Tuesday, March 31, 2015

March 31, 2015---Michelle’s house in Loveland, CO.

After breakfast, Bill unloaded the back of the Honda.  He wanted to be able to put my walker there instead of in the back seat.  We had three big plastic boxes, which Bill transferred to a closet in the basement.

We went back to Kohl’s looking for pjs for Bill.  We weren’t successful, but on the way home we stopped at Arby’s to lunch to take home.

Naps were on the schedule after lunch.  At 3:30, Michelle took me to an appointment with Dr. Huneycutt.  I suspected another UTI.  I really like Dr H.  He takes plenty of time and listens to my symptoms.  He was giving me an Rx for the infection and said it had to be taken at bedtime with food.  I don’t usually eat just before I go to bed, but Michelle said I could have a spoonful of yogurt.  Dr. Huneycutt said, “Or a Twinkie.”  Yup!  He’s my kind of doctor!

Before going back home, we returned a book to the library, went to a gardening store for fertilizer for the yard, and to get pizza for dinner.

Monday, March 30, 2015

March 30, 2015---Michelle’s house in Loveland, CO

It was a nice sunny morning and Bill took advantage of it.  He took a “sun bath” for about 20 minutes.  I stayed in the MH and did one of my new exercise routines.  Everytime I go through the “drill,” I can tell that I am getting stronger.

We had just finished lunch when Lindsey came to check me out.  I have been having pain in the area of one of my kidneys.  And this morning I had pain when urinating.  Tomorrow I will go see my primary care doctor to see what is going on now!  It seems as if it is always something going on with me these days.

Joey and Hapa came to visit Tippy this morning.  When they got here, Bill had on his “monkey suit” and was under the coach doing some maintainance work.  The two dogs got very upset.  Too many strange things going on.  There was barking and snarling going on...that was the dogs...until Bill called their names and the the wagging tails took over.

Dwaine came for the pups just as David arrived for my PT session.  I wanted him to meet both dogs, especially Hapa who takes such good care of me.  She let David know right away that I belonged to her and he better watch out.  She is so possessive of me and she was making sure he knew it.

The first thing we did was to walk around the block.  It was one of my better days.  I didn’t get worn out like I usually do.  When we got back home I did my new exercises to make sure I was doing them correctly.  Everything was OK.

This was the first day I hadn’t taken a nap or at least rested.  I spent most of my time working on taxes and balancing the checkbook.  It was a chore!

Sunday, March 29, 2015

March 29, 2015---Michelle’s house in Loveland, CO

We have some big news to pass along.  Meredith is helping some people open a new restaurant in downtown Loveland and Joshua applied for a job there.  Well, he was hired.  Although I don’t know what position he was hired for...busing dishes, host and greeter, or what.  But we are all very glad for him and know he will do a very good for them.

Today was a relaxing day.  Because a cold wind was blowing, I didn’t go for my usual “around the block” walk.  I have been doing my exercises and both of my legs seem to be getting stronger.  I am able to manage the steps into the motorhome easier.  That is my main challenge these days.

Meredith, Joey, and Hapa came in the middle of the day and we sat in the sunshine for several hours.  The backyard is a great place for the dogs to play and the humans enjoy sitting and watching.  It is relaxing.

I have been cold most of the day, even when sitting in the sun.  The wind had a bite to it.  Maybe it will improve tomorrow.  I hope so!  I am suffering from a cold or hay fever.  I don’t know which.  But I do know I am going through Kleenex at an alarming rate.

Saturday, March 28, 2015

March 28, 2015---Michelle’s house in Loveland, CO

Bill took me to the school where Natalia is going to learn all about skin care.  I went this morning for a facial.  I have had facials done at beauty schools before, but this one was a new experienxe.  It had very up-to-date equipment and Natalia had been trained well to use it.  I was very impressed with the facility and the young lady that worked on my skin.  That was Natalia, my granddaughter.  I may be slightly partial, but honestly, she did a very good job.

