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This morning, I thought we might be back to square one. Libby had a pain in her chest and difficulty breathing: the same symptoms as last Saturday, the same ones that the hospital thought might be down to either pleurisy or a pulmonary embolism. So, we went back to the doctor's (our local GP) and came away with two more possible diagnoses:
Costochondritis or Tietze's Syndrome
. Both are characterised by inflammation of the cartilage that connects the inner end of each rib with the breastbone or of the cartilage between the ribs, most probably caused by a virus. So, hopefully, she should gradually improve over the next five or six weeks (or thereabouts).

Anyway, after we'd been to the doctors and her chest pain had settled down we went up to our local park for lunch. I took my new Cyber-shot T9 with me (which I recently acquired for a project, that I'll explain in a week or so) and took a few shots of daisies, tree blossom, and so on, as we took an extremely gentle stroll. One of the really fun features of the camera is its 'magnifying glass' mode which enables you to close focus to around 1cm. And no, it's not a world shattering photograph, but it's good to finally have something to put up. Hopefully - touch wood - things will be back to normal fairly soon, but in the meanwhile I suspect that I'm not going to be able to manage daily updates, but I'll see what I can do.

On a related note: thanks for all your support this week - it really is appreciated. And Libby wanted to add the following:

Regular visitors know that I hardly ever comment here (anyone remember the last time?); but I asked Dave if I could just add a 'footnote' to his comments as I wanted to thank everyone for their kind wishes. Its wonderful to read them all, and see how far around the world they've travelled. Over 2,800 people have read the comments page, from numerous countries around the world - which is pretty amazing! Not many people get over 100 'get well' messages - but I'm sure they're working as I feel much better :-))

Thanks, Libby x

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1.11pm on 11/5/06
Sony Cyber-shot DSC-T9
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comment by mooch at 08:44 PM (GMT) on 11 May, 2006

If this is a daisy you have managed to make it look massive which is an interesting and appealing feat. I rather like it. That is selective desaturation, correct?

comment by Kev at 08:47 PM (GMT) on 11 May, 2006

Great to have you back; but, more importantly, I hope Libby's feeling better.

comment by Molly at 09:05 PM (GMT) on 11 May, 2006

Daisies are a symbol of my high school and a huge part of graduation: the girls carry a thick chain of daisies around campus inviting the first year students to join the procession until we all reached the garden to sing traditional songs.
My college graduation is Saturday and although it's a big deal, it doesn't mean nearly as much to me as the daisy chain did four years ago. So this photo seems perfectly timed. A little faded like a memory, but that golden center burns brightly and the details are still there. Thank you!

Also, thank you for sharing what's going on with your wife (right?). I'll hold her in my thoughts and send my best wishes.

comment by Dave at 09:06 PM (GMT) on 11 May, 2006

Great image and greater news about your wife! I shudder when I imagine what life at our house would be like if 'mom' were incapacitated, bless you all!

comment by timothy joel at 09:10 PM (GMT) on 11 May, 2006

Wonderful job on the photo, however. It's simple, and straightforward. I love it. You have a fine collection of work on your site. That's some tough news about your wife; I hope the best for her and the family.

comment by Sysagent at 09:13 PM (GMT) on 11 May, 2006

Good news to hear that Libby is getting up & about a bit David and I hope her recovery is a speedy one :-)

Like the desaturation on this image with great contrast of the yellow of the daisy...


p.s. why that particular compact?

comment by Arthur at 09:29 PM (GMT) on 11 May, 2006

Haven't posted for ages, but still a daily visitor!

Glad to hear your wife’s feeling better: my girlfriend had something similar a couple of years ago—very painful.

comment by kikko77 at 09:29 PM (GMT) on 11 May, 2006

how strange i do have tietze's syndromem but no chest pains... hope you'll get better libby --- btw i like the colour tones in the photo

comment by Adrian Hudson at 09:47 PM (GMT) on 11 May, 2006

Libby, thanks for your footnote. Get well soon!!
Dave, nice pic. Wonder what your "project" is...

comment by Manolo at 09:53 PM (GMT) on 11 May, 2006

Really nice composition.

comment by Al at 09:57 PM (GMT) on 11 May, 2006

Long time viewer, 1st time commenting!!

