1 Shot Wednesday: Shoreline

North Shore, Kauai

Maybe by summer things will be back to normal. Today, my granddaughters, Jim and I are hunkered down at home because our schools have closed. It’s pelting rain. There’s a chill in the air that matches the anxious, solemn tone of anyone you meet or talk to on the phone. I also found out today from my doctor that I have an autoimmune condition called Sjögren’s disease. Good grief. Big sigh. To lift my spirits, I indulged by looking at Kauai pictures taken last May.

Here’s a sunny day. Escape and jump into the picture. Notice the white dots on the hill. Those would be the White Tern and Albatross. I have been looking forward to retirement in six years and daydreamed of travelling all over the place. One day, I hope to return to Kauai. It’s a magical place.

58 Comments on “1 Shot Wednesday: Shoreline

  1. Thanks for sharing this…I too have been looking at some travel pictures to remember the fun we’ve had and to anticipate the fun to come, when we overcome this virus and put our lives back in motion!

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    • Yes, whatever it takes to get us through this. It’s not the plague or WW2, or even like the Spainish Flu in 1918, but it’s certainly a global phenomenum and the key word that’s on everyone’s lips is “unprecedented.”

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      • Yes, and for decades and decades, we haven’t had to sacrifice anything or ration, wait in line, etc. Hopefully people continue to understand that patience and calm are what is needed now

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  2. Thanks, Cindy for showing us that magical place.
    Damn it, so sad to hear about your health problem.
    Thoughts, prayers and hunker down and write.

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  3. Thanks for sharing that magic place, Cindy.
    And as far as the bad news, my thoughts and prayers. Hunker down etc. and use the ‘quarantine’ to write, write, write.

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  4. It’s rainy and cold in Phoenix too … a great day to look at travel images filled with plenty of sunshine. Sorry to hear about another diagnosis. Autoimmune issues are such a challenge.

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    • Especially when all I hear is “…if your immune system is compromised…” I dread the thought this syndrome affects my ability to teach and hike. But the rain–even more amazing that its raining in PHX. Can’t wait to get out and see some wild flowers. Thanks, Ingrid for your comment.

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  5. Rain in Arizona! Whatever next? Rain in Beetley all day, but that’s not unusual.

    I looked up Sjogren’s, to confirm what I remembered. Not pleasant, to say the least.
    You are a strong lady, and you have endured much. I am sure you will get through this too.

    The new virus seems to be like a lottery. All we can do is to try our best, and hope that for once, our number does not come up.

    Thinking of my friend, who is a long way across another continent.
    Best wishes, Pete. x

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    • Pete, the Gods must be laughing up there. Makes me wonder what mischief I was up to in a previous life. 😉
      Honestly, it feels better just knowing the sheer pain of moving is attributed to something other than my imagination. I see a specialist pretty soon. I hope it’s not in advance stages or to the point I have to give up my teaching job. Yikes.
      I will be positive. Thanks, my friend!

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  6. Thinking of you Cindy. It’s a hard time right now to find optimism but strong minds like you can always find it. Be well, take care.

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  7. I’m sorry to hear that you’ve got Sjögren’s disease. I don’t know if it’s curable or not, but if it isn’t, try not to let it get you down, although sometimes that’s easier said than done.

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    • I am glad there’s a word for the way I feel. The last couple of months have been rough. I don’t now much about Sjögren’s as it pertains to my case. I’m too stubborn to let this take over. There’s still too much to see and do!

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  8. Sorry to hear about your condition – I guess that’s all you can do for now is look at the pictures. Just think, one day we will talk about this as history – “what did you do when the world shut down?”

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  9. I’m sorry to hear about your health Cindy. Best wishes to you and your loved ones. And thanks for sharing the image of Kauai. It’s a beacon of light in these dark times.

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  10. Hi Cindy. Sorry about your diagnosis. I’m confident that you and your doctor are mapping out a managing/coping strategy. Sjogrens can be successfully managed. An anti-inflammatory diet and anti-inflammatory herbs can be helpful for this condition. I would suggest you talk to your doctor about this. My aunt has Lupus (a similar condition) and she has managed it well with prescribed medication, herbs and diet.

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    • Hi, Pam. Mine is closer linked to Rheumatoid A. As of today, I can hardly walk or move without a lot of effort. It sucks. I’ll take whatever advice I can get! I have an appt. next week. I bet he’ll give me advice for a diet. Thanks for your thoughts.

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  11. Oh dear, Cindy, I am sorry to learn of your illness. My son is also autoimmune but with a different problem obviously. We have learned to managed him reasonably well now and that helps a lot with doing normal things and visiting places.

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    • Oh, thank God. Yes, I feel optimistic I can have a reasonably active life if I follow the advice of experts. I’m glad to hear your son is doing well. Thanks very much for sharing, Robbie.

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  12. Having spent most of my life in the tropics and sub-tropics those are natural scenes to me. Thank you for sharing. Not the best news on auto immune problems. This world is becoming a tricky place to survive in. Hope you are well away from this virus.

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  13. Sorry to hear about your condition. The good thing is that you have a name for your condition, and, hopefully, they can give you something to treat it. Take care!

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    • Welcome, and thank you, Gladys. I feel much better. They did a lot of testing and have decided it is Polymyalgia Rheumatica. I am taking Prednisone and a lot of the pain is diminished. Thank you for asking.

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