2018 August 16 Thursday

2018 August 16 Thursday in Grimes Iowa

66° with an almost foggy haze in the air. It is amazing that the forest fires on the west coast could be affecting the air in the Midwest. It kept the temperature from going above 82° at noon and kept it steady there until after 4 p.m.

As I do every Thursday, I checked my blood clothing factor. Today I was a little on the”thin” side. Partially this was due to the steroids I’ve been on since Sunday morning’s trip to the emergency room. I received a call from the Coumadin Clinic advising my to lower my dosage for the next couple of days, until I’m no longer on the steroids.

After breakfast we went to Cutty’s Cafe for coffee with Francis and Sandy, Keith, and Gail. We stayed there until about 10:15. I had an appointment for a follow up with the doctor to verify that I’m recovering from the allergy attack.

We arrived at the senior center in time for lunch. Unfortunately they were serving meat loaf. And after all the health problems caused by the meatloaf last Thursday, I decided to not have it. The side dish was pureed sweet potatoes which I do not like. Bake ’em, butter ’em and I’ll eat them. Make them look like baby food that’s already passed through the baby and I won’t. I went to McDonald’s and had an egg McMuffin.

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We had a guest speaker today who had some of us doing the Macarena.

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Here is a practice run through the sermon for this coming Sunday.

G’nite y’all!

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2018 August 14 Tuesday

2018 August 14 Tuesday in Grimes Iowa

68° with clouds this morning.

My hives are still itching and, though I’m not supposed to scratch them, my fingers haven’t gotten the message. I catch them digging at my flesh and order them to stop. But while I’m concentrating on one hand, the other finds a new spot to scratch. One hand doesn’t know what the other is doing.

I’m being so good today that I even have a halo.

It was a slow day at work with only give customers. It stayed slow untill Terrianne came to relieve me at 2.

At that time Ella and I went to Dairy Queen for my lunch, her supper.

While we were eating, my niece called to say that her and her sister were coming down to visit. When they arrived, we say on the patio and played 3 or 4 games of Fast Track.

It began a slow, spotty rain just before Kara and Karla left.

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G’nite y’all!

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2018 August 13 Monday

2018 August 13 Monday in Grimes Iowa

66° and hazy at the day’s beginning.

Hives aren’t any fun. Last night I kept finding myself scratching at the rash, which I’m not supposed to do. I told Ella that I needed one of those cones they put on dogs to keep them from bitting at the itches. She said, “except they’d be on your hands.” I got up and put a pair of socks on my hands. It worked okay over night. But I don’t think I can work at the fee booth with socks (or gloves) on hands.

Here are my life savers for today.

I’ve taken my steroid tablet for the day, and the first Benadryl.

Filed under thank you God. I got in Rudolf the red nosed pickup this morning, pushed on the brake in preparation for starting. Pedal went all the way to the floor. I’m out of brake fluid.

Ella dropped my off at the fee booth and then went up to the cafe. Don, who works in maintenance, was there and put some break fluid in Rudolf. After work, I’ll buy a bottle and top it off.

As I comb my beard, some hairs are pulled out.

When I look at them, it’s easy to see why it becomes tangled.

The weather alert / civil defense Sirens started going off about 10: 39 this morning. I have no idea what reason it was. normally they check them at noon on the first Saturday of the month. and since this is neither noon or Saturday I’m really kind of confused about what’s going on. As I was typing this, Ella called to ask me why the Sirens were going off. I’ve checked the weather and there is nothing but sunshine and blue skies.

I never did find out the reason for the Sirens.

After work, I bought some brake fluid, filled the truck with gas and ran it through the car wash.

Ella had BBQed chicken thighs in the Crock-Pot and we had our lubber (lunch/supper) at about four o’clock. Q

I took more Benadryl and a nap that Can lasted until 7:30. It was nice to wake up before bedtime.

G’nite y’all!

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2018 August 11 Saturday

2018 August 11 Saturday in Grimes Iowa

66­ and hazy this morning. The sun looks somehow fake this morning as if some cosmic prankster substituted an orange ball in place of the sun.

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Thursday Cutty’s Campfire Cafe had a meatloaf dinner and it was very good. Unfortunately for me it was also full of onions.