When I was finished, I went for a manicure while Michelle got a facial.  After we left there, we went to McDonald’s for lunch before going home.

I was certainly ready for a nap and so was Bill.  He had taken the motorhome to get propane and dump the holding tanks.  We have been parked facing the house.  This time he parked facing the street.  Bill and Matthew built safe steps for me use to get in the coach.  They did a good job.  I feel very safe using the steps they made.

It was warmer today than it has been.  I didn’t take the time to sit in the sunshine, but that is on my list for tomorrow.

Friday, March 27, 2015

March 27, 2015---Michelle’s house in Loveland, CO

This morning Bill and I went to Costco.  We were shopping for hearing aids.  They had a good selection, but not the kind that transfers the sound from my deaf ear to the aid in my good ear.  That is what I hope will work for me.

We had to go to the Honda dealer because they left a cover off one of the access holes in the door.  It took longer than it should have taken, so I went to the Customer Lounge and had a cookie and hot chocolate.  Not a bad way to spend my time waiting for the dealership to get its act together.

Our only stop on the way home was at Subway for meatball subs  to take home for lunch.

We spent the afternoon resting.  I also did a couple of exercises that David had introduced on Wednesday.  They seem to be adding some strength to my legs, so I’ll keep working on them.

The sky was rather dark looking toward sunset, so we may have some rain.  It is too warm to snow.  Rats! 

Thursday, March 26, 2015

March 26, 2015---Michelle’s house in Loveland, CO

No snow, no rain, some wind, some sunshine.  Generally a nice day.

Bill took the Honda for some repair work. The back doors have been an ongoing problem.  Hopefully, those annoyances are taken care of.  Bill got home in time to take me to see Dr. Huneycutt.  Michelle was with us.  She knows a lot that is going on with me that I don’t remember.

The doctor gave me an Rx for Nitrostat and directions on how to use.  Hopefully, someone who was with me today might understand and get me on the right path.

Before going back home I went to get my hair shampooed and set.  Bill was waiting for me.  When we got back to the MH it was nap time.

There was a story about Hapa that I forgot to include yesterday.  She was outside and barking at someone walking past.  After she got scolded, she came up on the patio and squeezed her furry body in between the house and the BBQ.  She was putting herself in time out.  Michelle tried to get a picture of her, but wasn’t able to.  After a few minutes, she came out...her time was finished.

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

March 25, 2015---Michelle’s house in Loveland, CO

Well, we had snow and rain today.  And it was really cold.  Bill and I went to RV America.  He wanted to see if they had the manual or directions for the new step they installed in November.  They didn’t.  We needed another folding step stool and were able to get that in their store. 

As we were leaving, David called to tell us when he would come for my therapy.  We returned to the MH, getting there just a few minutes before he arrived.

I told him about the chest pains I had yesterday.  He thought Lindsey, my home care nurse, should know about it, and he would take care of filling her in.  In 15 minutes after he left, my primary care physician called for me to come tomorrow at 11:00.  Then Lindsey called and raked me over the coals for not going to the hospital last night.  I’m in big trouble with her!

After all of that excitement, I was tired.  Michelle had a fire in the fireplace so I went into the house, rested and napped some, and played with Joey and Hapa, who were there to play with Tippy.

Michelle made chili for dinner.  It was a perfect day for it.

Actually, the most exciting thing that happened today was that Bill dropped his billfold in the toilet.  Oh, my!  That gives new meaning to “laundered money.”

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

March 24 2015---Michelle’s house in Loveland, CO

After a restful morning, Bill and I went to Kohl’s.  I got a pair of Capris.  They are peach colored...very pretty.  I haven’t tried them on, so when I do, if they fit I guess I will go back for a shirt!

We went to Walmart, where we ate lunch before shopping.  There were several things on our mental list, but unfortunately, we forgot some of them.  Neither one of us is very “trustworthy” when it comes to relying on our brains.  There are several times when we have had a list and still don’t get everything.  Oh, my!

