Wednesday, October 21, 2020

Tests going through a COVID pandemic

Well, God has done “IT” (He does a lot) once again. If you’ve read my previous two testimonies (Health care during a COVID-19 pandemic & Part II - Health care during a COVID-19 pandemic), you will note that I’ve been going through hell and I wasn’t about to stay there.  My last bout with the devil was as if I was being “punk’d” by him. I had to get a full “Skeletal Survey PTV” which is a series of X-rays from my head to my feet (26 films in all). It took an hour and a half. Let me take a moment to thank all who prayed for my healing and recovery without asking a lot of questions.


As some of you might know, an Oncologist specializes with your blood, and is also associated with cancer related matters.  Sure, the enemy tried to put fear in my mind, but I’ve been taught not to allow the devil have any power over me.

I believe that God is continually with us as we go through unfamiliar territory in order to be a blessing to others who may need help in building their faith; just as He did with Job in the Bible.

As it stands, I’m slowly gaining my weight, and overcoming some minor equilibrium issues. The doctor will see me again in December to make sure my numbers continue to be positive and hopefully he’s not trying to maintain a paycheck from me. I’ll be going back to the gym real soon, as I continue to live my life through this 2020 Coronavirus pandemic and beyond. #TBR and #FollowMeAsIFollowChrist.

I also need to give God the glory for supplying all my needs according to all that He possesses. We received a portion of the hospital bills, lab results and numerous doctors. God blessed my husband to have served in the military and have great insurance. I’m grateful that my mature age also allots me to collect the monies that I earned through social security. God creates many avenues of blessing, yet He is our source.

Van went with me to the Oncologist (October 20, 2020) to get the results of the Bone Marrow Biopsy, the urine test (I had to collect my urine for a full 24 hours - I had over a gallon and a half to take to the lab), Numerous blood tests, and a couple of consultations.

Call me crazy, but every time I see a butterfly cross my path, I praise and thank my God for LIFE!  Been doing that for many, many years and will continue to appreciate God speaking to me in this manner. OBTW, the COVID-19 Pandemic continues to go on and my bubble of protection remains steadfast and unmovable.


Saturday, October 17, 2020

Museum of Science & History making plans for relocating


The Museum of Science & History (MOSH) announced its intent to build a new museum at the Shipyards property on the Northbank of Downtown Jacksonville, Florida.

This new facility would replace current plans to renovate and expand the Museum’s existing structure at 1025 Museum Circle. Preliminary design and construction projections indicate the new museum could be ready to welcome its first members and guests in 2024. This new facility will allow the Museum to provide continuous operation at its current site throughout the construction process.

The Museum’s Board of Trustees engaged a cross-functional team of project partners and stakeholders, including engineers, architects and commercial real estate analysts, to evaluate the site. This process revealed new opportunities to implement the Museum’s visitor experience plan, which was shaped by an extensive community input process, and align MOSH’s vision with efforts to create a vibrant network of civic attractions, parks and river access points on the Northbank.

“As a mission-driven organization, our primary goal is to ensure our future plans align with MOSH’s value to this community — both today and in the future,” said Bruce Fafard, CEO of MOSH. “The presentation of a new site option at the Shipyards property provides an exciting opportunity to reconsider how we will serve Northeast Florida’s citizens and visitors in the years ahead.”

Museum leaders anticipate pre-construction activity could begin in 2021, pending completion of initial due diligence work approved in the FY 2020/2021 City of Jacksonville Capital Improvement Plan. Construction costs for the new museum will be paid with funds from the MOSH 2.0 capital campaign.

“The next iteration of MOSH will serve as a transformative center for science, innovation and humanities in Downtown. We welcome the support of businesses, philanthropists and foundations that share our passion for activating the riverfront, inspiring innovation, supporting critical workforce development and driving tourism to Downtown Jacksonville,” said Jill Davis, Chair of the MOSH 2.0 campaign cabinet.

The Northbank plans build on the strong momentum in Downtown over the past few years and align with the goals of the Curry administration. This development will join other exciting potential projects along the Downtown riverfront, including the Ford on Bay, new FIS headquarters and the recently announced Lot J agreement.

