Frank and I went to the doctor today. The good news is we will live :-) We just need some antibiotics to help us get better. The doctor came in coughing... but not badly. We're thinking... oh no more sickness for us to catch! The doctor said he wasn't running a fever and not contagious... mmm... should we believe him. The doctor spent about an hour with us. He really wants us well so Frank can have his surgery. I have direct orders from the doctor not to be spending the night in the hospital with Frank. He doesn't want me to do it because of my bad back and neck. I told him that I will do what I need to do :-)
Even though the MRI didn't show anything that would be causing the pain in my neck and shoulder and causing the numbness in my fingers it did show that my neck is going to probably give me lots of pain down the road. Something (for the life of me the word is not coming to me as to what it is called) is narrowing in places, a bone spur and of course the arthritis that I knew I had. As for my shoulder... the doctor wants me to hang in there a while longer. He is going to look at the MRI images and see if he sees anything different than the radiologist. Our top priority right now is getting Frank through this upcoming surgery.
We've been concerned about having a private room at the hospital for Frank. The doctor's wife works in administration in there and after we left the doctor called his wife. There was a message on the answering machine when we got home from the doctor himself assuring us that Frank would have a private room. A doctor that actually calls you... very unusual here.
After our visit with the doctor we went to the Marine Base to get our prescriptions filled... except the antibiotic for Frank, the base doesn't carry that one. We went into the commissary and bought coffee and vitamin c... the doctor said for us to take that to hopefully help us get well. He also wanted us to take zinc lozenges, but they didn't have them. I've never had any luck with either one of those helping with a cold, but we will do it anyway... it can't hurt.
It was lunch time by then so we stopped by The Rice Bowl, a Chinese food restaurant, for carryout. Then on to Rite Aid Drugstore for Frank's antibiotics. Then sweet home; dinner; and recorded tv shows.
After dinner Frank went to get a load of horse manure for the garden plot. It was a small load and he swore to me he would not overdo. When he got back he told me he barely broke a sweat.
While he was gone I raised the blind in the living room and took a few bird pictures. The window is beyond dirty. The pictures are awful, but I will share them anyway :-)
I think this is a female pine warbler.
These are Chipping Sparrows. That one in the back has seed husk on his beak.
Since it was so pretty out I decided to walk around the yard with my camera. I had hoped to get a picture of a Cedar Waxwing, but no luck in a good one... only one of just its tail. I saw a large woodpecker, but it was so high in the pecan tree that I couldn't get a picture of it and with my eyes I couldn't tell what type he was. I saw a Downy Woodpecker, but the camera wouldn't auto focus on him and by time I got him focused in he flew :-(
There were lots of American Robins in the Cherry Laurels trees just beyond our fence line. There is a lot of shade there with a few bright spots, but of course the birds won't pose for me. I did get this one picture. Of course the auto focus focused on the limb.
So a day of no luck with good pictures. It was fun walking in the sun and hearing and seeing the birds. Maybe tomorrow I'll take another walk with my camera.
I promise I will do some blog reading tomorrow.