Love your shots, all ways look forward to whatever you post, and whenever you have the time to post.

And Libby, take it easy and get well soon!!!!

comment by Jonathan Fleck at 10:01 PM (GMT) on 11 May, 2006

Dave, we'd have easily forgiven you if you'd not have posted for another week, so well done for getting an entry up tonight. The shot ain't that bad at all, I've never seen a daisy so up close!! and the selective sat/desat works for me, as does the angle that the daisy head/flower forms with the frame.

comment by kim at 10:31 PM (GMT) on 11 May, 2006

I love the colours in this, very gentle picture.
Very glad to hear Libby is getting better, best wishes to you all :)

comment by Luisa at 10:34 PM (GMT) on 11 May, 2006

Hello Libby, glad to hear you for the first time, and even more glad to see that the crisis has overcame. I am sure that next days you will get better and better. And I hope soon we will have a photo of you.

comment by ps at 10:59 PM (GMT) on 11 May, 2006

you're back :) great :)

comment by ps at 11:00 PM (GMT) on 11 May, 2006

hmmm, new camera :)

comment by emma at 11:06 PM (GMT) on 11 May, 2006

nice to see you back, and a great shot even though you downplayed it! as mooch says, it looks massive! i love the bright yellow and the detail in the 'hair' underneath. lovely to hear from Libby - get well soon :)

comment by Sarah at 11:17 PM (GMT) on 11 May, 2006

Welcome back Dave. Love the cheery photo - appropriate now that Libby is feeling a little better. Kindest regards and best wishes to Libby for a speedy recovery :)

comment by Jamey at 11:48 PM (GMT) on 11 May, 2006

Now I'm used to cameras with a 3:2 aspect ratio, 4:3 just looks horrible. It makes me wonder why they ever chose it for TV. It's nowhere near the golden ratio, or any of that Fibonacci sequence stuff. It really is a mystery how it ever became so widespread.

Anyway nice shot, although I reckon it wants a square crop for the reasons I just said. Glad to hear you managed to get out for some fresh air, Libby... Hope the doctors can pin down what it is more conclusively. It's bad enough being unwell but worse if they can't say for sure what it is. Best wishes.

comment by Robert at 11:50 PM (GMT) on 11 May, 2006

You have a great way of showing that it's not the camera, but the photographer that makes the shot.

comment by Claudi at 12:26 AM (GMT) on 12 May, 2006

You are welcome Libby, actually Dave pictures and Chromasia energy help me deal with the craziness of everyday life, it is almost like a medecine. I am happy that we helped you out in some way. I hope you recover fast!!!

Nice daisy!!

comment by Benjamim at 12:34 AM (GMT) on 12 May, 2006

Great to have you back
and best wishes to you all.

my firt test with the T9 http://fotoben.blogspot.com/2006_02_25_fotoben_archive.html

comment by vanessa at 01:38 AM (GMT) on 12 May, 2006

I love macro shots and this one is just amazing! It looks like its floating towards me...

Hope you recover soon Libby! :)

comment by Jide at 01:39 AM (GMT) on 12 May, 2006

That's really weird. I did some macro flowery stuff for yesterday and the day before.....check it out.

Hope your Libby chest pain does not return.


comment by andres at 02:42 AM (GMT) on 12 May, 2006

An open flower to the sky. Thanks.

comment by John at 03:36 AM (GMT) on 12 May, 2006

Get well soon Libby!, first and foremost. As for the T9 it takes a good macro photograph. Dave, would you shell out the cash (not as a replacement but for "point and shoot" capability)?

comment by Birsk photoblog at 03:39 AM (GMT) on 12 May, 2006

Spring is all around. There is a pair of Russian daisies. ;)

comment by Jarama at 04:24 AM (GMT) on 12 May, 2006

This is one of my favorite photos of yours in a very long time since it signifies that your wife is doing better. I hope and pray she continues to improve, and thanks for sharing your gifted eyes with us ...

comment by Edward at 05:41 AM (GMT) on 12 May, 2006

Glad to see your posting again, my very best wishes to Libby. Like some others I wish to dedicate a special shot for Libby.

