Sunday, January 16, 2022

An irrigation ditch at Twin Lakes Open Space

 Near the Avery brewery in Boulder county is an open space named Twin Lakes. Along the eastern side of the one of the reservoirs is an old irrigation ditch. We thought the flowing water and the dense vegetation made for an interesting photograph.  This was taken sometime back in the Summer months.

This image was made with a Mamiya 7 and Kodak Portra film. 

Friday, December 31, 2021

Happy New Year

2021 has been a challenging year. 
But we survived the Superior/Louisville fire here in Colorado.
And Kathleen's health is on the mend.
So here is hoping that 2022 will be better than 2021

 Wishing all of you the best for 2022. 

Thursday, November 11, 2021

Happy Veterans Day

 For Veteran's Day, a tribute to one of my true heroes. Colin Powell.

General Powell and I share that we are both descendants of West Indians and have a connection to New York. It also turns out that he had an interest in film photography in his youth. 

While searching for images of Powell, I discovered this image of him from 1954. An old school film selfie using a mirror. 


Sunday, October 31, 2021

The answer is purple

 This is my brand new prayer shawl given to me by members of the United Methodist Women from my church. After seeing the color of my walker, they correctly guessed I'd like purple. It is very soft and comfy. 

Here is a image of my leg that is safe for the squeamish. It is an X-ray of my new knee taken at my two week checkup. Everything is looking good! 

I also had the outer dressing removed at my two week checkup. The white bands are the steri-strips used to close the wound. I was told to leave them on until they fall off naturally. After a week of being uncovered, they are still hanging on.

 More updates to follow after my next doctor's visit in a couple of weeks. Cheers 

Saturday, October 16, 2021

And the legs have it .... Well at least the right one.

Adventures in modern medicine during Covid

Here I am at 5:30 AM, waiting for them to take me in for surgery. I'm having the surgery done at the Good Samaritan Medical Center here in Lafayette. We choose this hospital because it is rated in the top 50 nationally for surgical outcomes. Except for the other patients of the day, the Hospital was very empty that early in the morning. 

Here is a before photo of the leg. It will never look like this again!

Out of bed after surgery. The actual surgery took around an hour and the surgeon said he was very pleased with the results. The white stockings are compression stockings to reduce post surgery swelling. I will be wearing these on my right leg for many weeks.  

Needless to say, with everything happening to me, I was at risk for falls. 

Day 2.  Hooked up to the ice machine. This device continuously circulates ice cold water over my knee to help control pain and swelling. This now belongs to me and I'll be taking it home for daily icing. 

First real walk around the ward on day 2. Everything is working as expected. 

Out of the hospital. Rather than going immediately home, I spent ten days (9 nights) at my Mother-in-laws guest room. She lives in a single story ranch house. The guest room was only a few steps to an accessible shower and bath, and entry only required navigating a handful of stairs.   

Here's my knee post surgery. The bandage is waterproof and stays on for two weeks. So far, 11 days in, no leaks! Except when I bathe I'm wearing the white compression stocking from the earlier photo. 

See you in about a week with an update after they remove the bandage!