Monday, November 22, 2021

Advent, Health, And My Old Dog

Correction: Sandra commented that Advent starts on the 28th. I knew that, I looked at my calendar when I wrote this, and I thought it was the 28th! Which is after Thanksgiving, so this post makes no sense. But I hope you will enjoy it anyway. 

Some health issues have come to the forefront of my life. I now need supplemental oxygen at night. No big deal, the noisy machine is in the other bedroom and I quickly got used to sleeping with little cannulas in my nostrils . 

Tomorrow, my great-niece, Jasmine, will drive me to Bakersfield for a CT scan of my chest. This will determine if I need oxygen during the day. While that would be a bummer, I know I will get used to it as well. It doesn't really matter since I'm mostly here at home.  

I also want to learn more about breathing because I believe one can improve one's ability to breathe. At least while one is at the stage I am. The only symptom I've had is a little shortness of breath walking up my hilly road here. Nothing while on flat land or in the house. But the oxygen is important, of course, so I have to work with the medical people and learn as much as I can. 

I got a good book, called Breath, by James Nestor. I will study it and work on some of the exercises included in it.  

Jasmine, has been here to help with house cleaning and special projects. So far, she emptied my pantry, got rid of expired items, cleaned the cabinet and organized the good stuff. Now I open the door, look inside and smile. Then she did a great job cleaning my floors. It's been wonderful getting help and spending time with her.

Adding to my woes, I also have an infection in my mouth, which set off my blood sugars to unimaginable highs. I thought I was OK after finishing the prescribed medicine. Now I think it's probably still there. There's always a reason for unusually high blood sugars, if you haven't splurged on a bunch of cookies or forgotten to take your insulin, then you're probably sick somewhere in your body. 

Now, about the holidays. Global warming is in full force here, it's 63 F --- 17 C here today. And 69 F is projected for later in the week. That's Swedish summer weather. At this point, there's nothing much to do, but to accept it. Normally, I would have taken out my Advent candle holder, cleaned it, put four candles in, and lit the first one, representing the first Sunday in Advent. Granted it came early this year, before Thanksgiving, even, but with this weather, I had no idea. 

Samson, who is 12 1/2 now, is slowing down. He can't walk far, he needs to rest while on our walks. We will visit the vet soon to get an evaulation. Samson and I have lived together for a long time now. We raised puppy Faith together, we mourned Errol together, and we've walked these hills together for many years. A huge sadness fills my heart when I sit and pet his  furry head. 

But he's still here, he's still totally food oriented, has a good appetite, guards, and barks the same as always. 

This has not been a fun post, I know. Since I haven't posted for awhile, I just wanted to share my health issues. But I promise, this will not be a whiny blog. 

I have a wonderful true story to share as soon as I finish writing it. It's about an ancient oak tree in Sweden. 

And I have a new inspiration for another conversation with Faith. This one about a road runner, a bird of the American Southwest, who hitched a ride with a moving van and ended up in Maine. Faith will have some opinions on that, for sure. 

As for the holidays, I guess I will have to prepare for next Sunday now. 

I'm late with this for a Sunday post, so I will schedule it for Monday morning. 



  1. Oxygen, the air we breathe is so important, and I guess I take my breathing for granted, unlike my heart that pumps millions of times, now with no pain. Hope that extra boost helps at night, and as our so loved dogs or cats age, we realise life is not infinite, but with them both there, one will support the other and you too.Down here, we are not venturing far, and only when really necessary, positive Covid cases are now coming nearer, some about 40 minutes away, and that is TOO close for my feeling of safety. Looking forward to the tree tale.

  2. So sorry to hear about your breathing problems and hope the CT scan gives you answers and solutions. I have had COPD for a few years and understand how that vital function breathing can rule your life. I am checking on that book Breath, by James Nestor. Sounds like it would be helpful. Thanks for the heads up.
    Feel also for your having to watch Samson age but he seems to be doing well. I have very elderly cat and understand. Take care Inger and let us know how things go.
    Can't wait to hear about the Swedish tree and the roadrunner adventure.

