Monday, April 30, 2012

DR. APPOINTMENT GOOD, WEATHER BAD, & A LEFT/RIGHT BRAIN THEORY

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TONIGHT’S RANDOM PHOTOS ARE FROM MY FILES….TOOK THIS ONE AT BAYFIELD’S SUNSET PARK IN JUNE OF 2009…NO IDEA WHO THIS COUPLE WAS BUT WISHED I HAD GOT THEIR EMAIL ADDRESS TO SEND THEM THIS PHOTO……..

I’m certainly glad my Doctor’s appointment turned out better than our cold, gloomy, & wet rainy day. Yikes, is it ever going to warm up this year.
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BAYFIELD HOSTS VARIOUS CAR SHOWS THROUGH THE SUMMER FEATURING CHEVY CORVETTE & FORD THUNDERBIRD DAYS AS WELL AS VINTAGE CAR DAYS WHICH THIS PHOTO IS FROM A FEW YEARS AGO.

My appointment was at 9 so of course I was there in the waiting room early. The blood work lab is here as well so one large waiting room serves all. If there were 50 seats in that waiting room, 49 & a half were filled with people waiting to get rid of some blood. I call it the Vampire Clinic & unfortunately I will be there myself in the coming days slumped in a chair with eyes cast to the floor holding a little number tag in my hand. “Next, number 89.” Oh crap that’s me. Here I go….ouchy, ouchy, ouchy.
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I am extremely fortunate to have such a great Nurse Practitioner in Sue Leddy. Here is a lady who makes you feel like you are actually an important human being even if some of us out here have days where we doubt that sometimes. Where Doc Robot freezes your very blood upon entering the room, my Nurse Practitioner immediately warms your heart, puts you at ease, & makes you comfortable. She spent a fair bit of time with me this morning because my list of problems was unusually long.  Here’s the condensed version of what’s going on & what’s coming up.
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AN OLD FORGOTTEN FOOT BRIDGE

She suspects the Varicose veins in my left leg (one of the reasons I don’t wear shorts) may be part & parcel of my overall left leg problem impeding blood flow. There are definite problems with my right knee because of old injuries & she is also suspecting possible nerve damage radiating into my legs from several lower back injuries years ago. She set me up with two additional appointments at the Goderich hospital next week. One for an ultra-sound on my legs & the other for X-rays of my lower back & legs with attention going specifically to my right knee. I am also scheduled for blood work shortly at the Vampire Clinic to check for a whole host of other things as well. It will be the results of those tests (diabetes, prostrate, cholesterol, etc.) that could lead to some additional yukky stuff procedures. In the meantime she has re-newed my Arthrotec prescription.
OUR JOINT BEFORE WE GOT HERE

OUR HOUSE BEFORE WE BOUGHT IT IN LATE 2002

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OUR HOUSE 5 YEARS LATER AFTER WE REMODELLED & LANDSCAPED IT

Also, over the next 2 weeks she is easing me onto a nerve pain pill for my legs called PMS-Nortriptyline. I see her again on May 14th to, amongst other things, see if those pills have left me stranded in outer space somewhere or are actually working. Or both. And, I think the PMS in this case stands for Painful-Man-Syndrome:)) You know how us cry baby guys can’t handle this pain stuff as well as you ladies can, right………..:))
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AFTER DIGGING IN THE FRONT YARD POND YEARS AGO, FROGS JUST STARTED SHOWING UP EVERY YEAR AFTER

Geeeezzzz, looks like I’m filling this blog all up with boring medical stuff. But, it’s a cold rainy day so I just don’t have a lot of other stuff to blog about. Well, I do, but that’s for another dull day. I’ll give you a hint…….‘Blog Evolution’.
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IN A FLURRY OF BLURRY BLUE JAY FEATHERS

Now, I do have another bit of a problem that cropped up last summer & has been getting steadily worse. My Nurse Practitioner said it is imperative I talk to my Urologist (Doc Robot) in the next few weeks before surgery about this because it could be related to the Kidney Stone problem. I’m hoping that it is. In either case, Ice Man Robo Doc handles both those departments & it is he who I have to deal with. This is really starting to sound like ‘General Hospital’ so let’s move on………..

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SPLISH SPLASH I WAS TAKING A BATH 

Awhile back I had an email from a reader/friend with some interesting food for thought.  Ever meet somebody you just kind of unexplainably hit if off with right away while maybe the next person you meet just kind of turned you right off.  I’m sure we have all experienced this.  Or maybe you have met someone, took a liking to them & struck up a friendship only to find out after awhile the two of you really don’t get along that well because of….differences.  You might have a lot in common with this person, have respect for them & yet your personalities begin to clash.  You just can’t seem to agree with each other’s take on things in a lot of areas.  And then it get’s personal & the brief friendship is destroyed in a flurry of hard feelings.  Could this, unfortunately be a ‘Right Brain/Left Brain sort of thing.  Two people with similar interests but each one thinking with opposite sides of the brain.  Neither is necessarily right or wrong.  They just think differently & approach things from different perspectives & it’s hard for each one to understand the other’s logic, or lack of it.  I Googled LEFT BRAIN vs RIGHT BRAIN & came up with what I consider to be a sensible & possible explanation of this theory.  You can click on the colored link above for that.  Thought it was an interesting concept.  And why did I write about this Left Brain/Right Brain thing??  Let’s just say it had a bit of something to do with Blogs, Bloggers, & Blogging & a lot to do with my Right Brain thought patterns.  And yes, I think it is the right side of my brain that does most of my thinking for me, with some welcome left side crossovers of course:))

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HEY, YOU TALKIN TO ME!! 

