I have been reminded that it has been about ten days since I last posted. Sorry about that, folks. It has been a somewhat traumatic ten days. I was diagnosed with a severe urinary tract infection nearly two weeks ago. An anti-biotic was prescribed. It was the type that can have a nauseous side effect. And it did. We had previously made plans for a three-day trip to the Big Bend, leaving the 26th. Up until that date, we were trying to decide if we had to cancel, as I was having some difficulty. We decided not to cancel, and on the 26th we left, after Ann loaded the car. I wasn’t feeling really great, but decided the worse that could happen would me spending a restful three days in a motel bed.
Well, that was not to be. I started to have serious problems with light-headedness, nausea, and nearly passing out as soon as we arrived. The EMTs were called to the motel, and after much discussion, we decided to return to San Angelo the following morning, with orders to see the doctor to have the meds changed. We ended up going to the Emergency Room here in San Angelo. By then, we were informed that the urinary tract infection was gone and to stop the meds. To be brief, it was determined that the unsteadiness, headaches, etc., were caused by a serious sinus infection. We had been thinking that the all the problems were caused by the prescribed antibiotics.
The sinus infections has improved although not completely gone, and I have been able to get back out the past few days and catch up on the avian populations in the San Angelo area. We are now seeing returning grosbeaks, buntings, flycatchers and others. All good signs of returning summer birds.
Here are a few images that I have captured since my last post. These are from San Angelo State Park. Please click on the images to see enlargements at their best.
On Sunday, May 1, we ventured out to the Twin Buttes Reservoir. I managed to get these photos although we were constantly near a bunch of noisy off-roaders in the vehicles. Of course, the area is open to everybody, but I think a few of them were trying to make it uncomfortable for us.
By the way, lest I forget, during the few hours that we were in Big Bend National Park, I came away with the only photo of the short trip. this Cassin’s Kingbird on an ocotillo branch in the desert.