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2 hours ago, Michael Ventura said:

Glad you are on the recovery (again) Mick! Your immune system must have taken a real beating.  Be well, stay well.

 

Michael


Thanks Michael. Yes I do feel battered but actually not as bad in some ways as the seemingly endless long Covid exhaustion. It will probably come back but in the meantime I am going to try to appreciate life to the maximum. 😀

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3 hours ago, MDM said:

Thanks Betty. Definitely going to be taking it easy for a while but elated to be feeling so much better. It's a beautiful morning here for October. Early morning fog/smog has cleared to blue skies. Life is good. 

We’ve been having gorgeous autumn weather here, too. Except yesterday and today hitting some hot notes ahead of a cold front. Tomorrow will be comfortable again. Today will set new heat records for our area…96F.

All of my life every cold, flu, strep infection went straight to my lungs. The streptococcus nearly killed me with a respiratory arrest. These last years, because of the stress caring for my husband, my immune system was wrecked (chemotherapy didn’t help) and I started getting systemic Candida infections that attacked my whole respiratory system. My oxygen level fell to the 80s also.

All of that gives me a good understanding of what you have gone through, and are still facing in recovery. The big difference is you’ve faced long Covid where I just faced a few months before my lungs became clear, a few more before my long-term strength became normal. I remember once telling my husband I’d forgotten what breathing normally felt like, it felt like I’d been climbing mountains at speed forever. I’m sorry you had to listen to the struggle of someone worse off. That definitely would cause anxiety for me while my lungs were still compromised.

Severe illness can give you a new view on one’s life. My cancer was when I decided to get outdoors and take up photography, since at the time I didn’t know if the cancer would come back. While still doing my everyday duties, my spare time was doing what gave me the most pleasure. We only live once, make the most of it.

I’m excited for your new pursuits and hope they fulfill you.

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2 hours ago, Ed Rooney said:

 

"Excellent care and great vegetarian food" you mentioned. I'm astonished by the second item you listed. Hospital food I've had in the States has always been somewhat worse than what we can expect on a Ryanair flight. 


Yes I was very pleasantly surprised by the food. Being vegetarian I am used to having one or two options but there were loads of choices and really good stuff. 

 

I never buy Ryanair food - they are a great airline for getting one to one’s destination at reasonable prices  but food is not their strong point. I always bring my own sandwiches and water. 

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4 minutes ago, Betty LaRue said:

We’ve been having gorgeous autumn weather here, too. Except yesterday and today hitting some hot notes ahead of a cold front. Tomorrow will be comfortable again. Today will set new heat records for our area…96F.

All of my life every cold, flu, strep infection went straight to my lungs. The streptococcus nearly killed me with a respiratory arrest. These last years, because of the stress caring for my husband, my immune system was wrecked (chemotherapy didn’t help) and I started getting systemic Candida infections that attacked my whole respiratory system. My oxygen level fell to the 80s also.

All of that gives me a good understanding of what you have gone through, and are still facing in recovery. The big difference is you’ve faced long Covid where I just faced a few months before my lungs became clear, a few more before my long-term strength became normal. I remember once telling my husband I’d forgotten what breathing normally felt like, it felt like I’d been climbing mountains at speed forever. I’m sorry you had to listen to the struggle of someone worse off. That definitely would cause anxiety for me while my lungs were still compromised.

Severe illness can give you a new view on one’s life. My cancer was when I decided to get outdoors and take up photography, since at the time I didn’t know if the cancer would come back. While still doing my everyday duties, my spare time was doing what gave me the most pleasure. We only live once, make the most of it.

I’m excited for your new pursuits and hope they fulfill you.


 

Yes Betty as you say we only live once so make the most of it. Thankfully I have never had cancer. And severe illness can be a great awakener. I feel very emotional in a very beautiful way in fact. Earlier I had to cry with joy and relief.
 

My wife is such a wonderful soul. She has stood by me right through this and is recovering from Covid herself although much milder than anything I had. Family is so important as is true friendship. 
 

Wishing you the very best from my heart. 

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14 minutes ago, MDM said:


Thanks Paulette. Yes the nurses and healthcare assistants were amazing as well as the doctors and the catering people - every last one professional and dedicated even though they seem very understaffed. There was one senior nurse who seemed to be dealing with the entire ward and was always rushed off her feet.  

 

I am curious about whether Covid patients are given any instructions for improving lung function in the future. I do yoga and the breathing exercises helped me when I was dealing with asthma for a number of years. I had a gizmo from the doctor that let me test the strength of my exhale and I was on medication but no "physical therapy" for my lungs. I still carry a rescue inhaler just in case but I haven't used it in years.

