Tuesday, August 14, 2012

Medically Occulted

"If you don't leave a comment - I don't know you were even here."

Well, last week I was back in the hospital as my cancer decided to eat my blood and required me to get numerous transfusions and other medically complex treatments. I'm still in the hospital but was allowed out for three hours to observe and photograph the daylight occultation of Venus by the Moon.

My wife drove over with a minimal amount of camera equipment to do the job. We setup on the second floor of the parking garage just northeast of the ER entrance. This provided some protection from the wind as well as some shade out of the 110 degree temperatures.

When it was done, I was completely exhausted and subsequently admitted to the ICU. I'm still here - for the time being.

18 comments:

Melinda said...

Great pic, Dave!
Know that my prayers are with you and your family. Stay strong, Dude.
XO

Bruce Hilpert said...

Hi David,
So sorry that things are not going better but very glad you are still able to indulge in some of your favorite activities! Hang in there!

Larry Carpenter said...

You're hardcore David; and one tough cookie. Hang tough Brother!

John Bozeman said...

I am glad you got the occultation, but saddened by the cancer's return. I finished 8 chemos and 35 radiation treatments to the head and neck on May 21st. My throat cancer is gone - for now. I expect it will be back someday. Swallowing is still nearly impossible, and I have no taste buds or saliva glands, so the simple pleasure of eating is a memory now. I have been following your blog while I was sick, and thought you had beaten it.

John Bozeman

Lee Tinnin said...

good pictures! Hang in there Harvey, you are an inspiration for me. Rest while in ICU and let them spoil you for a bit.

Give your wife a thanks from me for being the loving, tough lady she is (she would have to be to be married to ya!!!).

ReBeca Ames said...

You are such a trooper Mr. Dave Harvey, and I admire your work! We miss you here at the Steward Observatory :)

-ReBeca Ames

Dean said...

You got a Day Pass?! UMC wouldn't even let me leave the ER for 30 minutes to feed hungry kitties! Congrats on getting the shot, though I would have expected nothing less... Take care of yourself in there and come visit us soon!
-Dean

Erica B. said...

Dave- I'm glad you got to take pictures and that somebody got a couple of you as well. We all miss you. Take care of you! ~ Erica B.

TabConrad said...

Dad, you have an amazing spirit! I am so Proud to have you as my father. your smile and positive attitude are such a comfort to all of us kids during this stressful time . I hope you were able to enjoy your few minutes out of the hospital bed. your photo came out beautiful as always. I hope you recover from all this soon so that we can spend some fun times together soon. xo Tab

Susi Lawson said...

If this is not proof of a photographer's passion and love for life and the capturing of it, I don't know what is. You have always been an inspiration to me and , I'm sure soo very many others, more than you can know. Even though I have never met you, I have always sensed that strong vibrant passion and spirit that you possess and create such beauty with. Love you Dave!!

jane coppola said...

You are remarkable, my friend. I really like this and it amazes me you did it with "minimal" equipment, in that horrible heat and on your knees. I like the pic. It was good to see your face yesterday. Art says hello back and we are both keeping you and your ladies very close in our hearts and intentions.
Love Jane

Mary said...

Good for you, David! Great photo! Your spirit is awesome! Thanks for posting this and thanks also to Gwen for helping to make it happen.

Quentin said...

Miss you Dave, but you continue to inspire. Keep that attitude man. Quentin

Dana B said...

That is so cool that 1) you still have the spirit to want out to do this and 2) that they let you out! lol :) The pic turned out awesome, too. Looked back at the Zooseum post/pics, too. wow. Hope you're able to get some rest amongst the poking and prodding. Holding you all in the light and wishing and hoping and praying as well...

Terri Lappin said...

A beautiful shot of the Venus occultation. Your profile above says, "We do not see things as they are, we see things as we are . . ." You have a knack for showing the unique beauty in the world that most of us miss. Guess that makes you a beautiful person. Stay tough...hang in there.

Mary Ann Melton said...

So sorry you are back in the hospital and that fighting cancer is still part of your life . . . Your image of the occultation is beautiful!!!! Glad that you are still able to create beautiful imagery in spite of the medical problems! Hang in there!!!!!

Marti Harvey said...

I love this pix! Glad you got to escape from ICU and with the help of Gwen etal a chance to take it - it was worth it! On the flip side I'm terribly saddened that things aren't looking "up" for you right now. We'll keep the hope and prayers going! Love you cuz!

nixiebunny said...

Spooky. I hear that you have died. I'm sorry to hear that. I'll miss you something fierce.
--David Forbes