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Finding Joy

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Yesterday morning I woke up with a new problem brewing. Just below my stoma there lurked an infection. It looked like a bruise, so when Myron came he suggested we go to the urgent care center on Main Street here in Vancouver Washington. I couldn’t get a hold of my ENT, because their office wasn’t opened yet. One of the things I have learned on my journey of living well was to always get to medical help when things just pop out of nowhere. I am glad I did. I have a cellulites infection due to the steroid injection I had in my stoma a couple of weeks ago. I have to take an antibiotic, a strong one, stronger than the one I got for my staph infection. After we left urgent care we went to my ENT. He graciously let me come in.

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The best part of my day involved trees, water, geese, ducks, sparrows, baby salmon, and people fishing. I went to Salmon Creek Greenway Trail. Gorgeous is an understatement. I especially loved watching the baby geese being sheltered by their mom and dad. The parents would swim and the baby would swim between them. They lovingly watched over him.

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I have not gone out on an adventure in a long time. What I did was I made a list of parks to visit here in Vancouver that I want to explore. I need, no I desire to get out in the sun and rebuild my endurance. I walked a lot. Actually it wasn’t that far, but it felt like 20 miles to me. My endurance is not up there yet, but I know it will get there.

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I hope you enjoy the scenery, because I sure did. The cool breeze, the peaceful feeling I got while sitting watching the salmon swim in the water serenely gave me time to meditate and enjoy my life. I am joyfully happy. I experienced joy even in the middle of a debacle. So in spite of having an infection just below my stoma I chose to find the joy and the calm in my life.

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