Springtime is here.


The magic of Irises.

The irises are now starting to show their flower buds. Very small still, but to an expert, clearly coming to the fore. They look like closely bundled sharp spikey leaves but each night they inch forward. Soon they will become flowers and I hope to be witness to that event. It is always a mystery to me how a bud suddenly is a flower. I am sure they wait for a turn of a head or during the dead of a silent night when this wonder happens. Of course, Mr D. Attenborough has teams of photographers with special slow motion cameras to catch that magic moment. I put it in the singular because I am sure it is not a slow motion flowering but a rapid transformation, otherwise how does one explain that one moment it is a bud and next a flower? I looked up the Iris flower in singular and most images showed a variety of flowers grown by the Irish people and not the iris as a single flower. In fact, word-check puts a red line under iris.  Yet iris without the h is part of our eye. The mystery deepens.

I have been slow and sparse in my posts. Life is still hectic, and recovery a slow train. Here is some food for thought on cancer medications. https://thenewdaily.com.au/life/wellbeing/2019/09/19/cancer-drug-fake-benefit/

It makes one wonder. Perhaps profit prevails over altruism even in the world of health. It is much better to look at Iris than at a box of medication.

PS; The auto-correct did put the h in iris(h) but on second try I managed to correct it and now the h is gone.

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20 Responses to “Springtime is here.”

  1. Therese Trouserzoff Says:

    Hi Gez.

    Big fans of irises here at the Pig’s Arms. We have Louisiana bearded, Giant and Walking irises. The former grace our frog pond and our goldfish pond. And the rest have drier feet in garden beds.

    With two days of good rain, the frogs have done a lot of tadpole making and since I hit the Shirley ‘s #17 onto the lawn, the sound of grass growing is deafening!

    All the best to you and shelving. Fond regards, Emm and FM.

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  2. Big M Says:

    In regards to the article on the limited benefits of some cancer drugs. Traditionally new drugs take quite a long time to get from test tube to human. Cancer drugs, in particular, have been subject to a big push from the general public, the media and politicians, to be radically fast tracked, because us humans can’t bear to think that a new drug, with 5% chance of success might not be available for some incredibly rare cancer. So fast tracking occurs, and we end up with expensive drugs with poor efficacy.

    We have ourselves to blame!

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    • gerard oosterman Says:

      One of the much heralded drugs is The Herceptin which has been going around for a few years now, but Helvi’s heart should have been checked more regularly, Big M. Now she is wearing the consequences with a much lower LVEF. Feeling tired most of the time.
      The media too pumps up the expectations as facts instead of speculation.


      • Big M Says:

        Mrs M is in the same position. The previous oncologist used to do twice yearly gated heart scans, which I didn’t like because the involved placing an IV cannula and taking blood to leave in a chamber with a radionucleide. At our insistence she started having echocardiograms instead, which are more informative. her heart has been insidiously failing over the last decade, reaching the point of requiring intervention. She now sees a cardiologist who has been managing the failure with a single medication.

        Herceptin is often well tolerated, but, occasionally someone reacts badly. As you say, needs fairly frequent checking. I hope she finds a sympathetic and experienced cardiologist quickly.


  3. doesitevenmatter3 Says:

    Spring has sprung! Welcome, Spring! 🙂
    Irises are such beautiful flowers! My Dad used to grow the purple and yellow kinds. Whenever I see irises I think of him. 🙂

    I read somewhere that even if a cure for cancer was found, the big drug companies (and the whoever-others) would not want it known/used, as they make a lot of money off of cancer patients. 😦 I hope that isn’t true. But, sadly, profit does prevail over altruism a lot of the time. 😦

    How are you doing, Gerard?
    How is Helvi?
    How is Milo?
    HUGS and gentle-PATS to all 3 of you!!! 🙂

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  4. gerard oosterman Says:

    We are having a bit of a difficult time. Helvi’s arms are taking a bit longer and as a result of cancer drug called Herceptin her heart is not as it should be. She has to take it easy and wait for the heart to hopefully restore itself. Her heart should have been checked at more regular intervals while taking the Herceptin. We are now looking for another cardiologist.
    Hugs are welcome, especially for Helvi. Thank you Carolyn.
    Hugs, Gerard


  5. Julia Lund Says:

    Summer is fading to Autumn here. We have some beautiful irises in our garden. I love to see them appear, but they seem to wither more quickly with each passing year. Next time, I must remember to savour them more on a daily basis, a promise I make myself each year, it seems.

    Healing and recovery is a long process, but I pray each day there is a little more progress for Helvi. I am recovering from surgery and waiting to see what the next treatment will be. I feel winter breathing just underneath this golden Autumn light. I look forward to seeing the new iris blooms next year …

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    • gerard oosterman Says:

      We are glad to hear summer knocking on the door. It has been a windy and cold tail-end.
      Helvi is progressing but whenever we see the cardiologist it is a bit disconcerting when he slaps his thighs and then walks to the door within 5 minutes of the consultation.( $135.- Thank you.)
      I have now taken it upon me to discover what the medications for Helvi’s heart failure actually do. Two of the medley Helvi takes lowers blood pressure (amongst other things). But…Helvi already has low blood pressure. One reason her heart isn’t strong enough to pump the blood around. So, I am somewhat perturbed how well this cardiologist considers his patients, one reason we are going to another one.
      I hope you will also recover from past and future surgery, Julia.

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  6. shoreacres Says:

    There’s a need to keep an eagle eye on those physicians. I had to do it for my mother. I’ve already come to terms with the fact that when I reach such a state I may not have anyone to run interference for me with the medical establishment. Hospitals and such do provide patient care advocates, but they’re overburden, always behind, and sometimes confused. Doctors tend to look at them as a scourge; when they see one coming, they know someone is going to want something. It’s not every physician, of course, and perhaps not even a high percentage. But if the luck of the draw gives you one, percentages don’t matter.

    I’ve discovered that I love the entire iris family. We have a number of native wildflowers that are in that family, and none of them looks much like the bearded iris. Still, there they are. I’ll do a little post with some of them so you can see what they look like.

    When I lived in Liberia, there were lily-watching parties. Once a year, for two or three nights, always under a full moon, there was a certain red and white lily that opened, and so quickly that you could watch it. Amazing, really.

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    • gerard oosterman Says:

      One has to be on the alert about doctors, is what we found out. Perhaps our idea was idealistic but always thought that professions such as doctors, teacher and perhaps the different religious priests had a calling or a need to perform acts that would
      benefit mankind.Of course, they would in return earn a living.

      I now get the feeling that the earning trumps the doing good for mankind. Many medical centres join in large corporations who employ PHD qualified financial experts that will deliver good dividends to their shareholders. Of course, as you Linda pointed out, they are not all like that.

      We have come to the conclusion that our cardiologist had a somewhat careless attitude or should that be a cavalier method of dealing with a complex patient in too short a time frame.
      Helvi’s heart failure could have been avoided with enough checks between treatments of the Herceptin.

      She is now entering a period whereby her heart will grow stronger together with her broken arms. Just as well we have both a love of our garden and the warming sun.


  7. freefall852 Says:

    Old Italian saying…: “Doctors, Lawyers and Priests…; One will ruin your health another your wealth and the other your soul..”

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