Something new

IMG_0234Posted to Nature Notes from my iPad.

The title of this post doesn’t refer to me, or my body, which is not new, but to the reawakening of life around me.  These days, I can sit in my garden and watch the plants emerge from the ground.  While I have thoughts of “getting out and doing something new” I also think Why?

Why rush off somewhere when I can sit here and enjoy the beauty.  Why indeed. And if I need a bit of exercise, I can walk up the block and look at my neighbors’ yards, one filled with tulips, another with emerging perennials.  Last week it was Corner Kathy’s Camilla, this week, it’s Cathy F’s flowering Crabapple and Mel’s tulips.  Next week it will be Sue’s dogwood. The Tulip Magnolias with their big floppy pink petals have come and gone, but the two-toned flowering Crabapple is beautiful.  In fact, I think it’s the most beautiful of the spring-flowering trees. You can read more about them here:

http://www.landscape-america.com/landscapes/trees/flowering_crabapple.html

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My GP is an old hen, but I have to say this “iron deficiency anemia” has taken the wind out of my sails.  If that’s what it is.  So far the doc has sent me to an oncologist who ran tests for months for CML (chronic myelogenous leukemia) and eventually released me.  Next the lab reported I had low potassium, so the doc prescribed potassium.  Next he said I had low salt. Then it was too much water in my blood and the doc told me to drink less water.  The latest tests show none of the above but now he thinks I have low iron and am anemic.  So once more, this week I see another specialist. Yesterday, I said to David, “No wonder Medicare is going broke.” The truth of course is that the clock runs out and we die.  Like Miss Marple said, “I’ve had my four score and ten.”

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I’m not throwing in the towel yet.  I’m leaving shortly to drag myself to the gym for water aerobics. Should I make it through an hour of exercise,  I will be back later today to visit my blog world friends.

32 thoughts on “Something new

  1. those blooms are beautiful… hoping my crabapple trees look this good when they grow up… they’re nothing but switches right now, lol… so sorry to hear about your anemia. it’s difficult to get over that. my number was a 6 when it was supposed to be a 12 or higher. doing better now though. i ended up taking an iron transfusion twice so that my blood would stay up. it’s been good ever since… wishing you the same outcome. have a great day~

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  2. Pretty blooms.. spring at last.. My doc is always finding something and after a while, I have had enough tests..I tend to be anemic and take vitamin D..but it gets tiresome…. I hope you have a more simple fix to your issues… yes getting old here too…Michelle

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  3. When did it go up to four score years and ten? Must be all this newfangled longevity and pushing up the retirement age to the old life expectancy of three score years and ten. Contrary to all expectation, I have outlived it and am heading to my four score but refusing to give up just yet.
    If you lack iron, eat red meat and you will also get enough salt without taking extra which only causes water retention. Here speaks one on no salt and restricted fluids but keeps braking the rules and surviving anyway.

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    • Three score and ten is Biblical. Four score and seven years was Lincoln’s clever way of linking the talk at Gettysburg to the Bible…what politicians in the South have always done (and the north too until more recently). At the time he gave the Gettysburg address in 1863, the Declaration of Independence was 87 years old.

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  4. Lovely blooms! I wish I had some to sit and watch, nothing blooming here yet.
    I often think if there were less tests and specialist, doctors would be able to diagnose things more readily. My GP came up with my expected diagnosis with one examination, but it had to put through the specialists paces and a gazillion test for them to confirm it.

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  5. Beautiful shots of the new blossoms. I know how frustrating it can be to have a zillion tests and still not be sure of answers. I hope you get some relief soon.

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  6. Gregg’s Dad is 93 and he has more energy than the two of us put together. He had a heart operation, a pacemaker and broke his thigh bone a couple of years ago, but he’s still riding his lawn mower around a very large yard. It’s those Norwegian genes I think. I am loving all the flowers.

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  7. Yes, you can do this. I came back from the cruise feeling 150% better than when I left. Even with my heat problems, I feel vastly better. I think it was all the walking on my new hip. 🙂 No more knee pain.

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  8. Stick with it, youngster. There’s still a lot of history for you to read, write about, and experience.And as you know, gardening projects last forever.

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  9. Yes, that’s why Medicare is broke, It took three solid months of phone calls to get one prescription renewed. Boy, I hope they renew you soon. Your friend who is swampt with photos.

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  10. I am waiting until age 70 to start SS for the same reason — an incentive to stay alive until I at least break even on the bet. I like your appreciation of spring. As long as you DON’T think April is the cruelest month, then you’re still glad to be alive!

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  11. My dad is 76 now and has been depressed because he’s been to the doctor so often in the last two years, and he still cannot feel better. So aggravating.

    The dogwood is my favorite tree bloom. It’s nice that you can walk around your neighborhood and see so many pretty flowers.

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  12. I do believe that the doctors look at your insurance coverage, and if you are well covered with policies that pay well, they send you off for round after round of testing. And, with enough testing, they will find something. The reason I don’t go to the dr.

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  13. You’re too funny. Well, at least you have a sense of humor, which is a God-given talent, you know. I believe that the bottom line is How do you feel? If the answer is Okay, then why bother with needless tests? Just take each day as it comes and enjoy yourself. I have moles on my back that won’t be biopsied or looked at for precisely that reason. I’ll keep going until I drop dead.

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  14. We have lost time to make up for so keep on keeping on. I remember years ago you used to get a false positive on another test.

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