After 4 attempts at seeing my Dr. for a yearly physical, I finally managed to make & keep an appointment Monday morning. I blogged about these earlier "attempts" so I won't re-hash the why's. Being the first appointment of the day you would think I could get in and out in a reasonable length of time. But, as suspected, she (the Dr.) hadn't even arrived. So after sitting with parts of my anatomy exposed for far too long, she finally appeared in the examining room. "Any complaints?," she asks. I do have this dripping in my nose, which in turn drips into my throat, which in turn (well, never mind you don't need to know that part). As she sits in her chair, she begins this long litany of questions about when it happens the most, blah blah blah. After all is said and done, she is convinced that I have an allergy to my dog. WHAT??? An allergy to Toby, no way. She then tells me I should keep him out of my bedroom, and definitely no sleeping in the room. I didn't dare tell her he sleeps in bed with me. So guess what?? I will live with the dripping, it is a small price to pay for the companionship Toby gives me.
Along with the dog advice, she also wants me to have a bone density scan, a heart scan, lose weight, get more exercise, etc etc. The heart scan is a must-do since my Mom's side of the family all had heart conditions and my Mom passed away from a stroke. And since February is Heart Month, there is a clinic here that is offering the Heart Scans in February for $25.00. For $25.00 it could eventually save my life by discovering any problems that may be building that I am not even aware of. Heart disease can be sneaky, you don't even know it's coming until it may be too late. One of our State Senators, 52 years old, just suffered a massive stroke on Sunday. He survived, but it will be a long, long road to any kind of recovery.
After leaving the Dr.'s office, I stopped at the grocery store and picked up some "healthy" foods. This morning I mixed fresh blueberries, with clementine oranges and a dollup of low-fat vanilla yogurt on top. The pairing of blueberries and oranges not only looks good, but is mighty lip-smacking tasty. Healthy can be good.
After breakfast I decided a walk was in order since exercise is on the list. While walking I snapped this pic. What is it about pinecones that always get my attention? No matter how many times I see them, stumble on them, pick them up, get their sticky sap on my fingers that is almost impossible to wash off I seem to be drawn to them. But I'm guessin' I'm not the only one, I see lots and lots of pinecones on blogs, on flickr, in classes.
And one (I promise, at least for this bunch) last image of the tulips, dropping their petals one by one.
"Every day that we wake up is a good day. Every breath that we take is filled with hope for a better day. Every word that we speak is a chance to change what is bad into something good." ~ Walter Mosley
Until next time.....