English Rose

The daisy makes a very moody, powerful shot. I guess it just goes to show that it's the artist and not the camera that takes good shots.


comment by Shelley at 06:08 AM (GMT) on 12 May, 2006

Please count me as a chromasia groupie. And also please count me in those who send heartfelt wishes and best thoughts for healing energy.

Your pictures cheer and inspire me everyday. I am in law school here in the United States, but have a past life in design & art. Every day in my first class, I pop open my laptop and pull up your site. Meanwhile the law casebooks around me flip open by fellow students who smile curiously at each day's newest photo.

Your photography improves my energy from a long distance away. I hope to send some of mine back to you and Libby.

Pennsylvania, USA

comment by Navin Harish at 06:36 AM (GMT) on 12 May, 2006

It may not be a world shatering photograph but it does signify that better times lie ahead. I am happy that Libby is feeling better and you have started posting images.

comment by sigma at 06:57 AM (GMT) on 12 May, 2006

It does not look like end of the tunnel for me. For me it looks like daisy awaiting the daily light in a shadow of some tree - like you are awaiting for better feelings to your wife.

It is my first comment, to ensure you, that there are many more people watching your photos and wishing the best for you and your family. Even they are quiet. (as me:-))

comment by Louise at 07:05 AM (GMT) on 12 May, 2006

Wonderful photo... There is always hope in nature.... :)

comment by Dan at 07:14 AM (GMT) on 12 May, 2006

Lovely to see this post, as soon as I saw it I knew there would be some good news once I opened the comments window. Great to hear Libby is on the mend, I'm sure the past week has been a very stressful one, I know what its like when they (the doctors) can't pin down exactly whats wrong.

Anyway, Dave, don't come in to work, I'm sure the rest of the psych team can cope :)

comment by Karl Baumann at 08:35 AM (GMT) on 12 May, 2006

During the last week spring break out massively in Germany. But that´s good :) now everything is green and blossoms. Of course there are a lot of daisys. Nice shot. You catch the spring, but with a dark note, it looks like sorrow.

comment by Hennie at 09:06 AM (GMT) on 12 May, 2006

This is a really lovely - elegant and simple - photo. I'm so glad Libby is on the road to recovery. Best wishes, Hennie

comment by chris at 09:30 AM (GMT) on 12 May, 2006

glad to hear everybody's up and about. :)

comment by Pete Carr at 09:37 AM (GMT) on 12 May, 2006

Glad to hear that things are looking up.

comment by Jennifer at 09:37 AM (GMT) on 12 May, 2006

So Glad Libby's on the mend. Must be strange knowing so many people, that she's never met, have been 'checking in on her' daily! Lovely photo, looking forward to hearing the reasons behind your new purchase!

comment by bruno at 09:44 AM (GMT) on 12 May, 2006

this is what you do best! nature .... take care

comment by PlasticTV at 10:05 AM (GMT) on 12 May, 2006

Best wishes for good health!

p.s. i have the T3, which i primarily use to take photos when out with friends and bringing a SLR would seem out of place. Never thought the camera's reliable enough to take macros too!

comment by JD at 10:10 AM (GMT) on 12 May, 2006

I haven't posted for ages but was moved to add my heartfelt best wishes to Libby. I myself have been struck down with something the doctors can't pin down - six days in hospital and whilst they've managed to rule out some scary stuff, it all comes down to "it's probably a virus" - the combined medical minds of an entire hospital and I could have told them that to begin with :-)

I hope that she's feeling better and you're managing to continue to run the family (the hardest job in the world, for which I thank my wife deeply for doing over the last couple of weeks whilst I've barely lifted a finger).

Interesting shot. I love close up photography (though in some ways because it can produce exceptionally striking images just by dint of them being close-ups), though I'm not entirely convinced by the selective desaturation - I have this uncomfortable, nagging feeling that it makes it suitable for your "airport photos" collection. I think full colour or full black & white might actually work better - would be interesting to see all three approaches to compare. Of course, you're probably absolutely right in your treatment as always and I am just a foolish naysayer :-)

comment by Marinus at 11:46 AM (GMT) on 12 May, 2006

Hope its going better with Libby soon, my best wishes.
Lovely picture. I really like the colour and great angle. Would have been very nice square too, with the white line of leaves from corner to corner.

