So many photos to share and we are running out of days for 2022. Are you looking forward to the New Year?
So I woke up the morning of December 26th still feeling worn out and I had a bit of a cough. I rested most of the day so that we could get on with our Christmas celebration. Colin and I have no need to exchange gifts so it is always fun to do a few things. Some years are fuller that others, we were down to a minimum this season. Our biggest thing at Christmas is cooking our two favourite holiday casseroles that we only eat at this time of year. I guess you might say that these are recipes that we have been enjoying at this time of year for over 35 years plus a good bottle of wine make the holiday special for us. Oh and of course a really good Christmas movie.
We always try to have a beach walk unless there is a serious reason not to.
In fact when I went to physio on the 24th Colin was checking them in our nanny cam and they never barked even once in the two hours that we were gone 😎
Christmas Eve we had our party leftovers and did the same again on the 25th. We were too tired to cook our regular Christmas meal and made the decision to celebrate Christmas on the 26th. Why not! We were still worn out and decided do what we wanted when we wanted to, so we had a relaxing few evenings watching Christmas movies and snuggled our girls. Christmas waited for us.
We have had a wonderful few days. It feels like it has been Christmas everyday. The girls are changing daily. They keep coming back to us on the beach. Today was my first beach walk with them in two weeks( photos next post ). We were able to leave them alone for two hours on the 24th when Colin took me in for physio and they never even barked. He was watching them thru the nanny cam that we have. Today we went out delivering Christmas cards and a tiny gift to all here in the park and the girls sat and watched us walk around the park. They only barked 2 -3 times. The best news of all is the my knee is much better, I only have the occasional twinges of pain. Life is so good that we have been living in the moment of every minute of each day. I have so many photos to share but perhaps just a few days at a time. This will be the first time that I haven’t done a formal annual Christmas photo but the season is just beginning.
This post is full of larger photos and much smaller ones but I had to go though dozens of photos shared from about six photographers. I hope that you prefer to get a mixed up post rather than none.
Special thank to Dallas and his crew….
Merry Christmas to you all and thank you for staying with me all these years. Cheers to many more posts in our future.
Monday morning we were off to the medical imaging place here in Mazatlan. I had made an appointment for my MRI last week. For the most part partients are expected to get their x-rays or MRI’s etc before they see the doctor. Most of the hospitals even send their patients to this place to get their imaging tests done.
Because I was being given a tranquilizer an hour before the MRI for the sake of my claustrophobia and the fact that I could be out of it for up to eight hours Colin decided to drive us there and back. He could not imagine trying to load me into a pulmonia never mind getting me onto the lancha without dropping me in the ocean. We allowed enough time and arrived twenty minutes early but had to wait for the person in front of us to finish their business with reception. We even had a puppy sitter for the girls as we were gone close to 5 hours.
Finally it was our turn and based on what I had been told I was to take my ‘magic’ pill at 12:30PM. Oh, they also charged me 50 pesos/ $3.44CAD/$2.53 USD for it. So I reminded them that I needed to take it one hour before the MRI. I was given a pill wrapped in foil and an empty plastic water glass. I did have a water bottle with me. Later I saw that there was a water station across the room.
So we payed all that we had to including some last minute x-rays requested by Dr. Cervantes. As we were sitting waiting for the x-ray procedure I became a bit dizzy. It took both Colin and the X-ray tech to walk me to the room. I had to sit right away. After the regular x-rays we were moved to another sitting area next to the MRI location. By about 1:15 I was suddenly level headed and felt like I could ride a bike or go for a walk!! Colin could tell that I was back to normal with lots of energy. The gentleman seated next to us went in for his ankle MRI 20 minutes late. Hmm I knew that I needed more medication if I had to wait until he was done, I was likely to flip out getting into the machine.
I promptly asked for for medication. I was told that it was impossible, I kept pushing even claiming that I would sign something that it was my choice. Nada. I asked for a half pill, again no. I insisted and they told me that I could come back tomorrow because ta second pill was dangerous 😯 and they could not give it to me. Three doctor levels came to see me and seemed to agree but then it was taken to the top level who said absolutely not. I argued that it had already passed through my system, at the dentist I need a numbing shot every 15 minutes, my system processes meds like that quickly. So I found a T3 ( Tylenol Codeine ) in my purse and swallowed it in front of all these people. It gave me some peace of mind and I hoped that it would do something to relax me.
As I was being put into the tube I was told that it was only a 10 minute procedure 😮 What? Yes it was thirty minutes three years ago but they now had new software and it would only be ten minutes. So in I go, close my eyes and hope. The tube came up to my chest and I had the choice of leaving my arms and hands out over my head. They gave me ear plugs re the loud sounds but my ears were too small or the foam plug were not one size fits all.
This where I stopped this post last night at 10PM, I just could not continue. Quick snack and bed right after.
Today, Wednesday was much busier than expected. I solved many issues but ran out of time to even call the medical insurance company. I stopped and took in tonights sunset. So much to accomplish.
Actually I was up early today ( for me @ 7:30AM ) my dear friend Colleen from Toronto had arrived for the winter and was able to colour my hair today 😎 What a great feeling. She did a fabulous job.
I spent a good deal of time on the computer today organizing my absolute to dos.