After resting for awhile, we went to to Dr. Huneycutt’s office.  I finished my UTI medicine last week.  He checked me and said everything was clear.  Yea!

Next, we went to the ENT where the audiologist told us about the different kind of hearing aids available.  The doctor isn’t sure if my left ear will benefit from a gizmo but we will try.  They may use one what will transfer the sound to the right ear.  I will be able to give them a test run.  It is probably a good thing we still have over two months to be in the area.

After dinner, Michelle and I went to Meredith’s.  While she gave Michelle a neck message, I played with the pups.  Of course, Hapa claimed me, especially when I handed out treats!

Monday, March 23, 2015

March 23 2015---Michelle’s house in Loveland, CO

I rested this morning.  I was feeling better than last night.

Lindsey, my nurse, came at 11:00.  There was another nurse with her.  Steve is new in their group and she wanted to show him their routine.  We knew he was coming with Lindsey.  I don’t know why, but I thought he would be young.  I was wrong about that.  He had some gray in his hair.  I would guess he was in his sixties.  He was very pleasant and did all of the things he was suppose to do correctly.

No long after they left, David came.  The first thing we did was walk around the block.  I did much better than yesterday.  We worked on lengthening my step.  It made it easier.  Once we were back at the MH, he worked on strengthing my left leg.  It has been giving me some problems.

Bill and I had planned to go on some errands this afternoon, but I was too tired.  I rested the rest of the afternoon.  We’ll see if it helped.

Sunday, March 22, 2015

March 22, 2015---Michelle’s house in Loveland, CO

Today just flew by.  Maybe that’s because I took more than one nap.

Bill and I went to Sam’s Club, just in time for lunch.  Michelle told us that Turbo Tax was there and on sale, no less.  We don’t have very many more days until the taxes for 2014 have to be filed.  I had such good intentions about having all the info gathered and ready to work on by the end of the year.

Guess what?  Most of the time between December 1st and the last of the year I was in the hospital.  Before the new year arrived, I had a heart attack.  And then I had more hospital time after that.

I am better now, but still have a long way to go.  As a result, I haven’t done much toward getting the tax work done.  But today I got  Turbo Tax so I am at least getting started.  I had hoped to work on the numbers all weekend.  It didn’t happen!

This afternoon, two daughters, two grandsons, and three dogs accompanied me on a walk around the block.  By the time we set off on this jaunt, I was tired.  I was able to complete the trip around the block, but had to stop to rest several times.

When we got back, I immediately lay down for a nap.  As a result, I didn’t get to watch any of the NASCAR race.  But I do know I was not happy about the driver who won.

Bill did pass on a good story to me.  Because so many of the drivers and crew members are from California, an interviewer ask them how they had spent their free days in California.  Jimmy Johnston, one of our favorites, said he ate at In-N-Out as many times as he could.  Now we have even more to cheer about.

Saturday, March 21, 2015

March 21, 2015---Michelle’s house in Loveland, CO

I went for a walk this morning.  Meredith, Michelle, and all three dogs were with me.  The girls took the pups to a park to get some of the wiggles out of the dogs.  They were very calm when they went on the walk with me.  The girls knew what needed to be done with the frisky critters.

When we got back from our walk, Meredith took her two dogs home and came back to take me to lunch.  We went to Dairy Delight, one of our favorite places.  Unfortunately, they were still closed for the season.

We went to Arby’s, enjoyed our lunch, and took sandwiches to Bill and Matthew.  They had stayed home to work on steps for me, to make it easier and safer to get into the MH.  Bill was the construction boss and Matthew did most of the hammering and things like that.  

I napped when we got back home.  I was really tired.  And remained tired for the rest of the day.

Friday, March 20, 2015

March 20, 2015---Michelle’s house in Loveland, CO

Today is the first day of Spring.  Years ago we took our four kids to Mexico at Spring Break.  We went to see the pyramid called Chichen Itza.

