Hi and welcome to the blog. There’s been a little down time… which actually started before the bluegrass festival in the last post. For some time I’ve been having breathing problems. The family doctor had pretty much dismissed it.
Last Friday I was up north for a fishing trip and had an asthma attack in Fayette County near “trout country”. The lungs cleared a little with the inhaler. By the way, the streams were so low I decided not to go after any trout. The water was very clear and shallow. The destination changed to 30 miles west at a larger water body.
Some time later while fishing at Volga Lake in neighboring Fayette County, the breathing problem hit again and I had to stop at the hospital in Oelwein. That’s where Grandma had died almost exactly 30 years ago. It kind of creeped me out. They helped me get going again… The next day (Saturday) I felt kind of sluggish and short of breath during the bluegrass concert.
On the way home I headed south through Buchanan County passing through the town of Hazleton. Sis and I spent many summers there with Grandma and Grandpa. South of town there is a little park called Fontana. I’ve camped there just once but vowed to do it again. They have a cool nature center that opened in 1994. Touring it had never worked out before but this time the opportunity presented itself. There were some really fascinating exhibits and beautiful nature exhibits.
So then came the bluegrass festival. On Monday the 5th I worked the first shift after returning to the Golden Arches. By Tuesday morning the breathing got really bad again and doing nothing was not an option. (I’ve learned to bypass the family physician and go directly to the nurse practitioner at Urgent Care) They took a chest x-ray and sure enough, I had pneumonia in the lower left lung… and likely have had for some time.
Things are getting better. The sense of humor and mental acuity (and downright sarcasm) is returning after having felt like I’ve been living in a fog due to low oxygen. There’s still some work to do to get back to normal – four breathing treatments per day and lots of antibiotics… as well as laughter and doing what the body says is the right thing to do.
Even under the weather it’s been possible to work and it’s been fun being back at the Golden Arches. Though it can be faster paced, being with the McFamily has been a good prescription for stress relief. In 37 years of doing many different things, working in fast food has consistently been the most fun. I’m lovin’ it. 🙂 🙂
Without a doubt there will be a camping trip very soon, likely over the coming weekend. A breath of fresh air is just what the nurse practitioner would order. I’m already working on an idea for something healthy and easy to make… but with some flavor.
For now, take care! Safe and happy camping!
Brad and Jenny and Duke
Jones County, Iowa