2019 January 18 Friday

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2019 January 18 Friday in Liberty Hill, Texas

44° and partly cloudy start to the day. Other areas nearby have heavy fog alertes but we appear to be fog free. It reached 65° under mostly clear skies.

61° inside before I started the heater going. It didn’t take long to be warm enough to open the door. And three for stayed open until sundown.

It may be because I didn’t sleep well in the hospital or maybe it was because the recliner was so comfortable, but I slept very well last night.

My new “CHRISTMAS CHRONICLES” Santa suit arrived today. I’m six foot plus and 300 pounds. The 3x suit fits very well. Pants are long enough as are the shirt sleeves. Even the gloves fit my oversize mitts. What y’all think?

Today Ella had visits from her home health nurse and later from the physical trainer. Both gave her thumbs up for the way she doing ado far. She slept most of the day.

G’night and God bless.

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2019 January 17 Thursday

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2019 January 17 Thursday in Liberty Hill and Cedar Park, Texas

53° and partly cloudy start to the day.

Day two with Ella’s new shoulder. Neither of us slept long (3-4 hours) she however had deep sleep (thank you pain meds) and I had light sleep.

My bed

Yesterday she had very little (uncontroled) pain. This morning was different and she called requesting relief. She has a line with a nerve block that will stay in until all of the medicine is gone, which will probably be sometime on Saturday. In the photo below you can see the bag under her left arm that contains the medicine. And, of course, the sling for her right arm.

It was approaching 12:30 and we were packed and ready to go, just awaited the “get out out jail free card” from the doctor. The physical therapist was in and instructed Ella in what to do and not do. She managed tho dress herself with only minor adjustments from me.

It was about 3:30 when she was released. Ella was given 3 prescriptions which I took to the Wal-Mart pharmacy. It was a nice day (73° and sunny) duo Ella elected to remain in the truck. The pharmacy could fill 2 of the orders but the third presented a problem. The way the script was written, Ella could take 12 pills a day. Wal-Mart’s policy only allowed 10 a day.

They contracted the doctor’s office but got no reply. They told me I could get out tomorrow. I told them that out was unacceptable. This was the pain pills that she would need too get through the night. I tried to get them to sell me just enough for the might. Couldn’t wouldn’t.

They tried a second time to reach the doctor. No response. I told them to keep trying and to call when they received the okay.

I went out to the truck and explained to Ella what was going on. I had just started backing out of theparking spot, when the pharmacy called. They had the okay Ann’s the meds would be ready in 15 minutes.

Ella needed to use the bathroom so she went in with me this time. We got the pills.

Charlotte, a friend from church, called tho say that she was bringing fried chicken to its as soon as we could get home. I had just finished unloading the truck when Charlotte arrived. It’s nice to have thoughtful friends.

Ella was more comfortable in the recliner than the bed. So we are sleeping inn our recliners tonight.

Goodnight and God bless.

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2019 January 16 Wednesday

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2019 January 16 Wednesday in Liberty Hill and Cedar Park, Texas

Ella’s New Shoulder

3:30 came suddenly this morning. I’m not used to being awakened by an alarm. But we needed to get up and get moving so that we could get Ella to the hospital by 5 today. We left home at 4:26. We arrived at 4:54 and waited only a short time to be checked in.

Soon her ID cards and insurance information were scanned. Legal documents were initialed and signed. Now the hospital, doctors, nurses, and janitorial staff are exempt from any legal actions should something go awry.

The next step was to get her in a backless gown and a rolling hospital bed. She was inspected, injected, pic lined, electrode intertwined, and pain block in the neck! What the heck?

About 7:30 they wheeled her off to have a new shoulder surgically installed. At 8:30 the doctor came to let me know that everything went well and she was being moved to recovery. It was almost an hour until she woke. I sent Facebook messages to the family.

Around 10 they called me in the waiting room to say she would be moved to a room. I grabbed the bags of stuff and found my way to the room. I arrived about 15 minutes before she did.

Once Ella, bed and all, was wheeled into the room, a team of blue-clad folks and high tech gadgets surrounded her, fastening this and plugging in that.

She will deny this but she was still half loopy from the anesthesia. They gave her a lot off information that I know she didn’t understand and I only half heard.

By the time everyone had left the room it was 11:30. They had given her a menu. She told me what she’s wanted and I gave the information to the kitchen.

With her situated, I went seeking food for myself. I found it at a nearby Dairy Queen. When I returned to the room she was asleep and her tray of food was untouched. I curled up on a couch and went to sleep.

About 20 minutes later the room phone rang and woke both of us. It was the kitchen calling for her supper order. Now that she was awake she ate part of her grilled cheese sandwich and sweet potato fries.

Nursing staff were in and out throughout the afternoon, giving her pills, adjusting the oxygen levels, helping her to the bathroom, and giving her breathing exercises. After the trip to the bathroom she sat in the recliner next to the bed and made phone calls and doing other things on her phone.

