Seis De Mayo or the day after Cinco

Good morning.  I trust y’all had a fabulous Cinco de Mayo.  We celebrated by eating tacos last night.  Woo hoo.

cinco de mayo

Yep, that’s how we do.

MacGyver and I spent the weekend in Nokomis.  Saturday was my mother in laws birthday and we really wanted to be there so we could spend time with her.  After a year long battle with ovarian cancer her last scans came back clear so we had a lot to celebrate this year.

We had a wonderful dinner at Luna, an Italian restaurant in downtown Venice and then we hit up the 3rd annual Venice Wine and Seafood Festival.  We ended the evening with some very rich chocolate cake back at our house.  If you’re ever in the Sarasota or Venice area, you must visit Detwiler’s Farm Market.    It’s an Amish market and I got the chocolate cake there and it was absolutely heavenly.  In fact, I don’t think I’ve ever purchased anything there that I didn’t love.  You have to visit this store.  I think they have 4 or 5 locations and they specialize in fresh and organic products at great  prices.  Seriously, go there. You will thank me forever.

On Sunday MacGyver and I were doing a bit of work in the yard when MacGyver heard a huge splash in the canal. When he went to investigate, he found 2 manatees playing right in our backyard!  I managed to run into the house and grab my phone and capture a picture of one of them.

manatee

This is my backyard, I mean, how lucky am I?  I love manatees.

And birds.  But y’all knew that didn’t you?  In case you’re wondering, we still have Coo Coo Ka Choo.  I’ve grown attached.  He’s only let me pet him a few times but that’s all it took.  And he is getting real comfortable having the lanai all to himself, he even has a few favorite spots picked out.

Coo Coo Ka Choo

Isn’t he the most adorable thing ever?  I know.

I think I told you that I got an earlier appointment with the immunologist, right?  Well, I did.  He was super nice and spent a ton of time with me.  He also conducted several breathing tests which I passed with flying colors.  He is going to be doing some allergy testing on the 15th of this month.

He had me go get a test to see what my pneumococcal antibody titers are because apparently if they’re low, then he needs to do some additional testing to determine whether or not I have an immunodeficiency.  I got the results of the antibody tests back and they seem low to me but I’m not a doctor so I guess I won’t find out until I see him again so I’m still in limbo but at least some things are getting done.

How was your weekend?

How did you celebrate Cinco de Mayo?

Coo Coo Ka Choo

Last night MacGyver and I rented a few movies from redbox because the 3 streaming services and huge amount of cable channels that we have obviously don’t fulfill us.

Too much TV

Anyway, we rented The Mule and A Star is Born.  Yeah, I know, I’m late to the party but I finally watched A Star is Born.  I did like it, a lot, but I had forgotten what happens to the guy in the end and even though it happened a bit differently in this version I still hate the way it ends.   The Mule was good too but it was more MacGyver’s speed and not so much one I watch on my own.

I ran for a few little miles on Sunday.  I walked a lot too but I think it’s going to take a lot more time than normal to come back from this latest injury so I’m just going to take it slow and listen to my body.   MacGyver and I are doing quite a bit of bike riding along with our weight lifting so at least I’m getting some good cardio.

I don’t think I mentioned it on the blog before because it made me sad but last year we released our rescue birds.  They were ready and I knew it and I wanted them to have a happy life living the way they were meant to be but it was still sad to see them go.  I raised Woody from just after hatching and Squeakers wasn’t much older so I grew quite attached.  After we released them I sold all of the supplies and cages and everything because I just don’t think I’m cut out for rehab.  I get too attached and that’s not good because you have to release them.

That’s why when MacGyver found a little dove this weekend, I was very wary of taking him in but Oscar the Osprey has been hanging out all day catching fish and eating other small birds so I was worried the dove might not make it.

It was a good call.

coo coo ka choo

At first I thought it was a mourning dove but it turns out he’s not.  He’s a diamond dove.  Diamond Dove’s are sold as pets which means I can legally keep him.  I haven’t decided what we’re going to do but for now we’re protecting him and I’ve named him Coo Coo Ka Choo.

He’s still a little skittish around us so we’re just letting him feel us out and when it comes time, I guess he’ll let us know what he wants to do.  In the meantime, he lives on the lanai.

diamond dove

I think he might be binging me good luck because this morning I got a call from the immunologists office.  I had an appointment scheduled for May 20th to try to find out why my immunoglobulin G Subclasses are deficient and they called this morning to let me know that they have an earlier appointment.  TODAY.  So, I’m off.  Wish me luck.

Do you have any pets?

Have you ever had a pet bird?

I’m a Zebra

After my three mile, didn’t stop once run on Monday things went South.  On Tuesday I went out to run and got really tired right off the bat and so I had to walk a lot.  In fact, it was mostly a walk with some running interspersed here and there.  And then later that night I had a twinge of pain in my shin so I decided not to run on Wednesday and since I had an appointment with my doctor that afternoon, I brought it up with her.

injury

Turns out that this running injury and even the Sarcoidosis aren’t the only things I need to be worried about.

medical tests

At the end of last year my pulmonologist decided to run a few test to check my immunoglobulins.  Immunoglobulins are a type of antibody and our bodies have five of them.  IGG, IGA, IGM, IGD, an IGE.  IGG also has subclasses known as IGG1, IGG2, IGG3 an IGG4.  I had previously been tested for any problems with my immunoglobulins because I have food and environmental allergies but apparently no one had ever tested my subclasses.

The good news is, all of my Immunoglobulins were normal.  The bad news is, 3 of the 4 subclasses were deficient.  Since late last year, my doctor has performed the test three times and all three times, I was deficient in my IGG subclasses.

I see an immunologist on May 20th and from there I will have antibody testing to find out if I suffer from a Primary Immunodeficiency.  I am finding out that it is not uncommon to suffer from several autoimmune diseases and that people with immunodeficiency disease are more likely to have autoimmune diseases yet nothing about my health is common.

Doctors have this saying, ‘When you hear hoofbeats, think of horses not zebras’ but not in my case, because I’m a Zebra.

zebra

Zebras are pretty exotic so I’ll take it.

As far as running goes, the doctor said to give it a day or two and try again.  She said if I continue to slowly ease into it, I should be fine and in the meantime, I’m still weight training with MacGyver so that’s something. Maybe in a few months I’ll be a ripped zebra.

What’s the worst medical thing you’ve ever experienced?