Friday, July 31, 2009


So I decided to try some new creative outlets. I bought some chalk pastels a couple of weeks ago and have been playing with them. I promised my friend I would post some of my beginner work so here goes....I'm being brave here so no laughing aloud!!! The colors are not that good in the photos for some reason but the chalks are brilliant in color.

I like the idea of dragons or mythical creatures. Here is my dragon.

Trees on a winter night.



I did a few cartoonish fishy ones for my son! Here is a whale, mermaid and underwater mishmash

Thursday, July 30, 2009

Loon Story Update

I received several comments on the Loon story I posted a while ago so I thought I would give an update. Since our baby loon 'save' story a new predator has moved into the area, namely an eagle. Mrs. Eagle (I am assuming the females hunt) has seen fit to not only swoop up our baby but one of its parents also. This is very sad because we have had this loon couple, the only loon couple on the lake, for several years. The other loon parent has gone into hiding, we can still hear it sing early in the dawn but have not seen it in the open and its song is forlorn. I understand they mate for life so I don't know what we will have in store next year for loons on the lake. The Eagle however has found prime hunting ground and must have a nest nearby as it swooped into our beach and scooped up a huge frog, only feet away from us. Amazing to watch life at work. Yesterday I watched as Mrs. Eagle seemed to be simply playing on the wind, simply soaring and hardly flapping a wing but soaring higher and higher until she was barely visible she was so high. Sorry no pictures, I missed the Kodak moment. Anyway, this is my tribute to the loon family. We'll miss your beauty.

Friday, July 17, 2009

Hi Friends,

Hubby is wanting to spend time at the camp so I will be off-line for a week or two. Sorry. I promise to have lots of blog info ready to post as soon as I have an internet connection. There is so much more to the story, I'm going to have blog withdrawl by the time I get back!!!!!

Friday, July 10, 2009

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On the Move

Dr. Ann came back and said that she could do no further testing for me… WHAT?? Hubby gave her the ‘look’ and said, “what do you mean you can’t do anymore tests for her????” Here I was sick as a dog and they can’t do anymore tests? Huh? Oh boy. We had not even seen the obgyn again nor the internal specialist. So we quoted the ER doctor’s instructions about why I was here. She left and sent the obgyn back that afternoon.

After some consideration over brochures and some q & a with the obgyn, we opted for an endometrial uterine ablation. This procedure involves inserting a wire or mesh into the uterus where it opens to touch the entire lining and then an electric current is passed through which burns out the lining. Of course you must be sure there will be no more babies in order to do this which did not pose a problem for us as I already had my tubes tied and my youngest baby is getting ready to graduate this year! I informed my obgyn of our decision.

Dr. Ann came back and said that she was cancelling my surgery because it was too much for me to take right now. WHAT AGAIN?? Part of the reason I was in the hospital was for anaemia and the surgery would correct that and still no Internal Specialist. If we delayed the surgery and I was discharged it would take up to 6 months to reschedule. I don’t think I saw Dr. Ann again after that.

She did not discharge me (and I don’t think she intended to) but they found me new accommodations upstairs on the 3rd floor in ‘family medicine’, which is the name for the ward where all the stroke patients and long term care patients wait until they can get into homes. Great, more bed alarms!!!

I am now on my fourth accommodation and it is day 5. I didn’t mention earlier that I actually had two rooms in palliative care on day two. The nurses decided to take me to the new room in the bed so I wouldn’t have to move that much. They also decided to drive the bed themselves instead of calling for the orderlies. They must have bumped every wall between the three floors. You know what they say about women drivers?! Ha Ha. Trailing alongside is hubby and my youngest with all my gear as they had now brought me some night gowns of my own and a kit bag of personal things plus all the flowers to be moved, etc. Some of it came on the bed with me. Into my new room which was no longer a private but a semi-private where you have one roommate and share a bathroom with another semi-private room. So, no privacy and 4 to a bath. Ok, not so bad I guess, at least I had the window side of the room with extra room for chairs and my choice of a locker since no one was using them. The tv is no longer free either. Bummer. I guess that is a perk if you are dying, free tv.

