Or as many as I could find. Pleased to be here for yet another Six on Saturday! Temps in the 50s F now with rain in the forecast. Thanks to Jim at Garden Ruminations for keeping the tradition alive.
A lot has happened since I took these pictures. I realized the other day that I could no longer play flute – the notes were simply no longer there. A look in the mirror revealed a subtle but definite facial droop on my left side. Well, sounds like stroke, so off to the emergency room I went (I want a refund on my day off, but wait, I was technically going to go in at least for a bit, so I an charge yesterday to sick time!). They did a CT and I found myself thinking about what my dose from this scan would be CT scans represent the lion’s share of non occupational radiation dose to humans from medical procedures. Radon is the largest environmental source of non occupational dose, but I digress. At the ER, they said that they could not find evidence of a stroke but wanted me admitted all the same. At the hospital, an MRI conformed that there was nothing in my brain causing the facial hemiparalysis – good, no stroke, no tumor pressing on parts of my brain that I actually use. So, what is it? It is believed that I have Bell’s Palsy, which I am told is believed to be caused by a viral infection attacking a nerve. The good news is a week of antivirals and corticosteroids along with persistence should have me back in form in a couple months. I will not be able to play flute in our Christmas Concert on December 4 – having only half an embouchure is not really satisfactory
First some icicles as the recent snow slowly melted off the roof. They are pretty as long as they don’t get too out of control. This was last Sunday. You can see grass poking through the snow, a testament to our laziness to mow one more time and the fact that four inches of light dry snow blows around and will not stack up if there is enough wind.
Thanksgiving morning, snow is receding, temps heading back towards the 50s F. Warm enough that I will not bother with shoes if I will only be out for a couple minutes. My garden sleeps.
The sun was out briefly, so Nimbus went out to sit on her blanket in the doorway. She has her Christmas sweater on, so she is cozy.
Well, I have so few pictures, might as well include one from this morning out my hospital window. Lake Monona in the background Nice room, dreading to learn what my out of pocket will be, but what are ya gonna do?