I’m up early because today and tomorrow will probably be super big days for me. At 5pm today I plan to meet my newly discovered niece at the Portland Museum of Art and tomorrow I go into the VA hospital for a bone scan for determining if my already diagnosed prostate cancer has metastasized. For me physically and personally these are major events in my life!
There are complications, all of which can be a problem or possibly very good. I got up early to take a hot bath and raise my body temperature to 100.5°F in order to suppress any possibility that I might have a cold. On top of that possible cold problem, the VA hospital is having a flu outbreak.
“ALERT 1. Only patients and immediate family members should visit the facility. 2. Children under the age of 12 should not enter the facility. 3. Visitors with symptoms should delay their visit. Symptoms include fever/chills, runny nose, muscle aches, sore throat, coughing, and sneezing. #4. Patients with symptoms should delay non-urgent clinical appointments. If that’s not possible, patients must wear a mask while in the facility.”
I won’t be entering the hospital until 9am tomorrow, but will be there until about 3pm, so I and Debbie are taking face masks and will wear them as much as possible. And, I will wear my glasses to prevent me from touching my eyes, when they develop a little itch.
This morning the plan is to go to the UU church services and do the things I almost always do there and then depart instantly for the long drive to Portland. I will be driving my 96 Geo Prizm because it gets much better gas mileage than my 2003 Subaru Outback on long trips. I just checked the road conditions webcams at Santiam Pass and it looks okay on the pavement but there is snow on the sides. Wet but just fine. We should arrive at our already scheduled motel at 3pm and then to the Art Museum until 5pm when I will meet my niece Renée and her daughter Cheri. We plan to walk over to a local restaurant.
Now it’s time for my hot bath.