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Sunday, November 10, 2013

Out For A Breath of Fresh Air

It's been ten days since I've been here on my little blog. I've missed it and I've missed reading your blogs. It's been a long, stressful ten days, but we're on the other side of major surgery and headed to recovery. Mr. H has been in extreme pain for several weeks. An MRI showed that he had a cyst the size of a large shooter marble in his spinal column.
 


We now know why he was in such pain. He had surgery last Tuesday.  The day after surgery he could already tell the severe pain was gone. Now, he just has the pain and discomfort from the actual surgery. Other than a few trips to the cafeteria downstairs I didn't leave his room until Thursday. I was grateful that I could see this beautiful courtyard out the window!  It was soothing to stand and watch the wind blowing the flowers while Mr. H slept.
 

On Thursday while my daughter sat with her dad, I finally went for a much needed walk and explored the courtyard. It felt wonderful to breath the fresh air. Taking deep breaths, I relaxed for the first time in days. I felt a little guilty that Mr. H couldn't enjoy some fresh air, too. The courtyard was beautiful with mirrored walls, a fountain, and lovely plants.
 

  
I sat on the bench for a while and just listen to the splashing of the fountain.
 
 
It splashed over a large vase into a pool of water. There's something so soothing about the sound of water. I'm always drawn to it and love to photograph it.
 
 
 I felt like I was in a tropical garden although it was a chilly 38 degrees.
 
 
The cold air and the greens and reds of the flowers reminded me that Christmas is on it's way. I'm impressed with myself this year, I've already done a good bit of my shopping!!
 

 
Heading through the hospital and out the front door I found this wonderful display of pumpkins and gourds; so many shapes, sizes and colors. I love the white pumpkins the best.

 
 
And, the bumpy pumpkins come in second.

 
Between the hospital and the parking deck is another little garden. There were a couple of honey locust trees. At least I think that's what they're called. Their long curly seedpods were fascinating. They actually looked like snakes lying on the brick walk way.

 
The red leaves were brilliant against the gorgeous blue sky.

 
A beautiful wrought iron archway led into the garden. This is one of my favorite pictures of my walk.


It represents how grateful we are that Mr. H's surgery was a success.
 
Linking up with Helen's Weekend Walk.
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17 comments:

  1. So glad that all went well for your husband's surgery, Cathy. What a lovely garden to walk through and get some fresh air. All those reds and greens with the calming sound of water. Yes, that last photo with the special lighting is very lovely. I can see why it is your favourite. Have a good week and may your husband's healing go well in time to enjoy your family Christmas.

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  2. Glad that the surgery was succesful and your husband is headed to recovery. Most of the times we take care of our beloved ones and forget about ourselves, so don't feel guilty to breath in some fresh air. Such a lovely courtyard to relax.

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  3. So pleased that the surgery was a success and hope Mr H is up and about again soon. Love that you find this little patch of beauty amongst all the stress, thank you for sharing it with us. :)

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  4. Nice to have you back Cathy even for a short walk. Glad you all made it through this stressful time and that your husband is on the road to recovery. Should make for a better holiday ahead. I loved the walk and those seed pods are unreal. I bet they will really stand out even more when the leaves are all gone. Have a good week.

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  5. Oh I'm so pleased that Mr H is on the mend - it must've been such a worrying time for you. I love the light on your last shot - beautiful and perfect. And I've never seen a bumpy pumpkin before!! I have zero shopping done for Christmas so far ...

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  6. Welcome back! Such good news to share, and your beautiful photos too! What a pretty courtyard. Your last photo has a special magic, I understand why it's your favorite!

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  7. cathy i'm so happy to hear your husband is on the mend and recovering. it sounds like your time away from the computer was well spent there with mr h. i'm also happy that you were able to get out a bit...as caregivers i think it's essential to have a few minutes to recharge. and it looks like your trusty camera helped you to do just that. sending my love and prayers. xoxo

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  8. So very glad to hear that the surgery was a success and that your husband's pain level has improved already. You certainly took advantage of your courtyard walk - such lovely images. That last one is quite stunning and such a beautiful metaphor for gratefulness.

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  9. So glad to hear that Mr. H is on the mend! And I know that breath of fresh air, helped along by a little photography, was just the tonic you needed. Some lovely work, indeed.

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  10. So glad to hear the surgery went well and he us improving.

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  11. Your shots are amazing. I like the tree and the cross above the rest. We are so thankful that Mr. H is doing so great after major surgery. I knew that the shooter marble was bigger than the rest but was so surprised at there size.

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  12. What a difficult week or 2 for you & your family. So great that it all went well & I do love all the light in that last shot.

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  13. Oh so happy to hear that your husband's surgery went well. I hope he is feeling better each day. - You captured some gorgeous photo's there at the hospital. I think it's wonderful when hospitals have areas like that for people to enjoy and perhaps find peace and comfort as well.

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  14. Wonderful to hear all went well, Cathy, and that he's on the mend. Welcome back. Wishing you all restful healing.

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  15. these are gorgeous, cathy, and i'm happy that your husband is doing better. ; )

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  16. I, too, am grateful that your hubby's surgery went well, that you had your camera with you and took a walk and breathed in the fresh air. Your images bring that fresh air right to my desktop!

    Blessings to you and your husband on his recovery!

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  17. What a relief for you and your family. Now you can enjoy the holidays. That hospital looks like it strives to provide comfort to is patients and their loved ones.

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