The vernal equinox is one the major celebrations in Mexico...the first day of Spring.  There were probably 150,000 of the “locals” there.  And then there was us.  We had a great time. 

The steps on the pyramid were built at a carefully calculated angle which makes it look like a snake of sunlight slithers down the stairs on the day of the equinox.  It was very interesting.

A few years ago, we were there with Dwight and Sheila.  We wanted to climb the pyramid and find a geocache in one of the small rooms at the top.  We had to wait two days before we were allowed to climb it.  We found the cache with no trouble.  There were bats in the room and I got in the quano.  Yuck.  Not a fun experience.  But visiting Chichen Itza again was great. 

When David came for my physical therapy, he suggested we walk around the block.  I did a much better job than yesterday.  Today was one of my good days.

Thursday, March 19, 2015

March 19, 2015---Michelle’s house in Loveland, CO

This was another dreary cold day in Colorado.  At least it seemed cold to me.  Bill didn’t agree!

I had an appointment to get my hair washed and set at 12:30.  At about 11:45, Bill ask me what I would like for lunch.  I said “McDonald’s.”  So away we went.  But when we got there they were very busy.  Both drive thru lines were backed up, also.  We knew there wouldn’t be enough time for me to eat and get to the beauty shop on time.

We went to Subway, two businesses down from the hair place.  There was a line there, too.  But it really was moving fast, so I got a tuna sandwich and went to the beauty shop.  I was able to get a few bites eaten before my name was called.  While my hair was drying, I finished eating.  

I felt better today than I have felt in a long time.  But after climbing the steps to get into the MH, the weakness in my legs returned.  It felt as if I had Jell-O where my bones should be.

We decided to go for a walk anyway. but I only went half a block before I knew I should turn around.  When we got back to the motorhome, I could hardly make it up the step.  My legs were extremely weak.  Bill was helping me, but it was a tough climb.

We have been trying to figure out why I has weak legs sometimes, but not always.  We think I may be dehydrated.  The rest of the day I drank lots of water.  After dinner, I was able to climb the MH steps much better.

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

March 18, 2015----Michelle’s House in Loveland, Colorado

Today was cold and damp.  It felt like winter.  With the first day of Spring just two days away, it seems as if things should be warmer.  But the rain just might turn into snow.

I got quite a bit accomplished today.  I filed a bunch of papers this morning..  I also paid some bills...VISA, magazine renewals, and called one of the hospitals in Mississippi about an incorrect bill. 

I also spent some time working with our printer.  It has really been cranky for the last few days.  I finally got things worked out.  I was really hoping that a new printer wasn’t going to be in our future.

There are lavender crocuses coming up in the front flower beds.  And the tulips have poked their leaves through the ground.  A neighbor gave Michelle some iris bulbs last fall, which Bill planted is several places.  They are beginning to show leaves.  Sounds like Spring, eh?

Tuesday, March 17, 2015

March 17, 2015---Michelle’s House in Loveland, Colorado

Happy St. Patrick’s Day.  Did you wear something green today?

I had a book on hold at the Library, so Bill took me to check it out.  He had an appointment to get the doors on the Honda fixed.  The dealer is in Fort Collins, so Bill took me to the hospital before he drove over there.

Meredith had an appointment with her heart specialist and it was at the same hospital where my heart doctor is.  In fact, we were even in the same exam room.  She got a good report.  All of her tests were as normal as her heart can be.

When Meredith and Michelle were born, Meredith had a defective heart valve.  When she was five days old, Bill and I took her to Denver to the University of Colorado Children's Hospital.  Not knowing if she would survive the trip, I held her as close as I could, not knowing if I would ever get to to hold her again.

Today, as I set there and listened to her doctor, I marveled at the last 47 years.  She is truly a miracle.  But all of our children have enriched our lives. 

We went to lunch at Red Robin.  The food was OK, but the service was pathetic.  We were there over an hour.  Next time, I think we will choose a different place.

