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pecruz68 So beautiful. Thank you for your service. 2mon

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richtatum EXIT, please.

I’m doing this…right now!

Doc says I'm free to return home on oral antibiotics. The infection isn't totally gone, yet, but it appears to have resolved enough that regular meds can take me the rest of the way.

Nevertheless, I’ll be keeping a close eye on things for the next couple of days.

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3w

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richtatum Long distance, calling.

As I walked around the hospital, preventing blood clots from forming (I didn't see even a single blood loitering in the halls, much less a clot of 'em), I kept passing this lonely phone.

Passed, but not passed-up!

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3w

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richtatum Feeling better.

But I can't believe it’s Sunday already!

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3w

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richtatum Update: Doc says one more day of IV antibiotics then I’m outta here!

Progress has been really good with the last change in antibiotic (Unasyn), but we want to be sure the infection is good and done with before discharging me. It'’ still red (but not nearly as much) and still warm to the touch (but not hot), and still painful (but bearable, I slept without pain meds last night). The doc’s concern is that since the infection resisted the first two antibiotics, but is responding to this one, let's make sure we give it a "knockout punch" and not give it a chance to rebound. If you want to link directly to this image, please use this unique ID tag: #RichTatum1481.
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richtatum *So, I'm in the hospital and it’s pretty darned serious.* What started as a small infection on my toe last week turned into cellulitis (skin infection) almost overnight.
It began with a fever early Monday morning. When the fever broke around 7:30, I was left with a lower leg pain that made my skin hot to the touch and painful with any sort of contact. So, we called our doctor and he had us come in straightaway. From there, I was prescribed antibiotics, a blood panel, and a sonogram to rule out a blood clot.
Last night I was feeling much better. Less pain, more mobility. Almost no sign of fever. But this morning, the pain and shaking fevers returned. And my lower leg was splotchy and red.

We called the doctor again, and he ordered me to the ER.

I'm being admitted, but at the moment I'm in the ER triage unit. I've already had a round of antibiotics stuck in me and the physician's assistant is optimistic.
But, you should know, this stuff can kill diabetics. It can turn into sepsis, releasing toxins all throughout my system, potentially leading to organ failure and death.

So, I kinda wish I didn't know that. But now I do.
And now that you know, you can pray with more insight.

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4w

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richtatum Moar Golden Hour, Please.

As active as this little kiddo is, it’s sometimes hard to get her to stand still long enough to take a good shot. Plus, she *loves* to mug for the camera—I fully expect her to be in the drama club when she gets to high school!

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2mon

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richtatum Golden Hour’s Ours!

I took a few moments in the waning sunlight to capture my little beauty’s smile. Who can resist this?

Not this guy!

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2mon

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richtatum Pi, trouble, and other stuff at Shari’s.

We’re giving mom a night at home alone for Mother’s Day. I’m sure she’s missing us already!

AJ reports, here, that he was thinking about the irrational number, pi. Not the tangible yummy pies they serve here at Shari’s. No wonder it's an irrational number!

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2mon

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richtatum Overcast over Lynden.

I like weather. It makes things interesting.

As long as it isn't snow. I'm not *that* interested!

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2mon

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richtatum The Hydra(nt). I found this six-headed, watery beast at the back of the local Home Depot just begging to be shot.

I obliged.

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2mon

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richtatum Seventeen years, or 6,209 days later—but who’s counting?

Seventeen years ago happily I took vows with this beautiful, brilliant, and bemusing woman. We’ve weathered a few up and down times (and, honestly, the down times were my fault, so she’s suffered my weather), we’ve got three kids we’re both rightly proud of, and a couple bucks in the bank.

The night we married, way back on May, 3, 1997, we fled Michigan to honeymoon in Seattle—and we fell in love with the Pacific Northwest. We cavorted about on ferries and islands (once almost losing our car to the bay) and returned home to Missouri never realizing we’d be back, living, loving, and working here.

No matter where we are, though, no matter how penniless we are (we’ve been penniless and would have been homeless except for family), and no matter what tempests come, I’m immensely grateful for this lovely, strong woman by my side every step of the way.

I love you, Bride! »∵«
2mon

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richtatum Sunset over Lynden — sepia version.

It’s always a good day when I have to pull over to the side of the road in order to capture a beautiful sunset. As long as I’m not rear-ended by other distracted motorists, that is.

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2mon

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