Monday, January 2, 2017

From the strip pits

First this bird...I am not sure what it was.  I know it was not a vulture, and if it was a hawk, it was a HUGE hawk, but by the same token, if it was a juvenile bald eagle, it was on the small side.  Also, the underneath side was not white like most hawks. I have a hard time zooming in and tracking with my little point & shoot camera.

This is way down at the end of a pond...I was surprised this photo turned out even this good...again, trying to zoom in and track the two swans was difficult.

 I managed this capture as these swans passed over right in front of us.

 There were several Canada Geese...this group was near us on the north side of the road.

This is the pond on the south side of the road...and this is showing just a small portion of the geese that were up on the bank.  I have never seen the quite like this before.  I have seen them in the fields near other ponds, though so guess it amounts to the same thing.
Roger's BP was fairly high again tonight.  I don't know why.  He had had a coughing spell right as I took it...I waited a couple minutes to take it and it was still 163/88.  In the hospital and rehab they wanted to keep the upper number 140 or below because of the fact that he had had the bleeds.  Again, I gave him a whole BP pill instead of the normal half a came down quickly tonight so maybe the whole pill was not needed.

I have told some of my blog friends of the things Roger is having to relearn but haven't shared them in detail on here.  Simple things we all take for granted.  Things like telling the time.  He can read a digital watch, though sometimes numbers pop out of his mouth that are not what he means to say.    It is almost as if he just has to say something...but I can say not it isn't 3:00...and he will look again and say, oh, it is 1:00.

As for a clock with a dial...he is having to learn to tell time all over that way.  But is really improving with that.  As long as I don't ask him to do too many times in a short period. 

But don't ask him what year it is...he seldom gets that right.  

He cannot just sit down and read...he has to spell out words and then can usually tell you what they are.   But what is funny, a lot of times he can read longer words.  

He can write words a lot easier than he can print them, though he still has some trouble with a few letters in writing.  But nothing like when he prints.  And I have him print the alphabet most days. 

I won't put it all in this one post, but will continue to tell some of the things he deals with as time goes on.


Ginny Hartzler said...

I am so sorry that you both have to go thru this! The birds are very impressive!

Francisco Manuel Carrajola Oliveira said...

Que maravilha.
Um abraço e Bom Ano de 2017.

Mildred said...

I enjoyed the photos you shared. Keeping you both in my prayers. Love you.

Carol- Beads and Birds said...

This past summer a bird like your big dark one circled our house and flew overhead several times. I was in awe at it's size. We have spotted an eagle in the area a couple of times and at the time I wondered if it was a juvenile eagle...which would be awesome. I live VERY near the St. Joseph River and have spotted an adult several times. Whatever YOUR bird is, I bet it is what mine is. Best wishes for Roger to continue to improve. You have no idea how many times I think about you two.
xx, Carol

Sandra said...

prayers for both of you as he struggles to re-learn what he lost. I can't imagine how you are both dealing with this. my doctor divided my pill, which is 100 mg per day for BP and gave me 50 and I take one in am and one in pm... works great, maybe talk to his doc about that.
I have never seen that many geese in one spot

Linda Gross said...

I am sorry that you and Roger have these issues to deal with. Love your bird pictures.

Tom said...

Rose, I think of you and Roger everyday. I wish that there was more that I could do!

Karen said...

I remember when I lived in Bloomington IN seeing a lot of eagles. They seem so majestic to me. You got some good pics. It's hard for me to get pics of the birds around here. I hope that Roger will continue to regain skills.

Ruth Hiebert said...

I am glad you are able to get out and capture pictures like the ones in this post.Birds are always interesting.Relearning all these things must be emotionally hard for both of you.Sounds to me like you are a great help to Roger.

Bonny Bonafilla said...

Lovely photos. Those strip pits are a great home for wildlife.

Sorry to hear that Roger's bp is not where it should be again. It must be a worrying time for you both. I send my best wishes and pray that he will recover.