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Became Native to This Place

Imbolc                                                                Valentine Moon UPS delivers vitamins and bags of nutrients for Kate. On Tuesday we got a box with a styrofoam container, two gel packs to keep things cool, bubble wrap filling the container, about 12x12x12. Two vials of vitamins. Next day, two more boxes, same size, syringes, nutrient bags, batteries (a fresh 9 volt […]

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A Pearl Pendant

Imbolc                                                                   Valentine Moon The waning Valentine Moon hung over Black Mountain this morning, Jupiter dangling below like a pearl pendant. The beauty here, the distinct and unique sense of place, the simple knowledge of being in the Rockies makes this a special place, hard to leave. Conversations still underway, no decisions until we talk to […]

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Big

Imbolc                                                                    Valentine Moon Oh, my. Physical yesterday and a visit for Kate to see Lisa, too. We often go for each others appointments, especially with Lisa, our internist. I got a clean bill of health though I have to have labs drawn today. My follow-up chest x-ray was clear. Clear. No pneumonia, no disease process. […]

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Hail a New Creation

Imbolc                                                                         Valentine Moon My life flows on in endless song; above earth’s lamentation, I catch the sweet, though far-off hymn that hails a new creation.      “How can I keep from singing?”  Robert Lowry When I opened this page, Robert Lowry’s hymn came to the surface. I could sing this verse with no pauses for personal […]

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Then the heparin lock

Imbolc                                                                         Valentine Moon Two saline flushes, then the heparin lock. Clamp the picc line. Half of the thiamine bottle, one each of the white cap and blue cap bottles, all injected into the tpn bag of milky, 950 calorie nutrition. The thiamine is yellow and floods into the bag creating a branched, river like stream. […]

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Still Here

Imbolc                                                                             Valentine Moon A new chapter. Mt. Evans’ Hospice and Home Health Care (personally wish they’d reverse the order of those nouns) has begun to come out. First, nurses to help us understand and adapt to Kate’s picc line and the changing of the tpn pouches every 24 hours. Both Julie and Michele live on […]

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More Health Stuff.

Imbolc                                                                  Valentine Moon Gradually getting more stamina. Felt good enough to go in and pick up Kate from Swedish yesterday afternoon. She’s home now, again. Trying to imagine what this whole ordeal must be like from within her frame of reference. Difficult. So many procedures, hospital and doctor visits. So many different interventions. And the […]

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Imbolc                                                                             Valentine Moon Three weeks ago I drove through Denver around 8 pm exhausted and wondering why I was so damned tired. Getting home was hell. Today, thankfully, I’m able to be up  and get things done. Still operating at about half to three-quarters power, stamina not great, but improving. Stronger today is my day […]

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Black Mountain White

Imbolc                                                                         Valentine Moon I’m just gonna say this. May be a little whiny, but it’s on my mind. Hey, universe! Would you get your foot off our necks? Or, at least let up long enough for us to catch our breath. Geez. OK. There. Kate’s collapsed lung resolved with concentrated oxygen therapy. Thankfully. The picc […]

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Health Cares

Imbolc                                                                              Valentine Moon Feeling much better. All except my bowels which took a beating. I’ve eaten very little over the last two plus weeks, down 10 pounds. Not as hydrated as I normally am. Result: intractable constipation. Since Saturday afternoon, my recovery has been interrupted by this. Beginning to resolve this morning, I think. Sure […]

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