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Sunday, February 9, 2014

No Fun January

Honestly, I don't know where the past two months have gone.  It's been horribly cold this winter which I guess has been alright since I haven't been able to do much.  In January, a week after getting home from our Christmas traveling, found me back in the ER.  This time I was admitted with a blocked bile duct and infected liver.  They scheduled me for an ERCP to have a gallstone removed.  I was in a lot of pain and by the time they took me in for the procedure the next day, the pain meds were barely touching it.  Two weeks later I was scheduled for surgery to remove said gall bladder.  I knew prayers were working and that I ended up out at this hospital for a reason as the surgeon very frankly admitted to me just prior to surgery that he did not go into surgery alone.  That he prayed before every surgery for God to be there with him.  He told us later that the surgery had been a bit difficult with the gall bladder swollen.  He said it looked like that of a 65 year old man!  Yuck!  It's been a week and I am healing up nicely.  John did an awesome job helping me during my two stays in the hospital.  And I appreciate so much that he was able to be with me during most of my stay. But, I was again reminded how difficult it is to live away from family.  It's a rather lonely feeling. 

So, it's just not been a fun month.  I feel tired, unmotivated, and really behind on everything I had planned to do this winter.  We had some beautiful snow falls which I wasn't able to go out and photograph, but here are a few neighborhood shots of the "big" storm.  We got about 10-12 inches, which took the poor neighborhood kid about 3 hours to shovel.

I was blessed this month with two new birds in my backyard, a mockingbird and a northern flicker.  They've been back several times.  They were hard to photograph through the window.


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