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Rage dream

Posted on Wednesday, October 18th, 2017 at 7:13 am

Had a rage dream this morning, my body expressing its rejection of the two weeks of pain and discomfort and loss of ability that I endured after surgery.  Intellectually, I have managed to stay on top of it all, even though I have grumped about it from time to time.  I planned for it well in advance of the event, worked hard to have everything ready for the recovery.  I managed to be pleasant to the hospital staff and friends.  But down in the primal core, the circuits were screaming, and I haven’t really given them an out.

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So the result was a dream.  I was racing in a long distance speed scooter event, going through an ultramodern complex parking lot near the end of the race.  I had the lead in the race.  The race track suddenly had people waking all over the track, it was poorly defined, and I lost my way.  My legs were knotting in multiple charley horses, I was short of breath, I was nauseous, pretty much everything I experienced in the hospital in the first few days, except in different locations on the body.

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I ended up inside these ultramodern buildings and I began to take out my frustrations slinging the scooter around, breaking lamps and decorative accessories, nothing major or fixed.  It was an expression of physical rage, anger at the race managers for their incompetence for costing me the race win.  Finally someone from the race caught up with me, and I became rather verbal, laying blame and liability on them for the results of the rage.  I ended up walking away from the race, getting a ride from an undefined friend when I woke up.

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I just hope that my primal body got it all out of its system in that roaring fit of anger.  The rest of me is ready to move on.

Sleeping it away

Posted on Saturday, October 14th, 2017 at 12:12 pm

A little better today after a long sleep.  At this point, sleep seems to be the cure.  The loose fluids are absorbed best during sleep, the digestive tract settles and shrinks best, and the healing proceeds more quickly without motion and stresses.  So, the 11 hours I logged in last night seemed to have helped considerably.

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Still not 100%, but the discomfort that has been nagging for the better part of two weeks has let off to a bearable level.  Now I need to regain my stamina.

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The last two weeks were an epic ordeal of pain and discomfort.  One hundred forty pain level 10 abdominal spasms left me with a new definition of endurance.  Right now my tolerance to pain is incredibly high.  I had 32 staples removed without a local or oral painkiller without a single flinch.

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I can sympathize with the new outlook for opioid addiction, but the new rules for painkillers in post-surgical recovery have gotten far too conservative.  Hydrocodone is not a replacement for morphine for intense post-surgical pain.  The definition of breakthrough pain needs closer scrutiny.

Frankenbelly to Butterflies

Posted on Friday, October 13th, 2017 at 3:07 pm

Staples came out today, one pinch at a time X 32.  They were replaced with butterfly tabs.  Hence the title…

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No more doctor appointments for four weeks.  *sigh*

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Time to sit around and watch time go by for a while.  There are projects waiting for me to be able to sit up for extended periods, so it shouldn’t be boring too much longer.  I have to admit getting a little kick from all the lucid dreaming I’ve been doing the last two weeks, but enough is enough.  I don’t mind a digital screen in my face if I can work it.  As much fun as they may be, blank walls have their limitations.

Tube be gone

Posted on Tuesday, October 10th, 2017 at 5:29 am

Got the drainage tube removed yesterday.  I am continuing to make progress in my recovery.  At times, I am doing well, at times I need to be horizontal, but the ratio is moving toward the former.  My biggest issue right now is staying asleep for more than 2 hours at a time.  I find it difficult to get back to sleep, primarily because of heat retention.  I need to get up and release heat, which wakes me up.  This is largely due to body temp, which has yet to return to normal cycles because of the healing process.

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Still not entirely comfortable, but I am doing better.  Stamina erect is still missing, but I’m sure that kicking up the diet will help.  I am heading to the store in half an hour to grab some things, some of which are replacing things that I got before surgery and have spoiled.  I figure getting there at opening should be the best time to avoid the rush and get a good parking spot.

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Looking forward to washing my hair today.

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Flushed the (hopefully) last of the hospital medical byproducts from my system, and it makes a big difference.  Had a decent sleep through the morning as the temperature dropped into the upper 60’s.

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A/C s off, office is open, Myka in the LZB.  A little breakfast at noon.  I hope to accelerate the diet a bit.  I feel more like cooking.  Thinking chicken and shrimp jambalaya for dinner.  Chicken pot pie for late lunch.

die Ecke umdrehen…

Posted on Monday, October 9th, 2017 at 3:16 am

Turned the corner last night.  I’m back to being my old self, with an issue to endure properly, rather than just a response to the issue.  It felt really good to feel the flow of energy and to be able to sing without extra breaths.  Took almost a week, but I made it.

