No matter how gloomy and overcast the San Francisco day, even as afternoon
fog encroaches, determined surfers, clad in wet suits, brave the 55 degree
temperatures in hopes of momentary thrills on whatever waves break the
While twenty miles south, in Half Moon Bay, a location known as "the Maverick's"
is world renowned for its periodic waves from 25 to 80 feet high. In recent years,
two famous Hawaiian "big wave" surfers, Mark Foo, on December 23, 1994, and
Sion Milosky, on March 16m 2011 have died at this area
( http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mavericks_(location) ) where the break of the waves
is caused by an unusually-shaped underwater rock formation.
Ocean Beach waves never reach collosal proportions.
My trip to Ross, California on June 16, 2011 to hear my dear friends, Sony and
Jerry Holland, in concert was a bonus in many ways. I got a number of excellent
pictures to use in my blog - lovely flowers from the Marin Art and Garden Center,
offerings from the Farmer's Market that day, and other interesting photographs.
Todays Shadow Shot Sunday was a result of that visit. I think it is one of my most
interesting shadow shots. What do you think?
When I was in Ross, CA June 16th with my friend, Joanne Olivieri, aka Poetic
Shutterbug, the crows were out in full force to listen to Sony and Jerry Holland
in concert. They seemed to enjoy the beautiful music as much as we did!
Last Thursday, when I was in Ross, California, near Sausalito, to hear my friends,
Sony and Jerrry Holland in concert, there was a farmer's market in the parking lot
at the Marin Art and Garden Center site. There were all sorts of wonderful fresh
vegetables for sale - as well as scrumptious things to eat.
I fell in love with these pretty little minature squashes - though I opted for other,
more practical vegetables, more reasonably priced. I thought they were pefect
for mellow yellow, though.
I've been home from the hospital since Tuesday afternoon, still on two different
oral antibiotics, and I'm feeling better. My only real problem is that my left
ankle is not healing as fast as I would like. I'm still having trouble walking on
my left foot and there is still some swelling that remains. I hope this isn't going
to be permanent since I need to be able to get around!!
It's been a nice weekend and I could not entirely obey doctor's orders to spend
most of it in bed, with my ankle elevated. The Bay area's former jazz diva,
Sony Holland, and her song writer husband, Jerry Holland, who is also a guitar
virtuoso, were in town to do a series of three shows for their loyal fans.
Thursday, they did an outdoor performance at the Marin Art and Garden center
in Ross, California. It was a glorious day and people spread out their blankets
on the lawn, brought picnics, and enjoyed the music. Children of all ages
danced and cavorted, dogs raced about, and birds joined in with their
melodies. I am sure it must have been a bit distracting for our beloved
entertainers but they were just wonderful, nonetheless. We also got to see a
bit of the gardens before the performance, with so many beautiful flowers
Saturday night, our glamorous diva performed in Palo Alto, California at the Jewish
Cultural Center. This time, in addition to Jerry's guitar, she was accompanied by
Benny Watson on the piano, Seward McCain on bass, and Bob Blankenship on
drums. Dressed in a sparkling black dress and glittering bling, her performance
was beyond description. You could hear a pin drop in the auditorium as she sang
beautiful numbers from the Great American songbook, several songs writter by
her husband, Jerry Holland, and rocking tunes like "Honky Cat." The whole
evening was fabulous. I never tire of hearing her. And there's more to come.
This evening, she and Jerry return to Cafe Divine in San Francisco where they
used to perform on Sunday nights. It will be packed full, a reunion of the
Thursday afternoon, my friends, the Hollands, were in town to perform at the
Marin Art and Garden Center as part of the summer concert series. It was a
spectacular day and there were quite a few people, children and dogs sprawled
on the lawn in front of the gazebo where Sony sang and Jerry accompanied her
on the guitar.
This shaggy dog got a great deal of attention from his two-legged companions
and he was very well behaved during the concert.
