Month: May 2014

First Fly-In Of The Season

We had amazing weather this weekend which was awesome, as we were hoping to fly to Exeter.  They were having a COPA fly-in breakfast.  It was a rather smooth flight there, and took us about an hour and fifteen minutes.  As usual, Donkay joined us:


It was a little hard to spot the runway, as it’s a grass strip.  We were also trying to keep track of all of the other planes in the circuit.  Mike took some pics of us coming in:


Lots of folks were outside, watching all the planes arrive:

We had a nice time.  I had a great chat with my friend Tom and met up with someone from Welland.

Heading back, we flew over this yellow dude:

Once back in St. Catharines, we followed another plane in from downwind to base to final, but then a glider approached to land on one of the smaller runways.  It was requested that I then follow the glider to some degree in order to give him time to land.  I ended up doing some funky turns in order to give the glider more time:

The glider landed then we came in for our own landing.

Soon after we parked, we were blessed with seeing the Lancaster doing a low and over:

Another nice surprise was when this bad boy flew over where we were later that afternoon:

Awesome day and we look forward to all of the upcoming fly-ins this summer.

Back at home, we watched a movie at my place.  Mike put his cup of water down – big mistake (as it always is):

Nice of Abby to clean Mya while she was drinking.

Today’s symptoms: I didn’t feel too well today.  I woke up at 3:00am and wasn’t able to fall back to sleep.  Had a fairly bad headache and was really fatigued all day.  On a bright note, most of the pain in my hands is gone!



MS Flare-Up?

Ok, I’m a huge slacker.  I can explain though!  I’ve been feeling rather lousy.  A couple of weeks ago, I started having severe crushing pain in my hands, mostly the right one.  A few days into it, there was a burning sensation along with the pain.  I phoned my neurologist in Hamilton and got in to see him the next day.  My little mother and I headed to my appointment, which was rather convenient since we were going to see each other that day anyway.  Not that I think that her company alone isn’t sufficient, but I decided to bring Donkay along as well:


I think Jan had some choice names for me when I put him on her knee…During the wait to see the doctor, I decided to kill some time by making some wanted posters of my cats:

My neurologist sent me for a somewhat urgent MRI, just to rule out PML, which can be caused by Tysabri.

After leaving his office, we went over to the Limeridge Mall for some shopping.  One of my joyous purchases was this groovy necklace:

We actually didn’t end up buying too much, but it was fun to wander around, chat and keep my mind off of things.  We then hit the Fox and Fiddle restaurant, which is in the mall.  I saw a whole new side of Donkay during dinner.  First he hit Jan’s beer:

He got a little tipsy and started pole dancing on my wine class:

I guess we all need to let loose now and then!

All in all, it was a really fun day, spent with my favourite little mother.

I had my MRI at the St. Catharines hospital this past Sunday.  It was either my twelfth or thirteenth one, with the last one just in March.  I normally fall asleep in the machine, which is pretty insane considering how loud they are.  If you’ve ever wondered what it sounds like in an MRI, check out this video!  About twenty minutes into the scan, they pulled me out of the machine and injected the contrast agent.  I think I was in there less than ten minutes after that.  For some reason, I was completely out of it when the test was done.  I remember wondering where the heck I was – I almost felt drunk.  Not sure what happened there!

Since I haven’t been feeling well, my activities have been fairly limited.  Mike and I ended up watching quite a few movies this weekend, whilst chilling with the kitties:

We ordered out for dinner a couple times.  Abby has become very bold and unlady-like.  Mind you, taunting her with fries probably didn’t help:

We told her she was being very naughty:

She learned her lesson and was far better behaved the next night:

It was a nice relaxing weekend.  I’m very happy to say that I’m starting to feel better.  The pain is lessening each day.  I picked up my MRI images from the hospital yesterday and it looks like I may have a new lesion:

I go back to see the neurologist on Friday, so I guess we’ll discuss the results then.  Stay tuned!

Today’s symptoms: I felt fairly decent today.  My fatigue level was average for me – I had to take a wake-up pill around 1:30.  Feeling less pain in my hands than I have in two weeks, so I’m quite happy about that.


Walk for MS Flyover

The Walk for MS took place this past Sunday.  We were so grateful the weather was decent for the morning.  Mike and I took off  just before 9:00 and headed over Port Dalhousie, which was one of three Walk sites in Niagara.  Before the Walk started, they announced I was flying over again this year, then I did some aerobatics.  Once we descended a bit, Mike snapped some pics of the Walkers:


After circling around Port Dalhousie for a bit, we then headed over to the Welland site and then to Chippawa:


When we got back home and looked through the pics, it was kinda neat to see we got one of someone waving at us:

Another nice sight was this Mustang that landed in St. Catharines soon after us:

I’m happy to report I made my goal for the MS Walk of $1000.  You can check out my pledge page here.  Thanks to everyone who supported me!

Sticking with the awesome sight pics, here’s one Mike and I noticed.  These funky, pillar-looking clouds are just over the shoreline to the West of Toronto.  I’ve never seen anything like it:

They actually lasted a couple days.  Weird.  Doesn’t even look real.

And finally, what better sights are there than these.  Little Abby being all cute and licky:

Mya trying to convince me that she’s the cutest cat of the four:

Pinky has no intention of ever being labelled the cutest, as long as she keeps getting her daily butt rubs:

Mya actually thinks she’s so unbelievably cute, that she is entitled to sit on the other kitties.  Here she is with her rear end up on Pinky, who is sitting on the heater behind my bed:

She’s so weird.

Today’s symptoms: Rather fatigued today and am having really bad crushing pains in my hands.  Blah.  Kinda looking forward to going to bed tonight, and hope the pain is gone tomorrow.