OK... 8:30 a.m. Time for a Shave, Shower and Shampoo and clean Clothes and get ready to head out
Still Cloudy but up a Degree to 52... A bit better than on Monday's trek and if lucky not as far to walk from the Car
So, I headed out about 9:45 a.m. got to the Medical Building right on time, and got a close Parking spot
Up to the Second Floor, down the Hall and there it was... More papers to fill out, why don't they share with the others?
Into the Exam Room for questions and checks, then the Doctor came in to tell me what it was all about
And it was mainly just a 'Follow Up'... Keeping an eye on me to see how things work out, then they took a Blood Draw
Then She said I was all done for the present, would schedule me in Three Months for more checks
And the bright spot was... They saw no need for any 'Chemo' as most everything indicated it was not necessary
That was that and I headed back, got Home at 11:30 a.m. and what to to the rest of the Day? As usual... nothing
Well I needed to eat something and did need a couple things from the Price Chopper...
And I had an Award coupon for 5% off the Goodies and so back to the Price Chopper to chop Prices
Bought extras of everything I needed so I could use the Coupon to the best effect, only a couple bucks off though
And back to unload and on to the rest of the dreary Afternoon
And then a Phone Call from the Cardio people, the guy said the Test result was Great and no problems
So maybe that's the end of that part, looks like this extra stuff is winding down some, next... a follow up by the Surgeon
That Appointment is on Thursday and that seems to be the last for November... and I sure hope so
Finished out the Day as usual... Bored... and off to Bed too early again
And back to Bed about 6 a.m. Just too sleepy for the Day yet, didn't sleep though, just a rest until 7:30 a.m.
So it was past the time for anything to eat or drink until I got back home, probably about 3 p.m.
Looks like it is going to be a long, tedious, boring Day until I have to set out for North Kansas City... Ho Hummm
Then, looked like I hd a load of Clothes ready for the Laundry, might as well dump them in the Washer
Time slipped slowly toward Noon, then about 11:45... better start on 'clean up' time... Had my Shave earlier
But I needed to get into that warm Shower to get all nice and clean for that 'Stress Test'
That done, into clean Clothes and ready to set out on my Journey... should leave about 1 p.m.
And I left about 1 p.m. Blazer all warmed up, got to the Hospital right om Time, checked in
They were going to do a 'Radioisotope Cardiac PET/CT Stress Test' Whatever that is
Called in and sat down for an IV Poke (of course) then led into the CT Scanner room, down on the Table
A bunch of wires stuck to my Chest and then away we went, an Injection, some Scans, then a wait
Another Injection and another wait, then the last Injection and some more Scans and done after about a half Hour
Back off the Table, Jacket back on and headed for the best place there... The Exit
Across the Bridge to the Garage, into my still warm Blazer and headed Home
On the way back, decided to stop by the Price Chopper for some Lottos, got $20 worth
Then Home at 3 p.m. Popped open a Strawberry Glucerna and worked my Lottos, first three Losers
Then a super Crossword, Hit a $25 Win, then a $50 Win, a $5 Win and finally a $20 Win...
OK, had no Breakfast and late to Lunch, I dug out some munchies and back to the Afternoon TV
And I just wasn't feeling too good all Day, I had stopped taking the Opioid Pill which worked good
So I thought I would take one to see if it would help some and it did, I finished my boring TV session
And headed to Bed early about 6 p.m. And had the best Night of rest in Bed so far
And I needed that rest to face another Appointment at 10 a.m. on Tuesday... (and another one Thursday)
OK, after another Hour of sleepy boredom, 7 a.m. and need something to do... WHAT?
I just seem to be in a kind of a dull 'daze' like I was doped up on something but I stopped taking the Opioid
So far Today just Aspirin and my Vitamins and some Heart Pill they gave me, and Apple Juice and Coffee
Then I had an idea to scan some old Photos to add to my 'Memories' and post on Facebook
That got me interested a little bit and took me to about 8:30 a.m.
I have a lot more to look over so when I get bored again I can scan a few more of those
And then on and off the Computer, just doodling around, easing through that boring dreary Day
The Weather sure has been cold and depressing seems most every Day since I got Home
Then got an idea to play with, I don't have to look out the Window to check the Weather
I have a Web Cam in the Living Room Window and another in the Office Window that show it all
So I checked the Weather with the Cams at 11 a.m. Cloudy Bright, but still no Sun and still cold at 46 Degrees
And then a call from Pat... How ya Doin? OK considering and all that, and then a catch up chat
Told her three Appointments next Week, she wants to go along on one, thinking Thursday would be best
Monday is going to take over an Hour, don't know what Tuesday will entail, Thursday just a Doctor Follow up
On through the Afternoon, made some Hash for Dinner later, Potatoes, Onions, Green Pepper, Roast Chicken Thigh
Then I got into an Afternoon Movie and a bit later another Call from Pat, 'Hey.. Ya want some Pie?'