 

Paulette

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21 hours ago, MDM said:

Well the good thing for me is that I just got home from hospital after 1 week after my oxygen levels dropped significantly.  They started giving me oxygen through a mask and I was gradually been weaned down to normal room levels. I am tired but very happy as struggling to get enough oxygen into one's body is not a pleasant experience/

 

Before that I had a bad fever for 9 days. Been really well-looked after by the NHS, excellent care and great vegetarian food. I didn't want to post about the situation as I wasn't really up to anything for a long time. So despite being doubly vaccinated and having had Covid before, it is still possible to get serious Covid. I met a few people in hospital who have been doubly vaccinated and were having a hard time/

 

So I just wanted to say a truly heartfelt thanks to all those who were wishing me well on the other thread. Really appreciated guys. I did tell Allan where I was a few days ago but asked him to keep it under his hat for a few days. Thanks friend.

 

So forum friends do take care, real care.

 

 

I had noticed you haven't been around for a few days and was getting a little concerned knowing you had contracted covid again.

I am sorry you had a bad time again the second time round, you must be very susceptible to the illness.

Glad to hear you have recovered albeit not a 100%.  

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3 hours ago, NYCat said:

 

I am curious about whether Covid patients are given any instructions for improving lung function in the future. I do yoga and the breathing exercises helped me when I was dealing with asthma for a number of years. I had a gizmo from the doctor that let me test the strength of my exhale and I was on medication but no "physical therapy" for my lungs. I still carry a rescue inhaler just in case but I haven't used it in years.

 

Paulette

 

Sorry to break the chain Mick but I want to reply with an experience of mine to Paulette's highlighted post above.

 

I had been having a bit if a dicky ticker in that it would suddenly for no apparent reason speed up even when resting. Just to be on the safe side my doctor sent me to see a specialist consultant at hospital. After lots of tests and questions he came to the conclusion that it was not serious. He then told me that if I was to blow hard into something when it was happening the heart rate would stabilise. He then gave me a new syringe, no needle, and told me to blow into the projection where the needle fits. As I did as told I could see the consultants eyes widening as the plunger started to move out of the body. He explained that he used that procedure many times to show patients what they need to do but had never seen the plunger move out with them. "You must have strong lungs." he said. I was given the syringe to keep just for that purpose.

When I feel my heart start to race I still use that method to slow it down again.

 

Allan

 

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7 minutes ago, Allan Bell said:

 

Sorry to break the chain Mick but I want to reply with an experience of mine to Paulette's highlighted post above.

 

I had been having a bit if a dicky ticker in that it would suddenly for no apparent reason speed up even when resting. Just to be on the safe side my doctor sent me to see a specialist consultant at hospital. After lots of tests and questions he came to the conclusion that it was not serious. He then told me that if I was to blow hard into something when it was happening the heart rate would stabilise. He then gave me a new syringe, no needle, and told me to blow into the projection where the needle fits. As I did as told I could see the consultants eyes widening as the plunger started to move out of the body. He explained that he used that procedure many times to show patients what they need to do but had never seen the plunger move out with them. "You must have strong lungs." he said. I was given the syringe to keep just for that purpose.

When I feel my heart start to race I still use that method to slow it down again.

 

Allan

 

 

Interesting Allan. My fathers heart would sometimes speed up. When it first happened he was advised to drink ice cold water. He was then admitted to hospital for electrical cardioversion, then had to take new medication.

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9 hours ago, NYCat said:

 

I am curious about whether Covid patients are given any instructions for improving lung function in the future. I do yoga and the breathing exercises helped me when I was dealing with asthma for a number of years. I had a gizmo from the doctor that let me test the strength of my exhale and I was on medication but no "physical therapy" for my lungs. I still carry a rescue inhaler just in case but I haven't used it in years.

 

Paulette

 

I don't know the answer in general. I was given some leaflets to read but I am already aware of a lot of this basic info. Because of having Long Covid, I have already had respiratory investigations - scans and pulmonary rehab therapy which is a general therapy, not aimed at Covid recovery but geared towards conditioning the body. I will be waiting a bit before I attempt anything strenuous.

 

I have had advice on breathing techniques designed to clear phlegm and better breathing in relation to Long Covid as well. When I had the scans early this year, there was no evidence of fibrosis which is very serious so I am hoping that the situation is still the same after this bout. I am guessing it is given how quickly I am recovering.

