It's that time of the year....

It's that time of the year....

Sunday, July 28, 2013

Quick update…

I am home as of late last night.  A bit worse for wear but very thankful to be alive and to have a fighting chance to beat this stuff.  I love you all for your thoughts and prayers.  May God Bless you all. 

Stay safe and be happy.  I will visit you all in a few days when I feel a bit better.


Tuesday, July 23, 2013


I will be going in the hospital this morning.  Surgery is scheduled for 1 PM.  I have asked my cyber Twin and dear friend Carole to post an update for  me.

I appreciate so much the prayers for me.  I have read all of your comments and they comfort me. 

 May God Bless You all.

Stay safe and be happy.


Friday, July 12, 2013

Last doctor visit done…

and I got hugged first.  Today was my last doctor clearance visit before the surgery and radiation.  I saw my Dr. D and my BP is managed and my kidneys are stable right now.  When I told the doctor that I would miss him he said that he was going to miss me too as I was one of his spunkiest patients.

spunk•y (ˈspʌŋ ki)
adj. spunk•i•er, spunk•i•est.

plucky; spirited.


spunk′i•ly, adv.

spunk′i•ness, n.

As the doctor was leaving he gave me a big hug and wished me well.   So I got to hug him back without having to work up the courage to do so.  I am really going to miss him.


As the days draw closer to surgery I am beginning to have quite a bit of pain and a bad earache.  It is becoming more difficult to eat, swallow and even talk.  I appreciate all of your kind thoughts and prayers.  May God Bless you all!  Stay safe and be happy!!



Tuesday, July 9, 2013

One more down…

and one more to go.  I saw my primary care physician yesterday for the pre-op exam which lasted about 1 hour.  On Friday I see the Nephrologist, Dr.  Dreyer.  He is the one I have blogged about that is leaving on August 13th.  He is my favorite doctor.  I found out that he is moving to Florida to be close to his mother who is ill.  I am working up the courage to give him a hug.  I certainly will wish him well.  His new patients will be very fortunate.

You know, it has been one doctor visit after another for me the last few weeks.  Unfortunately to some doctors we are only a number and not a person.  The older we get, the more we are treated as children by too many of the doctors.  I am not a genius like Einstein or Jodi Arias (inside joke you will understand if you watched the trial) but my IQ ranks right up there.  I hate being talked to as if I were a child.

Two weeks from today is the scheduled surgery and radiation.  I am very anxious to get that started so that I can see the end in sight.

I hope you all are having a peaceful week.

Stay safe and be happy!!


Sunday, July 7, 2013

From my niece Dee…

from Dee  My niece Dee in WV is executive director of this non-profit organization for kids of all ages with special needs.  Please take a moment to click on these links.  To say that I am so proud of Dee is an understatement.    I have a strong heart.  Do you??  Love you Dee!!


I have not been as peppy the last few days.  I will be so glad when this finally gets over.

Stay safe and be happy.



Wednesday, July 3, 2013


Two more obstacles out of the way.  My carotid test was clear and I passed the stress test.  The nurse told me I did better than some 40 year olds did on the treadmill.  I watched the EKG as I was walking and it didn’t waver one time.

Have a wonderful 4th!  I am so very thankful for the prayers.  They are helping me stay sane.

Stay safe and be happy!!


Tuesday, July 2, 2013

Mini Update..

Yesterday I had the carotid artery scan.     It only took a few minutes.  I arrived at the place to have the scan at 10 minutes till 8.  The technician from Peoria who did the scan was there waiting outside as the door was locked.  No one got there to open the door  until a few minutes after 8 so we had time to visit on the steps.  I introduced myself, we shook hands, and he told me his name was Ed.  He is a very nice young man.  We visited long enough for me to find out that he wasn’t married and that he lived in Peoria.  He heard my sad old tale of what my life has been like since I sold my home and moved here to the bigger city.  To his credit he listened attentively. 

Tomorrow is the stress test.  I have to be at the hospital at 7:45 AM.  I have had so many of these that I know what to expect.  Because of that I am not looking forward to it.  My cardiologist (aka Dr. God  ) will be there.  I hope he will be kind enough to tell me tomorrow the results of both tests.

The weather here has been beautiful the last few days.  In the 70s with a brief shower once in awhile.  Right now it is 60 degrees and sunny.  I am doing laundry and just piddling around.  counting down the days till the main event.

Bob,Rube,Dad &Billy July,1958 001 (1)

Another old picture from 1958.  My brothers, Bob, Rube, Daddy and Billy.

I hope you all have a great day.  Stay safe and be happy!!  Thank you all for keeping me in your thoughts and prayers.