Saturday, February 23, 2019


For my challenge at Digital Whisper 

Vintage images of  Hollywood stars
Street scene from Magical Reality City Overlays

Tuesday, February 19, 2019


This time when he was discharged from Riverbend Hospital it was the middle of July and the doctor said Alan could not be in the heat any length of time. We had a 2 hour drive home and my air conditioning was broke in the car so I had to drive home and rent a car with air and drive back to get him. Of course from then on every trip to Eugene for doctors visits I had to rent a car because I did not have the $1500.00 it would cost to repair my air conditioner. This on top of the dog sitter fees became a big hardship but I had no choice, it had to be done.

The tube not being attached to a bag made it easier to change the dressing and to cover so Alan could shower. I was so used to Alan coming down with a fever on a Friday, of course when all the doctors offices are closed and the only solution is to take him to the ER and wait for hours. Now that he was home again and seemed to be doing better I could breath.

Just as life started to get back to normal his fever returned and I knew it was the infection again. He was confused again so I called the ambulance to come get him and take him to Coquille Hospital ER where I thought he would get better care. There were of course many different ER doctors there but the one that we were lucky enough to see the time before was on duty this time. Dr Hall was a very alert doctor and he could not believe that Alan was back in the ER with the same symptoms he had several weeks before. He did blood work and Xray and CT Scan. Started antibiotics IV and called Riverbend Hospital to discuss the situation with the doctors that took care of him the last time he was admitted. When the tests were in and he found out that Alan had pneumonia again and that they sent him home, he was very upset. He said Alan was severely anemic and he thought that it was caused by something missing in his bone marrow that dissipates during dialysis. Immediately he started the process of getting him a bed at Riverbend and organized the transport by ambulance again.

Needless to say I was backed up against the wall and I lashed out big time. Dr Hall could see my frustration and told me to try to relax that he would try to get to the bottom of this.

Saturday, February 16, 2019


For my challenge at Digital Whisper Feb 17th

Vintage images, images from my personal file, photoshop filters and brushes and Jubilation kits make up this piece

Wednesday, February 13, 2019


For the challenge at Take A Word this week

Background by Jume Mac
Elements from Rebecca McMeen


This is for the challenge at The Three Muses this week

Saturday, February 9, 2019


For my challenge at Digital Whisper 
A piece I did back in 2014


This is for the challenge at Take A Word this week

The barn is a photo taken right here in Coos Bay OR and the piggies are from the internet


For the challenge at The Three Muses this week

Thursday, February 7, 2019


We were assigned a home health nurse which visited once a week to check on his tube and also his urostomy, check his vitals and change dressings if needed.

Since the nephrologist, Dr. Kesuda at Bay Area was unable to put the tube back in his kidney he again was transferred to Riverbend Hopsital in Eugene. At this point we are both getting tired of the constant re admissions to the hospital for the same thing. When he arrived they scheduled the replacement for the next morning. It was scheduled for 9am but it got pushed back to 4pm and this is without anything to eat since midnight the night before. After the insertion of the nephrology tube by the radiology doctor he was doing okay and so they sent him home in three days. This tube was attached to a bag that needed to be emptied periodically.
You can see here the two other scars from the other insertions of this nephrology tube.

He seemed to be doing okay but still had lots of pain in the left kidney. He had been home one week and on Friday evening  he started acting confused and so I took his temp and it was 102. Again he was weak and couldn't preform his daily schedule of medications or preparing for the day such as brushing his teeth or using eye drops as he normally does each and every day of his life. So once again I called the ambulance to come get him and take him to the ER. Tests were done again to find the cause of his temp. He had another infection in that kidney that doesn't empty and he also had pneumonia. They sent him once again to Riverbend Hopsital in Eugene 2 hours away from home.

They started him on antibiotics IV and breathing treatments. He was in the hospital for 5 days. His nephrologist Dr Sanghvi saw him as well as his oncologist Dr Sharman and I kept asking if he could be seen by his pulmonologist Dr Mahadavin since he had pneumonia and the hospitalist said that we had to go to his office to be seen by Dr Mahadavin because he wasn't on their team. This was just one of the things that concerned and angered me. He was sent home with oral antibiotics and was to make a follow up appt with the nephrologist in one week.

He had been home 4 days when he woke up one morning and his tube was out! It had not been taped correctly by the home health care nurse and it got caught on the bedding during the night and got pulled out. He had another fever 103.4 and was really confused and hallucinating. I was able to get him downstairs and into the car and off we went to the Bay Area Hospital ER. All the same tests were done. Xray, CatScan, blood work, urinalysis and blood cultures. He had pneumonia and a urine infection and his creatinine was very low, 3.7. His kidney was shutting down.

They transferred him once again to Riverbend Hospital and this time they placed the tube but didn't attach it to a bag. It was coming out his back but it had a clamp on it for access if needed.
This seemed to be a better way for the tube to be there if it had to. It wasn't going to get caught on anything and it was easier to change the dressing and keep it dry.

Saturday, February 2, 2019


For my challenge at Digital Whisper the week of Feb 3rd

Credits to Journey Of The Butterfly Kit and the internet for the image of Cleopatra