comment by laanba at 11:46 AM (GMT) on 12 May, 2006

I think this photo is very appropriate for what is going on right now. A spot of beauty in an otherwise dark world. I am so glad that your wife is feeling better.

comment by Matthew at 12:05 PM (GMT) on 12 May, 2006

Love the perspective, I can picture lying in that field.

comment by turkish at 01:01 PM (GMT) on 12 May, 2006

love the detail and angles here. fantastic.

i've been away for a while so wasn't aware so... get well soon libby. x

comment by AngelC at 01:35 PM (GMT) on 12 May, 2006

Great image, its like a dream, i like it :D

comment by Rob at 02:15 PM (GMT) on 12 May, 2006

Welcome back. Glad to hear things are finally turning around for the better over there. I have to say that you have become so reliable that checking in and seeing the same "Keep Out" sign for several days was actually disturbing. Did you ever think you would become so integrated and integral to the lives of others? It is like stopping to get your coffee (or tea) on the way in to work at your routine place and seeing a "we are closed" sign. It just throws you. What do I do now? My routine! Then you think, gee, I hope everything is ok.

I love the OOF background in this shot. It looks like a tree lined path in the background and the composition naturally has the daisy (and the vieweer) leaning into it.

comment by Kathleen at 02:53 PM (GMT) on 12 May, 2006

Welcome back, Dave, and glad to hear that Libby is doing better. Everyone deserves a little break...

This shot is sweet and lovely. Looking forward to hearing more about your project with the new camera.

comment by micki at 04:17 PM (GMT) on 12 May, 2006

This is my favorite of all your images! It is simplistic beauty at its best. Lovely work.

Continued well wishes for Libby.

comment by Suby at 05:25 PM (GMT) on 12 May, 2006

Glad to hear everything is going okay.

Like this shot, not really a flower person but the clarity of the flower and DOF sure works for this shot. Good one.


comment by differenttastesofhoney at 07:24 PM (GMT) on 12 May, 2006

It's nice to hear better news finally :-)
Still wishing you best!

Nice shot btw, I like the reduction of colors in background

comment by JD at 07:29 PM (GMT) on 12 May, 2006

Glad to hear things are on the mend etc... (I hate typing... well I hate my writing... its shit)

Great shot! surprised to see it was shot with the camera. And im intreagued to see this project thingy you mentioned...

Great work on the processing

comment by john at 08:11 PM (GMT) on 12 May, 2006

Beautiful representation of Spring. Hope all is well with your family.

comment by m at 09:51 PM (GMT) on 12 May, 2006

The last few days go to prove that an event often transcends any picture!
More blog pics move up the leaderboard of most commented pics.

Get well soon Libby

comment by jezblog.com at 10:22 PM (GMT) on 12 May, 2006

Hey nice to see you back and especially good to hear from Libby , and with a lovely daisy to celebrate nice one!

comment by djn1 at 10:33 PM (GMT) on 12 May, 2006

Thanks everyone.

comment by Magusita at 03:02 AM (GMT) on 13 May, 2006

It's good to read Libby's words and know she's feeling better. Wish you both the best and a soon recovery. Take care of yourselves and have a lot of rest, and eat some chocolate -- it also helps a lot! :)

comment by peter at 06:50 AM (GMT) on 13 May, 2006

nice tones in this one - but what is more important, it's good to see that Libby's health is moving in the right direction. Have a great weekend.

comment by Alejandra at 12:03 PM (GMT) on 13 May, 2006

Hi Libby!! I'm glad to see you are feeling better!!
Dave, this pic is really beautiful!
take care!

comment by Lukasz at 12:45 PM (GMT) on 13 May, 2006

Interesting point of view.

comment by Chameau Volant at 01:54 PM (GMT) on 13 May, 2006

Wow!! So clean, so white!! I love it.

comment by Pen at 08:06 PM (GMT) on 14 May, 2006

I did not realise you and your wife had had such a tough time. Best wishes to you both. I am really impressed with the simplicity of this shot. I take a lot of macro shots in our garden and would be really happy with this quality. Did you desaturate the colour? It's beautiful - very serene.

comment by Vadim Sishikov at 01:48 AM (GMT) on 22 May, 2006

O! Superior! This petals resembe feathers!