Faltering spirits…

I am struggling to stay positive.  I keep trying to Pollyanna my way out of a miserable pool of self-pity, but it’s difficult to do.

I have much to be thankful for.  My children are supportive and loving, my parents are helpful and loving, Dan is wonderful, my work is patient and supportive.  I have caring friends.  I finally have a good doctor with a plan who meets with me regularly.  I should be content.

Instead I am struggling to find the energy to keep going.  The new medications make me tired, nauseated.  They give me muscle cramps, make all food and drink taste like copper, make my muscles tire so easily that I have a hard time finishing this blog post.  They have long term side effects like heart scarring.

I want to be cheerful and hopeful.  I want to believe I will get better and find a solution and be able to resume something resembling a normal life.  I just, can’t.  Not today.  Not right now.

It’s been so long since I had a stretch of feeling great.  A week of pain free living.  I am not sure I believe that is something I will ever get.

Lions and Tigers and Tesla…Oh My!

As promised, some updated photos of a few of the Denizens of Great Cats World Park:

Tesla does his majestic best to help alleviate my home sickness.

Tesla does his majestic best to help alleviate my home sickness. (Shhh…. Do NOT tell Hazel!!)

Beowulf looks a bigger, even in his generous outdoor enclosure.  (At least I think it's Beowulf, it could be Banshee.  Though thing about twins.)

Beowulf looks a bigger, even in his generous outdoor enclosure. (At least I think it’s Beowulf, it could be Banshee. Though thing about twins.)

Did you know Lynx purr?  I didn't know until this little one caught me playing with the tigers and came over to get some attention.

Did you know Lynx purr? I didn’t know until this little one caught me playing with the tigers and came over to get some attention.

Stoli ( I think that is his name) tried to convince me to put my hand in and pet him, but I am not a sucker.

Stoli ( I think that is his name) tried to convince me to put my hand in and pet him, but I am not a sucker.

The last photo of the day is of Dandelion, the cutest little doe-eyed lioness this side of Mississippi.  She was hanging out in her feeding station when I took these.

The last photo set of the day is of Dandelion, the cutest little doe-eyed lioness this side of Mississippi. She was hanging out in her feeding station when I took these.

Dandelion waits for dinner in her feeding station before going back to her spacious enclosure.

Dandelion waits for dinner in her feeding station before going back to her spacious enclosure.

Last but not least, Trav and I post for a selfie after our car ride to Portland.

Last but not least, Trav and I post for a selfie after our car ride to Portland.