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 touch and feel it... "Through the Lens".

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Saturday, December 1, 2018

Crazy Summer and Frightening Fall

No, we haven’t fallen off the face of the Earth!!  But it has been a crazy summer with Mike’s ruptured
disc and all the treatments that went along with that!!   I will spare you the details but he has probably gotten as far as he can.  His back is good now but he did have nerve damage in his right leg and his right foot.  He continues to have something called “drop foot” that doesn’t bother him only sounds weird when walking!!

We haven’t been allowed to travel much so we’ve been pretty stationary at Escapees Park...Rainbow Plantation.  If you have to be stationary it’s a good place to be.

We watched many beautiful sunsets from the pier in Fairhope Alabama.  This pier overlooks Mobile Bay and is one of our favorite spots in the area.

We made a couple trips to Baton Rouge to visit our son.  Nothing blog worthy just a nice visit with family.  We stayed at the KOA which is not our favorite but happens to be the only decent park in the area.  A little pricey but convenient!!
This is the hallway into the banquet buffet we dined in for Thanksgiving          
The outside of the restaurant overlooking the Mississippi River

Just outside the restaurant

The frightening part of fall happened when Mike’s blood pressure became quite high and for six weeks remained that way while the doctor was trying different medications to bring it down.  Mike started to experience chest discomfort, heart palpitations and extreme fatigue.  We were alarmed and once again saw the doctor who had an Echocardiogram performed and we discovered Mike has mitral valve prolapse.  The doctor was concerned at how quickly this came about.  In August the doctor heard nothing when listening to his heart and now moderate regurgitation.  So another test was scheduled along with an EKG.  This showed no blockages...thank God!!  The final consensus was the prolonged high blood pressure had caused the mitral valve prolapse.  The stress from the pain and aggravation of the ruptured disc probably caused the high blood pressure.
The Good News—-the blood pressure is stable and the extreme symptoms are subsiding.  Mike still has heart palpitations but that can happen with mitral valve prolapse.   Yes, this was frightening!!  The heart is sorta vital for all of us!!!!

With that all said...we hope to be back in the saddle with our blogging!!  Hopefully we’ll be moving more now!!
We hope everyone had a wonderful and safe Thanksgiving and are looking forward to a grand Christmas season!!!


  1. It's so good to see a post from you. I'm so sorry for all you've had to go through the past months and hope things will settle into a new normal for you now. Your sunset photos are amazing!

  2. So very sorry to hear about all the problems Mike has had. Our neighbor has drop foot and has a special brace that fits in his shoe and supports the leg and foot. He's back to playing golf and horseshoes. Praying for better doctor reports.

  3. Thanks for the update. I knew Mike was suffering from the ruptured disc, but I didn't know he was having high blood pressure/mitral valve prolapse. Wishing you both a happy and healthy 2019!

  4. Nice the hear from you again and glad things are being taken care of. And soon all will be good again.

  5. WOW! You have had a lot to deal with this past while.I do hope that now you are on the road to better health and so able to enjoy each day to the fullest.Those sunset pictures are amazing.

  6. Yes, you two have been through some scary situations. Praying it is all behind you now. My daughter (age 50) has the same condition. It was caused by having strep many times when she was young.

    You, too, have a great and blessed holiday season.

  7. Great to see a post and that health issues are moving in the right direction...Heart issues are nothing to to take lightly....Good to see that you where able to at least take some short trips. Terrific photo's..Have a magnificent and relaxing Christmas and may the New Year bring nothing but Good health, Love and many super memories. Horst sends

  8. I am sorry for the hard times you are having but you are in a beautiful area. I hope you will be able to get on the road again soon!

  9. Just checking in on you two and hoping that all is well. It sounds as though you've been through some really scary times. Take good care!


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