She is doing quite well at managing the pain and is using her right hand for eating and the phone.

When her supper arrived I once again foraged for food. This time at Carl Junior.

The evening was quiet until around 7 when they came to take her to the bathroom and give her an antibiotic shot. Actually it was an IV drip that took a little over an hour.

7:45 came and the nursing change of shift arrived. Nurse Alisha explained to Nurse Nancy all that had been done and what needed yet to be done.

The expected physical therapy will now happen sometime tomorrow.

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2019 January 15 Tuesday

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2019 January 15 Tuesday in Liberty Hill and Cedar Park, Texas

41° and deeply overcast, it looks and feels like winter even though it isn’t really that cold. Somehow it managed to reach 48°today.

For breakfast I opened one package of the 72 hour emergency survival food that arrived in yesterday’s mail. We had one serving each of Cinnamon Sugar Oatmeal. That leaves six servings in the pack. There is also potato soup and mac and cheese in the pouch. That’s not much variety … but hey it’s to keep you nourished for 72 hours and it will do that. The oatmeal was great, by the way, not too sweet, which was something I feared with a presweetened food. I look forward tho trying the soup and mac and cheese.

We did more laundry today. I mentioned the last time that we missed getting some throws (lap blankets) washed. They are done now. We wanted to get this little chore done before Ella has her surgery tomorrow.

Late this afternoon the hospital finally called to tell us when we need to arrive tomorrow. Five in the morning. That’s about what time I had thought it would be.

No sunrise and no sunset photos today. The sun was ano show.

7pm prayer meeting tonight. Laying on of hands and anointing with oil before surgery seemed like a wonderful idea.

God bless you.

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2019 January14 Monday

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2019 January14 Monday in Liberty Hill, Texas

34° and mostly cloudy. 44 for thenot so high. Another pollen alert. I’ll be glad when the pollen level drops. Maybe then I’ll stop squeaking when I breathe.

I took this sunrise photo from the window in the front room. If I’d taken the time to get dressed and sloshed through the mud and water, I could have gotten a better angle that didn’t include the street lights. However, by then the sun would have been up and the colorful clouds would have been gone.

After breakfast we stopped at the post office and picked up three packages of emergency food.

We then took the truck to Cabana Auto in Liberty Hill. The gentleman there took a look at it and said, “Its the battery, it’s a Wal-Mart battery and it may be under warranty. Take it to Wal-Mart and see what they will do.” I thanked him, shook his hand and went to Wal-Mart.

Wal-Mart checked the battery and found it defective. It was under warranty (would have expired in February) and they replaced it for free. Thank the Lord.

The next stop was the hospital to make sure that they have all the information that they need for Ella’s surgery before Wednesday. She still doesn’t know what time she is to be there.

Feeling lucky, we went to Verizon. Last summer we purchased a HUM automotive diognostic device which quit working just before we left Iowa at the end of September. The salesman listened to us then went out and unplugged the device and plugged it back in. “Try that,”

I needed a case for my often dropped phone. As he brought up our account, he told us that we could upgrade to a new phone. They would pay off our existing phones and buy them back. Plus save us $80 a month. We bit. We bought.

We drove home and tried to check on the HUM. It needed to have the app downloaded to our new phones. It also needs a 9 digit code from the side of the box that it cane in. Don’t have it. I’ll call Verizon tomorrow.

There was an Emmaus meeting at church tonight with a potluck before hands. We went and ate. However my nose was dripping like a faucet so we did not stay for the meeting.

God bless you.

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2019 January 13 Sunday

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2019 January 13 Sunday in Liberty Hill, Texas

31° and clear with honest to God ice, not frost, on the windshield this morning. It reached 45° under full sunny skies.

We arrived at church way early. Pastor was practicing his guitar.

Don’t often see the sanctuary this empty.

Now for something completely different. I was driving into the sun for most of our drive into town. When I got to a shady spot, I looked down to see what speed I was going and I wasn’t. None of the gauges were working. And then they all just popped to life again. Curious. When we arrived at church and tried to back into a parking spot, reverse didn’t work. The forward settings work but not reverse. I pulled into a spot where I can go forward out.

After church I drove through Chicken Express’s drivethrough for lunch. While there, I put the truck in reverse and it worked!. When we arrived home I parked perpendicular to the trailer so that I could drive forward in the morning. Tomorrow I will call for an appointment to diagnose the truck.

God bless you.

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2019 January 12 Saturday

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2019 January 12 Saturday in Liberty Hill, Texas

45° and drizzle. Reached 55° and clear.

We had no place to go and nothing to do. And that’s exactly what we did. Actually we stayed home and accomplished some cleaning and sorting.

I scanned the last of the over 400 Santa letters from this year. I love reading them. Most of all I love the ones where they aren’t asking for anything but just giving Santa a gift.

That’s all for today

God bless you.

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