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This past October I had the immense pleasure of helping out at the IHeartFaces Conference here in Columbus.
It was really neat to see the volunteer side of a major conference and even more fun to meet new friends and hug old ones. I really had no set expectations for this conference other than having fun and taking a few pictures.
The 3 days consisted of a tour of Amish country, lots of seminars, a really great photo walk and a kick A$$ dance party.
These are a few of my favorite images from this fantastic weekend.
Cameras (Pentax 645, Olympus OM-2N, Lubitel 166)
Films (FujiFilm, expired Fuji, Kodak)
Thank you Amy and Angie for including me in this amazing event. I had a blast!!
Last month Country Living Magazine’s Fair came rolling through Columbus and I got the chance to go! Amidst school drop offs and a doctor’s appointment for my littlest one, I packed my cameras up and headed to the Ohio Village. It was a gorgeous day, not too hot, not too cold. It was just right for doing a little people watching, antique shopping and picture taking.
I always look for opportunities to shoot for myself. I believe personal work is the very thing that drives me as a photographer. I have always loved details, things and of course people. This was the perfect setting for being able to go nutso and take lots of images. I even got the chance to talk to several people about shooting film. It made for an amazing day. I can’t wait until next year!!!
Last month I had plans. I had lots of plans. Staying in the hospital with my very sick son was definitely not on that list of plans.
What was supposed to be an exploratory hospital outpatient visit turned into 6 very long days of waiting, worry and somehow a bit of peace.
Our youngest son went in for a CT scan and a scope of his lungs due to what we thought were asthmatic symptoms that never fully went away. You see, we had been treating him for asthma for about a year. Inhalers and antibiotics, allergy meds, etc never quite seemed to heal what was plaguing him. Cough, cough, wheeze, wheeze, were all he did. Was it allergies??? Maybe? Was it a virus or bacteria? Possibly? All we knew was, it wasn’t going away.
In January we finally got an appointment with Pulmonology. This time a routine chest X-ray revealed some potential scarring. From there we attempted to treat the symptoms again with more inhalers, more antibiotics and steroids. 3 months later, we were not any better off. Another X-ray showed the scarring had not changed from January. This brings us right into May.
Our outpatient visit was supposed to be uncomplicated and easy. In and out! However, the CT scan revealed lots of scarring, inflammation, and pneumonia. The doctor described the condition of his lungs to be close to that of a Cystic Fibrosis patient. We were admitted at once.
Lots of tests, days of waiting, but we eventually learned our son tested positive for streptococcus and pneumococcus. So with that knowledge he was able to get the appropriate antibiotics. His PICC line was placed and he was administered antibiotics for 2 weeks straight. He was officially diagnosed with bronchiectasis.
I can’t say our time in the hospital was all bad. We had lots of visitors which made our stay much more bearable. Family, friends and staff were such a blessing to us. We had fun activities and games to keep us busy too. Late at night he and I would have long discussions of places we want to visit after we get out of the hospital. The best was being able to FaceTime with my son’s Kindergarten class. He actually got to participate in classroom activities from his hospital bed!!!
Life has finally gotten somewhat back to normal. Since getting home we have started using the Vest treatment to help loosen mucus. More tests are coming up in the next month. We will continue to do as much preventative care as possible.
So while all my plans were put on hold, I know that God placed me exactly where I needed to be last month. I can’t argue with that.
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Contax 645/Ilford 3200