 

No doubt there are different treatments depending on severity of the illness - people who end up on ventilators for days or weeks need very different recovery strategies to someone like me who had a week of oxygen therapy. I guess I am fortunate. I certainly feel that way. My oxygen levels are 96-97% now which is fine.

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7 hours ago, BobD said:

 

 

I had noticed you haven't been around for a few days and was getting a little concerned knowing you had contracted covid again.

I am sorry you had a bad time again the second time round, you must be very susceptible to the illness.

Glad to hear you have recovered albeit not a 100%.  

 

Thanks Bob. I don't think 100% recovery is ever going to be on the cards as 18 months of Long Covid has taken its toll but as long as I can rebuild a decent level of fitness then I will be pretty happy. This disease Is insidious and the older you are the more potentially insidious it can be. Take care and avoid if at all possible,

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5 hours ago, sb photos said:

 

Interesting Allan. My fathers heart would sometimes speed up. When it first happened he was advised to drink ice cold water. He was then admitted to hospital for electrical cardioversion, then had to take new medication.

Mine not only beat fast, a recorded 280 beats per minute, (tachycardia) but was very irregular. I had a cardiac ablation around 2001. The doctor went in an artery through the groin, threaded a device through to my heart and burned a circuit or two that sent bad impulses to my heart. It took care of 85-90% of it, but I still take one heart med for the leftovers. I got that heart condition after the streptococcus infection at age 24 that I had for 5 weeks before finally being properly diagnosed. It damaged my heart. It was the same infection that I was hospitalized for 2 weeks and nearly died from the acute asthma it caused plus bronchial & lung infection I mentioned in the above posting. All would have been avoided if the doctor I saw had diagnosed the streptococcus correctly instead of bronchitis.

Alan, your device (blowing into) to steady a racing heart…I was told that racing and/or an irregular beat can sometime be converted with a fist thump to the chest which would be easier for a man. I have some irregularity off & on every day…I’d be covered in bruises. Maybe I should try it for the longer episodes that make me lightheaded.

Speaking of those things, the first Holter monitor I wore for a week was about the size of a car battery but only 2” thick. It hung from a cross-body wide strap and was heavy. Then later, they were about 3”X5”, I wore that for a month. The last I was wired up to earlier this year was about the size of a deck of cards and clipped onto the waist of my jeans.
Reminds me a bit of how digital cameras, the good ones, have come down in size. I’m sure the size reduction of the monitors is due to smaller batteries. 
Anyone remember the first car phones, how huge they were? My sister had one and she clipped an antenna to the roof of her car.  Now we have these these thin mobile phones.

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I have two chrysalises left of the summer’s 47. I’ve scrubbed one cage up, ready to store.

You’d be surprised how much work there is raising Monarchs. Rewarding, though. I expect the last two will emerge in the next day or two.

Rain is imminent and we need it.

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Again I posted a technical problem, and again my wonderful forum friends came through. I don’t know what I’d do without y’all.

Probably buying a wig from pulling my hair out.

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On 10/10/2021 at 17:32, Betty LaRue said:

I have two chrysalises left of the summer’s 47. I’ve scrubbed one cage up, ready to store.

You’d be surprised how much work there is raising Monarchs. Rewarding, though. I expect the last two will emerge in the next day or two.

Rain is imminent and we need it.

 

Next, you will have to take up raising honey bees, another insect that are dwindling and much needed!

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1 hour ago, Michael Ventura said:

 

Next, you will have to take up raising honey bees, another insect that are dwindling and much needed!

 

And can you breed supersonic flight into them so they can come to GB and help our lot out too.

 

Allan

 

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Went to Lincoln on the bus (free ride) this lovely sunny morning. Took a lot of photos which will probably languish on the storage disc till I start to get my enthusiasm for processing back again.

 

Was surprised how many people are now going WITHOUT covid masks in shops compared with a few short weeks ago. The streets were full of pedestrians too to such an extent I continued to wear my mask in the crowded areas.

 

Went to Grayz Tea Room and had a light lunch, scrambled egg on toast with a cup of tea and a piece of millionaires shortbread after.

 

Allan

 

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Looking forward to this weekend!  Going to take a little road-trip with my son to West Virginia for an overnight...hopefully there will be some fall colours on the trees in the Appalachian Mountains there.  If not, no worries, just nice to get out of town and hang with my son! Have to be back by Sunday evening for dinner at the home of one of the magazine editors I have been working with for nearly 30 years.  Her husband is an outstanding chef...he owns a small chain of bakery cafes in the DC area and definitely knows his way around the kitchen.  He was born in Israel and spent a lot of his time, growing up,  in Italy so the meals he makes are always outstanding.