“For nearly 80 years, MOSH has inspired Jacksonville citizens of all ages to embrace the joy of lifelong learning. We applaud the Museum’s leaders for their commitment to Downtown and their bold, innovative vision for the future that will inspire generations and strengthen our reputation as a premier destination in the Southeastern United States,” said Lenny Curry, Mayor of the City of Jacksonville.

About MOSH: The Museum of Science & History (MOSH) is located at 1025 Museum Circle near Friendship Park. MOSH, first chartered in 1941, inspires the joy of lifelong learning by bringing to life the sciences and regional history. Admission is $15 for adults; $12 for youth, students, active and retired military and seniors. There is no admission fee for children 2 and under or Museum members. Learn more at HERE.

Thursday, October 15, 2020

STAGE 9 exhibits present “TOYTOPIA” at MOSH

Take a trip down memory lane and share toy experiences with the whole family. What was your childhood passion? Jump roping? Star Wars® collectibles? Baking in an Easy Bake Oven? Whatever was your favorite toy then and now, you’re sure to find it in the TOYTOPIA exhibit at the Museum of Science & History (MOSH), developed by Stage 9 Exhibits. Opening October 17, Toytopia is sure to rekindle the wonder and delight of your favorite childhood moments and where you can play all day in a world of big toys.

Toytopia is one of the premier exhibits created by the Stage 9 Exhibits. Their exhibits have travelled internationally and have been exhibited at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Foundation and Institute, Orlando Science Center and the Pacific National Exhibition in Vancouver, Canada.

Toytopia will showcase specialty exhibits from toymakers including: Hasbro®, Duncan Yo-Yo®, Schleich®, Breyer®, Crayola®, KNEX® (Lincoln Logs®) and many more. “Our goal was to capture the essence of childhood wonder; that dream of being in a world of toys,” explained Troy Carlson, owner of Stage Nine Entertainment Group and G. Willikers Toy Emporium.

MOSH Members are invited to explore Toytopia during special Members-only early access on opening weekend. The Museum will open one hour early to MOSH Members on October 17 & 18. The early access will include a special show in the Bryan-Gooding Planetarium.

MOSH is taking special precautions to ensure the safety of visitors during COVID-19. All guests ages 6+ are required to wear face masks during their visit; sanitized stylus pens are provided for use with exhibits; many components have been converted to touchless interactivity; and a heightened cleaning regimen of all public spaces is in place. Toytopia features additional signage and modifications that are in line to the MOSH’s COVID-19 policy.

“MOSH is excited to bring Northeast Florida residents of all ages and interests back to their childhoods with Toytopia,” said Bruce Fafard, Interim CEO of MOSH. “Play is the foundation from which the joy of lifelong learning grows. We welcome visitors to come and explore this unique exhibition at MOSH from October 17 through May 16, and enjoy a nostalgic trip down memory lane.”

Toytopia will feature several special exhibits, including:
The World’s Largest Etch A Sketch, close to 8’ tall.
Retro Arcade Area, with working classic games
A Life-Size Doll House.
A Life-Size Monopoly Car and game board.
Schylling Tin Toys – See how tin toys are created out of simple sheets of tin.

To find out more about Toytopia and exhibition hours, please visit themosh.org.
MOSH is committed to the safety of all guests during COVID-19. Masks are required for Museum entry for all visitors ages 6+, with single-use masks available for purchase for $1. Social distancing is encouraged, and hand sanitizing stations are available throughout the Museum. High traffic areas are cleaned and disinfected regularly. Timed ticketing is required to ensure capacity remains at safe levels throughout the day; tickets are available online.

“Around Town With Ms. “V” does not know all the particulars concerning the COVID-19 protocol of this establishment.

About MOSH: The Museum of Science & History (MOSH) is located at 1025 Museum Circle near Friendship Park. MOSH, first chartered in 1941, inspires the joy of lifelong learning by bringing to life the sciences and regional history. Admission is $15 for adults; $12 for youth, students, active and retired military and seniors. There is no admission fee for children 2 and under or Museum members. Learn more at themosh.org.

About Stage 9: Stage 9 Exhibits is a full-service developer of creative, unusual exhibits for permanent or temporary display. Stage 9 Exhibits owns, operates, and tours six internationally-acclaimed exhibitions including: The Lost World of Dragons, Expedition: DinosaurHall of Heroes, POPnologyThe Animation AcademySweet: A Tasty Journey, and Rock U: The Institute of Rock “N” Roll.

