Tuesday, November 03, 2009

Doctors and Dolphins

Saw my radiation oncologist yesterday for a followup. I had felt some irritation on my tongue, at the place where the cancer was, and I was freaking out. She said everything looked normal, and likely the antibiotics were changing the flora in my mouth and making it more sensitive to whatever. That was a relief. Today I go to the foot doctor with the MRI cd to find out what's going on there. I described the pain to my naturopath last week and she said it could be gout. Gout? Gout? My old dead alcoholic abusive grandfather had gout! Oh this body, this body. I feel like it's decaying bit by bit. The dentist on Friday, for which I have to take another antibiotic 30 minutes before, as dental work can put bacteria into the system, and the ID doc wants to protect my previously infected leg.

But I did take Bindi on a longish walk yesterday, then I went swimming at the gym, came home, took a nap, and drove to Guilford for the gospel singing workshop rehearsal since the idiots in Cheshire never got it together to do enough publicity so that we could have it here and I could drive ten minutes instead of 30. Oh well, the director rocks, is seriously funny and brilliant, and the woman next to me was actually quite friendly. The music is beautiful and uplifting, even tho in my mind I change some of the words, and the group is big. The other women from Cheshire I was hoping to car pool with folded on my, so lame, I swear, so I had to drive myself again. But there was a message from my friend D. who wants to get together Friday night, so that's good.

Big news. Had to cancel my trip to St. John as my travelling companion now has to have hip replacement surgery a week before we were to take the trip. So I've decided to spend three times as much money and go with a group on a wild dolphin adventure off Bimini in April. http://www.asiavoight.com/Dolphin.htm

I actually consulted Asia Voight, who is an animal communicator, if you believe in such things, when Camilla was having all her problems years ago. It was done by phone, and I found Asia's advice very helpful. So this will be an educational/spiritual trip, as well as fun in the sun and sea. It's only a group of twelve, all our meals are prepared for us, etc etc. I don't have to do a thing except show up in Ft. Lauderdale on April 24, where a hotel room will be waiting for me. This is my 60th birthday present to myself. Unlike the Disney or other organizations who offer interaction with dolphins, Asia's approach with the wild dolphins is absolutely no touching or feeding. I like that. There is a great deal of controversy about interactive swimming with dolphins and manatees, so we will fall on the side of deep respect for them. I think we will sleep on a boat for the five days as well, in order to be able to jump into the water at a moment's notice should creatures arrive.

Eleven year old girls carving and not carving pumpkins at the Halloween party last Saturday.


Anonymous said...

Gout--anyone can get it. Interesting ailment in that it is very painful and crippling. I've had it.
My own heel pain is cured by wearing high arch cowboy boots--got a new Tony Lama pair for my birthday. However, they would not do for gout.


Elim Garak said...

"Carving and not carving pumpkins." that made me laugh so hard

j. pluecker said...

the trip sounds amazing. dolphins are a million times better than doctors.