Of course, when I got back to the MH, a nap was in order.  I was tuckered out!

Monday, March 16, 2015

March 16, 2015---Michelle’s House in Loveland, Colorado

Lindsey, the nurse, came this morning.  We had lots of things to go over.  She is only coming once a week now, so I must be doing better.

David came this afternoon.  The first thing we did was go for a walk.  I started out well, but tired out by the first corner.  We went around the block, just like we’ve been doing, and he didn’t have to push me the last part like Bill did a couple of days ago.  Maybe I’m getting stronger.

We got back to the motorhome in time to do a few exercises.  I rested after David left, but didn’t sleep much.

Tonight was the premier of Dancing With The Stars.  They all seemed to be fairly evenly matched, so it may be a very interesting season.

Sunday, March 15, 2015

March 15, 2015---Michelle’s House in Loveland, Colorado

Today was just about a lost day, as far as I was concerned.  I didn’t accomplish anything.  I had printer problems that I wasn’t able resolve.  It was frustrating.

I had really hoped to get my desk cleaned off.  It is still heaped.  As soon as I can “shovel” all that stuff, I have to get our taxes figured.  Michelle will be going to California for work related meetings.  She usually helps me wade through all the tax stuff, so I need to get that job out of the way.

It was another nice day today, but I didn’t have the energy for walk.  David comes tomorrow so I will have to shape up.  Today was just a lost day!

Saturday, March 14, 2015

March 14, 2015---Michelle’s house in Loveland, CO

This was another beautiful day in Colorado.  The girls keep telling us that there is usually snow about this time of year.  If so, I may never get Grandpa here again.  Bill keeps telling them if they don’t improve their language, he’s going to wash their mouths out...with chocolate.

Michelle and I went to the Habitat thrift store.  She was looking for a low bench to set some seedlings on.  We didn’t find one, but we’ll keep trying.

Meredith and her two dogs came and we went for a walk.  Not far from home, I ran out of steam.  I turned around and sat on the walker seat.  I told Bill that Michelle was going to take pictures, so he started running down the street to beat her back to the motorhome.  I was hanging on for dear life!

Well, Michelle has been doing things like swimming laps and losing weight and she could run faster than her dad.  You see the results.  It was so funny!

Of course, all three dogs joined in the merriment.  They didn’t know what the frolic was about, but they weren’t going to be left out.  They fit into this family really well.

Of course, one of the twins immediately sent text messages all over the country, with this comment, "What do you do when you are too tired to finish a walk?  Get Super Driver to push you home!"

Friday, March 13, 2015

March (Friday) 13, 2015---Michelle’s house in Loveland, CO

If things go as badly on Friday, the 13th, I may have to call on my friend, Sheila.  She wears “combat boots” and may have to come and get me back in line.  She is the best I know at “kicking” things back in line.

At 9:00, we got Meredith and went to see Dr. Green, the cardiologist.  He went over my lab results and x-rays with us.  He said everything looks good, including me!  He took me off of one of the blood thinning meds.  I will go back to see him before we leave the area in June.

David came at noon.  He was easy on me, since I was still stressed from yesterday.  I spent some extra time resting between stretching, etc.

The clouds were gray today.  We got a tiny bit of rain this morning.  The temperature stayed the same for most of the day...57°.

Thursday, March 12, 2015

March 12, 2015---Michelle’s house in Loveland, CO

I went to have my hair shampooed and set.  When Bill came to fetch me we decided to run some errands.  

Before we even left Loveland, we stopped at Dollar Tree.  Going into the store presented no problems.  From there, we drove north to Fort Collins.  We were hunting for Sprouts Market.  I was able to shop around to most parts of the store with no problem.

We made an appointment for the Honda to have some warranty work.  It will be done on Tuesday.  It is concerning the doors, which have been causing problems for awhile now.

We stopped at KFC for lunch.  The special today was chicken pot pies  They were really good, although we weren’t able to finish them.

