and I'm glad it was.  Kelly didn't even have the strength to stand up.  Her blood pressure was way down so they right away started an IV line.  It was at this point she started throwing up a lot of blood.  I should mention, this all took place in our small bathroom.  They were finally able to get her strapped into a medical wheelchair in preparation for placing her on a stretcher outside.  At this point, I was able to help when the paramedics had me act as the IV tree.  Slowly, with one paramedic on either end of the chair and me carrying high the IV bag, we moved out of the small bathroom into the hall through the kitchen, out onto the porch, and down the steps.  It was here they placed Kelly on a stretcher and then into the ambulance.  By this time Kelly was feeling a touch better after having brought up the blood.  And, whatever was in the IV bag was helping.  Because of her low blood pressure, it was standard procedure to take her to the nearest hospital which in this case is in Clinton Ontario.

I went to the Clinton Hospital shortly after 6 p.m. tonight.  Kelly was still in Emerge.  She's feeling very sick and is having bad stomach pains, and said this is the sickest she has ever felt.  More IV lines had been started and her low blood pressure was 97 over 51.  Also, her hemoglobin level had dropped to 63 (it should not be below 70) which for her means she will have to undergo a blood transfusion or transfusions at some point,  I stayed a couple hours hoping they would know where she is going to be transferred to and when.  The Stratford Hospital was mentioned but they are hoping to get her to London as soon as possible.  The Nurse said she would phone later tonight when they knew for sure what they were going to do.  I could tell Kelly's positive attitude had slipped.

Also, I called Aunt Jean late this afternoon and she is not doing well either.  She is down to 93 pounds, is feeling very weak and tired, staying in her room, and sleeping a lot.  I could tell her always positive attitude was slipping as well.

It's been a difficult day.  I'll know more tomorrow.................     

Sunday, July 21, 2024

TO SEE WHAT WE CAN SEE

 A LONE CROW FLYS OVER A RECENTLY CUT HAYFIELD
Last night being a beautiful summer's evening I had a hankerin' to take a drive out into the countryside to see if I could catch me a Moonrise.  I headed straightaway to Towerline Road where there happens to be a high hill.  I had checked beforehand on the Moonrise time and sure enough, the Moon was punctual.  But unlike the Moonrises in the clear and cool air Of Arizona, this Moon came up in an orange smoky haze and quickly disappeared into a low cloud cover.  I wasn't able to get a clear detailed Moon shot but I'll include a few pics I did get anyway.  No matter though, it was just nice getting out for an evening's summer drive. Oh, by the way, the Moon doesn't 'comes up'.  The Earth 'rotates down':))

 I AM ON A HILL LOOKING EAST TOWARD A STOP SIGN ON PARR LINE
I could already feel the humidity in the air when I woke up this morning so I knew it was going to be another predictable day.  Car ride in the morning followed by staying inside for the afternoon reading.  And, so it was.  

 IN OUR PARK THIS MORNING
ROADSIDE WILDFLOWERS
Pheebs and I headed out on our all too familiar country roads again this morning but despite the familiarity, we do always enjoy each other's company and love being outside each and every morning heading off somewhere to see what we can see.

 AN ODD LOOKING CLOUD IN A BLUE SKY SUNDAY MORNING
 A FEW WINDING ROADS THIS MORNING
A SUNDAY MORNING FARMER CUTTING HAY
 I HAVE ALWAYS LIKED THE LOOKS OF THIS FARMYARD
 A NICE ARRAY OF FLOWERS AT THIS FARM HOUSE
 A SWEEPING CORN FIELD
Our wanderings this morning took us southeast of Bayfield along a few of our favorite roads with a stop at one of our old walking places, The Linwood Wildlife Reserve area.  Strangely enough, there never seems to be any annoying Deer Flies or Mosquitoes here despite the trees, long grass, and farmer's crops.  It's an easy walk and it's not a long walk, so for we two older Senior dogs, it is always a nice pleasantly easy stroll through nature.

 APPLE LANE
 THE HEDGEROW WE WALK BESIDE AT LINWOOD HAS APPLE, PEAR, AND BERRY TREES IN IT
 I WONDER IF THESE BROWN APPLES ARE CHOCOLATE FLAVORED:))
WE DON'T SEE MANY PEAR TREES ANYMORE BUT THERE IS ONE IN THE HEDGEROW
 I SEE A BABY FACE APPLE HERE
 BERRIES, BUT I DON'T KNOW WHAT KIND
For the second day in a row, Kelly has come back after her morning Pheebs walk feeling dizzy and fatigued.  She has signs of internal bleeding again but is determined not to go back to the hospital and go through what she did a week ago, and the times before that.  Here is the stage her liver disease is at having to do with, Portal Hypertension.  
Portal hypertension is one of the most serious complications of advanced liver disease. Scar tissue in your liver (cirrhosis) compresses the blood vessels running through it and reduces their blood flow. This affects many other organs throughout your body. It can cause serious internal bleeding and other problems.  How serious is portal hypertension?  The complications of portal hypertension can be life-threatening, especially internal bleeding. Not everyone will have these complications, but the risk increases as portal hypertension increases. The greater the pressure, the more enlarged your veins become and the more likely they are to rupture. Portal hypertension is the most common cause of hospitalization and death in people with cirrhosis.  Congestive Gastropathy.  Congestive gastropathy describes swollen and congested blood vessels in your stomach lining that are prone to rupture, causing frequent bruising and bleeding. It produces a mosaic-like pattern of lesions in your mucosa due to chronic wounding, and it can cause significant blood loss. It’s also called portal hypertensive gastropathy because portal hypertension is usually the cause. (Portal hypertension is most often a side effect of liver disease.)   

