jennywren: (tdbar)
( Sunday, July 15th, 2007 06:56 am)
Up early, seeing Molly off to Cleveland for her field ed. job. I'm dealing with a persistent sinus headache and annoying random body aches (plus reading for my summer class that starts this week), so I didn't go with her this morning.
I was lying in bed, and I started to hear large splashing in the river. I went down to look, and it appeared to be fishes splashing around. I don't know if the were just getting surface bugs for breakfast or if they were fighting or feeling frisky or protesting the low water level or what. They were pretty big -- at least 10 inches to over a foot. I have seen people fishing in the river, but I'm not sure I would eat anything out of it. We pull a lot of trash out of it, when the water level is low, plus there seems to be some oily run off . . . But it was neat to see the fish this morning and figure out what was making so much noise.
As Molly was getting in her car, I stood on the sidewalk and watched loosely flocked birds flying north. There were 50+ spread out over the sky. They weren't tightly packed like the flocks you see in the fall.

The air is cool and clear this morning. I think I'll feed the kitties, dose my headache, and head back to bed. I'm afraid the AC will have to come on today, after two days of not (quite) needing it.
jennywren: (spinning earth)
( Monday, May 1st, 2006 06:32 pm)
We are enjoying the many signs of spring all around. We've seen ducklings and goslings taking field trips with their parents up and down the river. The geese have been very honky lately. Flowers are blooming; the trees are leafy. Molly and I got water shoes. We've been walking up and down the river: wading in the shallows and walking on the rocks. We pick up whaterever trash we find. Yesterday we found a bicycle tire, a street sign pole, an insulated coffee mug, and a sweatshirt. There is an old shag carpet wrapped around one of the trees; it has been there so long that grass and other plants are growing out of it. Why do people throw trash in the river? Yesterday we also stumbled across some fish nurseries full of tiny fish. Between that and the empty mussel shells, we have a good idea what the heron has been eating. We also saw a crayfish swimming away. Our neighbor was shooting a BB gun on the river on Saturday. I hope he wasn't shooting birds or fish.

Last week was rough. We were both really tired -- likely exhausted from the stress prior to the oncologist visit. However, it was hard to get enough rest, because the a$$hats (our name for the tree-eating Asplundh Tree Experts, as in "tree experts, my a$$!!!) finished mauling the trees in our apartment complex (nearly a month after their deadline) in the state's effort to eradicate the Emerald Ash Borer. They took down the last two large ash trees one apartment down from us, and only managed to kill one non-ash tree and maim half a dozen others. It was a very frustrating and loud week. I get so angry at them for their unthinking, uncaring destruction and desecration of other wildlife and ecosystems as they work. Give a boy a phallic toy . . .

Wednesday we went to see Great Big Sea in concert at the Southern Theater in Columbus. This was the first pop/rock/folk type concert Molly had ever gone to. What a first time it was! The Southern Theater is a beautifully restored classical theater. Great Big Sea is a folk rock band from Newfoundland, Canada. The first set was mainly folk songs, while the second set was more pumped up and rocking. The group is high energy, and clap and dance throughout the concert. We went with a friend from school who let us know that Great Big Sea was coming to Columbus. This was her seventh time seeing them. It was an awesome good time. Do check out Great Big Sea's website http://www.greatbigsea.com/ to find out more about the band and to hear clips of their music.

I'm still wrangling with the insurance company for all my medical bills -- major grrrr. Plus all my education loans switched into repayment, since I had to drop all my classes this semester. I'm having to file for economic hardship deferments for all of them. Another GRRRR!!! Being anxious about paperwork and idiots doesn't lend itself to healing. I'm doing lots of reading for fun. I just finished the Firebirds anthology edited by Sharyn November. I'm now reading The Green Man -- Tales from the Mythic Forest. Next in my pile is The Faery Reel: Tales from the Twilight Realm. Recently I've also read Little, Big and The Translator by John Crowley.
jennywren: (rainbow peace)
( Saturday, April 22nd, 2006 10:21 pm)
Hello everyone!

I am writing to bring you good news.

I saw the oncologist on Friday morning. We found out that the cancer I had was graded as very good on a scale of bad to good. There is no sign that the cancer has spread. There is only about a 5% chance of recurrence. I will not need any treatment at this time. I do not have to have further surgery (such as a hysterectomy) unless I choose to. All I need to do for now is have an exam and ultrasound every 6 months to make sure things are still normal.

Thank you all for your continued prayers and support during my recovery. Knowing now that I will not be needing treatment or surgery this summer, I can go ahead and plan to work this summer and resume classes in the fall. The insurance company is still collecting information on my claims, so I am not sure how much I will be paying in medical bills. The hospital has very graciously decided to pay whatever hospital bills I have that the insurance won't pay. I am hoping the doctors and other providers will also give me some consideration.

My incision is looking good and healing well. The part of the incision above my naval is nearly completely closed over now. I am gaining energy and enjoying good weather days. Yesterday Molly and I spent the afternoon at the zoo (we have a yearly membership). We saw a very cute baby koala! Today we walked along the Olentangy River behind our apartment and picked up broken glass and other trash for Earth Day. It is great to be able to be a bit more active.

It is a great relief to know that I do not require further treatment or surgery at this point. I will just be concentrating on healing. And, of course, I'll keep you posted.

Jenny

PS I have posted pictures on-line of my tumor and my incision. If you would like to see them, let me know and I'll send you an invitation from flickr.com. (You can see my public pictures at http://flickr.com/photos/73254900@N00/.
jennywren: (spinning earth)
( Thursday, April 13th, 2006 01:23 pm)
This morning we were awakened by four noisy geese honking up and down the river. I'm not sure why they were honking so long and so loud, but it was certainly preferable to the way we were awakened yesterday.

Yesterday morning, a little after 8, we were awakened by knocking at our door. )

In other news . . .

Sorry I haven't been in touch much lately. Most days I don't have a lot of energy for too much, like answering emails or posting in LJ. My mood is rather
up and down most days, and I have a lot of anxiety. It makes it hard. Some days I get very discouraged and depressed. My medical events have changed a lot of my life, and I am trying to sift through and reconstruct. I dropped all my classes and lost my jobs this semester. I am registered for fall semester though. I am enjoying the time to read the books I want to read for fun! I also got out my spinning wheel again, and I have knitting projects and art supplies.

In health news, we are still waiting to hear when our oncologist appointment will be. We are hopeful that I won't need chemo. It is still very likely that I will need to have a complete hysterectomy, so I need to make decisions about childbearing soon. My incision is healing up quite well. Almost 4 inches at the top and 1 at the bottom are closed. I still have pain from time to time, but nothing too serious. I've been to the ER twice with severe pain since the
surgery, but I seem to be past that now, I hope!!! Molly changes my bandages every day, and the home health nurses discharged me from their care on Wednesday. I see the surgeon again for follow-up on the 24th.

I am getting my strength and energy back, so I am able to enjoy outings more. Molly and I went to The Columbus Zoo and Aquarium on Monday. It was a nice change of pace and place. We saw )

I hope you all are well. I will try to keep in touch a little better, and hopefully there will be updates more often. Happy Spring!!!
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