Well, it’s time for me to stop my pity party and get back to day to day living. I haven’t been blogging lately because of big upset in my life. About 2 weeks ago, I had to repeat a medical lab test. It was a kidney function test and the results came back with bad news. I have kidney disease! Boy, I turn 66 and right away, my health goes downhill. However, those that don’t know about kidney disease, it’s not something that happens overnight, it’s a very slow progressive disease that takes years to rear it’s ugly head. Most people aren't even aware they have it until when the kidneys have loss function, much more than mine have. My kidneys are working at 55% right now, and like I said, it’s a progressive disease. It usually happens if you are diabetic, have high blood pressure and high cholesterol. I have none of these things, so hope progression for me is VERY slow! I found out with my yearly physical. Last year at this time, I didn’t have this problem.
However, I won’t dwell on and on about kidney disease, but I do suggest everyone keeps an eye on theirs!! There are many good web sites out there. Yesterday was Kidney Disease Week and the web site is
Being as upset as we we’re here, I called my family in Belleville, and scared everyone there as well. It wasn’t a fun time and it took some time to get our heads around it all.
My daughter Lisa, immediately jumped on a plane and her visit was what really helped my heart from feeling like it was pounding out of my chest, as it was just so great to have someone to take my mind of my misery.
So, let’s drop the gloom and doom and I’ll show you some pictures of her visit.
Here she comes!! First one off the plane! Mom and Lisa in the airport, and too bad she just missed the Olympics!
We did many, many things while she was here. We headed off to Granville Island the next day, taking a bus into town, got adventurous and went places, I’d never go on my own, but I never did have a great sense of direction! We took all means of transportation from a few different route buses, the Olympic line, the Subway, and the Sea Bus and ended back home, extremely tired!! Lisa has been having a problem with her breathing and a very deep virus in her chest that has even the specialist stumped, and have tried her on every medication they can, and it remains persistent, but she found the sea air, the sea level and away from whatever is causing this to be very helpful. Plus, she loves it out here and would LOVE to move to Vancouver! Me too!!
The weather was terrific and the flowers and trees in bloom!! What a great time to visit Vancouver with all this beauty everywhere!
We went up to the Dam, and into Lynn Valley Park. I think we both loved it here!! Sooo Beautiful!!!
My little Mermaid!!
Then onto see the seals just down on the wharf from where we live. Onto the Dog Park where we met some new friends. I got a kiss from one!
Lisa meets her Step-Sister Meredith and Step-Brother Martin.
Meredith had a huge family dinner to greet Lisa. So many names to remember!!!
Lisa wanted to talk with my doctor and ask some questions, and so here we are in Horseshoe Bay, where Lisa lived for the few months after she was born in BC. This is the first time she has been back since was 0-3 months old!
Things have changed over the years, since she was here. The SUBWAY shop was once a small sort of motel that rented out little apartments. That is where we lived. Again, very close to the Sea! We took a trip up the beautiful Sea To Sky Highway after having Trolls famous fish and chips!! Delicious!! (Don’t forget to click on these pictures to make larger)
We stopped at Britannia Beach and watched this fellow carving with a chain saw. Fantastic work!
Sadly, the day going up the coast, was rain to cloud and fog, and the mountain tops never showed themselves!
Home again and on the Sea Wall in Ambleside.
Thanks Lisa for a wonderful visit!!!! Love you!