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I have spent a great deal of my life battling illness. I suffered from Crohn's Disease and eventually had abdominal surgery, thwarting the Crohn's and budding cancer cells. Since my surgery in 1995 I have been relatively free from Crohns', although I had several subsequent surgeries related to my ileostomy..When my disease was in remission, I don't think my husband realized how bad it could get, but he has stood by me. I also have suffered from various autoimmune disorders and am diagnosed with Stage IV Kidney Disease. Fortunately, I am maintaining and do not need dialysis at this point. We adopted our son and later found out he had cerebral palsy, so he became my career. Dan has had two surgeries and tons of therapy and is able to walk because of it. He is a college graduate and is employed as an Information Specialist. We are very proud of his accomplishements. I am now part of the retired generation and still getting used to the idea. I do enjoy crafting, traveling and being with family and friends. I am active in my church and feel that the hardships we endure are there to build our faith. I like to live life in the "now" as we never know how much time is left.

Friday, March 20, 2015

Last Tuesday Part Two

The first day after my trip, I was so full of ambition:  writing my blog, unpacking, doing laundry.
The last three days I have just been plugging along.
I went to the physical therapist on Tuesday for the start of treating my Interstitial Cystitis, IC for short.  We talked a lot and went back to the beginning of time when I had chronic UTI's.  We talked about propylene glycol (to be avoided) and my sex life, or lack there of.  We talked of the frustration, of taking all these pills, not eating this and not drinking that, and constantly worrying about my pee!
I'm going too much, I am not emptying my bladder, it burns, it spasms and all are interfering with life as I know it!  It made my trip less than desirable.  (Where is the next bathroom?)
Well, today is Friday and I made it a few days of eating right and not having to take anything for pain! 

So, on with the tour!
After visiting the cathedral, we visited the King William Historical District.  I took many pictures of beautiful, restored homes.  In San Antonio, they like to restore and not tear down.  Many date to shortly after the civil war.

The flour mill which sis still productive.  It was started by an immigrant from Germany.  The home on the grounds is filled with many beautiful furnishings.



On the bus and on to El Mercado!  We have an hour.  It is suggested we eat at a Mexican Restaurant.

We had about 15 minutes left to explore the market.  I wasn't into shopping, but I would have liked to look around more.
We then went on to the SAS (San Antonio Shoes) Factory store where we were met with warm employees offering even warmer oatmeal cookies!

The owner of SAS likes old things, and wanted his store and factory to reflect that.  We could fill a small bag to the brim with penny candy for $1, peanuts, popcorn, and 10 cent soda pops!  One lucky lady on our bus won a $125 credit to spend in their store!  I didn't buy any shoes.
On to the Rivercenter Mall!
....to be continued




Gill - That British Woman said...

I love the look and history of San Antonio. Maybe should add it too our visit list. I am guessing Winter would be the best time to visit re: cooler temps?

Linda said...

Beautiful homes! Looks like a fun tour.

NanaDiana said...

Sorry you are still having health problems, Deb.
What fun to visit that place though. I love that the man made everything rustic and look old. xo Diana

Linda said...

Dear Deb,

I am so sorry about your health issues. Your photos are lovely, thank you so much for sharing this beautiful and enjoyable tour.

Gert said...

Beautiful photos! All well worth the visit! Gorgeous homes! How cool to visit SAS shoes. I have ordered shoes from them, as I need one size larger on the foot that I wear a brace in. So instead of having to buy two pairs, they make two different sizes for one pair. They work wonderfully with people!