 

Cummer Museum of Art & Gardens unveils permanent galleries

The Cummer Museum of Art & Gardens today announced the completion of several updates to its permanent galleries. The Museum’s curatorial team initiated these updates while the galleries were closed to the public from March 14 through July 21. The temporary closure provided a unique opportunity to refresh these spaces to showcase the diversity of artists, perspectives and styles within the Museum’s permanent collection.

“While the Museum places attention and emphasis on our special, traveling exhibitions each year, we also work hard to keep our many other galleries lively and relevant through loaned works of art, new acquisitions and gallery reinstallations,” said Holly Keris, the J. Wayne and Delores Barr Weaver Chief Curator of the Museum.

Recent acquisitions and gallery updates include:

The Joan Wellhouse and Martin Stein, Sr. Gallery: Inspired by historical documents and field research, “ISW: Isis Control, attack, support zones as of Oct 2018; HIU, UNHCR: Regional Displacement – numbers & locations of Syrian refugees and IDPs as of Sept-Oct 2018,” by Tiffany Chung, is an intricate, unconventional cartographic rendering of Syria and surrounding countries, showing the effects of military conflict and the resulting displacement of people. This gallery also features three untitled drawings by James Castle, a self-taught American artist who was born deaf and learned to communicate at a young age by creating art.

The Betsy and William D. Lovett Gallery: The Museum acquired a new work that complements the historically significant Wark Collection of Early Meissen Porcelain: “Large Monolith” by Broached Commissions, a narrative and research-driven furniture and object design studio based in Australia, which harvests antiques for their useful parts and repurposes them into a range of furniture typologies. The monolith, which was created for Broached Recall, is indicative of the entwined notions of aesthetics, ecology, environmentalism and conservation – both of historic objects and of natural resources.

The Helen Murchison and Edward W. Lane, Jr. Gallery: Three of the Museum’s most popular sculptures have returned from national exhibitions, including “Gamin” and “The Diving Boy” by Augusta Savage, a gifted sculptor who was born in Green Cove Springs and later became a significant teacher, leader and catalyst for change. These sculptures were part of the Museum’s 2018-2019 exhibition, Augusta Savage: Renaissance Woman, which was presented in partnership with guest curator Jeffreen M. Hayes, Ph.D. Additionally, “Portrait of a Woman,” a sculpture by William Artis, has returned.

Members and guests are required to reserve a timed ticket in advance of their visit at cummermuseum.org/admission. Tickets are available in two-hour time increments, with dates and times for the coming week updated every Monday.

The Museum has implemented many safety and sanitation measures, including hand sanitizer stations throughout the campus, plexiglass guards for the front desk area and expanded daily cleaning and sanitation policies for all common areas and surfaces according to the Centers for Disease Control and Occupational Safety and Health Administration guidelines. All galleries now feature routes to direct the flow of movement and support social distancing. Museum staff, members and guests are required to wear masks.


For more information about the Museum’s permanent collection, internally curated gallery spaces and special exhibitions, visit cummermuseum.org/visit/art. The Museum’s digital gallery experiences, virtual tours and online resources remain available to the community at cummermuseum.org/engage.


Sunday, October 11, 2020

Cummer Museum and Gardens October 2020 events

It’s been awhile since we’ve reported any events on “Around Town With Ms. “V”, nonetheless there are areas in town where you can feel safe during phase three of the COVID-19 pandemic and the Cummer is looking out for you and your family as you take steps towards a new normal.  Here is a list of activities assist you in a little entertainment.

Friday Night Picnics: October through December from 4 to 9 p.m. Registration required.

Shop the Sale: Oct. 15, 16, 17, 18. Save 50% at the Shop on past exhibition merchandise, books, décor, jewelry, scarves and more.

Virtual Envirofest: Saturday, Oct. 17 Check online for details.

Virtual Conversations with the Artists: Dustin Harewood, Crystal Floyd, and Lili Yuan - Friday, Oct. 23 starting at 7 p.m. Free | Registration required.

Member Virtual Opening, Cross Pollination: Thursday, Oct. 29 from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Free to Members only. | Registration required.

Private Onsite or Virtual Exhibition Tour for 10 Guests: Booking by request; call (904) 899-6023.

Petal Pub & Parks: Private Tour for 15 Guests: Booking by request; call (904) 899-6023.

