Friday, May 10, 2019

Purple stuff

I went to urgent care today. I haven't been sick in three years. I have had a knee replacement and several dental bone graphs but these were elective, so to speak.

The last time I got sick was three years ago when Jilda and I were heading south to do a show in south Alabama. 

It was a nice day and we had our windows rolled down. We passed a place south of Birmingham and someone was burning something in their yard. As we drove by the smoke wafted through our car window and my lungs spasmed. 

By the next day, I had a full-fledged upper respiratory and lung infection. It took three visits to the doctor and almost three months to get over that episode.

On Wednesday of this week, I started sneezing. I sneeze occasionally when I mow grass, but the wasn't like those sneezes. Immediately after the sneezes, my nose fauceted (Is that a word?) 

Yesterday, I hoped it would pass but when I got up this morning I had a slight fever. DocTime (is that a word?)

After two shots south of the belt with needles that looked like pencils, I was off. I can't believe I had a co-pay of $25 to get tortured.

After I got home and the steroids took control, I ricocheted off the walls. I wanted to plant a bigger garden, mow the neighborhood grass, and take up rock climbing. Thankfully it rained.

When the rain slacked up, we went for a walk. Once, back in the yard, I noticed some purple stuff growing near the edge. The thing about getting plants from our grandmothers back when Lyndon Johnson was in the Whitehouse is that we can't always remember the names of the plants. 

The one below became known as Purple Stuff.


  1. I hope you're feeling better soon. Steroids always make me feel like I did when I was 20! Then it's over and I'm back to abnormal! I saw your area had some pretty severe storms. I always say a quick prayer that you and Jilda are OK! Have a good weekend!

  2. Steroids? Shudder. I had a four day intravenous course and still remember it well.
    I hope you are much, much better - and love the purple stuff.

  3. I hope that you feel better soon. You may need a dryer climate. My lungs are relatively healthy despite radiation treatments but I have difficulty to breath in hot humid weather. I had steroid when I had breast cancer. I can't even remember what effect it had on me.
    Get well soon. Hugs, Julia

  4. Yeah, we too hope you are better. I am not a fan of the shots 'South of the Beltline'. Like that line and the new words also.
    From grey skies,
    Sherry & jack

  5. Sorry for your discomfort, but your descriptions made me laugh out loud.

  6. It's the weather. I'm not happy about our warm/hot, dry/humid weather, but the alternative of cold, rainy, stormy weather is much worse for me. Even the relatively mild, 3-month winter is too much.

    I'm worried when reading in blogs about people's dependence on antibiotics and steroids. Sometimes, the best thing to do is to change location. With climate becoming big issue, perhaps younger people should not invest all their resources in one place; nomadity seems to be on the horizon anyway.
    Feel better soon!

  7. You were wise to go to the doctor. Get well soon.

  8. I was wondering what was purple when I saw I smiled, hopefully you are not too unwell


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