Wednesday, September 16, 2009

Hello, again

Hello again to any of you who are still remembering this blog exists. I'm so sorry that I've been unable to post for so long. We had an encounter with the medical profession that took a lot of my energy--LH had a small cancer discovered in his bladder--and until it was removed and we received the good reports, I had no energy for anything else.

To celebrate the positive outcome, we undertook a driving trip to Santa Fe, to see old friends and renew acquaintance with the city where so many of our happy times took place.

So far, we haven't been very actively engaged in all that touching of bases since we both came down with altitude sickness.

Altitude sickness is a puzzling phenomenon. It doesn't care whether one is fit (I am not) or young (ditto). Some people have trouble at 7000 feet and some do not. No one knows exactly what determines this, apparently.

But oxygen helps; and acetominophen for the headache. And time appears to be the best help. We're feeling better now, on our fourth evening here. And so tomorrow, perhaps, we will venture forth as we originally planned.

Today, we were treated to a cozy, chilly day with clouds nestling in among the Sangre de Christo mountains--in particular one pale gray cloud shaped like an eel.

We should have lighted the fire in the fireplace...

6 comments:

Anonymous said...

Glad you're back and Hale is hale.
We've missed ya'. Enjoy Santa Fe.

mg said...

Glad to see you are feeling good enough to post - take care of yourself and LH! Enjoy the mountains.

Texas Legacy Lady said...

From reading Facebook comments I knew something was up. Leon had simply said on the blog that he'd be out of touch. I know he doesn't like to call attention to things. I was very worried but didn't want to pry.

Glad the news was good and he's recuperating in Santa Fe. You both take care of yourselves and get over the altitude sickness. Hope all goes well the rest of the trip. You deserve some rest and recreation. Blessings.

Sydney said...

good to read your post, and thanks for being in communication. We have a cabin in the colorado rockies that's about 10,000 ft up. To not get alt. sickness, we simply do not do much the first two days. Unpacking the car and getting the generator turned on, and filling water jugs by the stream is still a lot of activity, but if we then were to try to take a walk or go shopping as normal, we'd be down for days. It is NOT fun, like you say. But if we just do the basics and lay around and read and sit on the porch to watch the day go the first 48 hours, we are fine for the most part.

pjhornberger said...

That does not sound like fun. None of the above. So glad you got positive results, except for the altitude sickness. That can be the pits for sure. I am so glad to see your post here. I have missed your writing. Facebook just doesn't do yours justice. Be well...

sizzie said...

bdogs, I am so glad to read you are back, and that all is, hopefully, resolved on the medical front.

I, too, suffer altitude sickness in Santa Fe and Taos. I love the places, but...

Thank you for the vists you have made to my blog in the last months. I am always pleased to see your name in the comments.

Today, I closed out the two I had going. They were my starter blogs, begun when I didn't know what words or direction I thought I would take. I will begin again soon. I will continue to stop by and read your entries, as I always enjoy hearing what you have to say. : )