Good Morning All,
This weekday feature is for Juicers who are are on the road, traveling, or just want to share a little bit of their world via stories and pictures. So many of us rise each morning, eager for something beautiful, inspiring, amazing, subtle, of note, and our community delivers – a view into their world, whether they’re far away or close to home – pictures with a story, with context, with meaning, sometimes just beauty. By concentrating travel updates and tips here, it’s easier for all of us to keep up or find them later.
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Have a wonderful day, and enjoy the pictures!
Sorry I’ve not been more involved recently, but the chemo, state-of-the-art that it is, is kicking my mom’s ass hard, and I’m the primary caregiver. Thankfully she asked to be hospitalized when my visiting aunt and I agreed contemporaneously (spelled correctly WITHOUT spellcheck, FYI).
I am so drained that I’m doing nothing for Halloween, my and my wife’s favorite holiday – I’m not even going to be with her, so we’re going to speakerphone-watch Stranger Things S2 for an episode or two. I call it a date! For the first time I can remember, neither of us will hand out candy; we’re hiding in our respective houses to spend some (virtual?cerebral?) time together!
I’m prepping my mom’s house (family home) for her incoming hospital bed and stuff on the middle floor so she’s not stuck on the top floor. That way she can be in kitchen and not just her bedroom. It’s truly shocking how she’s degraded the past few weeks, from needing some assistance to full-time care. She can’t walk without a rolling walker, and just a few feet at that!
She’s getting a lot of good treatment, and her oncologist and primary care docs, as well as patient and family, have pointed out that she’s on meds that were in trial just a few months ago, so we tell all hospital folk that this is NOT hospice, the regimen is working, kicking cancer’s ass something fierce. They are checking her blood weekly for unique markers of that tumor, and they’re down more than 50%.
But she was massively dehydrated and as it turns out, way, way, way low on Potassium. Now she’s in hospital, she’s being stabilized, strengthened, and plans for home health care and bed, potty, rolling walker, etc. are being drawn up. She will come home when stronger, get a bit stronger more, then the regimen will recommence, with a lower concentration so it doesn’t hit her so bad, and with a lot more hydration and attention to nutritional balance.
Should you know someone who’s undergoing treatment with these wonder drugs and the oncologist is given primary health care responsibility, try to see the primary care physician/family doctor to ensure that all is OK every month or so during chemo protocols. Oncologists are so busy and specialized that they may miss subtle infections or imbalances that your normal doctor may see. More eyes, the power of local expertise, and all. My mom’s blessed to live in DC and have access to great care, but we didn’t do that and it took a great ER doctor and then admitting doctor to help get her on a better path.
Today we have some amazing pictures from Alaska, then onto New Jersey. God I love this country!
As an aside, rewrite your understanding of totem poles. Many years ago I learned that, for many native people, the BOTTOM of the totem pole is the supreme position. Turns out it’s more complicated:
Those from cultures that do not carve totem poles often assume that the linear representation of the figures places the most importance on the highest figure, an idea that became pervasive in the dominant culture after it entered into mainstream parlance by the 1930s with the phrase “low man on the totem pole” (and as the title of a bestselling 1941 humor book by H. Allen Smith). However, Native sources either reject the linear component altogether, or reverse the hierarchy, with the most important representations on the bottom, bearing the weight of all the other figures, or at eye level with the viewer to heighten their significance. Many poles have no vertical arrangement at all, consisting of a lone figure atop an undecorated column.
Thus endeth the lesson.
(I could go on about Orthodox Churches and Cathedrals in the US, eagles, etc., but I’ll shuddup right now)
Have a Happy Halloween everyone!