Education - My First Art Class: Color Science: Ages 3 through 5 with an adult. Oct. 10, 17, 24, 31 from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. Members $80 pair, Non-Members $100 pair. Registration required, limited class size.

Think Like an Artist: Space: Ages 6 through 8. Oct. 10, 17, 24, 31 Virtual Class from 10:30 a.m. to Noon. Members $100, Non-Members $120 | Registration required.

Art Perspectives: Space: Ages 9 through 12. Oct. 10, 17, 24, 31 Virtual Class from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. Members $100, Non-Members $120 | Registration required.

Virtual Educator Art Nights: Tuesday, Oct. 13 starting at 5 p.m. Free | Registration required.

Virtual Family Exploration: Native American Perspectives Friday, Oct. 16 starting at 6 p.m.
Free | Registration required.

Family Open Studio: Native American Perspectives Sunday, Oct. 18 from 2 to 4 p.m. Free with admission.

Art Experiences: Acrylic Painting: Ages 18+. Six-week class on Wednesdays
Oct. 21, 28; Nov. 4, 11, 18, 25 from 1 to 4 p.m. Members $270, Non-Members $360
Registration required.

Membership provides you with access to dynamic programs, free entry into all ticketed exhibitions, and valuable discounts to events, the Café, and Shop —all while supporting their efforts to make the Museum accessible and fun for everyone in Jacksonville. Make your Museum, your community, and your world a better place through art and gardens—join or renew today! You'll fit right in.

To minimize touch points and monitor onsite capacity, all visitors must reserve tickets online in advance of their visit. Tickets can be purchased by clicking here.


Cummer Museum of Art & Gardens
   
829 Riverside Avenue
   Jacksonville, Florida 32204
   (904) 356-6857
   
Hours of Operation & Admission

Friday, October 9, 2020

Jon Pardi and Friends add another performance in JAX


Adams Entertainment, ASM-Global Jacksonville and Bold Events announced today that due to popular demand, a second date has been added to 
A Night at the Drive-In with Jon Pardi and Friends. In addition to the Saturday, October 10 concert already on-sale, fans now have a second chance to experience Jacksonville’s live Lot J drive-in concert on Friday, October 9. The newly added concert is on sale HERE. Tickets for both shows are available to purchase per car, with a maximum capacity limited to the number of seatbelts per vehicle.

Guests will be allowed to bring chairs, food and drinks to party in their private tailgating zones next to their cars. Parking will be first, come first served within each price level and patrons will be shown to their designated tailgate area where they can park and enjoy the show. Face masks/coverings will be required by all patrons when they are not in their car or designated tailgate area, located adjacent to their driver’s side door. Physical distancing measures will be enforced. For more information, please visit Daily’s Place or Jaxevents.com.

Adams Entertainment, ASM-Global Jacksonville and Bold Events announced that Award-winning singer/songwriter/producer Jon Pardi will headline the first-ever live drive-in concert experience in Jacksonville, with special guests, Jillian Jacqueline and Jordan Fletcher.  The drive-in concert will take place in Lot J, adjacent to TIAA Bank Field and Daily’s Place on Saturday, October 10 at 7:30 p.m.

A multi-faceted entertainer, award-winning artist/songwriter/producer Jon Pardi’s latest album, Heartache Medication, was nominated for ACM Album of the Year and CMA Album of the Year (2020) and produced his #1 single, “Heartache Medication” as well as his current critically acclaimed hit, “Ain’t Always The Cowboy.” Heartache Medication followed Pardi’s Platinum-certified album California Sunrise (Capitol Records Nashville), which dominated the top of the country music charts with consecutive #1 hits including 2x Platinum-selling songs “Dirt On My Boots” and “Head Over Boots,” as well as the platinum-certified hit “Heartache On The Dance Floor.” Called a “hero in the making” (Variety) that “proves Country is still thrillingly alive,” (Rolling Stone) Pardi recently released Rancho Fiesta Sessions-a tribute to legendary artists that inspire him-and will be releasing Heartache Medication, the Deluxe Edition, on October 2nd, timed to his 1-year anniversary headlining shows at Nashville’s famed Ryman Auditorium.

