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Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Snow Day Leap Year 2012

Leaping in 2012. Well the phone rang at 5:30 am announing a snow day for school (I'd love to be in Mont Blanc/Chamonix) -- snow levels down to 2,000 feet and dropping, I would love to be going skiing this weekend, but alas my health (and slowly mending broken ankle) would not cooperates. I had to go to the hospital for the third day out of four (and scheduled again for tomorrow) for rehydration and anti-nausea drug infusion. After doing a series of labs the team decided I have "neutropenia" ( which effectively means that my white blood cells are all gone, leaving me at a very high risk of infection. I am home now, but have to take my temperature every hour and once it hits 100 degrees I have to go to the ER for IV antibiotics. This was unexpected, but not unheard of in cancer patients (or radiation patients). Here is what my blood looks like (an example, not my actual blood) showing my risk for infection. So now I have to avoid anything uncooked, raw, dirt, pets, people, germs, etc (basically wear a mask except in my own house) and I arrived home to a lovely treat -- my sister-in-law sent me a beautiful (and fragrant) jasmine basket -- what a lovely treat on such a nasty snowy day when I feel so under the weather. Two chemotherapy sessions down, 6 to go. Then on to radiation. I am looking forward to going to some of Cannon's track meets, as well as Isobel's choir performances, and of course, her graduation.

Leap Day 2012.

Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Saint David's Day in Wales

Seasonally the ACS Daffodil Days concide with Saint David's Day -- March 1 in Wales -- where traditionlly every Welsh person worth his or her salt celebrates St. David, or Sant Dewi, the Patron Saint of Wales, and daffodils are liberally given to all women and girls. " Dewi is sometimes known, in Welsh, as 'Dewi Ddyfrwr' (David the Water Drinker) and, indeed, water was an important part of his life - he is said to have drunk nothing else. Sometimes, as a self-imposed penance, he would stand up to his neck in a lake of cold water, reciting Scripture. Little wonder, then, that some authors have seen Dewi as an early Puritan!" On St. David's day children still go to school on St. David's Day in traditional dress (for girls): Today the costume is usually worn by young girls and women throughout Wales on St David's Day.  

walesfly.gifI received this email 6-30-2015 and would like to properly acknowledge it: "I notice that you have a sketch of Gwenllian Llwyd (Welsh Costume Feb 28 2012) on your blog. That image was originally taken from my web site I would appreciate an acknowledgement and /or a link to my web site. The sketch was given to me by the artist himself, a descendant of Gwenllian Llwyd." (Helen Forder <>)