November 19, Lost?

No, we're not lost. We've just been "stuck" in Seattle due to health problems on my (Margie's) part. After the very nice motorcycle trip with Eric and Dick in Oregon, we finished up business here in Seattle, including getting a flu shot for me on Oct 17 (mandatory because of age and diabetes). The next day I came down with mild flu-like symptoms, but figuring it was a reaction to the shot, we left Seattle and started down the coast. Ten days after first starting symptoms, we were in Cape Blanco, Oregon, and I was getting worse not better. So we decided to return to Seattle and see doctors here rather than going to an ER, and we've been here ever since. I had a reaction to an inhaler that I was given for wheezing--it caused the pressures in my eyes to go up dramatically, not a pleasant experience. But the ophthamologist was able to get the pressures down quickly and symptoms have subsided. I had what was to be my last visit with her yesterday and while pressures remained in the normal range, I now have an inflammation in the front of both eyes. She gave me non-steroidal eye drops, fearing the usual steroidal drops would cause pressures to rise again, and gave me permission to leave town as long as I see an eye doctor in a week, so we will need to find one in Tucson who will see me on a one-time basis. This week has been the first in which I was actually feeling better each day, this despite having a couple of other niggling infections kick in, most likely because of a depressed immune system.

A visit to Mount Rainier enroute to Oregon

Three intrepid motorcyclists at Crater Lake

Eric, Dick & Riley at Hell's Canyon Overlook

Margie in rain gear at Horsetail Falls, Columbia Gorge

We have packed up and plan to leave Seattle again this morning, heading down I-5 to have a short visit with Lara, then straight on to Tucson for Thanksgiving with Randy and his family. We are looking forward to being away from the cold and rainy weather of Seattle, and feel we have much to be thankful for this year.

Sorry it has been so long since I have written, but must say being ill doesn't make writing an attractive activity--particularly when the eyes are involved.

After Tucson, we will head in a leisurely fashion toward Houston, expecting to be there by the 15th of December. We look forward to seeing friends and family during the month or so that we'll be there.

Love to all,
Margie & Riley

Bird Diary
October 8 & 9 & 15, 2005 Gaynell's Backyard Burien, WA
Bohemian Waxwings: migrating flock in Madrona tree
Cedar Waxwings
White-crowned Sparrow
Golden-crowned Sparrow
Song Sparrow
House Sparrow
Goldfinches: flock
House Finches
Northern Flicker
Downey Woodpecker
Red-breasted Sapsucker
Black-capped Chickadees
Chestnut-backed Chickadees
Stellar's Jay
Anna's Hummingbird
Dark-eyed "Oregon" Juncos
Spotted Towhee
American Robin
European Starlings
American Crows
Rock Pigeons

November 19, 2005 Gaynell's Backyard Burien, WA
Ruby-crowned Kinglet
Winter Wren

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