So back to the MRI, we paid, I had it done and then we came home. Later that evening I got the Spanish report on my MRI. I translated into English and then the bottom fell out of my world. Finally I got my English translation today, cost me 400 MXN for that. Have a read…
After reading that I thought well I am done, looks like I would need a knee replacement. So yesterday ( Tuesday ) we picked up my MRI and x-ray images and went to see Dr. Cervantes. I can’t say enough about what a great medical doctor he is. He knew that I was upset and right away he said that I did not have four tears as the radiology report said nor any of the rest of it. Deep breathe. What was shown was some scaring from my miniscus surgery three years ago and no I did not need surgery. WOW!!! This is the second time he has corrected the reading of my MRI results.
However he was distressed about how swollen my right knee was. I told him that it was 100% better than four weeks ago. To him my knee was very swollen. He asked why I did not come in sooner, I said that it was because the swelling was so much better. However I still had pain and decided to spend the money for the MRI, 4200MXN/ $400.00CAD/$214.00USD. So very glad that I did. Dr. Cervantes showed us all the pockets of liquid around my knee. He said that had I waited much longer that my knee and the rest of my body would have become infected and that is was very serious. My father died of septicaemia from an infection.
I had two options, Cortisone shot in the knee, meds and physio. Or just the meds and physio. Of course the cortisone would relieve most of my pain right away as well as speed up the diminishing of the the liquid in my knee. I asked him if it hurt and he said no, that he sometimes gave himself cortisone shots. So despite hating needles and pain I went with the shot. Of course I wanted to get better ASAP. I won’t go into details but it surely did hurt. I almost broke Colins hand by squeezing it too tightly. About 5 – 10 minutes later the pain of injecting so much medication quickly started to diminish. So I went home with some to dos. I was ever so relieved at not having to have surgery again but I was totally worn out.
Tomorrow is yet another day with more adventures for me to deal with.
I thought that life was supposed to be slower in paradise. Guess not. No matter where we are life seems to engulf us with all it holds. But better to be happy enjoying every moment and creating new memories than the alternative. I really wanted to post but truly had no free moments.
Tomorrow morning I am going in for an MRI as well as specific X-rays of my right knee. The pain continues and it is worth the cost of the MRI to know the que pasa of what is happening in my body. Bottom line I will find out once the reports have been written if I need surgery and if not what is creating the pain. Because I am so claustrophobic of being in a tube and not being able to move I am being sedated for the procedure. This condition for me comes from being stuck in a plane next to the window with a basketball team who were drunk and were out of control. They were tossing things all over the aircraft. Not even the pilot could calm them down. It was very frightening. Flying had never been an issue for me and now I have to do deep breathing and always sit in an aisle seat. So the MRI is very terrifying for me.
Movie film update…..
Another person who attended the concert put these photos on a FaceBook page. https://www.facebook.com/photo/?fbid=9290757457604790&set=pcb.9290811380932731
And now, finally, the long awaited new guacamole recipe 😛 Special thanks to Michelle from Comox, BC
~3 avocados – smashed or mashed 😉
~1 large or two small green onions
~2 tablespoons of chopped cilantro
~3 garlic cloves, minced
~1/2 to 1 jalapeno, diced
~lime juice to taste
~two drops of liquid smoke or to taste (suggest mesquite not hickory )
~salt to taste
~cayenne to taste if you prefer more heat
I have been absent from posting but we are having a wonderful time. My knee is still sore but other days it is okay. I am doing a full set of my exercises everyday and walking a bit on the beach as well. I was going to get an MRI just for the heck of it. Prices have gone way up 🙄 So I am going back to day by day. Got some great shots of the girls on the beach today. Somehow they got into deep water. We now know that they can swim 😀
We are building new friendships and renewing old ones. Sadly the girls are being rather vocal and we have been using their bark collars. They are enjoying all the various visitors we get everyday but seem to want to say hola rather loudly to everyone. Overall they are 90% better than last season, its just that they like to greet everyone. We have offers from folks who want to puppy sit.
It is really difficult to come inside and sit at the computer with everything being so wonderful out there. The outside is done for Christmas and Colin put up the inside coloured lights. Tomorrow I will put up our special decorations inside and our mini mini tree.
As in years past I am accepting donations via E-Transfer or PayPal for the December 24th food hamper distribution to those that need help in providing a Christmas for their families. Click here for a synopsis of years past.
The RV Park now has a Santa on a sleigh ( ATV dressed up ) who will go out December 23rd giving candies to all the children on the Isla. The official Isla Santa passed last year and now we have Drew who grew his white beard long these past months just for the children. Hopefully I will get a few photos.
Tres Amigos RVers has a committee who do many things to raise funds to also help the less fortunate on the Isla. They get the names of those in need from the heads of the various areas in the Colonia. These people get coupons to spend at one of the two food stores here on the Isla. We support both but I have a soft spot in my heart for Dallas and his Isla born wife Rocio.
In other news we have a broken toilet seat. Rather precarious 😳 Colin may may need to duck tape things for the time being. Not sure if we can get a replacement here. Sadly Erik our wonderful RV tech’s wife had a stroke last week. So this is not the time to be bothering him with things like this. Gracie is coming along but has a very long road to recovery.
PS……. I have not forgotten and that guacamole recipe will be in the next post.