Saturday, July 23, 2011

Alive & Kicking ... But Hot!

Well ... I haven't fallen off the face of the earth ... I've just been busy ... and/or haven't found time to actually sit down & catch up.

I had heard that this summer was forecasted to be hot & dry ... and so far it has been exactly that.

But ... there's hot and then there's HOT!  This past Thursday was just ridiculous!  Oppresive heat!  It was the first time ever that I closed the Garden Centre ... because of the heat/humidity!  Nobody in their right mind was looking to garden that day anyway!

So much going on recently that has been distracting me too.  I recently aquired a new family doctor ... after not having seen one for several years ... and he insisted on a full  regimen of tests ... everything from bloodwork to mammogram and a Bone Density Scan ... and while that was not my initial reason for going to see him ... thought it was prudent to cover a wide spectrum ... to see what was up with my general health.

I wasn't quite prepared to learn that I have severe osteoporosis.

For several years now I've been having issues with various types of pain ... mostly joint pain ... specifically in my knees ... and hands.  But to think that my interior structure is weakening to the point where I have to worry about the possibility of fracturing things ... like my spine or hip bones ... wellll ...it's downright disconcerting!

I've never had a broken bone in my life ... and now I have to worry that any false move could do just that.  It's kind of scarey.

Upon medical advise I have begun a calcium supplement regimen ... but repelled the suggested therapy of a drug called Fosamax ... which is supposed to help strengthen bone ... but that apparently has alternative affects in a small percentage of patients ... my sister being one ... something diagnosed as Jaw Death ... when the drug basically causes the jaw bones to weaken.

Needless to say when my doctor suggested this treatment ... I categoracally declined.  His response was to recommend me to a specialist. 

After an appointment with same this past week ... who actually understood my concern ... recommended a different course for treatment ... so we'll see how that pans out.  I already have an appointment to see him next year after the two bi-annual treatments ... I guess that's all I can do for now ... except to be careful about my daily routine ... so as not to put myself at risk with activities that could cause a problem.

It sucks getting old ... and even more so when it adds to having to worry about things that could dibilitate me.

I have too much to do ... and don't want to have to worry about such things ... but it doesn't do any good to ignore the possibility of it happening.  Caught between the rock & the perverbial hard place.

Life goes on.

Friday, July 1, 2011

Happy 144th Canada!

1867 ... was the year this nation became one! 

I remember our Centennial ... I think I was probably like Grade 5 then ... and we celebrated it just before the end of the school year by honouring our past in costumes of our ancestors.  My Mom sewed a pioneer costume for me from brown & white checked gingham ... complete with a bonnet ... and I was so proud to wear this pioneer-type costume ... to pay hommage to those who forged this wonderful land.

They came from all parts of the world ... arriving here with hopes and dreams of a better life ... free from opressive government ... and war-torn environments.  They were not afraid of hard work ... and put forth every effort to achieve their goal ... to live in peace in a lifestyle that was productive & rewarding.

They never expected that it would be easy ... or that they would become rich ... but it was a better life than they had known ... and that was all that mattered.

My father was born during my grandparents journey from Ukraine.  They made it as far as Poland when he was born ... spent some time there and arrived in Canada just after his second birthday.  They were farmers by trade ... and settled in Saskatchewan ... carrying on their inherant abilites there.

My Mom & her Mom were both born here ... but Grandma's parents arrived as newlyweds from Ukraine ... settling in Sandy Lake, Manitoba.  They were also from a farming background ... and continued with their trade here.

I suppose I've enjoyed the richness of an immigrant past ... as it has been instilled in me from a very young age.  I was taught things that were important to them ... like stitching ... and growing things ... and preserving the fruits of your labours to save for the winter months ... when opening a jar of preserves brought you all the wonderful bounty that was summer.

I am glad to be one of the fortunate people to call Canada my home ... and native land!

Raising a pint ... of what else ... than "Canadian" to this awesome country of ours!!! 

Cheers ... to 144 years!

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