Al's Music Box:)) That Sunday That Summer is a swing ballad, written by Joe Sherman and George David Weiss and was the highest charting version by Nat King Cole. It was recorded on May 16, 1963 at Capitol Records in Los Angeles with a Ralph Carmichael arrangement. The song was released on August 31st of the same year.

 CORN STALKS ARE APPROACHING THE SIX-FOOT LEVEL (NO I AM NOWHERE NEAR SIX FOOT)
GROANER'S CORNER:(( While attending a Marriage seminar dealing with communication, Jack and his wife, Barb, listened to the instructor. “It is essential that husbands and wives know the things that are important to each other.” He addressed the man, “can you describe your wife’s favorite flower?” Jack leaned over, touched his wife’s arm gently and whispered, “Its Pillsbury isn’t it?”

- I took my cat’s meds by accident...Don’t ask meow.

Hospital regulations require a wheel chair for patients being discharged. However, while working as a student nurse, I found
one elderly gentleman already dressed and sitting on the bed with a suitcase at his feet, who insisted he didn't need my help to leave the hospital.  After a chat about rules being rules, he reluctantly let me wheel
him to the lift.  On the way down I asked him if his wife was meeting him.  'I don't know,' he said. 'She's still upstairs in the bathroom changing out of her hospital gown.'

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Saturday, July 20, 2024

AUNT JEAN'S SHORT FRIDAY NIGHT PHONE CALL

As soon as I heard my Aunt Jean's voice on the telephone at precisely 8:15 Friday night I knew she wasn't well.  Two weeks ago she came down with Covid but when I talked to her last week she was on the rebound and sounding like her old cheery positive self again.  Not so last night.  Tired and needing to rest, she couldn't talk long.  She has lost her appetite and at barely a hundred pounds can hardly afford to lose any more weight.  I will call her again in a couple of days to see how she is doing.  She just turned 97 a little over a week ago.

 A BEAUTIFUL SUMMER'S SATURDAY MORNING IN THE COUNTRYSIDE
 STRAW BALES
 A RECENTLY HARVESTED WHEAT FIELD

While slowly making our way along a country road this morning I was hightenedly aware of our pastoral surroundings and thought to myself, this Saturday morning has got to be one of the best weather mornings of ever.  Hard to describe but it had that gentle touch of coolness and magic in the air found only in the soon to be here early Autumn days.  Days I so much look forward to each and every year at this time.
 NO, NOT A GOLF COURSE....A LOW SPOT IN A FARMER'S FIELD
 AREA MARSHMALLOW FARMS ARE DOING WELL:))

 A FINE OLD TREE HAS COME TO ITS END
 TURKEY VULTURES
 A ROAD JUST TRAVELLED
Noticed a lot of farmers out in the fields either continuing with the wheat harvest or cutting and baling grass for hay.  Some were also baling straw after the wheat fields had been harvested.  Confused about hay and straw??  Hay is food for the animals while straw is bedding for the animals.  So, did I pull that off the internet??  Nope, I pulled it right out from between my ears.  But, I did double-check the internet to see if I was right, and surprisingly enough.....I was:))

 SATURDAY MORNING FARM MACHINERY AWAITS SATURDAY MORNING FARM WORKERS

 A FARMER CHECKING OVER HIS COMBINE
 THIS TRACTOR IS PICKING UP LARGE ROUND STRAW BALES AND LOADING THEM ON A  COUPLE RED WAGONS
 A COMBINE WILL EMPTY ITS LOAD OF WHEAT INTO THE TRAILER BEING TOWED BY THIS TRACTOR AND THE TRACTOR WILL TAKE ITS LOAD TO A WAITING TRUCK OUT ON THE ROAD
With the humidity level on the rise, Pheebs and I didn't bother with an afternoon walk.  Stayed inside and ate a watermelon.  Well okay, part of a watermelon then:))   

 CANADA GEESE GLEANING A HARVESTED WHEAT FIELD
Al's Music Box:)) Ribbon Of Darkness is a song written by Gordon Lightfoot that was released in 1965 as a single by Marty Robbins. The song was Robbins' eleventh number-one on the U.S. country singles chart, where it spent one week at the top and a total of nineteen weeks on the chart.  Lightfoot's own version was released as a single in 1965 and included in his 1966 debut album 'Lightfoot' and again for his 1975 compilation album Gord's Gold. The latter recording features the song in a medley with "I'm Not Sayin", as does the live recording from Lightfoot's 1969 Sunday Concert album.  I also like Marty Robbins version of this song as well.

GROANER'S CORNER:(( A panda bear walks into a restaurant and orders a meal.  After eating he pulls out a gun, shoots the place to the ground, and runs away. Quickly the bartender runs after him yelling, "HEY YOU CAN'T DO THIS!!!"  The panda turns around and yells "Yes I can. Look me up in the encyclopedia!"  So, the bartender looks up "Panda" in the encyclopedia, and it reads, "Panda: increasingly rare species of bear that can be found in the eastern part of Asia. It eats shoots and leaves.”

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What is the difference between a salon and a saloon?
A salon is where you go to make yourself look better.
A saloon is where you go to make everyone else look better.

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Knock Knock
Who's there?
Isaiah!
Isaiah who?
Isaiah nothing till you open this door!

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When a doctor doctors a doctor, does the doctor doing the doctoring doctor as the doctor being doctored wants to be doctored or does the doctor doing the doctoring doctor as he wants to doctor.

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As a mother was bribing her little boy with a quarter so he would behave, she said, "Why do I always have to pay you to be good?  Why can't you be good for nothing like your dad?"

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