Monday, January 15, 2018

Fire and Rain...and Mud


Highway 101, photo taken by CNN news
We had been planning the trip south to see my mom, and especially with her latest health issue of pleural effusion, we knew it should be soon. If you remember we had to reschedule a  journey in October because of the big wine country fire, and then my brother had to reschedule his journey because of the huge (biggest in recorded California fire history) Thomas fire. So of course, after the big fire came the one big destructive rain in central California. We waited for that to clear out and then came the mud. Seriously, part of the route we take from the family beach house to my mom's in Simi Valley is closed INDEFINITELY due to a mudslide. This is a mudslide on a road that sees 100,000 cars a day, Highway 101, a major California highway. So, we're having to remap our trip, take a significant detour and head east before we head back west. Has the world gone mad? I'm just curious.
The Golden Gate Bridge on a beautiful Saturday
We left our quiet peaceful home behind the redwood curtain and drove south on Saturday. We stopped at the north end of the Golden Gate Bridge and drove up the winding road for a look. After all the times we have driven this route, we hadn't ever stopped there before. Well, it was crazy busy with cars, bicyclists, and joggers, but the view was worth every bit the effort. We'd like to try it again when it's not a Saturday afternoon on a three-day weekend. It really is so beautiful up there.

We're taking my mom for a procedure on Thursday to remove the fluid from her lungs, and then a short while later in the same hospital she is scheduled to have a CT scan. We'll know more some time after that. I'm hoping to write between now and then, but in case I don't... please wish us luck. And thank you for being such kind and supportive blogging friends. You help balance the madness of the world at the moment.

30 comments:

  1. What an arduous journey you guys are having. I hope your mom can be afforded relief from her condition.
    Oh, our poor mamas; mine just had to go into hospice care where she lives, and we don't know how much time is left for her. May you get to talk with your mom and experience her. It is too late now for us.
    Peace to you.

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    1. Oh isabelita, this is such sad news about your mom. It's not expected, yet it always arrives as a surprise. After my mom's CT scan and biopsy we will know if hospice is in her future as well. Sigh. Thinking of you and your family as your mama makes her journey.

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  2. Both you and California seem to be having a rough time of it lately. I sincerely hope that all goes well.

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    1. John-- Thank you for your good wishes, for us and California.

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  3. I'm glad you will be able to take her for this procedure. I'm sure the many natural disasters keeping you from your mother recently have been frustrating for you.

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    1. Colette-- We've managed to drive down in between the disasters, but it sure has been challenging.

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  4. Sending love to you and your family on Martin Luther King Day and always. During these times of natural and unnatural turmoil, the beloved community that Martin Luther King spoke of and wrote about continues to grow. Your mother is dear to us, too.

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    1. am-- Yes, the natural and unnatural turmoils of our times. It is good to remember the strong voices that shaped our youths. Thank you for your kind words.

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  5. Good luck with her procedures. We just made a drive down through the heart of California on its freeways. Not anything I want to repeat soon especially pulling a vacation trailer.

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    1. Rain-- Driving to southern California is one of our least favorite things to do. I can't even imagine doing it and pulling a trailer. Yikes.

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  6. Hope all goes well with your mom's procedure. Are they doing a thoracentesis? My mom had to have that done twice -- not for cancer, but due to pleural effusions caused by the autoimmune disease. She came through fine both times without too much stress, so I hope it will be the same for your mom if she is having that procedure. I've driven much of the route you're probably following on a couple of my journeys through California and it is definitely challenging -- not my favourite place to take my big old van. :) Wishing you safe travels onward and hopefully the best news possible when you are with your mom.

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    1. bev-- Yes, they are doing a thoracentesis. My mom has pleural effusion, but there is also some suspicion right now that there might be a mass. So, that's why there will be a follow-up CT scan for more information. We drove the detour today and took I-5 south for about a hundred miles. We lucked out with NO TRAFFIC! Thank you so much for your good wishes.

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  7. My best wishes to you all, safe driving and most of all, excellent treatment for your mother!

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    1. Sabine-- Thank you so much for your good wishes. The trip was fine and traffic-free. We saw my mom briefly today and will be taking her for her procedure on Thursday.

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  8. Yes, the world HAS gone crazy. All the best to you and your mom as you undertake this healing journey!

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    1. Steve-- I knew it! The world HAS gone crazy. Everywhere I look I see signs of it. Thank you for you kind words.

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  9. I wondered if you had been affected by the mudslides I saw in TV and indirectly you were even though it was having to take a different route to see your mum. I hope it all goes well for her, I know you are worried at the moment.

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    1. Bill-- It was interesting to take this detour and drive through over the mountains into the San Joaquin Valley. The mudslides have really made a mess of things. We're hoping they'll have it cleaned up when we want to head home. Thank you for your good thoughts.

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  10. Thinking of you all and hoping all goes well with your mom. This is a hard time, but you are there for her, and with her, and that means everything.

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    1. 37paddington-- It is a hard time, but the kind words and thoughts of friends means so much to us. Thank you.

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  11. Thinking of you, Roger and your mama. Difficulties abound, but you're working through them together with love at the heart of it all. It's the best we can all do, I guess. Thank you for sharing. I hope your time with your mom is a blessing to all of you. Kim in PA

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    1. Kim-- Thank you for your kind words. We just got back from three hours at the hospital for the procedure and the CT scan. No new yet, but it sure was good to be there for my mom, our arms around her shoulders and our love surrounding her always.

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  12. In the face of adversity we perceiver. def59485

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  13. That photo of the golden gate is lovely....look at the sky? So many planes

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    1. John-- So glad you liked that photo of the Golden Gate. It was such a cool perspective up there. Here in southern Ca, the sky is literally crisscrossed with contrails. Thank you so much for stopping by.

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  14. Stop the world -- I want to get off.

    All too often our own, little worlds are mad enough for any sane person to deal with. Trying to deal with the world at large is just too much.

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    1. Mark-- Yes! Stop the world I want to get off too. We just arrived back at the beach house, exhausted and weary. Tuning out the news of all kinds and watching the sunlight on the bay.

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