Another Canadian Snow Bird arrived home today after an 8 month journey south of the border.  TRAVELS WITH CC & DIXIE have a lot of photos heading north up the eastern seaboard through Tennessee, Virginia Washington DC & New York State.  You may remember them from their stop at Tiffin Motor Homes in Red Bay, Alabama awhile back.

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HEADING OUT FOR A LAKE HURON SUNSET CRUISE AT THE MOUTH OF THE BAYFIELD RIVER

GROANER’S CORNER:(( Here’s a few diddy’s about men & women.  And, remember folks, I don’t write these things, I just pass them along………….. 
- A man will pay $2 for a $1 item he needs.
A woman will pay $1 for a $2 item that she doesn't need.
- A successful man is one who makes more money than his wife can spend.
A successful woman is one who can find such a man.
- To be happy with a man, you must understand him a lot and love him a little.
To be happy with a woman, you must love her a lot and not try to understand her at all.
- A woman marries a man expecting he will change, but he doesn't.
A man marries a woman expecting that she won't change, and she does.
- A woman has the last word in any argument.
Anything a man says after that is the beginning of a new argument.

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- Tourists see the world, travelers experience it.
- Home is where your pet is:))
- The only thing better than right now will someday be the memories of right now...AL.
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21 comments:

Nan said...

right brain, left brain....I am totally confused. Maybe it because of the confusion in my life? I need someone to unconfuse me!

JB said...

Yep, I know exactly what you mean Al, but over the years I have learned to take the good and overlook the bad when it comes to folks.

Sure hope they get all this medico stuff figured out for you.

Judy and Emma said...

Too much thinking for me. I'll just move on down the road.

BJ said...

I'm sure you've told us before, but either I don't remember or I never saw it. What kind of a camera are you using that is producing such beautiful, crystal clear pictures?

Spotted Dog Ranch: said...

Wow, doesn't even look like the same house! Amazing.

The blue jay photo is really cool and groovey. :)

And I can identify with the medical stuff, bigtime. Got my xrays back and it's all good, but hows come I'm still feeling like someone ran over me? Oh, that was the bill...wish I were Canadian, seriously.

And as for right and left brains, it's a no-brainer that some people don't even seem to use either side. :)

Sherry said...

Wow Al that medical stuff sounds scary. Pretty hard not to blog about what's upper most in your mind. Those blood tests can reveal things you could never have even imagined. We're traveling that road. Sure hope you don't have to.

Sherry
www.directionofourdreams.blogspot.com

Robbie said...

Your sunset photos are breath taking!!

I think I have some days where I am thinking with no brain!

Dennis and Donna said...

Kidney issues can be very far reaching...best to check that out with your urologist...just sayin'.

The Hollingers said...

Good luck Al with all your medical test... you are going to need a roadmap to keep it all straight!

Jim and Sandie said...

Knowing what we're going through with Jim this year, I'm really glad you're having everything checked out. If it hadn't been for the back surgery we would never have found the lung cancer. Not fun but for some reason we gals sure want to keep our guys around for a whole lot longer. After reading right/left brain I think they need a center brain.

Miss Lazee said...

Hi Al - I dont think it is right brain vs left brain as much as it is about the different personality colours.

Examples - Blue personality is conservative, reliable and trustworthy. Yellow loves a challenge, particularly a mental challenge.

Google or lots of info here http://www.empower-yourself-with-color-psychology.com/index.html

Maybe too much information but I have always found it interesting.

Thanks for the Food for thought - yet again!

Sharon at Princess and Cowboy

Sue and Doug said...

no brain..meno brain!..what ever works for the moment..just happy to be on the right side of the grass!...glad to hear that the doctor visit was productive!!

Jean and Skip said...

Glad you are getting your medical problems sorted out. The difference in your house is amazing, our before and after pictures are too.

Rick said...

Al, PMS-Nortriptyline is an antidepressant. I was on it for a bit with my Diabetic Neuropathies what happen to me was I was beginning to feel drugged and just awful feeling, I complained to my Doctor about it and he put me on Gabapentin, which helps without the effects for my nerve damage to my feet. Now I just wanted to let you know and not telling you to go against your doctor - but I do not like antidepressants. Rick

sierrasue said...

wishing you all the best Al ! It is no fun to have pain. Sounds like you are having your share.

I love the bird in the bath photos !!! and the little squirrel ! Great photos !

PatB said...

I don't have a RV however I have a friend that RV's full time therefore I read her blog. I started reading other blogs. I enjoy your blog, I especially enjoy looking at the beautiful pictures you take.

Terence said...

Wish you to regain your normal self.

Gypsy said...

It seems that when you finally go to see a doctor, things start snowballing until you wonder how you ever made it this far. Hope they can fix you up in no time.

Alice & Rudy said...

Good luck with all your medical tests.Sounds like your Dr. Robot and Nurse Practioner are "right brain/left brain people.
Love that robin in the bird bath even though it doesn't look too happy with you taking the picture.:o)

The Good Luck Duck said...

Verrry interesting. I'd love to get some right-brain into my life. It's why I meditate. Just got to shut up that left-brain yakkity-yak-yak for a few minutes. I try to get some time alone, and there it is, just yakkity-yak-yakking inside my head.

It's also why I like to hang out with right-brained people.

Okay, I'm going to link something, and then I'll NEVER MENTION IT AGAIN (probably). It's called Forks Over Knives. Maybe you'll get bored enough to watch it some evening.

hobbea said...

What a difference 5 years made. I wouldn't have bought that house. But that's because I don't use the right/ left brain type. I would listen to the all-over "gut-feeling".
Lots of brain stuff here.

Have the same experience with a Dr. Robot and a Nurse Practitioner. I switched over to Yvonne with all my visits. Like it WAY better.

"People are like old cars. The older the more wear and tear".
Hope they will bring you back to "normal" again soon.

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