Unfortunately, my rheumatologist (who is also a board-certified internist) was NOT happy with the way I looked or sounded. Since she noted that right away, I must've still looked pretty washed out although I'd completed my first round of antibiotics and thought I was on the mend. She promptly sent in a prescription for seven MORE days of antibiotics and I am on day five of that. I can tell that it is working, but this particular med doesn't agree with my system very well, so I've had to endure some rather unpleasant side effects, most notably a headache. But as I said, the respiratory part seems much better and I'm hoping for good things this week. Another lesson reminder has been that sometimes, you just give in and let some things go. Basically, I've lost two weeks and many of my Christmas traditions simply will not happen this year. And that's o.k.
For now, I think I've found a way to work around the picture quota limit issue. Upon further research and based on what some of you indicated, I've learned that this is one of Google/Blogger/Picasa's "known" issues and it seems some accounts are being shown as having reached their quota when technically, they haven't. Since many of you who have blogged far longer and post lots more pictures than I do report you've NEVER been told you'd reached a limit, nor do you pay for extra storage, I'm going to sit tight for a few weeks and see if the issue might fix itself. In the meantime, I have reset my camera to take pictures using less pixels and found that I can now upload with no problem. Quite frankly, I can't see any huge difference in the quality of today's pictures compared to those I'd been posting. So we'll see.
I was able to hike one day this week, but quickly realized my stamina level had got up and gone so they say. Knowing I'd spent the better part of the previous week on the sofa, we picked a shorter hike (7.4 miles) that would also net me one mile of new trail. Thanks to a very patient hiking partner, it was a wonderfully enjoyable day, but jeepers, was I ever slow. A slow hiker by choice at any time, believe me, when I concede that I'm trudging along, the pace must be brutal to whomever is walking with me!! But then, surprisingly, when we reached the end and calculated time hiked, the pace wasn't any slower than normal, so guess it was all in my head.
Yeah, yeah, I can hear you all thinking loudly.....she needs to end this rambling, drug induced post immediately. And I'm going to do just that. Enjoy a few other pictures from my hike!
Please continue to remember my friend Jo (A Well Kept Life) as she cares for her terminally ill husband and my friend Tami (Nutmeg Notebook) as she recovers from foot surgery. This is when blog friendships are tough. I want to DO something - I want to hug Jo and I want to take Tami a casserole. I hope they both know that I care. And I know you do as well! Update: Jo posted a short notice late Sunday evening that her husband passed away on Saturday. Please keep her in your closest thoughts this week. I simply cannot imagine what that must feel like. They had been married 29 years.