I did not realize, when I arrived at Seton Medical Center last Thurday afternoon, I
would not be discharged until a full five days later. I had akready received IV
antbiotics Sunday night in the emergency room and began Bactrim and Keflex,
oral antibiotics, the following day. When I saw my doctor Thursday and had
showed only minimal improvement in the redness and swelling in my left lower
ankle and foot, she felt that I had to be hospitalized to receive "big gun" antibiotic
I pretty much opted not to tell folks that I was in the hospital since I really didn't
feel very well or social. My last night, Phil Zaragoza, my dear social worker friend
and fellow traveling companion of yore, stopped by and that cheered me up a great
deal. After sharing a cruise cabin and hotel rooms with him, in the past, I felt no
need to put on makeup and could just enjoy the support of having him there. I
had not been in touch with how really lonely I was feeling. My thoughts had often
gone to the disease process I had - cellulitis - which Mayo Clinic defines as:
" a common, potentially serious bacterial skin infection. Cellulitis appears as a swollen, red area of skin that feels hot and tender, and it may spread rapidly. Skin on lower legs is most commonly affected, though cellulitis can occur any where on your body or face. Cellulitis may affect only your skin's surface — or, cellulitis may also affect tissues underlying your skin and can spread to your lymph nodes and bloodstream. Left untreated, the spreading infection may rapidly turn life-threatening. That's why it's important to seek immediate medical attention if cellulitis symptoms occur."
In addition to the redness and swelling of my left ankle and foot, I could barely
weight bear on my left foot or bend my ankle. I related it to the excess swelling.
An MRI in the hospital showed marked denerative changes in that ankle and, since I
had an elevated uric acid, I might also be developing gout! I do know the resident
kidney stones I have are uric acid stones so they may be the culprit for the
elevated uric acid in my blood.. My physicians will have to follow up with me for
that!! With my usual bad karma, medications for gout are not good at all with my
gastric ulcer!!! Nor are the ones that would help with the arthritis in my
shoulders and knees. Why does a sweet old lady like me have such bad luck!!!
So, now I am home, both arms full of bruises ( I've counted 17 ) - one day the lab
came and drew blood three times. As if that weren't enough, on two occasions,
my IV infiltrated and had to be restarted. It took three needle sticks to get it
going the last time - kudos to Tess C., the evening charge nurse who seems to
have an incredible skill at finding an elusive vein. She got my antibiotics
going again when the other two sweet nurses could not. They were unwilling
to make another try!
I never felt well enough to get online to do my blog or respond to comments. One
night, about 11P, as I was reaching for my little Acer notebook, I somehow,
managed to knock over the whole bedside table, sending it crashing to the floor. I
think it woke every patient in the entire wing and, boy, did it send the nurses
running! My computer is now out of commission and my desk top went to
computer heaven over three months ago.
My doctor, Alice Yan, is wonderful. I've been seeing her over ten years and she really
does take the best care of me. Also, as she did exactly one year ago, she had Dr.
Shefali Talwar consult, the most beautiful young Indian woman who is the area's
specialist in infectious diseases. While cellulitis is not a communicable disease,
her knowledge of antibiotic treatment was important in my case.
It's amazing how exhausting being a patient is! Once I got home, I took my
evening medications, set the clock for 10PM and took my nighttime meds and
one sleeping pill. For the first time in months, I actually slept straight through
for EIGHT hours. I do believe I'm on the road to recovery! I must confess that,
as you lie there in a hospital for hours on end, listening to the bleeps of
biomedical equipment, realizing you are sixty-six-years of age, you are definitely
confronted with your mortality.
Thanks, dear friends and family, for all the good wishes and support. Hopefully,
by the end of the week, I'll be back to my normal abnormal!!!
Another spider bite! I woke up in the middle of the night last Friday to a severe stinging in my left ankle. By morning, my ankle and foot were completely swollen and I could hardly put any weight on my foot at all. I had hoped to wait until Monday to see my doctor but, when it kept getting worse and worse, I went to the ER Sunday night. They gave me IV and oral antibiotics and started me on a 14 day regimen. Today, I went back in to see Dr. Yan and she said, "You need to be admitted so we can give you multiple IV antibiotics." So that's my story. I really don't feel well. That's why I've been so poor about replying to your comments and reading blogs, which is almost my favorite pastime. Wish me well and, for those who pray, that might even be good!
I definitely could use a few prayers.