I’m sure all of you are wondering what the heck was going on with me. After all, I missed a few blogs. Well, my “health issue” was a bleeding ulcer. No, I’m not stressed, anxious, or worried. I don’t or have never smoked, drank, or used drugs. And I eat pretty healthy. But still … I woke up, having black diarrhea. I’d had a big salad the night before and figured something didn’t agree with me. Until it didn’t stop. So in the afternoon Will drove me to our local emergency room. The doctor there examined me and called for an ambulance after seeing my hemoglobin was low. So after sending Will, who had to remain in the parking lot due to COVID-19 precautions, home, I took a ride to Duluth. The next day I had an endoscope put into my stomach and the doctor found the ulcer, cauterized the bleeder and put a couple of clips in. By then I was feeling pretty tired. After all, who can sleep in the hospital? After the diagnosis, I was worried as after having an aggressive cancer 15 years ago, I was wondering if was stomach cancer … Luckily, not!
Our car was in the shop so David drove down to pick me up after work the next day. As Duluth hospitals are seeing some COVID patients, I felt contagious even though I used a whole lot of hand sanitizer, soap, and water. I’m being very careful to mask up when I go out (infrequently!). But let me say right now, I’m very happy to be fixed up and back to normal life. The doctor is having a culture done as he said it was likely my ulcer may have been caused by H. pylori, a bacteria that causes ulcers. Wow, who’da thought?
Well, back to real life, although a little slower. Will held down the fort very well, managing to keep up with our unprecedented amount of seed orders. But we had to hustle to keep up and get the three big bags of them shipped off this morning. Now we’re all caught up.
While I was in the hospital, Will pulled all of the variety stakes in the main garden and when I got home, David went out in the dark and pulled all the tomato cages and 6-foot steel T-posts along with the bean posts and trellises. Holy cow guys! That night, there was a full moon with a cool name — Super Pink Moon. It was huge and so bright.
It seems like the tomato and pepper plants have had growth hormones as they’re going nuts! Already I have Bill Bean tomatoes eight inches tall. I’ve got to start transplanting them tomorrow into big pots; the normal Styrofoam cups are too small. And the daffodils and tulips are up like crazy. I’m so excited! Our snow is nearly all gone and the frost retreating as well. Spring is here.