Still healing … and sleeping

Tomorrow it will be three weeks since my heart stent surgery. It seems like it has been much longer … healing is slow, very slow – complicated by my lung disease. I’m sure I am getting stronger each day – although some days are spent mostly sleeping – whether I want to or not. However, that’s better than in the beginning  . . .

After the first few days, I simply could not sleep. So, I decided to take matters in hand and took two benadryl tablets to help me sleep. Well, that may not have been the best idea. Soon I was in a state of delusion. For whatever reason, I thought that I must sleep sitting straight up. If I moved and did not keep the position, the clock would turn backward and morning would never come. And it appeared to work!  When I slide down in the chair, the clock appeared to move backward. When I sat up straight, the clock moved forward. So, there I sat – straight up – waiting for morning to come. It seemed like many hours had passed but the clock never seemed to move past 5:00 (am). Finally, morning came and it was 7:00 am. For several days following, I tried to stay awake as long as I could, hating the thought of watching that clock all night.

As for sleep medication, I will not be taking a double dose of benadryl again. Interestingly, however, I told this story to one of the nurses during my remicade infusion treatment this week. She said that sleep-deprived people can become delusional – without any help from medication. So, perhaps the delusion was just me. In any case, no more benadryl.

I am surprised about how weak I am. Never would I have imagined a time where I was too weak to knit !!!!! – or – too weak to read !!! I have finally started to knit a little – and read a little — so progress is being made.

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A nice surprise … the Wall that Heals

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Vietnam Veterans Memorial Replica at Barker’s Island in Superior, MN. (Lake Superior is in the background.)

Recently we traveled to Two Harbors to deliver our son’s vehicle to him. After lunch with he and his family, we headed to Duluth to spend a few hours before we returned home. We visit Duluth – and Lake Superior — as often as we can. I’m pretty sure we could conduct one heck of a visitor’s tour of the area.

One of our mandatory stops is Canal Park, often to visit the Canal Park Museum – this time to get the 2018 copy of Know Your Ships. (We are long-time dedicated Great Lakes shipping fans.) And, then, of course – the visit to the popcorn wagon, that sits in the parking lot area of the museum, is a must.

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Popcorn wagon in Canal Park, Duluth

We often also take  a quick ride across the Blatnik Bridge to the City of Superior to see the ships in port. This time we decided to see if anything had changed on Barker’s Island, home of the S S Meteor Whaleback Ship museum. (For more information on the museum, Click HERE.)

To our surprise, however, we found that The Wall that Heals Vietnam Veterans Memorial Replica and Mobile Education Center was on display on the lawn and parking lot area of the museum.

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The following text, as stated on their web page, describes the purpose of the display.

“On Veterans Day 1996, the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund (VVMF) unveiled a half-scale replica of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington, D.C., designed to travel to communities throughout the United States. Since its dedication, The Wall That Heals has visited more than 400 cities and towns throughout the nation, spreading the Memorial’s healing legacy to millions.

Bringing The Wall home to communities throughout our country allows the souls enshrined on the Memorial to exist once more among family and friends in the peace and comfort of familiar surroundings. The traveling exhibit provides thousands of veterans who have been unable to cope with the prospect of facing The Wall to find the strength and courage to do so within their own communities, thus allowing the healing process to begin.”

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We arrived at the exhibit shortly before the day’s end; however, I was still able to peruse the displays in the mobile education center and walk most of the wall. My brother, and many of my friends and high school classmates, served in Vietnam so this was a very sobering experience for me, but it is well worth the visit should the exhibit come to an area near you.

For more information on the wall, Click HERE. 

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