Not surprisingly, I had a few of my medical appointments mixed up. It was this morning I had to go for the blood work and not Thursday morning. And Thursday is my X-rays and not Friday. It's a good thing Kelly keeps track of things. My short-term memory is practically non-existent and I consider it a minor miracle when I wake up some mornings actually remembering who I am.
IT WAS A NICE AFTERNOON FOR A WALK IN A LONDON FOREST
HEADING TO LONDON UNDER COOL CLOUDY SKIES
Dropping Kelly off at 12:15 Pheebs and I hustled over to the nature area behind Parkwood Hospital and minutes later we were out of the car and onto another trail. Cold today but not as cold as Monday when we had flecks of snow in the air. I had planned to re-walk the north shoreline trail of Walkers pond but that idea was quickly thwarted when we found the pathway still too muddy.
PHEEBS AND I DROP KELLY OFF HEADING OFF ON THIS TRAIL WE DIDN'T GET TOO FAR THE TRAIL WAS STILL TOO MUDDY I THINK IT WAS TOO CHILLY FOR THESE MAGNOLIA BLOSSOMS TO OPEN HEADING DOWN TO THE WATER'S EDGE AT THE EAST END OF WALKERS POND A GRAY AND AND MOODY SKY REFLECTED IN WALKERS POND
|A TOUCH OF EARLY AFTERNOON SUNSHINE ON THE POND
|I LOVE TAKING CANDID PHOTOS OF PEOPLE JUST BEING THEMSELVES
|WHEN THESE THREE YOUNG FELLOWS APPROACHED, PHEEBS RAN UP TO GREET THEM BUT THE FELLOW ON THE LEFT WITH A FISHING POLE WAS SCARED OF HER AND RAN AROUND BEHIND HIS TWO BUDDIES WHO NEVER ACKNOWLEDGED PHEEBS FRIENDLINESS
|PHEEBS AND I HEEDED THIS SIGN AND DIDN'T FOLLOW THIS TRAIL UNTIL WE BLUNDERED INTO IT LATER ON FOR A SECOND TIME IN TWO DAYS
I didn't take my cane on this walk and despite some steep little grades along the trail I once again never had any problems with my hip or right leg. We encountered a number of muddy spots but were able to circumnavigate them. Well, at least I was, while Pheebs just plowed right through the mud like it wasn't even there. Some parts of the trail were the same parts we had walked a couple days ago and most parts were new. We eventually found our way back to the green grass of the two large ball diamonds and from there to the car on the other side. Our energized walk had lasted one hour and ten minutes and was the best thing for my legs.
SPOTTED ANOTHER SMALL SIDE TRAIL SO OFF WE WENT PHEEBS BLAZES THE TRAIL AHEAD IT WASN'T LONG BEFORE WE BLUNDERED INTO THE 'DOG LEASH' TRAIL (FOREGROUND) A WELL-WORN TRAIL INDEED PHEEBS SOMETIMES WANDERS OFF THE PATH SPOTTED ANOTHER SIDE TRAIL WHICH QUICKLY GOT US OFF THE 'DOG LEASH'' TRAIL PHEEBS SCOUTS THE WAY AHEAD SHE ALWAYS KEEPS ME IN SIGHT AND MAKES SURE I AM STILL COMING TWO DAYS AGO WE CAME THROUGH HERE FROM THE OPPOSITE DIRECTION AND I HAD TO BE VERY CAREFUL COMING DOWN THE MUDDY GRADE I HAD NO PROBLEM WITH MY RIGHT LEG OR HIP AND POWERED RIGHT UP THIS GRADE THIS IS A NEW SECTION OF TRAIL FOR US CAME ACROSS THIS TAG ON A FENCE AND YOU CAN SEE THE TREE BELOW THE PATH WE WERE FOLLOWING LED OUT OF THE FOREST INTO A FIELD I THINK THAT MIGHT BE THE CORE OF DOWNTOWN LONDON ON THE FAR HORIZON THE PATH AHEAD LED IN A DIRECTION I DIDN'T WANT TO GO SO WE TURNED AROUND HERE AND RE-ENTERED THE FOREST WE CAME ACROSS THE GREEN CROP OF MAYAPPLES MAKING OUR WAY BACK THROUGH THE FOREST AND BEGINNING TO SEE MORE SUNLIGHT
|LUCKILY, THIS MAJOR WATER HOLE HAD DRIED UP
|ANOTHER NARROW SIDE TRAIL WITH A LOT OF SNAIL SHELLS ALONG THE WAY
|FINALLY, WE MADE IT BACK TO THE DOUBLE BASEBALL DIAMOND AREA
ON OUR WAY BACK TO PICK UP MOM AT THE HOSPITAL 'YAAAAAY':)) HEADING UP ADELAIDE STREET WE SPOTTED THIS SIGN DEPICTING THE NEW RAILWAY UNDERPASS IT WAS NICE TO BE HEADING HOME WITH NO FURTHER LONDON MEDICAL APPOINTMENTS FOR AWHILE
It's a good feeling knowing we do not have to run back to London in a couple days and with today being Kelly's last plasmapheresis treatment we may not be back there again but......the last thing the nurse said to Kelly today was that 'depending how long the itching stays at bay, Kelly may have to come back on a weekly basis'. Encouragingly, Kelly had another itch-free night last night.
GOTTA LOVE THOSE BLUE SKIES AND ESPECIALLY SO AT THIS TIME OF YEAR KELLY HOLDS HER BLOOD PLASMA BAG WITH ALL THE TOXINS IN IT AND THESE WERE HER BANDAGED ARMS TODAY
A friend of mine inquired about my thoughts on why my hip and leg were not hurting me at the moment and I am again able to walk without pain. My Nurse Practitioner told me last week to begin taking Tylenol 1000mg 3 times a day and Glucosamine 1500 mg once a day for 6 to 8 weeks to see if it helps. That is my only explanation as to why I have been able to walk and move around without pain in my leg. I can still feel occasional tweaks and twinges and that is enough to remind me not to push my luck by doing something stupid. We'll see what tomorrow's X-rays turn up............
AND THIS ON THE BACK OF KELLYS SHIRT TODAY SAYS IT ALL
|AND OF COURSE, WHERE THERE ARE OLD ABANDONED BUILDINGS THERE IS ALWAYS SOME FORM OF GRAFFITI
GROANER'S CORNER:(( A blind man walks into a store. He grabs his guide dog by the tail and lifts it into the air then spins it around his head. The store clerk, alarmed by this strange behavior said, "Can I help you?"…. "Nope, I'm just looking around."
THE CLOSER WE GOT TO HOME THIS AFTERNOON THE BETTER IT FELT:))
What did the train conductor say to the kangaroo? “Hop on!”
What animal jumps when it walks and sits when it stands? A kangaroo
What’s a kangaroo’s favorite candy?Lollihops
What do you get if you cross a kangaroo and a sheep? A woolly good jumper
What kind of music do kangaroos listen to?Hip-hop
What do you get when you mix an elephant and a kangaroo? Big holes all over Australia
A spider, a snake, and a kangaroo walk into a bar...It’s a normal day in Australia
In Antarctica, a little kangaroo is sitting with some penguins, sneezing and grumbling, “Stupid student exchange program"!!