  3. I'm very sorry you are having so many health problems but I know you'll work to find things to help. And I hope the doctor has some answers. Take care of yourself this week and enjoy the mild weather. Sweet hugs, Diane

  4. Hi dear Inger, I'm glad that you have adjusted to having the oxogen during the night and I'm glad that you had Jasmine to help you clean house. I've noticed that we age, it gets a bit more difficult to do the little things that we once could do with ease.

    I hope that Samson will be with you for as long God allow even though he is also slowing down. Enjoy the gift of each day together and with Faith, of course.

    Yes, Advent came early this year. I do not have an Advent Wreath and should make one.
    Take care. Hugs,

  5. I don't do Advent but i looked it up and the web says it starts this Sunday the 28th, so you did not miss it. I am glad you are adjusting ok with the oxygen at night. prayers for you and both your pups and thankful prayers for your niece when you need her. We have missed you and your posts and hope you feel well enough to do a few post now and then, I hope the doctor can give you pointer on breathing excercises and also praying no oxygen needed while a wake

  6. Oxygen has such an impact on our energy. If you do need daytime use, it will help you feel more yourself. Happy Thanksgiving. To Samson and Faith, too.

  7. Hi Inger - so good to see what's happening with you and to know you're under control and have help at hand.

    The dogs are always a delight ... but their time does come - just happy that Samson is managing happily for now. I feel for you - as long as he's comfortable - that's the main thing.

    I'm sure the breathing exercises will help a fair amount and I'm glad you've found an interesting book to guide ...

    Looking forward to reading your story about the oak tree - our roots to nature. Stay safe and all the best - and great Jasmine is helping you so much - and I hope you'll have a lovely Thanksgiving - cheers Hilary

  8. It's really nice find you here this morning. Sorry about the worn out woes. I know them well.

  9. Hugs to Samson. 💕

    I can't wait to hear about the oak tree in Sweden.

    How did they know you need oxygen at night?

  10. dear lady! since when have you Ever whined???
    your posts speak to me of quiet Courage. and Humour. and Love.
    I have never breathed properly. just bad habits.
    I even tend to hold my breath when I concentrate!!! how weird.
    I have learned to meditate and have found that very helpful.
    you don't 'fight life' and that makes things easier I think.
    to me you are a Marvel! starting with living alone where you do! XO

  11. Inger, and while it was sad for you to write, it is sad for me to read, my old friend. You are right to pursue breathing sister did when she was diagnosed with COPD years ago. Do NOT give up. As for Samson, I've been with him since he was a pup too but you and Faith will take care of him. I hope you have a nice Thanksgiving,

  12. You should definitely read that book on breathing, and draw your own conclusions, before you get used to the oxygen addition offered by the medical people.

  13. So sorry to read about your breathing problem, hope the CT scan will help give you some answers.
    Thinking of you and sending my good wishes.

    All the best Jan

  14. Sorry to hear about your health problems. Hope the book helps with your breathing. I will add you to my morning prayer list which I pray while walking.

  15. I'm so sorry to hear about your health problems. I hope you can learn some good breathing exercises that help improve the function of your lungs. It's heartbreaking when one of our furry family members starts to slow down. I'm sure you make the most of every day you have with him!

  16. Dear Inger, I don't know why but I always lose the comment I'm writing when I try to communicate with you on the blog. So all I say now is "thank you for bringing us up to date on what is happening in your life and in Samson's. Breathing can be so tiring and difficult too. One of the keys to getting that breath is to calm oneself and not panic. Go deep into the center of yourself where Oneness/Peace/Harmony dwell and dwell there too." Peace.

  17. I bet that the oxygen will help you to feel even better but I am sure that you don't like the health issues at all. I am sending good thoughts to you and Samson. I hope that life is looking up very soon.


Thanks for leaving a comment.. ~~ Inger


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