Monday, July 6, 2009

A Little Miracle

I have the most amazing Father's Day story. I am a little slow in telling due to waiting for the arrival of photos.

Hubby and I have a cottage on a little lake that we very much enjoy. Even though it is very hard for me to travel, we try to get away at the cottage for reprieve.

This little lake has a loon couple that come back every year. This year they have one baby. Loon families are fantastic to watch. Both loons take turns carrying the baby and hunting for fish. The little baby can swim like the devil. It will even come up on the shore a little bit for a break. They nest on the water you know. Seeing one on shore is something~

Our little lake also has a small dam to maintain water levels. Right now the water is running over the dam due to the many days of rain that is accumulating water in the lake.

I am guessing that the loons tend to take their baby to the more shallow part of the lake to teach it to fish or whatever but this time they came too close to the dam and the little baby went 'plooop' right over. We realized this because the loons were screaming like crazy and trying to go over the dam only to swim back splashing crazy like with wings flapping and there was no baby in sight.

Last year this couple had two little babies and lost them both so with a little panic in my voice I prodded Hubby to go save the baby. The lake leads to a small but swift little stream which ends up in a pond in the woods. That baby could have been anywhere. After Hubby went to look for a fish net and search the stream I called in some recruits staying at the lake also, Hubby's cousin and his girlfriend who we spend a lot of time with when we are there.

While walking along the shore of the stream she heard the little peeps of the baby. When she looked down, there it was huddled by a rock on the shore. That little loon managed to swim that fast current long enough to get to the shoreline just after the dam.

Here is a picture of the baby next to the rock where it was found.

Not wanting to touch it but not having another choice since the fishing net was gone, cousin picked up the little loon, who was downy soft, walked to the other side of the dam on shore and put it in the water as mom and dad swiftly came to meet them.

Here is a picture of our cousin holding the baby to save it....

The parents did not reject it, as we feared by touching it, but greeted it happily. THE FAMILY REUNITED. Hopefully we gave that little loon another chance at making it in the world!

Here is a picture of the baby swimming to it's parents. It is hard to see and looks like a shadow but he is there.

Here is a picture of the family reunited and swimming off together.

Wednesday, July 1, 2009

Let the Testing Begin...

Time for some more tests. The gynaecologist came to visit me regarding the anaemia and determined that there is a gynaecological reason for this. I had no idea that women are not supposed to have a period that last 7 to 11 days!!!! This gynaecologist is a woman. Cool, eh? I have had two babies, both caesarean section, and all obgyn’s have been men. This was a very pleasant change. So, we talked about some surgical procedures that I could opt for to solve this problem. These surgeries are usually elective but I didn’t have to pay for them because I had a medical reason for doing it. Kind of like boob reductions!!!!! Before any option could be further looked at I needed to have a biopsy to be sure there were no cancerous or odd problems inside the uterus.

At this point in my journey I am unable to get around without assistance due to the enormous pain it causes, not to mention drowsiness, dizziness, weakness, nausea, etc. So along comes the orderly with a wheel chair to take me downstairs for my test. There was some discussion with Hubby as to whether or not I could stand the ride but I bucked up and said it was fine just to get going and get it over with. I regretted that decision. Before the test even begun I was in tears with pain from sitting upright in that wheelchair.

I have had friends and family members who have undergone this biopsy before but I never knew….. pap test - shmap test. Biopsy – DIEopsy!!!! Holy sh** that hurts. She has to put an instrument up inside the uterus to remove a tissue sample. I thought that perhaps that harsh pain was super sensitivity due to the other pain but after talking with other experienced women they agree, it hurts! I must have squeezed that nurse’s hand off! By the time I got back to my room I was throwing up with pain and in tears again. I have a new appreciation for women with positive pap results