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This is not to say that I am healed or even close to it.  Nor does it mean that I can be careless now and do dumb things.  But I am me again.  How sweet it is.

This side of hell

Posted on Saturday, October 7th, 2017 at 10:15 am

Went in for surgery on the 2nd after a week of cleaning up the office and kitchen in preparation for my recovery.  I also made it to Music School at Bob’s, my last fling before surrendering my freedom, riding with Julie.

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Monday morning, I was in prep at 6:30 AM, and surgery began a little before eight.  I woke in the hospital bed in room 148.  For the next two days, I played stop the spasms with little success.  On Wednesday, they began to decrease from a 10 pain to an 8.  The stool softeners had me heading to the bathroom 6 times in fairly rapid order, the first times I was on my feet.

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On Thursday morning, I began taking solid meals in the chair, still no fun, but bearable.  At least I was off the dreaded clears diet.  I began walking the hall later in the day.  On Friday morning, I was making the full rounds solo and the doctors were all smiling about my recovery and warding off the pneumonia.  Dr Gurkin released me Friday afternoon.

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So now I’m home, back with my own wifi and the freedom to sleep whenever I want, eat whatever I want (though it’s still a minimal diet and it all tastes like lanolin) and I’m getting around the house pretty well.  I still have the drainage tube installed, and I’m still stapled down the front.  I need to make a pharmacy run today.  I am going to get through this.  I expect to be back in the running by mid-week.

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Monday I should get the tube removed, maybe the staples, and then I can take a full bath.  Looking forward to shampooing my hair.

Ribs

Posted on Saturday, September 23rd, 2017 at 6:35 pm

Ribs – n. – ree’-ubs – heaven on a bone, ((2 X 6)+1)

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Surgery date set

Posted on Wednesday, September 20th, 2017 at 2:49 pm

Had a visit today with my primary, and I got a call from the surgeon, and the surgery date for the hernia repair is October 2nd.  I’ll check into the hospital Monday morning and be released after a few days (same week, in all probability, 2 days if all goes well).  So I have 11 days to live it up.

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I have been adapting to the three a day clonidine dosage, lots of naps, zero progress on anything and everything, but the effect is starting to let up.  Not quite used to 6/2/10 yet.  I get my refills tomorrow.  Also been using the ketoconazol at the same time, while I’m hanging close to home.

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Ribs are on sale for $1.09/lb.  Who can resist that?

Tests completed

Posted on Saturday, September 16th, 2017 at 9:38 am

Well, the last of the medical tests have been performed, and they all look good.  I’m basically a healthy old coot.  The lesions on the kidneys are simple cysts, water sacs on the surface, common in people over 50.  Blood and excretions are all normal.  I’m stepping up the clonidine to thrice daily, because it was wearing off before the 12 hour point.  So instead of the simple 10/10, it’s 6/2/10.  The increase is making me sleep a lot.

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Roasted garlic baked potato soup w/ honey ham turned out well.  I need to go get some more cheddar.

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Almost done cleaning up the little stuff, and then the office and kitchen will be in proper order.  As soon as I can find the momentum…

Rx immersion

Posted on Saturday, September 9th, 2017 at 5:11 am

Well, yesterday began my descent into the next phase of my medical adventures.  I met the surgeon who is going to install a mesh across my abs to cover the “swiss cheese” architecture that I have now.  I also have a CT on Monday morning, following a 12 hour fast, to look closer at my left kidney.  Tuesday, I see my cardiologist for perhaps the last time.  And there is a list of walk-in lab tests to get done.  Lots of phone calls were made yesterday.  A few more are needed.

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Doug’s surgery went very well, his vision in his left eye much improved.

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Hurricane Irma is pounding Cuba’s northern shore, probably the worst of the storm’s damage is being done there.

Life rolls on

Posted on Monday, September 4th, 2017 at 4:33 pm

September, and Harvey took the heat out of Texas.  When it reaches the 90’s, it’s just barely.  And a norther is on the way to put nights down in the upper 50’s, days in the 80’s, nothing to stand in its way.  Time to dig out the cool weather clothing and say hello to an early season change.  I’m looking at a second alpaca sweater, but the color selection isn’t right.  I hope they restock soon.  Not that the first one is lacking.

