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I don't know if I remember the following story because of the
experience itself, or from the telling of the story. You know
how you hear a story throughout your life, and you don't know
if you remember it, or just the repeated telling of it? but I
was seven years old when my Mom, my Dad, and my two brothers and
two sisters were huddled around a big bonfire on the Oregon beach,
roasting marshmallows and enjoying the Oregon Coast.
This alone was a treat, as living on my Dad's budget as a coach/athletic
director didn't afford many vacations.
I DO remember his towering presence, but the experience was compounded
from my Mother's excitement! The man that casually walked over
to visit with us was someone very special!
It was Tom McCall!
He walked up to us asking if we were enjoying ourselves, like
someone would ask "how's the weather?" So casual! -
like he was no one special, but just another soul enjoying the
I grew up with the distinct impression this man was larger than
life because of that evening. My parents held him in honor like
some would hold the likes of a much larger celebrity.
Tom McCall, thank you for the freedom to enjoy our Oregon Beaches
and thank you for the honor of visiting with us!
June 17th, 2017
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Good morning! How does your garden grow?
Wow. I haven't written in a long, long while! I think this is
a record! What's up with that?
Well, no place better to let you know, than here! I'm getting old! That's what!
I can't walk!
About six months ago, I was walking down the street with Willie.
No big, right? Normal... Walk, walk, walk.... and then Bam!
Something in my shoe felt like a bee sting! I mean, it really
stung! I quickly sat down on the curb, madly tore off my socks
and shoe and... nothing! There was no stinking flying insect or
spider in my shoe/sock! So, what was that? Bizarre.
I put my sock and shoe back on, feeling a bit strange, wondering
what the heck my neighbors must be thinking. "Why is that
girl ripping her shoes off?"
I don't care.
I was fine, after that. No problem. "Walk, walk, walk..."
But, what was that? Whatever it was began six months so far, of
But, first came the swelling. I had a big bump on the top of my
foot/ankle area. It grew and it grew and it grew and it grew!
(That's a line from some story I used to read my kids! -and now,
I'm distracted, googling that line, and not finding where that
line came from! Ideas?)
I'm trying to figure out, now, whether I should go into such detail
about... of all things, my foot! But, anyhow...
I wondered if it was a "ganglion cyst." I don't know
how I knew about ganglion cysts, but I googled it. Thinking sure
that is what it was, and otherwise known as a "bible bump"
I smacked it! That's what you were supposed to do back in the
pre medical days. It would break up the cyst, and all would be
well. Guess what? It wasn't a Bible bump and now my bump was really
I went to the doctor. Had I broken a bone, when I Bible bumped
Not X ray's, nor MRI could tell me what I had on my foot, that
caused walking to be so painful. There were no broken bones. There
were no tumors nor cysts.
My podiatrist shrugged her shoulders. She held my long and skinny
"marfan" foot in her hands and gently said, "You
are very special". LOL. I know what that means! "WEIRDO!"
For six months, I have been limping and not knowing what else
to do to fix it. This is a very difficult thing for me, as it
would be most people. Walking is the only exercise I can really
do, since anything strenuous is a no-no for people with aortic
valves implanted in their very fragile tissue or with my new aneurism
in my lower aorta. I don't want that to pop or grow bigger.
Willie, my gorgeous springer spaniel is ticked off. What happened
to "Walkie!?" He looks up at me, with begging eyes.
"Please, Mom! Walkie!"
Was this an injury from long ago, come back to haunt me? I once
sprained this ankle, back when I lived in Astoria. Or, did this
happen when I was rear ended almost a year ago? Who knows!
The good doc' gave me a brace to wear, but dangit, my feet are
size 11 AAAA. Narrow! If you could get five "A's" I'd
probably get that size! They don't make narrow braces, so it's
really silly. If I get one long enough for me, my foot flops around
in the brace. I tried wrapping my foot with ace bandages, and
then putting the brace on, but then I can't wear shoes! If I get
the small size, it's way too short, and still floppy!
I bought a pair of compression socks. Same thing. There is no
compression, because they aren't tight on me. Trying them on made
me giggle. What a waste of money!
I try to walk. Every day I try to walk! Some days I can, and most
days I can't. When I can, it is possible -but painful, and when
I can't, it's even more painful.
I just want it to get better! I ice it! I advil! I even took a
weeks worth of steroids, and that was horrid! Steroids just make
me feel jittery and awful. Pain pills don't touch it. Advil just
helps with the swelling.
I grab a pack of frozen peas out of the freezer, and let me foot
freeze three times a day. Doctor's orders. There is no improvement
whatsoever. Perhaps I should try broccoli or corn?
I've never had a problem like this, and it's making me a bit depressed
I think. There was once to be a book called "The aging marfan
There has been much progress caring for the marfan patient. It
once was a fact that most marfan people didn't live past the age
of 35. Medicine has come so far, and now, a fairly normal lifespan
can occur in the marfan patient! However, now, we have to deal
with the pain of having marfan for an entire normal life span!
Not only do we deal with marfan pain, but with the normal pains
of growing older! Is that a good thing!? Yes, and no.
I've had awful medical problems in my life. You know, medical
problems that are life threatening and scary! My aorta dissected.
I had a choroidal hemorage in my eye. I have stents in my groin
and a St. Judes valve in my aorta.
But, a sore foot? Come on!
I think the only thing I can do is to give up trying to walk and
instead, rest it. This is not an easy thing for me to do! I'm
not a very good rester.
I need to be forced.
So, perhaps if I could just get Bill out on the river more often,
I wouldn't have a choice but to sit. I would be perfectly content
to sit in that beautiful and comfortable boat while we troll all
day long on the waters of Tillamook Bay, or the tidal waters of
the lower rivers that surround our lovely home town!
That's what we need to do!
Bill is also getting older. He could use the rest, too!
So, Bill? Heal us! Doctor's orders!
Last year I didn't halibut fish once. The year before I was o-fer three. So it really feels good to be back on the board with a feisty 45. My buddy was happy with his 35, it was his first. Southeast Rockpile, Mark Mc Special, purple label with sardine oil scent and a glow in the dark twisty tail thingy.
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reminder from Jennie!
Do not burn yourself out!Be as I am - a reluctant
enthusiast...a half-hearted fanatic. Save the other half of yourselves
and your lives for pleasure and adventure. It is not enough to fight
for the land; it is even more important to enjoy it. While you can.
While it's still there. So get out there, and hunt and fish, and
mess around with your friends, ramble out yonder and explore the
forests, encounter the Grizz, climb the mountains, bag the peaks,
run the rivers, breathe deep of that yet sweet air, sit quietly
for a while and contemplate the precious stillness, that lovely
mysterious and awesome space.
Enjoy yourselves, keep your brain active and alive, and I promise
you this much; I promise you this one sweet victory over our enemies,
over those desk-bound people with their hearts in a safe deposit
box and their eyes hypnotized by desk calculators. I promise you
this: you will outlive the (bad word edited for this family site!!)."