Well yeah, who wouldn't like some Pie? A friend had dropped by her place and gave her some Pie from a Church Social
So she said she would bring some right down... Showed up, put the Pie on my Table and then sat for some Video and Chat
And we watched my Hospital Video and several older Nature Sanctuary Videos before she had to head up the Hill to Home
And again that was the Finale for the Day, some more sips and nibbles and off to bed about 8 p.m.
A bit of progress in my tedious recovery... My stomach has been bloated since, had to find old Pants to wear
Found a couple pair with Two Inch wider Waists that worked but Saturday Morning my latest new Jeans now fit
And so, every Day maybe just a little farther on the way to being comfortable again
OK, all my Morning Computer stuff done again and what's next? Just nothing that interests me at all
And the Weather out there is not helping with those cold Temps and cloudy Skies
Well then, now 9 a.m. Might as well go see what the Non-News is blathering about this Morning
And then after a tedious Morning, 1:30 p.m. and a few things done... that needed to be done
My daily Routine has not been as regular as it has been, my Computer Stuff is now back to the usual
But then my daily Shower, Shampoo and Shave have been sort of 'now and then' when I felt more like it
So, Saturday, let's do it... First a nice close Shave with my new Razor and then into the Shower
A nice slow warm Shower and Shampoo and then out for some clean Clothes and man didn't that feel nice!
And then, out to face that cold Day, I needed some Vitamin B-12 and also my Prescription shipment in my Mail Box
But first I headed down to the Fast Stop, hadn't been there in a Coon's age, had a catch up chat with Navru
Bought $20 worth of Lottos, then on to the Price Chopper for my Vitamins, then the Mail Box for my Script
Back home to scratch off a $21 Win, my money back plus a $5 Profit, not so bad
On the way back inside I noticed my Porch Light was out, I usually leave it on all Day and Night
Getting closer to the Door I see the Light fixture was replaced when I wasn't looking
And looks like even if you leave in on, it automacilly shuts off in Day time
The new Ownership here is doing extensive upgrading to the Buidings, Street and Grounds
I hope they don't spend so much that I can't afford the inevitable Rent Increases
On to the rest of the Day and as usual, all downhill from Noon and nothing much going on
And they are already saying that Sunday will be another Cloudy dreary Day but maybe just a tad warmer
On to the usual Morning, just getting everything started... All the early stuff done by 6:15 and ready for my Coffee and Crossword
And then nothing at all on the Agenda except check into that Appointment I have no interest in and I feel rebellious!
I did that, and I now have that Appointment for Tuesday the 14th, so that is now Three for that week, all at NKC Hospital Campus
Monday for a Heart 'Stress Test', another IV and a boring Hour on the Table to get that done, they say...
The one for Tuesday is a Cancer 'Follow Up', whatever that means and might entail, getting tired of this stuff
Then Thursday another 'Follow Up' with my Cancer Surgeon, will then see what he has in mind
11 a.m. The Day was just dragging along, just couldn't get interested in anything and sleepy to boot
So, nothing to do? Well then let's count the Flowers on the Wall... oooops, ain't no Flowers on my wall after all
And again that was just about it for the Day, the Afternoon is just a 'Find something to Do' time
And I didn't find anything much to do, ho hum, so boring lately, cold Weather and boring TV
I managed to work my way through a tasty Hot Dog and some more nibbles and sips and a couple Movies until bed time
And slow Weekend starts Tomorrow... What? More Cold and Cloudy and Boring?
Did my Morning Computer Catch-up, finished and posted my Wednesday Blog and started on Thursday's
That much done, and feeling pretty good after my Morning warm-up... No plans now for the next Four Days
Just try to ease through another Day of this slowest recovery I have endured so far
Would be nice to come up with another Idea for an old 'Still Photo' Video, just have no idea for one so far
Then started working my Crossword Puzzle and getting sleepy again... what's going on anyway?
I finished my Puzzle and gave up and crawled back in bed again at 8:30 a.m. napped until 9:30
Back up then for another start on the Day and this time with a new Project Idea
Earlier I had made a Video of my first several Homes in Kansas City, wasn't all pleased with that result...
Maybe I could make another try at that and make a more pleasing result for me... well, I'll take a look later
Well now, moving along, almost 11 a.m. Sunshine and feeling pretty good, thinking of shopping later maybe
Needed a few items from the Price Chopper, and then, just checking my Email... and lookee there!
A new Price Chopper Shopping and Delivery Service... I didn't really feel like another chilly Drive to the Store
Maybe I could try that out, see how it works, and the first Delivery... no Delivery Charge, might just be what I need
So I filled out my Shopping list and placed my Order, they said Delivery in one Hour, lets see what happens
And then 11:35 a.m. A Beep Beep on my Phone and a message showed up on my Computer Monitor 'Price Chopper on the Way!'
