Southern California to Fulton County
all the places I’ve ever lived, I’d have to
say that it was the best being in southern California. Compared
to here in upstate New York, winter in southern California
was a breeze. I enjoyed phoning home from the beach (home
being Cleveland, Ohio), to rub it in that it was so nice
on the beach.
also lived in New York City, Los Angeles and Cleveland as
well as a few short visits to Europe. And I have to say
I love the change of seasons in the northeast. By the time
it got to be late January, no matter where I live, I was
ready for a change.
my mother regularly rents a place in Siesta Beach, Florida,
to help solve the winter doldrums. And this year it will
be no exception, if I have my way. See, Mom pulled her rotator
cuff playing tennis (something you might not expect a 77
year old to be doing) and she may not feel up to the Florida
trip this year. Which I would hate. But I’m determined
to get there either way.
with the nice weather in California, by mid January, I was
ready for a change. There is a rainy season even in southern
California, and February is when it falls. As I’m
looking out the window (as I’m writing this to you
just before Christmas and noticing a mountain of snow already
on my front deck) I can’t help but start to think
want Mom to get better. And not just for the trip to Florida,
either. I just hate the thought of her being in pain. When
I spoke to her a couple of days ago, she said she was going
on oral steroids. I told her that was ironic in that I was
going on intravenous steroids myself.
done steroids in awhile. And after having just finished
them, I’m glad of it. It gives me a boost, which is
much needed in the dark of winter. I’ve got bad veins
in my arms though. Every nurse who tries to get a vein to
dose the steroids has trouble. This time was no exception.
do five days of steroid infusion, though this time I just
did four as the vein finally collapsed on the fourth day.
Try as she might, my nurse Patty couldn’t get a line
in. It wasn’t her fault. I just have tough veins.
Part of the reason I need this infusion is my seasonal “unwellbeing.”
That seems to go with both the mid-winter and mid-summer
concludes my report to you. Enjoy the rest of the winter.
Warmer temperatures are coming.