Sunday 13 May 2018

Our quarterly appointment

Thursday, May 10th

JB had his regular appointment in the city, at Ottawa General Hospital. It is every 3 months. We woke early. At 6:45 a.m., our power went out. Then it came back, then it went out, again. In between, I posted my blog post. Good thing. I put my makeup on by lantern, and got dressed with it, too! We flushed for the last time, then decided to go into Manotick for breakfast. It was on the way.

8:09 a.m. 

Once we made it out of the garage, JB had wisely opened the door in between power outages. I closed it manually. It was POURING rain! It was gun day at the recertification and training range for the OPP.

On the radio, hooray for Lake 88 and local radio, we heard that 7000 people, along our corridor from Perth to Rideau Ferry, were without power due to a lightning strike.

9:25 a.m. breakfast 

After an hour and 16 minutes, plus 82 km, we were in my old stomping grounds, Manotick. The restaurant was packed, with only one server.  Happily they had wifi, and we had time to kill. We were only 35 minutes from OGH.

10:30 a.m.

We had time to waste. Manotick is undergoing much development. I lived here, after my divorce, from 1993 – 1997.

We took a leisurely drive from Manotick to OGH.

Next, we toodled around Nicholls Isl. looking at the houses. This spot is where the Long Isl. Lock Station is located, as well. The history of the building of this station is interesting (1860s).


Nicolls Isl. is a lovely spot. The houses are a bit too cheek to jowl for me... This is the dashcam video, sped up a bit!
Nicolls Isl from Jennifer Jilks on Vimeo.

We took you here, Yam, when you visited! (Yam's Visit to Southeastern Ontario) It was a much nicer day, that day. The camp sites aren't open yet. This is part of the Rideau Canal.

This is amazing old house. You wonder the stories. I would imagine it is the lockmaster's house, from back in the day. I did more research and Twitter buddy, Andrew King, November 2017,  did some research. There was a whole village here in the 1860s.

More dipsy doodling, a little further north I hung a left on a short street, and I saw this amazing sculpture!

Then, at the Terry Fox Athletic Centre, it was the National Capital High School Classic track and field competition. It was sopping wet! I loved this big crow, playing in the water in the parking lot!

11:20 a.m. shopping

What the heck, let's go inddors: Billings Bridge mall, I bought new shoes! There is the quilted bag you made for me, Jean! I did a bit of a sketch, waiting for brekkie!

12:17 at the hospital

The parking lot, again, was full. They now have parking lot attendants, and you can leave your keys with them. This is a trend, three months ago we had trouble finding a spot, too. 

PretestsBone Scan #5 was in April. That was a day of power outages, as well.
He has his quarterly blood test, for PSA, as well. It remains at 0.08! This is good news.

12:30 in the waiting room

We were in to see doctor Cag. at 12:45,  to debrief those test results, although our GP did this, as well. JB has osteopenia. He's to take 1000 mg calcium, 1000 mg vitamin D, to stave it off. He could have been prone to it prior to treatments, and it is a predictable part of side effects. It's part of the disease trajectory, and it can be ameliorated. The naturopath, Dr. Jen, has been helping with this, as well. His cancer has been slowed, this is the good part.

In checking his pills, he's already on all this. We spend $200 every so often, for all this stuff. He's worth it!

His supplements

13:00 and we're done

I have photos of this building being built. Now, we are back to springtime.

13:17 on the road again

The people beside us in the parking lot, she still had a catheter in her nose, had to go back in as they'd forgotten to pay for their parking inside at the machine. I felt so badly for them. You have to pay at this machine, which validates the ticket.

Still, people sitting waiting for a parking spot.

13:34 jerk in the intersection

Traffic was slow in his lane, so he was about to pull right out in front of me, in the middle of the intersection, on Hunt Club. What a jerk. Then, he pulled in behind me, and then around me on the right, pulling in front of the red truck beyond the intersection to proceed to yell at me. The woman in front braked suddenly, and I had to brake.
intersection from Jennifer Jilks on Vimeo.

14:49 stopped in Rideau Ferry for 'lunch'

One hour, 32 minutes later (95 km), we arrived at CC's on the Rideau. Time for 'lunch'.

Look closely, where the debris and bubbles line up, driven by the wind. These are called Langmuir Streaks! I looked it up, once, when I noticed them on Long Lake. Langmuir figured out what it was.

The new owners have redesigned the menu. It's quite yummy!

16:11 we were finally home

The next day, the sun came out.


Anvilcloud said...

I can't recall ever being to Manotick, but I think I have seen some nice nighttime photos of a mill there. Hmmm.

Ella said...

I do not like rain and appointments ... in particular the appointments to the hospital! But if that is necessary ... then you must go!
Nice shoes! I think they are also comfortable!

Far Side of Fifty said...

You had quite a busy day! Lovely Daffodils! I hate hospitals and Dr Appts...and parking problems. Hope all test results were good! :)

Yamini MacLean said...

Hari OM
I love how you make events of your hospital trips... and yes, I remember! YAM xx

Christine said...

Great that you make a nice outing from this appointment.

Here's my current stir fry sauce recipe:
1/2c water
1 tbs dark soy sauce
1 tbs oyster sauce
1 tsp sugar
1 tsp cornstarch
1/2 tsp pepper
1 tbs cooking wine

mix together and add to sauteed onion, sauteed garlic and vegetables

DUTA said...

The yellow flowers are superb! Just by looking at them one forgets all the unpleasant things of the day.

Nancy J said...

Daffs and tulips, a long day, and I'm so glad " The Bag" is getting used lots. At our hospital,parking is free, and as we have a "disability sticker" for Hugh, can almost always find one of the special parks, closer to the main entrance, it makes it a lot easier not to have to walk a long way. At the other hospital the other direction you have to pay, and at Wellington too.They need to put up big signs, at your hospital ., pay before you go out the door.

Red said...

You certainly packed a lot into that day.

Powell River Books said...

What a busy day. We are getting really warm weather now. Went from winter direct to summer. - Margy

Sallie (FullTime-Life) said...

You make appointment day a fun day and that's great. I'm glad your sweetie is doing well; you are lucky to have a pro advising you on supplements and diet.

William Kendall said...

That's a long trip, but required. Good shots, for a rainy day!

I bought my last set of shoes at Billings a few days back. Needed new shoes for the season.