New CEO of Cummer Museum of Art & Gardens announced


After an extensive national search, the Cummer Museum of Art & Gardens (Cummer Museum) is pleased to announce the selection of Andrea Barnwell Brownlee, Ph.D., as the institution’s next George W. and Kathleen I. Gibbs Director and Chief Executive Officer (CEO).  Brownlee has served as the director of the Spelman College Museum of Fine Art in Atlanta, Georgia, for nearly 20 years. She will begin her new role in December 2020.


“Since our search process began, the Board sought candidates who shared our vision for the future of the Cummer Museum. Dr. Brownlee is widely known for her impactful leadership and significant exhibition agendas. We are eager to work with her to ensure the Cummer Museum continues to serve our community and beyond to the very best of its ability. We extend our warmest welcome to Dr. Brownlee, an esteemed museum leader who represents all that the Cummer Museum has become — and what we are actively becoming through the broadening of our collection, programs and initiatives,” said Pam D. Paul, Chair of the Museum’s Board of Trustees. “Her commitment to strengthening engagement with our current stakeholders and future partners, as well as her thoughtful approach to enhancing the Museum experience for all in our community, stood strong as we focused on the strategic goals set forth by our Board of Trustees.”

Brownlee earned her Ph.D. in Art History from Duke University in 2001. As an undergraduate at Spelman College, she earned dual Bachelor of Arts degrees in English and Art History. She is an alumna of the Getty Leadership Institute.

“I am honored to lead the Cummer Museum of Art & Gardens — a forward-thinking institution that is prepared to meet the opportunities and challenges of this unprecedented time,” said Brownlee. “I anticipate working in collaboration with a variety of partners and stakeholders — both existing and new — to expand its footprint as the jewel of Jacksonville and an exceptional cultural resource for the region, the nation and the world.”

Brownlee, an award-winning art historian, curator, educator and writer, is recognized for her wise leadership, ambitious vision and influential publications. She was an instrumental member of the leadership team that piloted the Curatorial Studies Program at Spelman College, which was funded by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. In 2019, she expanded her efforts to educate the next generation of museum professionals by assuming a dual role as the Senior Strategist for the Atlanta University Center Art History + Curatorial Studies Collective. Prior to her arrival at Spelman College, she was a MacArthur Curatorial Fellow at The Art Institute of Chicago’s Department of Modern and Contemporary Art (1998-2000). She is also a recipient of the Future Women Leadership Award from Art Table (2005), the President’s Award from the Women’s Caucus for Art (2005), the inaugural Nexus Award from the Atlanta Contemporary Art Center (2010) and the David C. Driskell Prize in African American Art and Art History (2013).

In addition to her work with Spelman College and the Atlanta University Center Art History + Curatorial Studies Collective, Brownlee is a member of the Association of Art Museum Directors — a role that has shaped her international perspective on issues-driven museum leadership. She has served on numerous boards throughout her career, including the Hambidge Center for the Creative Arts and Sciences and the Metropolitan Atlanta Arts Fund. In 2008, she served as the Vice Chair of the City of Atlanta Arts Funding Task Force.

Susan Towler, Vice Chair of the Museum’s Board of Trustees, led a search committee that comprised eight Museum trustees. “Our search committee had the opportunity to meet several excellent candidates, and it was clear that Dr. Brownlee was the most qualified with the right experience, passion and enthusiasm to accelerate the Museum’s position as a world-class destination,” said Towler. “Her strategic vision for the Museum aligned with ours, and we are confident that her arrival will mark a period of dynamic growth.”

Kerrie Slattery, who has served as interim director during the search process, will resume her position as Chief Advancement Officer when Brownlee arrives to assume her position full time. “Kerrie has skillfully led the Museum during one of the most challenging periods in modern history. Her dedication and stability were critical to our navigation of the COVID-19 pandemic as well as helping guide us through the social unrest facing our nation and community. We are thankful for her steady hand leading the Cummer Museum throughout this time,” said Paul.

The George W. and Kathleen I. Gibbs Director and Chief Executive Officer position is endowed through a gift made in 2017 of $4 million from The Disosway Foundation of New York. The foundation was established by Dudley D. Johnson, a former Museum trustee whose grandfather, George W. Gibbs, influenced the development of Jacksonville during the first half of the 20th century. Gibbs was an inventor and shipbuilder who founded the Gibbs Gas Engine Company, which became the Gibbs Corporation. Gibbs is noted for championing the building of the Main Street Bridge, connecting Downtown to the Southbank of the St. Johns River. Proceeds from the endowment fund the Director and CEO position in perpetuity, and additional funds the endowment raises in its future growth are earmarked for Museum operations and programs.

