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Souvenirs from My Heart; Postcards-5


Look at all these beauties! I think we saw a total of 5 bulls and one doe. Phall Photos 2013

Look at all these beauties! I think we saw a total of 5 bulls and one doe.
Phall Photos 2013

Did I really take another day off? No, but me and my friend drove the country back roads, the loooonnnnggg way to my destination, and I got some great shots in. Fantastic Elk pics and more.

Other notes:

Please see the Book Review on this main page (it’s in the right hand column on my screen–who knows where the hell it is on yours?).  I can’t recommend it enough.  You can buy it at Amazon.

I’ve dedicated my new photo site to my sister who died in 2012. I’ve added a page for my mother’s garden photos. She’s very good and grows an awesome garden every year in Eagle River, Alaska. Go on over and meet my mom, Rae Hall; you’ll like her! Phall Photo site here.

My son is sore but okay. Thanks for all of your well wishes to him.

Here is the 4th installment of the serialized version of a section of the memoir, Souvenirs from My heart; The Patient Patient Advocate.

cont. medical history document…

March 2006 Paul had a routine colonoscopy. The doctor that performed it said that Paul had 1 benign polyp that was removed, and suggested a follow up in 5 years. Paul’s PCP (his doctor) sent a letter saying that the “tubular adenoma” polyp was “pre-cancerous” and he wanted him re-checked in 18 months. Paul recovered quickly from the procedure, but was psychologically bruised :>) by the preparation for the procedure the night before. Being a former Marine, he had a few choice words to growl during that memorable evening. I still got him to laugh with my gross jokes about his “situation.” We were frustrated to get 2 different results and recommendations; one was a relief, while the other made us concerned.

Meanwhile, Paul was having issues with extremely sore hands and cramping–especially at night–in his upper arms. He never had aches and pains before, and we wondered if somehow the surgeries had something to do with it. Paul saw his PCP, who sent him to the surgeon that repaired his rotator cuffs …the surgeon had never heard of these kinds of side effects, and sent Paul for an arthritis test.

June 2006 Three months later, a diagnosis; arthritis in both hands, severe in thumb, but why the sudden onset? And this diagnosis still doesn’t address the soreness in his upper arms. Paul has always been very active and healthy, yet since around the time of his shoulder surgeries, he had been plagued with cramping arms, aching hands, night fevers & chills, fatigue, dental issues, and heartburn…he ate a lot of Tums.  Paul saw his PCP regularly (the months of 4, 6, 7, 8, 9, 12 in 2006), but no diagnosis was made. His shoulders gave him no problems at all.

For the next 8 months, Paul had the same issues, but the crystal form of  MSM that I filled capsules with seemed to help the aches and pains.

Postcard 5:

Paul and I both had gut feelings about all these strange medical happenings. Follow your gut feelings. We did do the normal things that you do with medical concerns, but we didn’t go any further. Push harder; get a second opinion if you don’t get satisfactory answers. It is your health and life on the line, so don’t worry about hurting your doctor’s feelings.

Postcard 1 here.

Postcard 2 here.

Postcards 3 & 4 here.

Thanks you wonderful people!


Author: Patti Singleton

Pursuits of happiness include gardening, walking the desert, reading, writing, photography, traveling and genealogy.

16 thoughts on “Souvenirs from My Heart; Postcards-5

  1. That is a fantastic picture. I’m jealous of people with that level of fauna around them. Squirrels and sparrows are so boring.

  2. I love your blog and I love the gutsy story published on Sonia Marsh’s website.

    You are an accomplished woman, a survivor, and a thriver. The “thrive” part is the hardest one to get to. Most of my life has been spent in academia and my previous writing of the scholarly sort. Now, I am reviewing the contents of 9 fat journals fanned out on the bookshelf and revisiting my life as a Mennonite girl in Lancaster County, PA in my blog.

  3. Lovely photo, as always.

  4. Love the pic. they do look a bit dangerous though. Had a big white tailed deer (a buck) come through my windshield once. They are not as cute to me now. Love PC#5. People need to remember that doctors are human too. Although they do have specialized training, they can and do makes mistakes or miss something. They have lives. Their heads get full of every day crap just like ours do. If you are feeling like something is not quite right…you are probably right and go with you gut! Intuition is there for a reason.

  5. Beautiful photo, Patti, and great postcard. I agree with Susan that doctors are human too and they can make mistakes, but as she also says, you have to go with your gut. I almost did not get diagnosed with endometrial cancer because my gynecologist only wanted to treat my rather oversized fibroid tumors (the point of my visit) with drugs rather than outpatient surgery (hysteroscopy). It’s a long story, but I refused the drugs and insisted on the outpatient procedure. When she looked inside, she saw the cancer. Fortunately I was at Stage I and “all” that was needed was a major hysterectomy. She admitted that I had been right to push for the procedure, but deep down (and 12 years later) I still feel some resentment that she had been so quick to blow off my concerns. Even if I hadn’t had cancer, that procedure gave me almost immediate relief from the tumors. Yet, she preferred to f**k around with drugs. Sorry, it still pisses me off. I try to appreciate the fact that she wasted no time in getting me scheduled for the hysterectomy and that she stood her ground about removing my ovaries. I didn’t want them removed because I didn’t want to go headfirst into menopause. But, as she put it, she wouldn’t have been treating the cancer if she had left them in. As you can imagine, my husband had his hands full with two hard-headed women 😉

    • So grateful that you are one of my strong-woman friends and that you were strong enough to push through with your concerns!
      It is sad for all those who are not strong enough…that is another reason patients need strong advocates/caregivers.
      Hugs and glad I have you:>)

      • Thanks, Patti! We also had insurance issues during that time and my husband had to step in and deal with most of that. He was the calm during my storm, as I imagine you were for Paul. Hugs!

      • Paul was very passive when it came to that kind of stuff, even before he got diagnosed.
        So, kudos for having a strong mate who jumped in and dealt with it.
        It is hard to imagine all the people facing these crises alone…

      • Oh, truly. To be blunt, I would probably be dead if it weren’t for Greg. I was, sad to say, a complete “basket case” and my cancer was barely a Stage 1. They caught it so so early. I recently saw a friend who is fighting Stage 3C ovarian cancer. She doesn’t know about my experience and I could never tell her. Compared to her, my experience was a walk in the park.

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