When we got back to the motorhome, I had a mishap going up the steps.  I bruised my right leg on one of the steps.  Bill was trying to keep me from falling on the driveway and my right shoulder took the brunt of his efforts.  I heard a crack, but didn’t seem to have any damage other than soreness.

at 4:30, Meredith, Michelle, and I took the dogs for a walk.  I was using my walker.  Hapa stayed right by my side.  She is so protective.  

We went the same route that I had successfully gone on yesterday, with no problem.  Not so today!  By the time I got back home, I was barely able to walk.  Bill and Joshua helped me into Michelle’s house for dinner.

We watched TV tonight before I started to work on my blog.  Before I got to my desk, I lost my balance and fell down.  I lay there for several minutes before Bill helped me up.  I don’t think I have any new hurt places, but the day isn’t over yet.

Bill says I am trying to self-destruct.  Maybe he’s right! 

Wednesday, March 11, 2015

March 11, 2015--Michelle’s house in Loveland, CO.

This morning, Lindsey, the visiting nurse, came to check on me.  We are still concerned about the UTI still present, even after a round of antibiotics.  When I finish the second round of antibiotics I will have more lab work to see if things have cleared up.

David came and we went for a walk.  He wanted to see if I was using the walker correctly.  I was able to go about three times further than yesterday.  And I wasn’t exhausted when we got back to the motorhome.  David was able to help me with my fatigue issues and how to combat them.  By the way, he has been a Physical Therapist for 15 years.  He really knows his stuff.

Bill has been working very hard cleaning the coach.  It is a tough job, but it is looking so good.  After he stopped applying the ZAP, and rested for awhile, we went to the library.  My book arrived this morning!

On the way home, we stopped at Sam’s Club for ice cream.  I wasn’t able to eat very much, and neither was Bill.  We are glad to have a good freezer in our new refrigerator.  We brought the remains home for another day.

Tuesday, March 10, 2015

March 10, 2015--Michelle’s house in Loveland, CO.

Bill let me sleep late this morning.  I got up at 10:30.  And I did feel better than I did yesterday.

After lunch, we went to the Library.  I had requested two books from other area libraries and I thought they had arrived.  I was mistaken.  Maybe tomorrow...

I still had some energy, so we walked around one of the paths that crisscross the area.  By the time we got back to the car, I was getting tired.

To get back to Michelle’s house, we zigzagged through some neighborhoods we had never been in before.  We came upon two carvings.  Two large trees had been topped, and carved, probably with a chain saw.  It was interesting to see how someone had creatively used a stump.

Before dinner, Bill and I went for a “neighborhood” walk.  I was able to go a little further than the last time.  Yea!

Monday, March 9, 2015

March 9, 2015--Michelle’s in Loveland, CO.

This morning when I woke up, I didn’t feel very good.  I was having a balance problem.  Several times I nearly fell down.  I didn’t let Bill get very far away.

I have been able to get in and out of the motorhome, but sometimes need help.  Yesterday was fine.  Today was “iffy.”  I remember, all too well, falling out several years ago.  It wasn’t my idea of a good time, and I don’t want to do it again.

I went to see my dermatologist today.  She “froze” several place on my face.  Usually, it doesn’t hurt too much, but today that wasn’t so.  Maybe because I wasn’t feeling too well to begin with.

Not long after we got back home, the nurse came.  Lindsey is nice to have around.  She laughs a lot.  My kind of person.  David didn’t come until 2:30.  We didn’t have a very long session because I wasn’t feeling all that great.  When he comes on Wednesday, we plan to go for a walk with my new walker.  I want to be sure I am using it correctly.  Sometimes, it kind of runs away with me.

I needed to rest after he left.  I was down for 1 1/2 hours.  Joey and Hapa came to visit Tippy.  I wanted to bring Joey out to the motorhome, but I slept right through the time.  Oh, well, there will be another time.

