• Went to work out today ...

    Asked by LiveWithCancer on Friday, April 13, 2018

    Went to work out today ...

    I went to the community center to work out today. I meet a friend there several times a week.

    Today, I ran into a man I used to work with. It was great to see him. His wife was at the gym, too. I didn't know her ... but I hope to get to know her better. I found out today that she had her right upper lobe removed in September. Never-smoker. Healthy lifestyle. Lung cancer :(

    I couldn't help but compare her story to Biga17133's. Her doctors were so astute that even though she had nothing but a cough ... and no reason to suspect lung cancer ... did an x-ray right away and discovered her lung cancer. No mistreating it for months. She was stage 1. Had her lobe removed; no chemo or radiation needed. She seems to be doing remarkably well.

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    • LiveWithCancer's Avatar
      LiveWithCancer

      But, the other thing I wanted to tell you guys about was what we saw as we were leaving the gym. We were standing in the parking lot chatting when my friend asked, "Is that a big rabbit?" I said, "I don't know, but I love rabbits and haven't seen one in a long time so I am going to go see." We started walking toward it. Saw a squirrel run across ... and suddenly the rabbit took off ... except, it wasn't a rabbit ... it was a bobcat :) Pretty thing. Fortunately for the squirrel ... he wasn't fast enough. Squirrel climbed the tree to safety. Don't bobcats know how to climb trees?

      5 months ago
    • BoiseB's Avatar
      BoiseB

      Bobcats do know how to climb trees but not to catch squirrels. Bobcats catch their prey by pouncing on them this is difficult to do in the trees. Also if you were aware of rabbits in the area, the bobcat was probably hunting rabbits. Since it is spring there is probably and abundance of game that doesn't require the effort of climbing a tree.

      5 months ago
    • LiveWithCancer's Avatar
      LiveWithCancer

      I had a bobcat in my backyard one early morning. I was so glad that I turned on the light and looked outside before letting the dogs out. Chances are good that my dogs are too big to interest him, but if cornered, don't know what would have happened. I never let the dogs outside now without first looking to be sure there isn't an unwanted visitor there.

      I haven't seen rabbits ... but we don't have many around here. Maybe because of the bobcats :( The bobcat was really pretty though.

      That was a lucky squirrel.

      5 months ago
    • BoiseB's Avatar
      BoiseB

      I must say bobcats don't play nice with dogs even big dogs like German Shepherds. So if your dogs even approched the bobcat they would regret it. There are a lot of other ground creatures that bobcats eat like voles, ground squirrels, chipmunks, prarie dogs and the even eat some lizards. They do eat squirrels they just don't bother to climb trees for them. A bobcat would probably kill Divo or Espy. So you are right to be cautious.

      5 months ago
    • LiveWithCancer's Avatar
      LiveWithCancer

      Espy and Divo have never been outside. We have too many wild critters around here that would like to make a meal of them. They look outside, but seem to be content living indoors.

      Cotton and Barney, of course, go outside ... sometimes to play and sometimes just to do their business. Cotton, especially, would not appreciate an animal in the backyard that isn't part of our family. I am so grateful i saw the bobcat before there was a confrontation.

      5 months ago
    • SandiA's Avatar
      SandiA

      Wow I have never seen a bobcat. We had a coyote hanging around for a while. It made me a little nervous. I always had to watch my dogs very closely when they went out.

      5 months ago
    • biga17133's Avatar
      biga17133

      I'm so glad she was able to win and hope she continues to as we all know time is of the most importance to help Win......still taking a bath by myself biga17133

      5 months ago
    • LiveWithCancer's Avatar
      LiveWithCancer

      @biga17133, I was really struck by how quickly her doctors responded, especially with her being a nonsmoker, compared to how your doctors drug their feet. I was really, really happy for her, but your story sure shows how much work we have to do in educating even the medical community.

      5 months ago
    • LiveWithCancer's Avatar
      LiveWithCancer

      @SandiA, we have far more coyotes around here than bobcats ... or at least I see them more often. We have a nature trail behind our house where I used to walk my dogs a lot (now, too many people let their dogs run off-leash so I don't take mine there often). There was a coyote for awhile who would follow us on our walk. Made me very nervous. I would yell at him to go away. He would just follow at a further distance. I was glad when he disappeared for good.

      Once when Cotton was very young, she and I were off of the trail in the woods. Cotton alerted and I thought, "Uh-oh, somebody is coming and she's going to dash out there to see them or to bark at their dog if they have one." Well, she darted out all right. I was pretty close behind her. It was a coyote. She was chasing it. Scared me to death. Luckily, it kept running. It was a lot bigger than she is. I got her to come back before it led her into the woods and away from me.

      5 months ago
    • BoiseB's Avatar
      BoiseB

      I see a lot of foxes around here. The winter before last was the snowiest on record and there was limited garbage disposal for the months of January and February. Well the critters that live up the gulch became skillful dumpster divers. When I looked out my window at night I would see foxes and raccoons heading up the toward the eating places. My downstairs neighbor who is younger and more fit than I has hiked a little further up the trails said she has sighted a brown bear. There were also reports of mountain lions further up the trail.

      5 months ago
    • BuckeyeShelby's Avatar
      BuckeyeShelby

      We do the coyote thing in Central Ohio, too. I was working at a newer building in an area where lots of construction was happening. We watched from a window as a coyote followed a coworker as she was out walking during her break. I don't think she went walking anymore. But see what happens when we disrupt their homes...

      5 months ago

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