About the Cummer Museum of Art & Gardens:  For more than 50 years, the Cummer Museum of Art & Gardens has been committed to engaging and inspiring through the arts, gardens, and education. A permanent collection of more than 5,000 objects and historic gardens on a riverfront campus offers nearly 150,000 annual visitors a truly unique experience on the First Coast. Nationally recognized education programs serve adults and children of all abilities. For further information, including hours, visit www.cummermuseum.org.

Cummer Museum of Art & Gardens
   
829 Riverside Avenue
   Jacksonville, Florida 32204
   (904) 356-6857

Thursday, October 8, 2020

Part II - Health care during a COVID-19 pandemic

Have I got a praise report for y’all.  If you don’t know what I’ve been experiencing, please read my first Blog on my health.  On Oct. 5, 2020 I went to the Nephrology (kidney) Doctor.  When the doctor entered the room, she asked me how I felt.  Well, I told her that I originally went to the doctor’s office with symptoms of a UTI, and now other things are exposing themselves; no offense to her, but I didn’t want to come to her office.  I appreciate her profession, yet I needed one less specialist.


Well, she had my bloodwork in her hand and God had gotten my lab results down to normal.  I’ll just be checking back in 6 months before being completely dismissed. I gave God the glory right there in the office.  He is so faithful!  May I say that I was apprehensive about having a Physician Assistant tend to my needs due to the fact that it was a PA who prescribed the antibiotic that weakened my kidneys in the first place, but you shouldn’t assume that all PA’s are negligent.

Before getting that great news, I did go to do some errands and walked more than I have in weeks.  Still feeling a little weak, nonetheless, I’m not dizzy any more.  When you’ve changed your eating habits and diet, it’s difficult (but not impossible) to redirect your body to gain weight.  Since my hospitalization on September 10th, I’ve managed to gain 5 pounds.  Also, the Hepatitis C is still cured and not a threat.

On Tuesday (10/6/2020) Van & I went to the outpatient part of a local hospital to get a Bone Marrow Biopsy.  The test wasn’t as bad as I had anticipated it to be and I only needed a couple of Tylenols (can’t take anything with aspirin) for leg pain from my hip area after the anesthesia wore off.  The specialist wanted to see why my blood has some clots and why some other blood levels are off.  I’ll continue on the blood thinners, that the Oncologist prescribed, for another 2 months.  And guess what, the Bone Marrow Biopsy was done by a Physician Assistant.  I was praying hard and heavy before I had that mild sedative.  I was awake for most of the test - I think (lol).  It only took about 10 minutes to extract the marrow.

I am believing God that all things will be in order, in Jesus name.  My hopes are that my blog posts will be a blessing to someone who may be tested in their faith, may be fearful, or may disbelieve what God can and/or will do for them.  I continue to keep my faith strong as I follow directions from Holy Spirit.  Let me also thank everyone for their prayers.

OBTW, I am still very conscious of the Coronavirus, and so are the establishments where I’ve been visiting.  All places require masks, maintain social distancing (especially in chair seating) and constant hand sanitizing.  I will also get back to the gym in the near future, but I’m not rushing.

Please continue to pray for the persons affected by: Hurricane Delta, the California fires, racial injustices, those who have succumbed to COVID-19 and their families, & the upcoming election.  People must continue to be wise as they maintain their health.  Keep your mental health intact.  Stay positive as you surround yourself with positive people.  Stay active and accomplish some tasks each day.  Remember, You Are Your Future!

Tuesday, September 22, 2020

Health care during a COVID-19 pandemic


Where in the world has Ms. “V” been?  For those of you who like details - here it is.  It has been awhile since I’ve been on social media and it was a little difficult getting back; but I’m alive and getting better every day.  The devil tried to take me out, but God has many more great years in store for me and mine.

Our Granddaughter came to visit for the Summer this past July.  We have been surrounded in a “Bubble of Protection” (Job 1:10) that God has for us.  It wasn’t until August 20th that I began to feel chills and fever from a UTI.  Because I’ve had so many of these, I had an antibiotic on hand, but it had no effect.  I packed to go to ATL for that weekend, feeling a little better, but still was weak and not myself.