The weather was nice today so maybe it will last a few more days.

Sunday, March 8, 2015

March 8, 2015--Michelle’s in Loveland, CO.

Michelle made cinnamon rolls for breakfast this morning.  They were so-o-o-o-o good.  With happy tummies we went to Ross’s and Target.  We both had a few things we needed, but went home empty handed.

Meredith and her two pups were at Michelle’s when we got back home.  They were waiting for us to go for a walk.  That is an important part of my rehab.  We drove to Lake Loveland, which has a nice walking trail and plenty of parking.

L to R:  Tippy, Connor, Joey, Joshua, me, Michelle, Matthew, Hapa

The weather was beautiful, but just a bit cold.  I am slow, so when we got on the path we sent Meredith, Joshua, Matthew, Joey, Hapa, and Tippy on ahead.  Michelle and I turned around when I got tired, which didn’t take too long.
This one's for Brent!

We all went back to Michelle’s and sat in the sunshine and watched the dogs play.  When they would get tired of playing fetch, they would lay down in a patch of snow to cool.

Saturday, March 7, 2015

March 7, 2015--Michelle’s in Loveland, CO.

It was another beautiful day in Loveland.  The high temperature was in the mid-40°s.

Michelle and I went to the new Trader Joe’s in Ft. Collins.  That is where Natalia works now, but she had a later shift.  The store was very busy, but there were plenty of employees to help. If it is like other Trader Joe’s, it will be a huge success.

Later in the morning, she and I took Matthew to the library.  As usual, it was very busy.  I took my new walker and made out quite nicely.  Once I got rather tired, but was able to sit down to rest.  On the way home, we stopped at Taco Bell for a quick lunch.

At 3:00, after having some time to rest, Bill and I went for a short neighborhood walk.  I was able to go for a block before fatigue began to set in.  Hopefully, as long as the nice weather lasts, we will get back into a walking routine.  

Friday, March 6, 2015

March 6, 2015--Michelle’s in Loveland, CO.

It was cold during the night, but warmed up as the day went on.  This is the first “kind of” warm day we have had in quite awhile.  The “weather guessers” on TV are predicting more of the same for the next few days.  At this rate, the beautiful snow will melt.  Sniff, sniff!

David, my PT came at noon.  He ran me through the paces.  I was really tired by the time he left.  He and Bill both say that I am getting stronger each day.  I’ll take their word for it.

David grew up in Spain, and was a world class dirt bike racer.  Today he showed us some pictures of him in his sport.  He is planning to start racing in this country this spring.  Maybe we will get to see him perform if the weather continues to improve.

We watched NASCAR qualifying from Las Vegas.  Jeff got the pole.  Yippy, Skippy!  This is to be his last full year of racing.  He’s retiring!  We will miss his performances each the week, but he does plan to race occasionally.

Thursday, March 5, 2015

March 5, 2015--Michelle’s in Loveland, CO.

After breakfast and taking care of a few chores around the “old homestead,” we drove to the University of Colorado Medical facility.  I was scheduled for a chest x-ray.  

After that was taken care of, I had lab work done in the same building.  It was for two of my new doctors...cardiology and gastrology.

I wanted to take my new walker in so if there was much walking to do I could use it as a test run.  There was quite a bit of walking involved, so I was glad to have the new walker.  It really made a difference in my ability to get around.

We went to Walmart.  I went to pick up Bill’s Rxs.  I also needed to buy a new toothbrush.  By the time I got there, I was beginning to get tired, so I turned the walker around and sat down.  Those few minutes of rest made a lot of difference in my energy level.

I still needed a nap when I got home, so I rested on the futon in Michelle’s office. 

Bill was in charge of dinner tonight. He made meatloaf and baked potatoes.  We also had salad.

Bill had help in the kitchen...three dogs...Joey and Hapa were visiting Tippy.  At one point, it was just about too much for Grandpa, so I put them in the backyard to play in the snow.  Hapa  loves to roll in the snow and Joey finds a pile of snow and bites it.  Tippy entertains himself in a multitude of ways.  He just loves being outside.

