|Side view of the house|
Sometimes we look at sights in nature but don't really see. While hiking in the woods the other day, it became a realization that we need to open our heart and eyes to see the beauty of the simple things in nature with each season. There is so much order and purpose in His creation. God has given us awesome beauty in this world to see and enjoy... if we would but stop to see and feel it. Join us as this blog is about stopping to see the real beauty around us...to touch and feel it... "Through the Lens".
Saturday, July 22, 2017
Sunday, July 16, 2017
Friday, June 9, 2017
All Nick's blood work checked out good except his liver enzymes which we already knew about as he is already taking a liver supplement. Since we were back in the area we took Nick to our family vet and he checked Nick out and though a tumor is low on the list, he feels he has a bad sinus infection along with allergies. He gave Nick a stronger anti-biotic that he wanted him to take for 2 weeks along with his antihistamine medicine and said the next 2 weeks would be crucial.
It has now been a little over 2 weeks since that visit and we returned on Tuesday to have a follow up check.... there have been No nose bleeds...Yay! Dr. Whitlow said Nick sounded better and feels he is doing much better. He even said we should take Nick to Seattle as their climate would be perfect for him...let's see, 2800 miles away, hmmm. Thanks, Doc!!
So it appears Nick will have to stay out of extreme heat and humidity since this will probably be a lifelong issue.
So for the past few weeks we have been hanging out at the campground watching our little fella pretty closely. With doctor visits and fourth of July approaching we might just hunker down here before venturing out again. Oh well, life happens!!!!
Saturday, May 20, 2017
Remember that glitch I told you about?? Well......
Funny thing happened on the way to Hiawassee. As we were breaking camp at McKinney Campground our little Shih Tzu, Nick had a sneezing episode. Now he has these quite often because he has really bad allergies. This one though produced some nasal bleeding. Not much but some. We went ahead and drove in to Doll Mountain Campground and a little later that day he sneezed again and once again it brought some bleeding with it. Not much but still...some. So we decided to call our vet in Alabama. He told us what to do and we did exactly what he said. The third time this happened we decided to take him to a local vet.
So first thing Thursday morning we broke camp hooked up the camper and drove into Ellijay to see Dr Redman. He took a look at Nick and gave us an "A to Z" of what it could be. The worse being a tumor in his nostril. He felt like we should take him to a facility that could do CT and MRI scans as well as scope procedures. He recommended the Auburn University vet school. He would call to get us in.
We immediately decided to drive back to Auburn and await our call. On our drive home we both were a bit bewildered. He's our furbaby!! Our 11 year old four legged son!! We also started thinking about how you go from a sneeze ( which he does regularly) to a wicked tumor??
Nick sneezes when he's excited, when he's stressed and when he's been outside awhile. He just sneezes a lot. He's done this for over 3 years and our vet in Lagrange diagnosed him with a bad case of allergies. He takes Benedryl when they get bad.
So we decided to see our new vet in Alabama before going to the "big" hospital. Dr. Wagner examined him and asked a plethora of questions. He went through the same "A to Z" of what could be going on. He also said a nasal tumor could be the issue BUT he really didn't feel like that was it since there wasn't a lot of bleeding with the sneeze....only a small spray.
He drew several viles of blood and we should know those results tomorrow or Monday at the latest.
One thing it could be is an infection or bad teeth causing an infection. Nick has already had issues with an abscessed tooth and had five teeth removed. The Dr did notice the front ones were loose. The other thing is a blood clotting disorder. So now we wait....
In the meantime he's on a high powered Benadryl called Hydroxyzine and an antibiotic called Clavamox.
He has not had anymore bleeding.....sneezing yes, bleeding no!!
Could we have ignored these signs and went on to the rally? Yes, but we would not have enjoyed things and worried about Nick. He's our furbaby and we chose to be good parents to our four legged boy!!
There is always another rally and the mountains aren't going anywhere.
If all goes well and the blood work helps to diagnose this issue we will be heading back to our......
Beloved North Georgia Mountains!!!
Wednesday, May 17, 2017
Today we drove further north toward our rally in Hiawassee. We found ourselves at another gorgeous COE park. Doll Mountain campground is located in the North Georgia mountains on Carters Lake. You will find camping, hiking, boating, fishing, hunting (bows) and a playground in this heavily wooded area.
"Carter's Lake embraces a
spectacular tract of foothills
scenery in the Blue Ridge
mountains of North Georgia.
It covers 3,200 surface acres and
has 62 miles of undeveloped
|Taken from our patio|
|Also from our patio|
Our site backs up to the lake....well we are actually above the lake with a nice drop off down to the shoreline. We have a very nice wooded deck in a cul-de-sac type setting with five other campsites. With all the trees it makes for a very peaceful feeling.
He advised us what to do and thought he might have a slight infection in his nose...I guess like sinus infection. We just happened to have some Clavamox that our former vet had prescribed and he said that would be perfect!! So we have medicated our little buddy and hope that he is better with this medicine. He is 11 years old and I do worry about him.
Tomorrow we will head to Hiawassee and our site at Riverbend Campground.
Thanks for stopping by!!
Tuesday, May 16, 2017
Finally the wheels were rolling!!! We left Chewacla State Park, our home base in Auburn, Alabama, around 10:15 a.m. We are on our way to our beloved North Georgia mountains for the "Eggs on the Hiawassee River" rally. This is a fiberglass rally of all kinds, shapes and sizes of fiberglass trailers and some of the greatest folks you'll ever meet.
We began our journey by stopping at McKinney Campground. This is a beautiful COE campground sitting on Lake Allatoona in Georgia. We are not quite in the mountains yet but it's so nice to be out and about doing what we truly love.
As many of you already know two years ago this August I had surgery to remove a cancerous tumor. I went through seven months (12 treatments) of chemotherapy. Through the grace of God my scans and test have all been clean and clear since that August. But I do have to visit my oncologist every 3 months for another year and then I can go every 6 months. So that creates some creative planning in order to be back in the Auburn area every 3 months.
It's ok because I have a new appreciation for life and being able to go anywhere at all. It's a blessing and precious gift to be well and able to travel.
We both feel that we have so much to be thankful for and are so blessed that we should enjoy this life God gifted us with. We are pushing forward and enjoying this awesome lifestyle!!
Tonight should be beautiful on the lake and then tomorrow we will travel further north toward those beautiful North Georgia mountains.
Thanks for stopping by.....hope you had a good day doing whatever makes you smile!!
"Healing doesn't mean the damage never existed. It means the damage no longer controls our lives."