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What a gorgeous morning it was here in Norfolk. I took a short ride to Thurne in the Norfolk Broads and took my equipment for a walk. I walked by the River Thurne on the Weavers Way and really enjoyed the sunshine, crisp air, and those 'big skies' we get in this part of the world.

Many people were boating in large cruisers and the majority waved or shouted a greeting from their craft. It's good what a nice day can do. 

It's been mentioned earlier, but it was noticeable that I didn't see one person wearing a face mask. Considering the Covid levels here I'm quite surprised!

Nothing serious was achieved camera-wise. I suppose you could say that photography didn't spoil a good walk!

Jim :) 

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Sent my last butterfly on its way yesterday. I had a nice dinner out with my daughter to cap the day off. It is chilly outdoors and I have my central heat on. I dug out some long pants and a colorful sweatshirt.

Summer is over, not just on the calendar, but heralded with a few shivers.

 Michael, I’ll pass on the honeybees. Talk about work and special protection! My son-in-law would never come over again since he doesn’t get on with stinging insects. If there were an easier way to save the bees, I’d do it. And I’d supersonic them for Allan. ☺️

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20 minutes ago, Broad Norfolk said:

What a gorgeous morning it was here in Norfolk. I took a short ride to Thurne in the Norfolk Broads and took my equipment for a walk. I walked by the River Thurne on the Weavers Way and really enjoyed the sunshine, crisp air, and those 'big skies' we get in this part of the world.

Many people were boating in large cruisers and the majority waved or shouted a greeting from their craft. It's good what a nice day can do. 

It's been mentioned earlier, but it was noticeable that I didn't see one person wearing a face mask. Considering the Covid levels here I'm quite surprised!

Nothing serious was achieved camera-wise. I suppose you could say that photography didn't spoil a good walk!

Jim :) 


I assume you meant you didn’t see anyone wearing a mask on boat trips where they were in close contact with each other. When it’s a family that live together on a cruiser, or walking on wide paths I don’t anticipate a problem. Covid cases are rising everywhere, I play safe. 
 

Unless I’m walking to shoot something I just carry my RX100. Early after sunrise the light can be clear, a great time for a walk. I find where I walk most others are walking their dog/s. Families don’t usually appear until later in the day.

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16 minutes ago, sb photos said:


I assume you meant you didn’t see anyone wearing a mask on boat trips where they were in close contact with each other. When it’s a family that live together on a cruiser, or walking on wide paths I don’t anticipate a problem. Covid cases are rising everywhere, I play safe. 
 

Unless I’m walking to shoot something I just carry my RX100. Early after sunrise the light can be clear, a great time for a walk. I find where I walk most others are walking their dog/s. Families don’t usually appear until later in the day.

You are quite right. A cruiser does provide a 'bubble' and wide open spaces and fresh air shouldn't be a problem. As with other places more populated areas seem to be where many people are avoiding masks.

I guess I should be like you and your RX100. I do usually carry by old EOS M (original) around and these cameras are nice and light and convenient. 

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FINALLY! Uploaded 17 images today.😔

 

Look out for the something BAD happened today thread in about two weeks.😠

 

Allan

 

Only about another 700-800 to process.😩

 

ITMA

 

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6 hours ago, Allan Bell said:

FINALLY! Uploaded 17 images today.😔

 

Look out for the something BAD happened today thread in about two weeks.😠

 

Allan

 

Only about another 700-800 to process.😩

 

ITMA

 

Just think, Allan. If each of those 800 were uploaded and each sold, you could make $320 in today’s market if they weren’t distributor licenses. 😉

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14 hours ago, Betty LaRue said:

Just think, Allan. If each of those 800 were uploaded and each sold, you could make $320 in today’s market if they weren’t distributor licenses. 😉

 

Average of $4/image and that is gross. Gee thanks.

 

Why am I bothering.🙄

 

Loosing my mojo AGAIN.🤪

 

Allan

 

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24 minutes ago, Allan Bell said:

 

Average of $4/image and that is gross. Gee thanks.

 

Why am I bothering.🙄

 

Loosing my mojo AGAIN.🤪

 

Allan

 

Oh no Allan - I think we've all been there, hopefully your mojo will return meanwhile just enjoy taking photos.  I remember in July last year when I sold an image that is now being used on a banknote in Trinidad & Tobago, my biggest sale and thing that happened if my life photographically.  I will probably never reach the dizzy heights of sales that others have on here but I still enjoy my photography and if they sell it's a bonus and if not, well I've still enjoyed taking them, I've had several toddlers this year but this month one was double figures so don't give up😉

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