Sunday, February 21, 2010
Ground Orchid, Boat Orchid, Philippine Orchid (Spathoglottis plicata)
I am posting this from he local hospital after I checked in on Thursday after having a mild stroke at home. I fell off the bed and Karen heard me struggling to get up and called 911, which probably saved my life (I knew I married her for some reason). So I have been prodded poked tested had a flashlight shined in my pupils 100 times. The left side almost total paralysis has gone away after I got a dose of TPA super clot buster, full motion was restored in about 15 minutes after the injection. The three CT Scans I have gotten since arriving her have been positive revealling only a small area of Brian swelling and bleeding but the doctors have been encouraging and I will need a little PT for a bit of facial droop an a bit of slurred speech. General prognosis is I am going to be okay.
These Orchids were growing in Foster’s botanical Garden in Honolulu. They had formed quite a large colony and were beautiful. I think I got the identification right but I m not 100% sure.