Saturday, October 11, 2014

Still alive and much relieved

It's been a scary couple of days, but it seems the worst is behind us...and most of the worst that was possible never happened at all.  We are thankful.

Left Brain spent the night in the hospital under observation and had more tests done in the morning.  They did a stress test, EKG, barium test, ultrasound on carotid arteries, an MRI on his head (which actually did reveal he has both a left AND right brain...who would have known!) and an echo-cardiogram.  

The doctor said if he was a pilot he'd certify him to fly, we'll never know for sure exactly what happened to cause him to lose consciousness. But we do know he's totally healthy in every way.  Now we're hoping the insurance accepts billings from this hospital as we never found out if they were a preferred provider or not.  When you have a medical emergency and this is the facility just go and hope for the best.

We celebrated by going out to lunch after the last test was done. 
Can you see the relief on his face?

Then we did our tourist things in quick succession to get caught up.  Our first visit was to the Tillamook Cheese Factory where we watched them package the cheese and had our free samples.  This was followed up by some of the creamiest ice cream I've ever had.  Hey!  His arteries are open...why not?

After leaving here we went up to Cape Meares to see the lighthouse and Octopus Tree.  The lighthouse was very short since it's already situated up quite high.  It was an odd sensation to walk down the path and be eye level with the beacon.

The Octopus Tree is a giant multi-trunked Sitka spruce.

Before leaving our plush accommodations here I just had to share the campground post office with you.

Here it is!  Right between the crab traps and the pop machine.  I think it's a pop machine, that might be where the bait is kept...who knows.

Here it is open with little cubbies for the residents to get their mail.  Ours came in a box and was too large for one of the standard holes, so we got to be in the freezer compartment. 

 It was good to get the mail again since the last batch we received I had a questionnaire about jury duty Texas.  There was no follow up to that, so hopefully I'm off the hook for that one.

We leave tomorrow for further down the coast with The Queen at the helm of See-More.  Left Brain has no driving restrictions and feels quite comfortable taking over the job again, but I really feel a need to be more familiar with it on a regular basis.

Long Live the Queen


  1. Glad to hear he's cleared to pilot See-more! Although I will miss the unwritten posts that would have occurred if you were doing most of the driving ;)

  2. Well he got an extra refuah shlema...anyway.

  3. oh, so glad to get good results from the battery of tests, but still disconcerting to not know the cause of his passing out. bless you both. and cheers to no more scary episodes!

  4. Phew! Happy with your great news!! ❤️

  5. Nice to hear. So ... will you still be wearing your seat belt in the right seat?
    Just kidding ... of course you will, eh?

    Happy trails. Be safe. Much love.

  6. Cheryl, if you have not already done so, PLEASE check to make sure that you have a carbon monoxide detector right there up front! some dear friends of our crashed their camper and the outcome was not as good as yours! He had passed out slowly due to a leak. Tell me you will check that out, okay?

  7. Oh my...I was worried, when you said he wasn't feeling well last week. I am glad you were able to be there for him. I worry about that with Bill. I am glad Left Brain is feeling his old self again. You both take care of yourselves, and each other. Hugs.

  8. Wow. What a crazy couple of days! Glad to hear the good report. Carry on. You'll still be inour thoughts.
    Gary & Sue

  9. Glad to hear all's well. Safe travels :-)

  10. I'm so glad to hear that Pete is okay. Life is scary sometimes so we need to cherish each day as it comes. It's good that you will be doing a lot of the driving for a while. Becky was right about the carbon monoxide detector. Please do get one for the the front of the vehicle. It's best to be safe.

    I have to say that is one intriguing post office!!! I never would have thought of it. What a great way to recycle old appliances. Cheryl, you have a wonderfully peaceful day. Hugs, Edna B.

  11. Phhhew ... that is a relief. So glad to get good news from you. But, I think you are wise to do the driving for awhile and I am sure you will always be on guard when he is driving. I know it is a relief that they didn't find anything and he has a clean bill of health, but there is a down side to not knowing, so be careful. Also you need to call your insurance company and tell them about the ER visit etc. They should cover it even if the hospital is not a "preferred provider", but they usually require you to call them in a set number of days (call the number on the back of your card). So it's life as usual now ... your light house and your octopus tree are awesome. I look forward to more fun posts from you and I am happy for Left and Right Brain ... and you! Stay well, both of you!

    Andrea @ From the Sol