It took me a week and wanting to sleep all day that I got a virtual conference with a doctor on the base.  A urinalysis confirmed that the infection was still present.  The antibiotic that was prescribed for me was wrong.  I became weaker, lost my balance a couple times and fell to the floor.

God gave me enough strength to enjoy our Grandchild although I wish that I was feeling 100% instead of 35%.  Well, things were getting worst instead of better.  When you’re nice to people and talk as if you have sense, you will obtain favor.  I called the base and got an appointment on Sept. 9 with a doctor who would be saving my life.  This same doctor called me the next morning at 6:30 a.m. and told me to go straight to the nearest emergency room; that the base is not equipped to handle AKI (Acute Kidney Injury).

Van and I were in the ER from 7:15 a.m. as they started IV’s for my dehydration.  My veins were so small that I now look like a ‘pin cushion’.  Talk about being tested for FEAR, before I went to my semi-private room, my blood pressure had risen to 175/98.  They took it twice and I prayed that I wouldn’t stroke out.  It came down immediately after that.  God is so faithful and always there.

More testing came to my Faith as my room was right next to the Kidney Dialysis room.  I was asked so many questions and was given a Sonagram of my Kidneys and Liver (to make sure that the Hepatitis C was still cured and no harm was done in that organ.  The CAT Scan didn’t reveal anything, yet one examination and a Sonagram of my legs indicated that I have a blood clot in my left leg.  I had Thrombophlebitis over 40 years ago when I was a nurse, and got treatments just as I’m getting blood thinners now.  I am gaining my strength daily and slowly gaining the 13 pounds that I’ve seemed to misplace; nonetheless, I miss going to the gym and my lack of muscle tone needs help.  I was discharged from the hospital on the 14thh and will be seeing an Oncologist for the blood, and a Nephrologist to follow up and make sure that I continue to heal.

Thank you to those who inquired about my wellbeing and for the prayers and thanksgiving to God.  Sometimes you just need to be alone with close family and not a lot of questions.  #TBR


Thursday, August 20, 2020

Safety at the Alhambra during COVID-19


It has literally been a month of Sundays since we’ve had a review on “Around Town with Ms. “V” due to the pandemic shutdown in March; nonetheless we thank God that we are alive and well.

Florida has only reached Stage 2 of carefully reopening some businesses with social distancing and having patrons don masks, yet we are proud to report that the “Alhambra Theatre and Dining” has complied to safely protect its patrons and their employees.

Masks are not required during your meal, but you are requested to mask-up when going to the restrooms.  Some people chose to have on their masks during the show’s presentation, but that’s entirely up to you.

Space between tables has been designed so that only you and people who are in your party, are sitting together.  Plexiglass is positioned throughout the showroom in order to separate one layer of tables from the next level of tables.  All servers are protecting you with their facial coverings and gloved hands.

Yes, you can still get your favorite alcoholic beverage brought to your table, and don’t forget to get your professional 5x7 framed photo taken with a themed background to commemorate your visit along with a memorable key chain.

The show “Grease” is fantastic.  When I asked if I should watch the original movie with my Granddaughter, it was suggested that I wait until after viewing the show, and she was so right (but it really didn’t matter).  A couple of the songs were different and of course, some of the scenes have been changed under the excellent production of Mr. Tod Booth.  The actors (some of whom you might have seen before), are seasoned participants as they act, sing and dance with the upmost precision.

The Alhambra Theatre and Dining is a small business that is doing everything that they can do tin order to maintain quality while presenting the best three course meals by Executive Chef DeJuan Roy.  Also, please be kid to your servers because they work hard to give quality service.  Tipping is allowed and recommended.  The only negative of my evening was the coffee that tasted like a weak tea, nevertheless, there’s still a Starbucks still open somewhere on the way home.

“Grease” may be sold out (even with the addition of three extra weeks); but in order for experience live theater, you may want to join the Alhambra’s Royalty Partners.  These Season Ticket holders, who have purchased tickets before the onset of the Coronavirus, get first preference to available seating.  Want to get out and continue to enjoy life?  Get your Alhambra Theatre & Dining tickets today.  Give them a call!

LOCATION: Alhambra Theater & Dining
       
12000 Beach Blvd.
       Jacksonville, Florida 32246
       (904) 641-1212