July 5, 2020

It is the end of another hot and humid day in southern Manitoba.  Storm warnings were in effect this afternoon but have since been cancelled.  We have been fortunate that most of the bad thunderstorms have bypassed Steinbach.  The southeastern and western parts of our province have experienced above-average rainfalls which resulted in serious flooding.  The temperatures for the coming week will be lower than last week.  However, the highs will still reach 28C.  Combine that with the humidity and it feels like you are in a sauna.  Thank goodness for air conditioning.

The constant change in barometric pressure, temperatures as high as 32C and high humidity have certainly impacted my pain issues.  The last few weeks have been miserable.  Another problem I am experiencing is debilitating fatigue.  It is not the kind of fatigue that you get after a day of hard work.  This fatigue is mind-numbing.  This bout of extreme fatigue began shortly after I had to stop taking Cytomel.  (My doctor took me off of Cytomel because I was experiencing a rapid heart rate and my EKG showed PVC’s).  T3 is more potent that T4, which means that one mg of T3 has a greater effect on the body than one mg of T4.  Levothyroxine (Synthroid) is a synthetic version of T4, and liothyronine (Cytomel) is a synthetic version of T3.  I was prescribed Cytomel to give me some relief from extreme fatigue and lack of energy.  Another concern of mine is the dizziness and nausea I experience almost every morning when I wake up.

On April 23rd I had another MRI at the Grace Hospital in Winnipeg.  Two weeks later I got a call from my family doctor telling me that the MRI was once again inconclusive and that I had to go for another Multifocal CT scan. This time both my family doctor and specialist decided that I needed to go to the St. Boniface Hospital in Winnipeg for the CT scan instead of making use of the Steinbach facilities.  I had the scan on Friday, July 3rd and now the waiting game begins.  It is becoming more and more difficult to be optimistic while waiting for the results of the MRI’s or CT scans.  The odds are that one of these days the result will be bad news.  Enough complaining for today.

We have rented a cottage at the lake for part of the summer.  (A friend will be staying at our house during this time).  We will be joined by our daughter and her family and our grandson and his partner.  Spending time during the summer months at one of Manitoba’s many lake resorts makes for a wonderful holiday.  Sitting under an umbrella on a sandy beach with a good book to read is a wonderful, relaxing experience.  Spending time taking a boat through the tunnels at Caddy Lake is a great way to spend an afternoon.

With all the news reports about racism and discrimination, I have been doing some soul searching.  I have been tempted to write about the discrimination faced by adopted children.  I have decided to give this some more thought so that when I write about this topic I will share my views in a way that is the least disruptive and the least negative in tone.  I would love to hear from my readers who have been adopted or have adopted family members.

Take care and have a great week.  The following pictures were taken at the tunnels at Caddy Lake.

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