Monday, November 08, 2010

Unexpected gifts

I was going to entitle this "My father doesn't have lymphoma and other good news", but we got some sunshine on Sunday and I thought of this one instead.

I wandered around with a camera Sunday morning when we got a burst of sunlight between storms. It just lit up the trees. I wish I could grasp that light and just hold it.

No, he doesn't have lymphoma, just a real nasty bacterial infection that mimicked it. His immune system isn't so great right now, but he's still around.

This is the silvervein creeper that I am very fond of, but the Love Monkey won't let me grow up the side of the garage. Neighbor around the corner has a big vine growing all over her fence.

I went to donate blood on Saturday and my systolic pressure was 38 points (38!) lower than the last time I went in. It's been steadily climbing for almost a year and a half now and I don't know why.

Maybe this is an anomaly; maybe I just used the restroom at a better time than the previously. It still feel miraculous. (note to Fillyjonk: I did completely stop taking the cetirizine months ago, even occasionally. Perhaps that's a possibility)

I really am so lucky in so many ways. I really don't need to wait until Thanksgiving to be thankful.


(formerly) no-blog-rachel said...

What a nice post to read first thing in the morning. Yay for your happy news! XO

Anonymous said...

That is one crazy bacterial infection that can imitate a lymphoma. Great news!

Hippy Goodwife said...

Good news all around! Hurray! Love that creeper too. I am impressed that you have a friend named Filyjonk. Moomin lovers are few and far between here.

caroline said...

What great news! Yay!

alittleweirdo said...

Love the fall pics! and glad your dad doesn't have lymphoma, hope the infection clears up soon!
and great to see you last week! We'll have to do it again soon - I'm looking forward to knitting with my Road to China yarn :)

Cookie said...

Beautiful photos and wonderful news. What could be better?


Carrie#K said...

Good news about your Dad and wow, glorious sunshine shots.

Pretty creeper. (Heh. Seems oxymoronic.)

fillyjonk said...

I'm so glad to hear that your dad's health issue is more easily fixed.

Did you have your bp taken after finding that fact out? That could have accounted for the lowering.

(I fear I may have to go on bp meds; last few times I've had it "casually" taken, it's run higher than it really should be. Not "dangerous," but borderline dangerous)

pacalaga said...

yay for evil twin's dad! yay for light! yay for accidentally planting silvervein so it accidentally grows up the side of the garage!

Joan said...

Happy, happy news-- what a relief!