Monday, May 16, 2016

Down The Mountain, Again



Feels like I have a new job! It's called doctors' appointments! Set the alarm, take a shower, wash hair, get dressed nicely, or close to it. Get in my Jeep, drive for an hour or more. OK, I know I have to put up with so much of this because I only did what was most necessary while Errol was ill. And it could be worse, so much worse. It's just that I so love to stay home......


I didn't have the stress test Thursday because Mary got on a jury. She was sure she wouldn't, but there you go. But I drove down to Bakersfield and had the ultrasound on the veins in my legs. I will reschedule the other test.

Sitting there, waiting for the vein ultrasound in the heart place, I saw so many sick people. So many old people, struggling with opening a car door, getting out a walker, pushing an oxygen tank, and I felt so sad. This place is the picture of heart disease, of suffering with a bad heart. 


I didn't really want to go, but decided I better and make the best of it. Murray Farms is on the way, at the foot of the mountain; it sells all the regular farmer's market stuff, not cheap. It has changed a lot over the years, getting more commercial, installing a Chevron Station, charging to see the farm animals, giving tours, and so on.


For me, they have a ladies room and these palm trees that tell me I'm now at sea level. It's more fun here in the fall when they sell pumpkins and everything is colorfull in pumpkin orange, red apple, purple lavender and other colors of fall.


But I did find this colorful railing with a critter attached to it. So here I am, taking a picture of the critter.



And here it is a bit enlarged. So that's the way to do it when you don't want to do it. Just throw in some fun along the way and it will turn out that the journey wasn't so bad, after all.







21 comments:

  1. You have the right attitude right there. Our nearest larger hospital is over 2 hours drive from home. your insect looks a little like what we call a " Praying Mantis". Hope all tests went well, and the next one will be an easier drive for you.

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  2. Hope the test results are good. Glad you could have a bit of fun after the sadness of the heart hospital.

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  3. Unfortunately, the older we get, thr more our social life becomes doctor visits. It is good to stop along the way and enjoy nature.

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  4. I've had that vein thing done twice now. The first time, I thought it was a joke it went so fast. I couldn't see how they could get a good look that quickly. Yes, going to the doctor does feel like a job - one you don't particularly care for. Odd colors for a railing, aren't they?

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  5. Hi Inger - you've got things under control and that's the main thing ... life will tick on - as you are ticking the boxes and doing what you need to do ...

    You'll be back with Samson and Faith soon enough ... love the grasshopper and the purple flower on the bush ... and as you say make the best you can of things happening ...

    Take care and all the best - enjoy the week .. cheers Hilary

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  6. May the tests be good.

    Making the best out of a current situation saves my sanity...some mornings.

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  7. It sounds like you and I are the same when it comes to sticking around home. I really don't like going "down the hill" (mine is only 4 miles, though!). Not at all!
    I'm glad you found something fun and pretty to offset the not-so-fun. I hope your test results are good!

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  8. Good morning Inger,
    I hope the test results are good!
    The Bakersfield Heart Hospital looks a good Hospital.
    I see that you are always enjoying the nature and took beautiful photos.
    Have a nice week ahead.
    Sending hugs!

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  9. And "dress nicely." I laughed at that part ;0)

    glad you are taking care of yourself- its important. YOU are important! xoxo

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  10. We don't have grass hoppers here. I wish we did as my chickens could feast on them and I wouldn't have to haul sacks of cracked corn around so much.

    I don't like to go to medical facilities. For the same reasons you mentioned, among others. I cancelled all my appointments for this month and I am going to see if it makes any difference. (other than to the doctors wallets, which I don't care about.)

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  11. Going to get medical tests done is never fun ... the nurses, aides, and doctors are so aloof, impersonal. "Hey, this is my life we're dealing with here!" I want to yell. It is just a job to them. I have started to try to make them laugh. At least it makes me a person in their perceptions ... an irritating person but a person. :-) You have the right attitude. May your tests turn out well.

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  12. I am SO tired of going to doctor's appointments!!

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  13. love that neon railing and its cte critter... that hospital is gorgeous. i love the tall glass part. we live in Senior Country so what you described at the hospital is every where we go, walmart, cvs, publix and they are all driving and they can't even walk....

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  14. What a cheerful place you found to stop. Love the grasshopper too! I don't go to those medical appointments anymore. I just don't want to. If something serious comes along, I am sure I will be forced to. But for now, I am listening to my body and deciding I don't need a doctor to tell me something might be wrong.

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  15. LOVE your critter:) I am glad you are healthy and independent keep up the good work and your incredibly cheerful attitude. This helps many of us to see what you have been through and how you choose to carry on and live your life to the fullest. I admire that so much. xo HUGS B

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  16. Often when the years pile on, doctor'a appointments become our only gotta dos. Wishing you good results with all your tests. Good idea to try for some fun along the way. Attitude is everything.

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  17. We always need to give ourselves incentives and little rewards too! Love your shadow shot! Hugs, Diane

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  18. I know what you mean about putting things off, but I am glad you made the trip...those tests matter almost as much as YOU!...:)JP

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  19. Never ever give up. Those using a walker are still taking the steps for living.

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  20. I think you have the right idea, Inger. Make the most of a little adventure while you take care of the "necessaries" and then get back home! I am so glad you're taking care of yourself. It's easy to put aside your own health when you were a caregiver for Errol. Having been through so much and spending time in hospitals has probably really heightened your sensitivity to those who are struggling and so ill. I hope you just continue to take care of yourself, and that doing so doesn't require too many trips on down the hill! :-) Debra

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  21. That says it all, Inger. It's finding some fun things to do and see along life's journey. And I don't know anyone who doesn't love such wonderful photographs as you post. Thanks for brightening my day. And do take care of yourself. :)

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Thanks for leaving a comment.. ~~ Inger

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