The pictures atop this entry were taken by a man named Reggie, who works as an Xray technician at an imaging facility on NYC's Upper Eastside. I had gone there for some tests in response to my doctor's orders, after she examined me for some severe rib pain, which I started having this past Sunday morning.
Normally, I have a high tolerance for pain, but what I am experiencing now is severe. Moreover, I wanted to rule out my having lung cancer! For these days, when I think of out-of-the-blue rib pain (as having an not recalling an accident), my thoughts turn to my dearly departed friend Donna De Solis, (DD) who attributed rib-pain she was having to the way she was sitting in front of her computer at work. DD sought relief from her rib-pain through acupuncture and cupping, as well as through treatments by a chiropractor. When the pain became severe, she went for an Xray of her ribs and surrounding area, and it was not until then that she found out that she had stage-four lung cancer. She died six month later.
My agonizing pain made my heart go out to memory for what she had suffered, but in my instance, I did not attempt to see anyone for treating it via acupuncture, cupping, or chiropractic methods.
Moreover, I had reason to speculate that the pain might be coming from a growth related to my medical condition, Neurofibromatosis Type One (NF-1), for I have thousands of growths in that area of the body.
So, I endured the suffering throughout the Memorial Day holiday (the day after the onset of the pain); and finally reached my doctor's office the day after that.
This morning, I was ultimately able to see my doctor, and, upon examination she sent me to a nearby facility, where an unnamed technician in training took extensive Xrays of the affected area. Her supervisor, Reggie, was most attentive to her positioning me and to the placement of the equipment.
Afterwards, he agreed to take photos of the "cameras" used, for I told him that I was truly grateful to be able to avail myself of tests where equipment could aid in knowing how to treat it. I explained to Reggie that I had once helped in the rescue of a Super (pictured below)...
...a Northern Flicker, and, had taken the creature to The Wild Bird Fund (WBF), a competent bird rehab facility on Manhattan's Upper Westside.
The WBF did not (and does not as of this posting) have the proper Xray equipment to determine Super's injury. They ultimately transferred him the bird to The Raptor Trust,
a place that does have more extensive machinery to determine an injury sustained by an avian creature. Unfortunately, by the time Super arrived there, his injury was too far gone, and he had to be euthanized.
Ever since my learning of Super's fate, I have vowed that when my book, Words In Our Beak Volume One...
... starts flying off the shelves, I will do what I can with monies earned to help The WBF with their equipment need, and help The Raptor Trust to continue with the work they do.
As for how I'm doing with my current pain, my doctor did provide me with a suggestion to apply a "salonpas" to my pained area. So thankful she did this and that it has relieved me of pain. I applied it at noon and went to bed as I've had so little sleep during my pain.
Thankfully I slept four and a half hours! And hopefully, I'll get good news, re my prognosis. For now, I'm most grateful that I am able to avail myself of medical personnel and treatment. And I hope any injured bird will be able to do the same!
FALL 2018 ADDENDUM:
I no longer actively produce event program covers, invitations and the types of greeting cards described here or on my website but arrangements might be able to be made under certain circumstances. My focus is on the Words In Our Beak book series, pictured below...
|WORDS IN OUR BEAK BOOK SERIES|
...whose stories are told from the point of view of Cam, a female cardinal, whose photo is on the cover of each book. Words In Our Beak’s goal is to open readers to a simple understanding of the winged world and their environment. Set in my rooftop urban garden in New York City. Words In Our Beak is directed to children and adults who are curious about birds, and want to learn about them from a unique perspective. The books include hundreds of images of flora and fauna, links to movies, as well as to informative narratives that have been created by the author.
Please click here to go to my blog post that provides details as to where you can get these books.
Additionally, I have rendered some images from these books into other formats and they are available via Fine Art America (FAA). Some of my other photographs (Black & White Collection, Kaleidoscopic Images and the famous Mandarin duck who visited NYC) can also be found on my FAA pages.
ADDENDUM SEPTEMBER AND OCTOBER 2021:
When the third volume of the hard-cover version of Words In Our Beak was released, I withdrew from promoting my former versions of Words In Our Beak.
The very first one is an iBook and went into Apple's book store in 2015.
This was followed by an ePub version...
... that is available on Amazon and was also published in 2015.
Subsequently, Words In Our Beak's digital versions were published as a soft-cover book (with slight variations) by MagCloud in 2017.
Its press release can be read by clicking here.
Now with the release of BIRD TALES (which is in Apple's Bookstore and On Amazon)...
... I've been advised to make mention of my early versions of volume one of Words In Our Beak, they do vary ever so slightly in content from the hard-cover version of volume one.
As of this addendum, I do not intend to create digital or soft-cover versions of Words In Our Beak Volume Two or Words In Our Beak Volume Three.
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