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The Long Absence Explained

Hello Everyone:

This is Hummingbird here. I am sorry that there has not been any new post in quite sometime, but the reason for it was quite unexpected and could not be avoided; I was hospitalized without warning. In the very early hours of last Wednesday morning, 12:30 a.m. or so, I had a friend call an ambulance to take me to one of our local hospitals. My right leg was extremely swollen, reddish, bruised and hot to the touch and I knew that the apparent condition was beyond my ability to handle and deal with own my own.

After arriving at the hospital, I was taken to the ER where I remained for approximately 11 hours before being seen by a doctor. In the meantime, I was eventually taken to have an ultrasound on the leg to rule out that the problem was the result of a blood clot in the leg. Thankfully, that test came back negative for the blood clot. Now, we were back at ground zero in having any idea what the actual condition may have been. This was not fun, especially since I was in excruciating pain but could have nothing to reduce the level of it until after being seen by the doctor on call.

By the time the doctor on call finally sees me, I have now been there in the ER for approximately 11 hours! That is an eternity when you don’t feel well at all! The ER doctor determined that I had a condition known as Cellulitis, an infection of the blood that is the result of a cut, scratch or bug bite. As a result, I was then admitted to the hospital and given massive doses of IV antibiotics for the next several days.

Yesterday, Monday afternoon, I was finally released from the hospital. Yea! While I am feeling much better then when I was admitted to the hospital, I am not yet back to full strength yet. I am still weak and tire quite easily and even still have some discomfort in my leg and foot. That should all improve in the days ahead.

Sorry for my long absence without any previous warning but the situation was beyond my control and could not have been predicted. Hope you understand.

One more thing, I know that Mother’s Day has passed, but since I wasn’t here to acknowledge it I want to take this belated opportunity to remember and honor the memory of my mother. I miss you not only on Mother’s Day mom but each and every day since you passed away. You are never far from my thoughts. I hope that you know that you were a great mom and that you would be be proud of the women I have become and the life I’ve created for myself.

Mother’s Day 2009 also marked the one year anniversary for this blog. Hummingbirds for Mom was created as a way to combine the love my mom and I shared for hummingbirds with my desire to do so in a unique way that would also allow me to honor my mother’s memory. I think these two things have been accomplished quite well thus far and I look forward to doing it indefinitely into the future.

Thank you to all who visit this blog and I look forward to hearing from you in the future. I just wanted to explain why there were no new post for quite some time. Thanks in advance for your understanding regarding this matter.

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