And The Good News Is…

And The Good News Is…

What a day!

First, near our former residence, the country house, where our Ancestral Camp is located, they are expecting 31 cm of snow today. And the good news is, I am not there!!!!!! It is snowing here at Mist Cottage, and the predicted accumulation is between 2 and 4 cm, tropical!

Next on my good news list is that a visit to the lawyers office, the signing of a stack of papers, and the handing over of funds, means that the Rideau Camp is ours as of the end of this week.

And last, but definitely not least, I received a call back from the nurse at my country GP’s office. My GP went over the hospital reports from my last visit, reviewed all of my records, and has categorically stated that I DO NOT have Chronic Kidney Disease. How cool is that!!!!!!

I intend to follow up the happy diagnosis with some tests and checks when we get a family doctor here at Mist Cottage, but for now I am content with the diagnosis, and very grateful that I have such a thorough and conscientious GP to rely on for information. I think the doctor in the emergency department was just a little too enthusiastic with her diagnosis, she is young, and due to her age must be inexperienced. No harm done. Actually, it was a a wake up call, I have improved my diet as a result of the inaccurate diagnosis, and will continue with some of the moderate dietary changes I have made over the last few weeks, as they are good for general health.

In future I will be insisting on seeing details of test results. It is best to monitor what the health care practitioners are doing, they make mistakes sometimes, they are only human.

So that is me, happy as a clam, celebrating my good fortune with a glass of cranberry juice! Cheers!

Worldly Distractions


A band of snow is moving through the regions north of Lake Ontario early this afternoon.
The snow will be briefly heavy at times, with a quick 2 to 4 centimetres possible in some areas.
Motorists should be prepared for winter driving conditions with low visibility in bursts of heavy snow. Untreated roads may briefly become covered in snow or slush.
The snow is expected to end or change over to some rain later today as milder air arrives from the southwest.

Date: 1:05 PM EDT Wednesday 6 April 2016
Condition: Light Snow
Pressure: 101.9 kPa
Tendency: falling
Visibility: 2 km
Temperature: -0.7°C
Dewpoint: -4.8°C
Humidity: 74%
Wind: S 37 km/h
Wind Chill: -8


“Good judgement comes from experience. Experience comes from bad judgement.”


  1. “Like being given a new Lease on Life!”

    You are so right Bex! I hadn’t realized just how heavily the diagnosis was weighing on me until this news lifted the weight from my shoulders. It truly feels like a brand new start!

  2. Teri

    WOOT! So glad to hear that your doctor has put the kibbosh on Chronic Kidney Disease. Always wise to make an effort to eat healthily but so nice not to have the worry dogging you.

    (I can remember how I felt when I first found out I was hypothyroid. The idea that I had something so basic permanently wrong made me feel like I was being dragged through the mud.)

    Glad you’re missing the 31 cm of snow. We got about an extra inch here, as of this morning. Spring seems to have become shy, all of a sudden.

    Came across this tiny house blog today and thought you’d enjoy it. (Just ignore the various buy-me links.) This little place is only 362 sq ft but has a lot of personality.

  3. It was quite a worry Teri, I am so very glad that it is instantly gone! I know what you mean about feeling dragged through the mud, permanent health issues are quite a shock to the system.

    Cute tiny house! The pictures of it remind me that we still need to get rid of a lot of stuff to open up our space. They have done a wonderful job.

    They are in California, the mild winters allow outdoor spaces to augment the small square footage in the house, I notice a real difference here in the summer. Of course our house is a little more than twice as large as the cottage described. I wonder how they will manage when their baby arrives, children are a game changer, as I know you know.

  4. Teri

    Maggie, I found the tiny house being so open to really speak to me. I’d recently seen a picture of another home that had French doors opening outward to a porch and I really liked that idea. We currently have sliding glass doors in our bedroom.

    I do find myself wondering how practical this would be, though. My first concern is for insects coming into the house. Bees and ants, mostly. But I love the look of it, and the fresh air has much appeal.

    Maybe a screened-in area on the deck would make it possible…

  5. I too find French doors appealing Teri. I love screened in porches, that would be so nice, French doors opening onto a screened in porch. I also read recently about sleeping rooms, screened in rooms that people sleep in during hot weather, French doors off a bedroom, opening onto a screened in sleeping room, which could also be a warm weather great room, that would be lovely, particularly on the second floor of a house, with a lovely view.

  6. Thanks Sandy! The reprieve on the chronic kidney disease is the real headliner of my day. Here is to good health, you can’t beat it!

    Enjoying the Rideau Camp to the fullest has just been made a whole lot easier!

  7. Thanks Diane! I was stunned by news when the Doctor in the Emergency Department informed me I had Chronic Kidney Disease, because it doesn’t run in my family, I have had no major injuries in the area around my kidneys in the last few decades, no abdominal infections, and I had no symptoms at all. I had trouble believing it myself, to the point that one night last week I told Attila that I thought the diagnosis might be wrong, but I wasn’t taking any chances because it could be right.

  8. Thanks Joan! I feel very lucky.

    It is cold and wet out there tonight, with some ice pellets mixed in with the snow, but getting warmer so it will all clear up by morning. We won’t be shoveling snow though, and if we hadn’t moved to Mist Cottage, we would be digging our way out tomorrow morning. Ah, the pleasures of central heating!

  9. NORA

    YAY!!!! Great news.

    Hubby is going through all kinds of changes with his health right now and being told so many different things. It’s been a circus. Very enervating. Mon. He will have an MRI and that should help with knowing more about the tumor on his adrenal gland. Jeez.

    But YAY, YAY, YAY for you!!!!! x0x0x0x0x

  10. Thanks Nora! Gosh, that sounds so hard for your hubby! Not knowing what is going on is so stressful, I hope the doctors figure things out for him as soon as possible and fix him right up! Sending prayers to you and your hubby! (((hugs)))

  11. Kate, I have such a hard time finding food I can eat due to my anaphylaxis, an additional set of food restrictions would remove most of the pleasure in eating from my life… the reprieve is a dream come true!

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