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The Bed with Wheels
The Bed with Wheels

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Challenge: Furniture II (Advanced Editing VII)
Collection: Portfolio
Camera: Olympus E-520
Lens: Olympus 14-54mm f/2.8-3.5 Zuiko Digital Zoom
Date: May 9, 2009
Galleries: Emotive, Black and White
Date Uploaded: May 10, 2009

I'm gonna guess that most will think this photo is "too busy". No worries for me tho - this was something that was part of my life this last week so I thought I'd submit it.

My MIL was diagnosed with Lung Cancer and COPD in Nov. '08. (The COPD, at least, is the result of her smoking for most of her life - and she's only in her 60's.) She spent the next several months going thru chemo and radiation and was a total trooper about it. With her amazing spirit and strength, she made it thru the treatments. Her tumor was reduced to a microscopic size and she was doing very well. Recently, she was working on weaning herself off of her oxygen and was getting back to running around with doing errands and socializing.

Then, three weeks ago she had a throat biopsy and for some strange reason, her breathing became worse after that. Since she was struggling too hard to breathe, she went to the hospital this past Monday (5/4). For almost an entire week, she was confined to this dull and boring room.

While she was in the hospital - she had to miss lunch with some dear friends, she could not go to the funeral of a relative, and she missed the opening night of her grandson's play. So this week, not only did she have to struggle with her breathing, she also had to endure some disappointment and heartbreak.

We were given a gift today tho, as she came home for Mother's Day. However, the breathing problem is still an issue, and it may be this way for the rest of her life. In a short period of time, she went from a vibrant and active woman to one who needs to carry an oxygen tank and is now tired out from walking less than half a block.

Place: 31 out of 98
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02/15/2012 02:07:29 PM
I have experienced what you have....too many times.

I LOVE your photography.
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06/06/2009 11:56:40 PM
Ah.... the hospital floor. I love the use of black and white, the explicit detail. So much is sterile in a hospital (usually), but you've personalized it with her (much needed, apparently, lol!) slipper. As they say, and as you've so well yourself expressed, a picture says a thousand words.
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05/20/2009 10:51:53 AM
That's quite a shot, actually... NIcely done.
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05/18/2009 10:24:38 AM
Michelle what a story and this picture can and does in it's own way tell the story.
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05/18/2009 08:56:20 AM
Aawww, Michelle that's such a sad, sad story. I feel for your entire family.
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
05/12/2009 09:47:17 PM
There is so much to look at in this shot. It took me a while to figure it out.
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05/12/2009 11:50:37 AM
More bed, and less curtain and wall space would have made a richer image. I like the tangled lead lines, but i want more of those rich tones, reflections and shadows off the bed itself.
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05/12/2009 10:50:13 AM
This is all too depressing and i feel like there is too much going on.
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05/11/2009 01:51:46 PM
This is a great shot because of any number of stories that it could tell. very sharp b/w 10
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05/11/2009 06:59:23 AM
Amazing photo
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05/11/2009 02:06:01 AM
awesome good luck
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05/11/2009 01:51:58 AM
nice b and w conversion
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05/11/2009 12:15:44 AM
I like the tones. However the photo seems really busy with the subject being hard to determine.
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