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Doctor appointment is moving me forward.  Surgery for the hernias and the mole on the lacrimal has been referred.  Another CT to clarify the lesions that appeared on the left kidney.  Appointments to be made for next week after I get back home.  Couldn’t make them today, being Labor Day.  (AT&T’s free phone use through mid-month is being very helpful.)  Tuesday afternoon, I’m back to the cardiologist for a review of the CT/echo, but since my heart is in good shape, this will close that relation.

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Heading to Bryan tomorrow morning, Tuesday to Thursday.  Packing light for the two day sitting.

Harvy 4 (fin)

Posted on Monday, August 28th, 2017 at 7:53 pm

Made a store run at the very tag end of the rain mass, swinging around from the north.  Two stops and a few bucks later, on the way home at 7:30 pm, the setting sun broke through in the west and shone its rays on me for a few brief moments.  The sun is no longer peeking through, but the western sky is a deep golden glow.

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So, fare thee off and gone, Harvey.  I’m going to call it 14 inches total, 71 hours duration.  I’m going to celebrate with a supreme pizza, extra cheese and veggies, with parmesan and pepper flakes.  I may as well use the oven before it warms up again.

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I saw a few people out sweeping the streets of tiny debris, mostly leaves. I saw no tree damage.  It looked pretty much like any rainy day closure.

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Bye, Harvey.

Harvey 3

Posted on Monday, August 28th, 2017 at 3:26 am

3 AM and the rain finally stopped.  I figure about 13 inches in 55 hours.

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This doesn’t mean that more rain won’t happen.  But it’s the end of the rain that is coming in directly off the Gulf.  Any rain in the next few days will come from moisture already on (evaporation) or over land.  If there is more, it will likely come from out of the north instead of the east as the center moves east.  The rain coming in from the Gulf now is around Beaumont or in Louisiana.

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No damage to property.  No flooding.  It’s just wet, everywhere.  Elsewhere, some folks weren’t so lucky.  Lots of road closures and water on the road.  It will take a while to pick up all the pieces from this one, but the pieces will get picked up and life will move forward.

Harvey 2

Posted on Sunday, August 27th, 2017 at 4:06 pm

Forty two hours into Harvey, 10 inches of rain is the radar accumulation indicator.  No flooding, just off and on showers, no lightning or thunder.  Winds have been moderate, nothing dancing.  Temp has been between 75°F and 77°F since Friday sunset.

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Houston got plastered with rain, large areas in the south of town over 25 inches.  Plenty of flooding.  So my housesitting is likely postponed again.  But it appears that the rain is finally ceasing to come onshore.

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So I’ll cook again, as I’m killing off the jambalaya, and the thawed ribs are already history.  Everything I made to hold me over until this morning is gone (except the ice cream).  Traffic never stopped here, and I assume the stores are open.  But I have plenty to eat here.  I want to hop in the tub for a bit before it gets dark.  I have to get wet sometime.  Then I can make something for dinner.

bizniz

Posted on Wednesday, August 23rd, 2017 at 6:33 am

Well, got my income adjusted.  Avoided a lot of ugly paperwork.  Came up with a whopping $14 monthly increase.

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Got the test results back from the hospital.  No blockage of the vascular system, hence no angina.  It was all drug reaction, as I expected.  All told I’m still in good health.  No further expansion of the aneurysm.  CAT scan showed a couple of hypodense lessions (light spots) in the left kidney, I’ll probably be scheduled for an ultrasound to determine what they are.  Could be scarring from the kidney stones.

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I’ll probably be put on cholesterol drugs, as I have plaque in the arteries, though not nearly bad enough to block or reduce any flow.  But I knew that from the aneurysm, so nothing new.  It was discussed before the tests, but held off until the tests were completed.

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I’ve had two days off from work around the house (I cleaned the kitchen sink drain yesterday, some disassembly required, so not completely off duty).  There has been business dealings, but all of it was done in A/C.  I will probably do some box shifting today to get some elbow room in the office.  And I still need to do some cabinet shifting in the kitchen.

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The weekend was spent in part at Julie’s, playing music, bbq’ing shrimp, etc.  I may cook the rack of baby back ribs today, now that the spaghetti is finally consumed.  But the temperature is dropping toward the weekend, as rain is expected.  Might pay to wait a couple more days.

