Friday, April 18, 2014

Home again

We be home (to our home in the city)! Rainbow pic is from yesterday from Rachel's room in the hospital. Virus/infections appear to be under control and retreating - YAY! Latest (experimental) chemo is doing good things thus far: counts are up and blasts are down. Let's hope this is a continuing trend.

Earlier this week I took the shuttle from the hospital to the clinic. Walked a few blocks to the apartment. Rode my bicycle back to the hospital with some stuff from the apartment. My multi-modal errand commute. So urban. :)

Thursday, April 10, 2014

Montlake Neighborhood

Another sunny day, another walk about the neighborhood. I tried to come up with a theme: little hidden pathways, or pretty porches with flowers, but I couldn't settle on anything so just snapped a pic here and there just to get a feel for the area.

The neighborhood of Montlake has some beautiful old houses. Some are quite grand with intricate details, others are more modest, but quaint. Most of the yards are beautiful and the ones that are not, are generally overgrown, hidden jungles that are almost as pretty as the landscaped ones, and certainly interesting in their own special way.
One of the few houses that was not hidden deep in the greenery and flowers.

Pretty hillside yards. There are houses there somewhere.

Funky bicycle art floating amongst the trees

Post your favorite poetry

Sometimes it's liking walking through a floral tunnel

Cute little swing along the sidewalk

I still had some time, so I decided to check out the path along Lake Washington that crosses Marsh and Foster Islands.
Walkway connecting Marsh Island

Calm water under the 520. No kayaks today.

I figured it would be a quagmire this time of year, but found the trail to have a fresh layer of bark dust that for the most part kept the trail dry. Nice! I hadn't been down this way since last summer.

Wetland just off the trail.

Looking back toward the hospital and Husky stadium

Montlake cut

Back to the Medical center for hospital coffee and Haagen-daz. Couldn't wait to get the photo before taking a bite!

A few more pics just because I'd rather end with pretty flowers than half eaten ice cream.

According to blogger this is my 300th post. How about that!

Saturday, April 5, 2014

Spring Stroll at UWMC

Yep, by the title you can guess we are back at University of Washington Medical Center. Rachel has BK virus, a complication for transplant patients. It will resolve itself with time, but causes painful muscle spasms that need stronger pain meds than we can provide at home. It seems to me that it's completely unfair to have complications due to a transplant that didn't work in the first place. Yet another speed bump on the way to 2nd transplant.

Friday was lovely in Seattle and I had to stroll along Montlake cut on my way to the caferteria. This is the backyard, so to speak, of UWMC. Our room usually overlooks this space, but this admission has us located on the opposite side of the unit with a boring courtyard for a view.
Behind UWMC along Montlake Cut
Last summer I took some photos of this interesting tree.

Sometime later I found this tree laying on it's side, a victim of a passing storm. Today I see that they've added a new replacement. It will be some time before this little baby is as grand as its predecessor.
Pretty spring flowers blooming all over. (Some might say weeds.)
Lunch time for the local wild life.
A few more pretty scenes along the water.

Even a little moto content...Sweet Ninja 500. Older but in great shape. I sure miss my Sam!

Monday, March 17, 2014

Discovery Park

After clinic on Saturday it was just too nice to stay inside. Nice being cloudy, crisp, with rain coming our direction. Only someone from the PNW would call that a nice day. We headed over to Discovery Park to check out the lighthouse. Rachel and I had found the park earlier this week, but it was dark by the time we drove there. This was a chance to return in daylight to take in the views.
Looking back toward Seattle
West Point Lighthouse
Camera wars on the trail
Old buildings
West Point Lighthouse
Cool Architecture
The rain we spotted across the sound finally came inland and chased us back to the car.
Update: Between infections and other fun medical stuff we are still working on getting to transplant. Next step is an experimental/trial chemo that sounds promising for AML, but is still in the trial stage. Here's hoping for a sucessful remission.

Sunday, January 19, 2014

Superbowl, Seattle Waterfront, and a Medical Update:


Bikey Stuff:
Went for a little ride today, before the game. I headed down town to the waterfront, past the rail yard and made my way over to Ballard Locks. Crossed at the locks making my way through Ballard and back along the Burke-Gilman Trail.

Down town I ran into the ever present ( and always shifting) road block for construction. I had to make a little detour, but traffic was light and the riding wasn't bad at all. Ended up packing the bike down some stairs to get to the waterfront. 

Made about a 15 mile loop.

Seattle waterfront
Space Needle from the waterfront
Puget Sound / Elliot Bay
Along the rail yard
Ballard Locks
Rachel Update:
The transplant is once again on hold. We are fighting an infection. They had to pull her central line as it's most likely the source of the infection. She also now has leukemia blasts in her spinal fluid. This has to be treated separately from her other leukemia, so once the infection is cleared they can will begin another round of chemo for her blood, and also treat the spinal fluid with another type of chemo. When all blasts are gone and she's recovered from the latest chemo she can once again move on to transplant.  And so it goes.

Thursday, December 26, 2013

Christmas Cycling

Christmas is a perfect day for a ride. Why? Because there is no traffic! :)
Seattle streets all to myself. Well, me and a few other bikers and walkers. Lovely day for a ride too. Sunny and crisp.

Not much to tell. I'm slow. I took a few pics. Yeah, that about covers it. Went out to eat then home to watch the Doctor Who Christmas special and open our presents. Good stuff.
Republican Street
Dexter Ave.
Lake Union
Fremont Bridge
Lake Union

Monday, December 16, 2013

Seattle cycling - In search of color

Martha over at Wisconsinland put out the challenge to find some winter color. I think I first read about it on Trobairitz' Tablet so I figured I'd add a link to both. And while finding color wasn't the main purpose of my ride, it was a good excuse to keep my eyes peeled for a little bit of brightness in the day. I have to say that while fall is my favorite season (and technically it's still fall) the landscape now looks more like winter. But I like it. In it's own soft, subtle way it's beautiful. Serene. The land at rest.

Overlooking Lake Union. and I-5. Even the cars aren't colorful.
My ride took me up the big ramp behind SCCA. I don't have a photo of it, but it looks like a long steep climb to the top. It starts at Eastlake Avenue and heads up up up and over the freeway to the hillside neighborhood above. I've seen a lot of commuters go this way but hadn't rode it myself. Surprisingly It wasn't as hard as it looked. Nice view from above the freeway. I didn't have a route planned so I just followed the sharrows and headed toward Montlake bridge.

Lake Union from Burke-Gilman Trail
Once across Montlake bridge I joined up with the Burke-Gilman trail and looped back toward Eastlake.
Under the freeway. Kissing couple down by the water. 
Instead of staying on busy Eastlake I dropped down to the waterfront for a pleasant ride along a quiet residential street. Very pleasant with the condos, houseboats and docks full of sailboats. I spotted one guy up on the mast of his boat. I think he may have been putting up christmas lights.
Decorating for the holidays
Fairview Avenue
St Marks Cathedral? 
Tiny float plane. My boss has a float plane, larger than this, that is his pride and joy.
I threaded my way through the Fred Hutch campus up past the big sculpture and back to Eastlake Avenue.
Brick roundabout and cool grill-work along the edge
Basket of Light sculpture
Sculpture at Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center
There is a little bit of rainbow color on the sculpture. Alas 'tis as muted as everything else. The only real bright standout color was on this little houseboat. In the scheme of things, it hardly counts, but I was getting desperate.
A little bit of color along Lake Union
So I cheated. I waited until nighttime when the Radio towers and Christmas cranes could strut their stuff