Wednesday, October 11, 2017

Fires, Cancer, Plan #2

Citrus Heights, CA – Sister’s House

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There are SO MANY pictures of the fires in Napa, Santa Rosa, and down in LA…but this one is the most dramatic.  This is the Coffey Park neighborhood in Santa Rosa, with the top picture from Google Earth, and the bottom picture taken after the fire went blazing through on Sunday/Monday.  (click on it and it gets bigger)  The fires came so quick, with such fury…listening to the stories of people telling how they got out in the nick of time…how neighbors woke them up and they had 2 minutes to grab things…and then there is the story about Sara and Charles Rippey.  Charles was 100, Sara 98…they met in Elementary School 90 years ago.  They did not get out of their house, and though they slept in separate rooms, Charles tried to get to Sara’s room before the fire consumed their house and them.  Their son was content that they at least died together, he knew they would have liked that, though probably not from smoke and fire.

Latest severe fire danger mapMuch of Northern California is under a fire watch or extreme fire watch…including the Yosemite area.  This has changed our plans completely…though we are not yet sure what plan #2 is going to be yet, but I do have some ideas.  We are in no hurry…would sure like to have some rain come and soak the state again, but there is none in the foreseeable future, though the winter is suppose to have normal precipitation from what I have read. As we come up with plan #2, we will let you know.



(Left to Right) Florence, Marci, Mom

Above is a picture of mom (right) visiting with Marcia and my Aunt Florence (dad’s brother’s wife.)  Well, mom was diagnosed with Lymphoma back in 1998 (give or take a year).  Two doctors told her that some day, it would be back.  Here we are about 20 years later…and it was time for extensive tests again.  I took her last week for blood tests, doctor’s appointment, and then a CT Scan.  The GOOD news came on Monday…the CT Scan shows no abnormities, and the blood tests are fine outside of her high sugar readings due to her diabetes.  (Perhaps I should put her on Skruffy’s diet!)  Now with that behind us…time to formulate plan 2….

10 comments:

  1. WOW .. I can't believe that fire went through an entire neighborhood like that. Why didn't they have any notice?

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    1. They say a power line fell due to wind, transformer blew, fire started and the wind just took it right through that dry grass into trees into the neighborhood like an inferno.

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  2. Great news on your mom!
    Stay safe. Those fires are so scary.

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    1. Yes, great news with mom...she had convinced herself that it was back because it was "time" for it to be back. Hoping it never comes back!

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  3. A sad tale of loss for the entire neighbourhood but especially for the loss of life of the senior couple.
    Good News for your Mom.
    Back to Plan #2.
    Be Safe and Enjoy!

    It's about time.

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    1. Thanks. Just not sure what plan 2 is yet...lol

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  4. Such terrible stories about the fires. So many disasters this year. Wonderful to end on a happy note about your mom. Cancer that us cured is such a joy and too rare.

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    1. I think about you and David often...mom is SO LUCKY that this cancer has not returned, and that the breast cancer she had two years ago was the best type of cancer to have and was also eliminated. She turns 90 in two years.

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  5. I just can't believe how most people escaped the fire. And it's far from over. More evacuations every day. Such tragedy.

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    1. Yes, very tragic, and no end in sight...

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