Flame out

Posted on Wednesday, August 16th, 2017 at 12:03 am

Well, I’ve finished the first round of chores in getting the place livable in something resembling normalcy.

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The truck parking spot is trimmed.  I can pull in without scraping limbs and I don’t have to dodge vines to get to the house.  I left a sizable pile.

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The kitchen is functioning as a kitchen should, even though there is still more clean up and arranging to do on shelves and counters.  But it’s not a lot and it can wait until I feel inspired.  I am cooking again on home turf.

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The office has the basics, three screens, four external drives, quick access to the rest of the periphery.

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Washer works.  The drying rack is a little slow in the bathroom, would be faster in the fan generated breeze going through the house.  The bathroom is still usable.

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And I am tired, and my body is telling me to slow own.  So I’m staying home tomorrow instead of heading to Bryan.  I’ve been at it since last Tuesday, and I need a day off.  I held up to the rigors better than I expected.  But when the body hits the wall, there is no arguing with it.

Clean up

Posted on Sunday, August 13th, 2017 at 5:57 am

Been back almost three days, and I am pooped.  Loading and unloading the truck was definitely a major workout.  And getting things in order here is an bigger chore.  I am making progress in the kitchen, I can now cook on the stove top.  I’ll be able to bake and roast as soon as I get the oven working.  For some reason, it doesn’t want to light.  I have a couple of ideas to try.

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The dew point in the mornings is hanging around 80°F, which is not helping.  That makes for a lot of hit and go effort; work, then sit in the A/C for a while.  Progress is being made, but it’s not quick.  I hope to have everything tucked away in the newly lined cupboards and cabinets by the end of the day.

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Got a drying rack to augment the washer.  The drier isn’t connected yet, so the wash loads will have to be light and often, one or two changes of clothes per load.

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Myka has fallen into her routines pretty quickly, adapting to the chaos fairly well.  A gecko has returned to the window at nights, but it’s still a little skittish.  That will change soon enough.

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A trip to Bryan on Tuesday or Wednesday.  Then I’ll be back there to feed critters in a week while Doug undergoes first surgery on his left eye.  And I need to contact the doctors on Monday to get my appointments rescheduled.

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I’ll get around to socializing and music eventually.  I’m too nose down at the moment for much but getting the house in order.

Homeward bound

Posted on Wednesday, August 9th, 2017 at 3:38 pm

Heading back to Brenham tomorrow morning.  I have almost half of my stuff (the stuff that can take the heat) already in the truck, easing the chore of packing the stuff that is heat sensitive.

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Not sure how long I will be there.  I will be there long enough to get the medical appointments behind me.  I will need to get the echocardiogram (ultrasound) and CAT Scan done first.

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Missed a picking party at Javier’s last night.  Heard it was a lot of fun and a lot of good music.  But I got started on packing and found out that I was heading back east, so staying here was advantageous.  I had already attended a picking party last Friday that allowed me to jam.

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I will miss the swimming pool, the food, the company, the music, and plenty other advantages of being at Grandma’s.  But I look forward to my internet connection, the LZB, a full kitchen, the office desk, and plenty of other things, like a short drive to anywhere.  And there won’t be any shortage of music.  I need to make a trip to Bryan pretty soon.

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Myka got to stay out all morning.  It was her last outdoor cat day for the foreseeable future.  I am not looking forward to her ride tomorrow (car sickness), but she will be fine once we get back home.

Sail away

Posted on Friday, August 4th, 2017 at 6:52 am

Finally got aboard Dolce Vitaville.  The day was overcast, in the 80’s, light intermittent rain, a great day for August to be out on the water.  Stephen, Eric, and Alicia were crew mates.  Good food, fun sailing.  Nice tan…

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Missed the imaging appointments in Brenham.  I don’t want to do another 150 mile turn around when I can wait until I’m a mile away.  There is no emergency.  I tried my best to cancel the appointments, but I don’t know if my messages got through.

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Hoping that I’ll be heading home in a week.  I need to call for verification.

Transitions

Posted on Monday, July 31st, 2017 at 5:17 am

Well, my last morning in Austin for a while.  Heading back to Elgin in a few hours.  Not a lot to pack this time.  I can feel Myka’s loneliness.  And I’m looking forward to resuming the dips in the pool.  The 6 hour electrical outage yesterday evening was not the way I wanted to end the rather warm (106°F) summer stay.

