Pictures of happy times

When my friend DrumMajor visited Hawaii in September, Kay (“Musings”), Art (Kay’s husband), David, and I met her for lunch at Longhi’s. We had a wonderful time! Here’s a photo of (from left) me, DrumMajor, and Kay:

In other news, my grandkids came over to the house earlier this week. Julia was sick with a fever, hives, and cough. She was very lethargic. But, after lunch, the kids perked up and had a blast drawing pictures:

Rylan (21 months) and Julia (4 years).

Rylan’s art.

Julia’s art: “It’s a birthday cake, Grandma.”

Today, Rylan is the sick one with a fever, cough, and runny nose. Julia was well enough to attend preschool.

As for me, I went to the emergency room yesterday afternoon. I couldn’t close my left eye, and the left side of my face drooped. Diagnosis: Bell’s Palsy — again (I previously had it in 2004 on the right side of my face). I asked the doctor what causes Bell’s Palsy. She said that it could be caused by a virus or Lyme Disease or something else that they are unaware of. Anyway, she reassured me that I was not having a stroke. I am on three meds now and am hoping I can make it to the American Pen Women party at the Outrigger Canoe Club on Sunday. If not, David will go alone and be my representative.

Hoping for the best!

17 Responses to “Pictures of happy times”

  1. Christine Says:

    OH good luck with that, Gigi, it sounds awful. Good that you have a quick diagnosis. Lovely photo you all look gorgeous!

  2. DrumMajor Says:

    Gigi – take your meds correctly and get some rest. DrumMajor

    • gigihawaii Says:

      I fell asleep at 7 pm last night and woke up at 1 am this morning. Despite the early wake up, I am still wide awake. Will probably crash early tonight, though. No problem with the meds. I take one 5 times a day, and the other just once a day. The eye ointment I use 4 times a day.

  3. betsyfromtennessee Says:

    Hi Gigi, Sorry to hear about your Bell’s Palsy.. I have a friend who had it 2 times… Stress has alot to do with it also… Hope yours isn’t too bad. God Bless You, Gigi…

    Glad you met with friends visiting Hawaii.. That is NEAT.

  4. musings Says:

    That really was a happy time! I’ll always cherish that memory. Linda is really a beautiful person and so are you. I’m hoping your Bell’s Palsy is gone quickly. Please take good care of yourself.

  5. murr brewster Says:

    My mom got Bell’s palsy when she was around twenty. For my whole childhood I thought she was a little irked at me if I was looking at her left profile, and pleased with me if I was looking at her right. You’d think I’d cotton to that one.

  6. Tilly Bud Says:

    Hope you’re better soon.

  7. Jeanie Says:

    I hope the Bell’s Palsy resolves quickly for you. I’m sure that was a little scary.
    The kids pictures are very cute….they always know what they have drawn, even if it is not too clear to us.

  8. DrumMajor Says:

    Oh, yes, Grandma Gigi — I don’t quite see the birthday cake either, but it’s abstract art, you know. I’d heard instead of asking a child “What’s that?”, is to say, “Tell about this drawing….”
    My son had drawn a picture after I’d lost my dog to old age. The drawing had lines, and clouds, and a primitive stick dog. He said it was the dog in Heaven with God, and that God gave it lots of food bowls, and the lines were the dog’s path from one bowl to another! Better than the movie “All Dogs Go to Heaven.” I still have that drawing. Maybe I’ll frame it when my son becomes a vet and has to do doggie hospice. DrumMajor

  9. Rambling Woods Says:

    Oh no…I hope by now you and Julia are feeling better.. My friend has had Bell’s palsy and it isn’t fun. I thought it was viral…

    from Mayo Clinic
    The most common cause of Bell’s palsy appears to be the herpes simplex virus, which also causes cold sores and genital herpes. Other viruses that have been linked to Bell’s palsy include:

    The virus that causes chickenpox and shingles (herpes zoster)
    The virus that causes mononucleosis (Epstein-Barr)
    Another virus in the same family (cytomegalovirus)

    With Bell’s palsy, the nerve that controls your facial muscles, which passes through a narrow corridor of bone on its way to your face, becomes inflamed and swollen — usually from a viral infection. Besides facial muscles, the nerve affects tears, saliva, taste and a small bone in the middle of your ear.

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