Sunny and windy

My visit to the orthopedic surgeon last week was sobering.  He tells me shots will not help and I should let him know when I am ready for joint replacement surgery, i.e. let him know when I just can’t take the pain anymore.

My heart is an issue as I have an ascending aortic aneurism which will also eventually require surgery. The good news is that my blood pressure was 106/42 when I saw my GP Friday. It was much higher a few weeks ago. My chemicals are steady, however, he put me back on the statin.  He says as I’ve had a stroke, I need it. Yuck. And, I am to continue eating iron rich foods to deal with anemia.  Steak today, I think.

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I finished reading Azar Nafisi’s Republic of Imagination,  an excellent book I highly recommend. An Iranian-American and professor of English Literature, she writes from the perspective of one who sees the shortcomings of political extremes in American education. Nafisi taught American literature in Teheran, no small challenge. If you have not read Reading Lolita in Teheran do so.

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Scary high winds here today.  Knocked out electricity in several neighborhoods. We have been fortunate, knock on wood.  David and I will do more yard work later this week when the wind subsides. Otherwise the weather is bright and sunny and the bulbs continue to push up.

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Working on my family tree this week I found more Scots and Irish ancestors on dad’s side.  Actually, they are mostly Welsh, but that’s cool and just in time for Saint Patrick’s Day and a visit to our local pub for a great meal.

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 Village sign dating from the Middle Ages and found in Caston, Norfolk, England.  My Welsh grandparents lived here before they migrated to America during the Great Puritan Migration 1620-1650.

 

 

 

 

45 thoughts on “Sunny and windy

  1. Diane, I am so sorry to hear of your medical problems but glad to see that you are responding and yes, taking it one day at a time. I have always loved getting your insightful and informative thoughts on my blog entries and look forward to many more in the future. Keep on the upswing and be sure to let us all know how you are progressing. I am sending good vibes and hugs, Ginnie

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  2. Oh no… I’m so sorry. I thought things were going better. Please let her know that all her blogger friends are keeping her in their thoughts and prayers. I did just find out from Mage about your mom. Thank you for letting us all know.

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      • She is at George Washington University Hospital in the District of Columbia if anyone is wanting to send flowers, and I can take cards to her. My postal address is: Connie Nystrom, P.O. Box 368, Rixeyville, VA 22737

        She is in a room now on the Acute Stroke Unit.

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    • Thank you for the update. I’m so sorry to hear of this setback for your mom. She seemed to be doing so well and in good spirits. When you see her, tell her that her blogging community loves her, misses her, and sending messages of healing and well being. Also, how is David doing? Please console him for us also. We know how much these two mean to one another.

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      • David is doing the best he can. He said he feels much better knowing we’re there for him and Mom. Brother Dunstan is visiting quite a bit too. He took David out for coffee yesterday.

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    • I’m so, so sorry to hear about Diane’s stroke. Please give her all my love and tell her I am thinking about her and rooting for a speedy and successful recovery. Much love to the whole family at this stressful time. Your mum is a totally awesome person. One of my absolutely favourite bloggers. ❤

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      • She is at George Washington University Hospital in the District of Columbia if anyone is wanting to send flowers, and I can take cards to her. My postal address is: Connie Nystrom, P.O. Box 368, Rixeyville, VA 22737

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      • That’s wonderful news!!! She must be very strong. I feel for you and your family, though having the new grandbaby is sure to give you much joy and comfort right now. Thankful for that…

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    • She is at George Washington University Hospital in the District of Columbia if anyone is wanting to send flowers, and I can take cards to her. My postal address is: Connie Nystrom, P.O. Box 368, Rixeyville, VA 22737

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  3. I’ve been meaning to get to Reading Lolita in Teheran for a while now. Now I’m promising myself to turn to it as soon as I get home. Meanwhile, 106/42 … for real? I thought I was good at 126/76. I’ve never heard of one that low.

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  4. There was some good news — your BP numbers. Can appreciate how health care decisions get complicated as with your issues. Genealogy info cont to be interesting, especially village sign.

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  5. I have always been able to enjoy a good St Pat’s feast without any excuse, but finding we have Irish ancestry makes it that much more fun! I am sorry to hear you will need surgery. Many of my friends have had very good results, but they were not necessarily dealing with an aneurism at the same time. That will complicate things, but you have good medical care so I have confidence. I have ‘Reading Lolita…” on my Kindle but have not yet read it. I’ll bring it to the top of the non-fiction queue.

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  6. One day at a time, great attitude! Thanks for the book recommend. Sounds like a fascinating read. We lost our electricity for a while. Glad those winds have gone. We found Welsh in my ancestry, I am enjoying Gregg’s genealogy journey as much as he is. Loved your header and sign photos.

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  7. The original *Lolita* is a favourite of mine. I will look for *Reading Lolita in Teheran.*

    Forgive my ignorance regarding statin – I could Google it, but will ask you instead – I assume the side effects are the reason for the “yuck?”

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