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I have a allergy to onions that causes anywhere from a mild scratchiness of the throat to swelling of the throat. I didn’t know that it was full of onion until Friday morning when I woke with a scratchy throat. It wasn’t severe just an irritant. There was a small piece of the meatloaf leftover and I took it for my supper at work last night. That has turned out to be an unwise choice. This morning I woke with a very sore and swollen throat and my lips are also swollen. In the photo I am not trying to accentuate the lips … that is just how they look this morning. Also I itch all over, which is something new.

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It was feeding time at and below the bird feeders this morning. However, right after I took this photo, a grackle flew smack dab into the window with a loud thump. He was dazed but seemed okay. It did frighten the other creatures away, however. I guess I shouldn’t have cleaned the glass so well.

Looking through photos from years gone by.

August 2011 great grandma Ella with Charlotte and Lorelei.

This was about August 2012 when our pickup was being repaired after a yellow post at Walmart “ran into it.”

2013 Tom liturgist during State Fair themed service at Union Park UMC

Sunset August 2017

G’nite y’all!

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2018 August 12

2018 August 12 in West Des Moines and Iowa

66° at days beginning and reached a high of 92° and does to 77° at bedtime.

I snapped this photo as we were leaving home on the way to emergency room at Methodist West Medical Center.

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This morning I woke 4:30 with lips, tongue, and throat swollen. I had a terrible time sleeping because I itch all over.

6 o’clock came and I awakened Ella and told her that I lneeded to go to the emergency room. I had Ella call Stoney to ask him to cover the worship service for me. Unfortunately he was taking Sue to the emergency room at Mercy West. We are sitting in the ER at Methodist West which it’s just .3 miles from where we are.

They got a PICC line in and a shot of Benadryl, steroids, and something else pepsin or something like that.

As is got closer to time for worship, Ella called out to Cutty’s and told them to hang a sign on the door of the Adult Center saying “No worship today”. I really hated to do that but I could hardly talk. I guess the only bright side here is that I have next week’s bulletins and sermon ready.

Another shot of Benadryl at about 11:15. It had started working on the swelling. However the itching has subsided and I have a rash all over my body, on arms, face, on my head, and in my beard, as well as the non public parts.

Having had neither breakfast not lunch, when we left the ER around 2, we went to Village Inn for lunch we them took the prescriptions to the pharmacy. We them shipped for a time. Shortly after 4 I received a text message that the prescriptions had been filled. So we went back, got the prescriptions, and checked out. Came home I rested while Ella went to water some plants for some friends who are out of town. Beyond that I did nothing of importance until bedtime.

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.G’nite y’all!

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2018 August 10 Friday

2018 August 10 Friday in Grimes Iowa

68° and mostly clear at 4:30 this morning. Got a little hazy and climbed up to 80° and stayed there until sundown.

My CPAP machine ran out of distilled water over night. That means that my sinuses and throat were extremely dry this morning. When that happens then all my mucus making cells go into hyperdrive to make up for lost time. And I got the nose drips.

Since I was awake, I worked on the sermon for this coming Sunday.

When Ella came out and started rattling Panda around, u realizes how late it was.

Normal morning except going to Burger King for breakfast. They really need to hire some help. It appeared that there was only one person running the counter as well as the drive though and one working the kitchen.

There was time for coffee with the gang at the cafe before going the the senior center.

I had time for a short nap before going to work at 3:00 p.m. I worked until 10.

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2018 August 09 Thursday

2018 August 09 Thursday in Grimes Iowa

76° and sunny by the time I got up.

No Sunrise photo today because I slept in. Around four this morning my phone fell from the shelf over the bed and landed on my nose! That is not the kind of wake up call I expect. So I went back to sleep until reawakening about quarter after seven. By then the sun had already risen.

My blood work all looked good today. Glucose was a little high but after eating that huge piece of sour cream raisin pie last night, I wasn’t surprised unfortunately my eating habits got out of whack this week and the scale showered a gain.

Most of the usual game were there for coffee this morning.

Then lunch and games at the senior center.

meatloaf supper at Cutty’s Cafe this evening

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