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I’m hopeful that I’ll get to head back to Brenham in a couple of weeks.  I’m canceling the appointments on Wednesday because of my knee.  I won’t be able to do the treadmill EKG until it gets a little better.  And I’m tired of the 150 mile turn around for appointments.  A two mile trip is much better in the heat of summer.

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Made the migration for vincebell.com yesterday, but a clientTransferProhibited tag on the domain is holding things up.  But the site is uploaded and mail server configured.  So my work for the moment is done.

Last day of rest

Posted on Monday, July 24th, 2017 at 9:52 am

Tomorrow begins my hectic schedule, starting before noon with two doctors’ appointments, there and back to Brenham, then a run into Austin when I get back, to housesit.

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Temperatures will be up around 100°F this week.  Not particularly looking forward to it, but I do have A/C (except in the truck).

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Still getting in the pool every day, but that streak ends tomorrow.

Well…

Posted on Thursday, July 20th, 2017 at 6:09 pm

Coming out of the last couple of weeks alive.  On the 10th of July, I had a spell of tachycardia (180 bpm) brought on by a reaction with lisinopril.  Needless to say, it’s been a pretty trying time, both before the event and after.  It worked on my blood pressure well, but the side effects grew and then cascaded.  And I can’t say if there was anything left untoward with the heart as a result.  It’s out of my system, and the side effects are gone, but I am a little on the cautious side until I see the cardiologist next week.  The replacement metoprolol isn’t doing the job.

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But I have managed to be in the pool every day since I arrived.  And the food and company has been fun.  I haven’t done poorly.  The office is up and running.  I am handling business.  I’m feeling pretty good, now that I have cleansed the body.

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But I’m not pressing anything, taking everything in due course.  I am dealing with a coming vincebell.com change of server.  I am looking at recording and burning DVDs, but probably after I housesit for Alicia to close out the month.  That starts the day after my doctors’ appointments in Brenham.  I’m getting through the heat of summer without too much misery.

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Myka has taken to hanging under the house until she gets hungry.  Sometimes I can coax her out, other days are more resistive.

Austin

Posted on Friday, July 7th, 2017 at 1:44 am

Wel, the last week has been a mix and a bit of a blur.  Got Vince’s site cleaned up.  Dealt with a residual bureaucratic detail.  Took care of the animals and kept chaos under the door from erupting into a blur of fur.

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Not much in the way of face to face socialization, though.

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The meds are working fairly well, more pros than cons.  Shedding a lot of fluid weight.  Blood pressure is okay, not great, but considerably better.  Funny circulation awareness, I can often hear the blood flowing in my ears.

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Planning on heading out to Elgin Saturday morning before it warms up too much.  (It has been in the upper 90’s right on schedule.)

pulling the plug

Posted on Tuesday, June 27th, 2017 at 11:44 am

Heading out from Brenham in a short while, the truck is 90% loaded.  Computers, cold food, cat are the primary items to add to the freight balance.  I am packing on the heavy side.  I’ll get to Austin before rush hour.

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Got everything done that was on my todo list, from jury duty cancellation to insurance interviews to vet visit to doctor’s appointment, and all points in between.  That includes a trip to Bryan.  I’m pleased to say that Doug is doing much better, getting around on his own for the most part.  It was a good three weeks, productive and lots of LZB commiserating.  Got to visit Julie a couple of times, and we played music one night.

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Heading for Austin to housesit monsters and tootoos.

week

Posted on Tuesday, June 20th, 2017 at 8:29 am

Well, waiting for a return call from UHC, so that I can get that nailed down.  Taken care of HHSC, Aetna, and Medicare, this is the only one left.  Then I have Social Security Friday morning.

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As is, I can make the doctor’s appointment, and Myka needs her vet visit. Those are the last four chores to tackle within the next week.  Hopefully I can get them done by the end of this week.

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Tree limb knocked out the electric feeds across the street (from the same tree as did it before).  I hope I get this posted before they cut power to reattach the cables.  They were out in the dark earlier cutting up the tree.

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Got to play music with Julie for a few hours a few evenings ago.  That was refreshing.

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Taking off for Austin in a week.  Myka will get to stay at Alicia’s for ten days.  Won’t that be fun…  But then the stay will move back to Elgin until the house is finished here.

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Still haven’t cut my hair.