Wednesday, March 4, 2015

March 4, 2015--Michelle’s in Loveland, CO.

We had a heavy snow all night long.  We can keep track of the falling fluffy stuff in a street light behind Michelle’s house. I think I was awake about every 45 minutes to check on the snow activity.  I don’t know how many inches of new snow we got, but it was a beautiful site this morning. The yards and rooftops look like very smooth frosting.

The nurse and the PT came right after lunch.  By the time I had finished my workout I was too tired to go anywhere.  A nap was in order.

Michelle made chili for supper.  It tasted so good on a cold (7°) winter’s night.

Tuesday, March 3, 2015

March 3, 2015--Michelle’s in Loveland, CO.

We had light snow all morning.  There was some wind involved, too.  For a little bit the sun was shining through...and snow just kept falling.

Bill and I had some errands.  One thing on our list was to get a walker for me.  David suggested one with wheels to help me move around and feel secure.  He told us about a place that sells used equipment.  

We found the store...a place started about nine years ago.  At that time, people donated medical equipment to the owner.  I’m not sure why people gave things to her, but she soon had so many pieces of equipment that her garage and one of the rooms in her house were full.  She found a building she could afford to lease.  We were amazed at how big the business was and it still on a donation basis.  It has been at the new location for five years.

We found a walker that should be very beneficial to me...$15, and it was in great condition.  As soon as the sidewalks are cleared, I will really give it a shake down run.

Our next stop was Taco Bell for lunch, before going on a few “medical” errands.  I still have a UTI and needed to have another speciman tested.  We also had paperwork to take to the hearing specialist and the doctor I saw yesterday.

After taking two Rxs to Walmart, we returned home for naps.  When I got up, a heavy snow was falling.  By the time we finished dinner, prepared by Natalia, we had an inch or more of fresh snow on the ground. 

Monday, March 2, 2015

March 2, 2015--Michelle’s in Loveland, CO.

Lori left this morning at 9:00.  Natalia had a meeting in Denver so Lori rode in with her.  We really did enjoy the time we got to spend with her, and hated to see her leave.  The time went way too fast.

We had a lite dusting of snow during the night.  When Michelle and her clan moved to Loveland over four years ago, they looked forward to having snow.  Their first snow was very light.  Matthew called it skinny snow.  Well, that describes the snow that fell last night.

I had an appointment with a gastroenterologist this afternoon.  It was a meeting to get acquainted and explain the problems I had in Mississippi.  Hopefully I won’t have to use his services any time soon, but if I do at least he will be familiar with my situation.

Tippy loves the snow.  He also loves helping shovel the snow.  Perhaps “helping” is the wrong word.  When the “shoveler” throws the snow up in the air, Tippy (AKA Max) tries very hard to catch as much as he can.

Sunday, March 1, 2015

March 1, 2015---Michelle’s in Loveland, CO.

March really gpt here in a hurry, didn’t it?  So much of December, January, and February were basically a blur to me, and now I am going to have to deal with March!  Gee-whiz!

This morning, the girls and I went to Costco.  Our first order of business was to eat lunch.  Costco was very, very crowded.  After we ate, Lori pushed me around in my little wheelchair while Meredith and Michelle shopped.  Every once and awhile, we would lose track of our two shoppers, but we always got back together again.

It was really cold in Costco, and going to the car with a few snowflakes falling, didn’t do anything to help the situation.  When we got back home, I was still chilled.  Lori built a fire in the fireplace, wrapped me in a blanket and fixed me a cup of hot chocolate.  I soon began to thaw out.  I sat there the rest of the afternoon and watched the three dogs play.

I also spent some time playing with Wally, Natalia’s hedgehog.  He was in a fiesty mood and I had to keep putting him back on his towel.

 Wally is so cute!  And different from the other family pets, even Cramer, the turtle.