Books by the old Leather Chair

  • Snow In The Summer
  • My Bible
  • The Power of Silence
  • What Comes Next and to Like It
  • Encore Provence
  • A Year in Provence

Friday, January 8, 2016

The Way It Is

A number of not too good weeks as inflammatory disease took its toll on this One Woman.

911 call a week ago as I was on the verge of fainting and wringing wet, admitted to hospital and seems I was depleted of so much, kidney infection
and more.   Never before so many IV's

So home several days and even though I am told all is fine, am healing, on new steroid,
I still do not feel like my normal self and very weak.

Unexpected visit to eye doctor today, a dear person I use to go to church with (as still not up to
driving)   Seem what I experienced dried my eyes out  and on special drops for that.

A joy
at home
my Orchid plants are sporting 20 buds and 4 blooms.
These two plants
one from my son for last years birthday
and one from my granddaughter Jessica in New York.

Will be back soon
just so many checking in
and wanted to share what is going on in this cottage at the edge of the woods....


Val said...

I had wondered, when you hadn't posted since the holiday. Much love, Ernestine, and many healing thoughts for you. The Orchids are lovely. ♥ Rest!!

Wisewebwoman said...

I was just going to email you as I was concerned and up you popped on my newsfeed. Oh dear Ernestine, you've had trials, how stressful and now dry eyes on top of that.

Take your time and heal and get well and back to yourself.

The orchids are spectacular :)


Judy said...

Gotta keep your Potassium and electrolytes up Ma'am. That's what landed me in hospital last Spring and caused the rapid heart rate. Times like that are the only reason I get scared living alone. I had a couple bad experiences myself this past week.

I was going to e-mail you because you had been way to quiet. Take care--you will get better! We will just keep, keeping on, until the last moment!! :-)

Mitzi said...

I have been watching for you. So sorry you have not felt well. I wish I was your neighbor, I would love to watch over you.
Follow Drs. orders and rest. Prayers going your way from West Michigan.

FlowerLady Lorraine said...

Dear, dear Ernestine ~ I'm so sorry you had this time of illness and pray that you will regain your strength and wellness daily.

Love, hugs & prayers ~ FlowerLady

Tabor said...

I am so very sorry to read this. How frightening for you. It is so difficult when your body goes off on its own little jaunt and you are trying to take care of it as I know you do. I hope that they don't just give you medications but also assistance in reducing the problem and helping you get back to being stronger. Wish I lived next door as I would be so glad to help!!!

Pienosole said...

I too am sorry to read that this has happened, but glad to know you are back home and getting better. I echo Tabor's wish to live nearby so I could help. Sending many positive well wishes. Take care. Thank you for posting.

lil red hen said...

May God be with you, dear Ernestine.

Marcie said...

Sending love!

Luan said...

I have been checking every day to see if you had posted since Christmas Eve and Alas! Nothing. Now I understand why you weren't posting. You were in the hospital. I am so glad that you were at last able to come home to your cottage in the woods. Your orchid photo is simply beautiful. I have often wondered if I could grow one. Maybe I can if you can. Right now I am struggling to keep a pink cyclamin alive. I hope that you feel better and get a little stronger each day. (In case you don't remember me, I'm your friend in Sweetwater,TX.)

Sandra said...

How wonderful to have several orchids coming into flower. This must be a cheery sight as you recover from your bout of ill health.

Did you know that inflammatory conditions can also be greatly helped by the proper diet? That means cutting out sugar and refined carbohydrates (white flour, pasta and rice) and dairy products and coffee aren't great either. There are so many health sites on the web that can be consulted and tell us the best things to eat and those to avoid at all cost. Go for foods that contain Omega 3 and not Omega 6 (which is inflammatory).

Wishing you a speedy recovery and to feeling like yourself again.

susie @ persimmon moon cottage said...

Your orchids are gorgeous. Isn't it amazing when they come back and bloom for a second, or even a third year! Gifts that keep on giving.

Sorry that you haven't been well. I checked in on your blog several times, and thought/hoped that you were just taking a holiday break.

I hope you can get some relief from your dry eyes and that the different steroid will start doing better for you. It seems like we have to take the good along with the bad when it comes to steroids. They sure do a lot of different stuff to our bodies when we take them--sometimes making us feel better, and sometimes not so much.

I'm hoping that you will start feeling better and stronger every day.

Sky said...

Sorry to read this, Ernestine, and hope you are seeing improvement with each day. Glad you have family somewhat near who can check on you, even if by phone. Sending many wishes for healing your way and keeping you close in thought.

Rebecca said...

Thankful you got help when you did!
Seems so many are facing unprecedented health problems.
Checking in on those near/dear to us is SO essential...doing what we can with what we have...where we are.
Hope you find meaningful, peaceful & life-enhancing activities to fill your hours and match the beauty of those orchids ♥

Anvilcloud said...

I have had dry eye for years now. Regular drops do help. I keep some by the bed for nighttime applications since that s when the dryness is worst.

Sharon said...

I'm glad you took time to post to let us know how you're doing. May healing continue and may you start to feel better soon. Your orchids are gorgeous and what a sight in the middle of winter. Ernestine, my Happy New Year's wish for you is that 2016 only gets better from here on out ~

Sallysmom said...

I was getting very worried when you didn't post. Take care and get well and strong soon.

MsGraysea said...

So relieved to hear your news, Ernestine, but also so sorry you had to go through such an ordeal. It sure is scary how fast out nutrients seem to disappear. May 2016 get better for you each day.

The orchids are so beautiful. Sending you love and healing, and wishing us all peace!

PatK said...

When you don't post for a few days I know you are wrestling with a problem. At the same I trust in your resilience and determination. I think strong thoughts for you and know that you know we are all out here thinking about you. You inspire me.

kerrdelune said...

Thinking of you, my dear, and sending healing thoughts.

Yellow Shoes said...

Take good care of yourself. xxx

Nan said...

So very sorry you went through all this. May the new year bring better health.

nancy at good food matters said...

Hi Ernestine, I had a feeling that you were not well and I hope that you'll regain strength in body. I know you have strength in spirit. My orchids are a few weeks behind yours--two of them have long long stems and buds forming. I love LOVE your images of them. Take good care--you have a community of loving support, Nancy

Sallysmom said...

Hope all is well with you. Stay safe in the snow.

PatK said...

I am thinking about you and wishing you rest, healing and recovery.

Rebecca said...

Missing you very much and holding you in my thoughts and prayer this morning.

Judi said...

Just wanted to jump on and tell you I am thinking about you and hoping you will be back sharing your life with all of us soon. I miss you.

Pienosole said...

Thinking of you and sending positive thoughts. Take care.

Lori said...

Missing you and your lovely posts. I hope you feel better soon. Lori