May. 10th, 2012

Suh-WEET!

May. 10th, 2012 02:01 pm
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Rose early this morning for my appointment at University Hospital, though I stayed up late listening to Roy Dotrice's reading of George R. R. Martin's A Feast for Crows. Just finished download three of it (the 4th book in the series), and start download four tonight. This segment is eight hours and twelve minutes. I'm so happy the books are lengthy and grateful the audiobooks are unabridged. Damn they're great books. *bounces enthusiastically*

Amazing sightings on Tower Road, nearing University Hospital yet still in open prairie: an adult coyote chillin' by the roadside, standing still and eyeing me postcard-perfect; and, a few fields over, a grazing lone white-tailed doe (noteworthy as normally only mule deer inhabit this area.)

The appointment wasn't as detailed or long as mom had warned me it would be. Dr. Ringle, who's been my neurologist for--jeepers!--26 years now, went over my rather dramatic looking X-rays and downplayed our concern (not in a patronizing way, simply in a realistic way). Here's what came of the X-rays, followed by his advice:

PELVIS AND BILATERAL HIP RADIOGRAPHS, 3 VIEWS, 04/26/2012
FINDINGS: There appears to be some bony callus about both femoral necks suggesting healing stress fractures.
THORACIC SPINE RADIOGRAPHS, TWO VIEWS
FINDINGS: There is compound scoliosis of the thoracolumbar spine. Levoscoliosis of the mid and lower thoracic spine is centered around T9-10. There is degenerative arthritic lipping of the thoracic spine.
AP AND LATERAL LUMBAR SPINE RADIOGRAPHS, TWO VIEWS
FINDINGS: There is moderate dextroscoliosis of the lumbar spine centered at L2-3. There is asymmetric disc space narrowing on the left at L1-2, L2-3, and L3-4. There is degenerative arthritic lipping.

Sounds, looks, and feels pretty serious. At this point in my life, with my chronic health issues, the focus of my care is actually reminiscent of someone on hospice: comfort. Ringle recommended I get another cortisone shot where the old fractures occurred, which helped a lot last time (for five months.) Take Vicodin and Xanax as needed. Luckily I'm not prone to addiction issues, which is a good thing. >;-)

Now to get cracking on editing a smorgasbord o' photo goodness!
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Last November I ordered this great sketch for Antonio's b-day from werewolf-news.com and felt compelled to share it before the photogasm:

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Heh, I almost forgot about the rest of this batch. When I left off last time, it was with both group photos and personal shots of me, the boys, and Erik. All of the pictures were uploaded out of order, so I'm grouping them by subject matter. First up, waterbirds galore!

Yes! My first American Coot sightings of the year. I love my coots. The second sequence with the coot turning around in the slushy water and taking off is neat.
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Chilly gulls and vibrant duckies:
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So pretty; such electric colors! Nature's cool. >:-D
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Wow... Big-time wow.

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Hair-standing-on-the-back-of-my-neck time, looking at these while listening to Rain by Tones On Tail. Eerie perfection, tranquil bliss. Right on!

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