This year I was hoping to get back into photography, but the beginning of the year didn't start off so good.
I kicked off New Years Eve sick as a dog with the flu, and ended up being sent home from work on New Years Day due to my head manager insisting I get rest. Just a few months later, I was sick again, only this time it was a sinus infection. I went to a local clinic and was prescribed steroids to help break everything up in my chest. I wasn't feeling all that great while taking them, the steroids were keeping me up for long periods of time, and I wasn't feeling exhaustion at all.
Well, just when I thought everything was over, I ran into a new set of problems, this time with my leg. I had a blood clot in my left leg that developed an infection and spread all over the leg making it difficult to even walk on. Easter Morning I woke up to some major pains, there was a red streak across my leg and it was twice the normal size. So I ended up going to the emergency room with my Mom, who I called and asked if she could take me there since everybody else was already at my Grandparents house for Easter. She was already there, too, and drove all the way over here and took me to the hospital. I went right in and they took a look at me, took some blood, sent me to get an ultrasound done on my leg, and put me on an antibiotic drip into my arm. The ultrasound results came back and the Doctor told me I was lucky, that the blood clot wasn't in the deep part of my leg, that it was in the upper portion. If it were deep, I would've possibly needed to go on blood thinners, or something worse I guess. I was told that I had Superficial Thrombophlebitis (thrombosis) in that leg. They knew what it was, but they weren't sure what caused it. Once the IV drip was done, I was given crutches and sent home with orders to go see a doctor in a couple of days. I was given a dose of meds and a painkiller, and when I got to the doctor, the nurse took more blood samples and sent that off. I was told I didn't have diabetes, which I was thrilled about, but that my Vitamin D levels were low. Well, in the midst of having all of this go on, I made a foolish mistake one day and took some Aleve when I had a headache. Forgetting the simple fact that I had taken my meds just earlier in the night. I sure did pay for it. Breaking out into a rash from an allergic reaction from the mixture I took. I called my work the next day and told them what happened, and that I'd be going to the doctor. When I got there, my doctor was freaked out, stating I could've died from this. Scared? Um, yes. Then, after ALL of that, I go back to work once the allergic reaction is gone and I develop Cellulitis in my thigh, which nearly travels all the way up into my groin. Solution? Go BACK to the doctor and get prescribe More meds. That didn't work. So, even MORE meds. Finally, the last meds I was knocked everything out of my system. The blood clot went away, the Cellulitis went away, my leg got down to a normal size.
I was finally able to go back to work, and have been working my tail off this summer to get a better raise, which I did. I've been slowly getting back into photography. My brother got married back in May and I was able to take pictures of it for them. It was on the beach, and you can see a photo of it in my pictures. Biking has been put back on the back burner as of late because of the heat, but with Autumn soon approaching, I'm hoping to get back out there and lose some weight, too, while i'm at it. This morning I took a ride down to the Ortega Bridge and snapped some photos. I need better lighting, Mother Nature, so I'll have to go back when the sun is setting to get good shots of Downtown which is well off into the distance. I uploaded a photo I took of some anchored sailboats, just something I thought which looked peculiar and worth shooting. And, that's about it. If you don't already follow me on Instagram, look me up: themichaelmurray and hit the blue button!
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