Then 5 minutes later at 11:40 a.m. knock knock, bet they can't keep this pace up when the system gets going!
And that brought the Day up to around Noon and about all that was much interesting for the Day
The rest was the usual... slowly slipping through an uninterestng Afternoon into the evening and back to Bed again
Then one more irritating Phone call from another Heatlh organization and I couldn't make much sense of it
They have an Appoinment for me set up on this next coming Tuesday, don't know what or why so I have to call them back
Seems everyone wants to hitch a ride on my last problem and use up more of my Insurance
So on into the Afternoon, for Dinner I tried a Burger with some more of my Radishes
Managed to last through another Movie with a Dish of Ice Cream and then gave up and headed to Bed
And overall, Tuesday and the Hospital Trip went well, but a boring Day afterward and early to Bed
Now starting this new Day I feel just great! Best so far, and now see how long this lasts
I haven't been in any real Pain but just discomfort here and there and there too...
So, got my Morning Computer stuff done, a bit sleepy again so I headed back to Bed for a nap
8 a.m. Back to the Wide Awake... Poured my Coffee, back to the Computer... Bright Sunshine flooding in my Office Window
Now if we only had some Temps to match that, would like to trek out back to see what happened to my late Radish Crop
Just before my Hospital Vacation they were just beginning to look good
Still feeling good for the Morning, and looks like I will need some kind of Project to keep me busy
Can't get used to the TV again so far, the 'News' is all downbeat, every Movie I try is so negative in subject
Just can't find Entertainment to match my 'Happy Days are Here Again' for now
Here... Let's listen to a Happy Song, brighten up my Morning a little more!
A note on the Staple removal, the Nurse clipped all the Staples on Tuesday, all 22 of the critters
And then began to tape little strips all the way from top to bottom... I suppose for support
She said some would fall off, the rest would be removed at my next Doctor Appointment on the 16th
Noon Time... Thought I would take out the Trash, put on my nice warm heavy Jacket, bright Sun but cold out there
Dumped the Trash, decided to take a walk out back to check my Radishes... and they were looking GOOD!
It looked like the best Crop I have had so far, my Spring Planting did nothing, have to try this Fall stuff again
So I pulled them all, brought them in for a Clean-up and Trim. now where are the Sandwiches to go along with them?
I put the Radishes in a Bag and into the Fridge and that was the last real activity of the Day
The rest just trying to ease through the Day, just so tedious and the TV no help much at all
From then until bed time was just TV and nibbles and sips and a nap now and then
For my main Meal I decided on some Club Crackers with Ham and Cheese Loaf and some of my Radishes
I liked the Radishes, just a slight bit woody but tasty at that
To wind up the Evening then, a Dish of Black Walnut Ice Cream, my favorite...
And a couple Concert Songs from Andre Rieu on You Tube... then 'Goodnight Irene... Good Night'
Some simple plans for the first part of the Day, nothing pending for the last Half yet
Up at 6 a.m. A Glass of Orange Juice, finished Monday's Blog, a Cup of Coffee, starting on Tuesday's drivel
The Plan, first a Shave, then a careful Shower, then when ready, thinking maybe around 10 a.m. that Doctor's Office trip
Off to the Doctor's Office to get the 'Clips' removed and then back Home with no more plans
Easing on into the Morning, taking things real easy, hoping for a great Day
Started in on my heading out routine... First a Shave with my new Razor, slow and carefully
Then into the Shower, and extra careful and slow, then a welcome Shampoo, a careful Rinse and out to Dry
And then, now don't that feel Great! Into some clean Clothes, my old comfy Sneakers and ready to go... almost
Went out to start up the Blazer... Was Cold out there... Back inside for a few minutes to tidy things up
And out and away to the NKC Hospital Pavilion again... Parked in the Garage, across the Bridge to the Second Floor
Took the Elevator to the 6th Floor, checked in and Five Minutes later, 'Donald?' Yes ma'am
Ten steps down the Hall, into the Room, up on the Table, Pants down, Shirt up and away she went
Snip, snip snip, and 22 Staples out and it was done in just a few minutes and no pain! Do I like that? Yessum!
And here... A Photo of the Staple Array intact after Surgery, not posting the Photo on this Page for the Squeamish
~ Just click here for the Link for the Photo online ~
A ride back then to finish out the rest of the Day and so far no more Appointments until November 16th
The rest of the Day went slowly and a bit uncomfortably, innards still sorting things out it seems
And I think that is just a catch up talk with the Surgeon, and I sure do hope so
I kept at my nibbles and sips, had some Soup for Dinner, finally gave up on the TV at 6:30 p.m.
And off then for a fairly comfortable, but very long night
The rest of the Day went slowly and a bit uncomfortably, innards still sorting things out it seems
So for the Day? What's the Plan? Not a lot to start... Posted Sunday's Blog, starting on this one
Will sip my Coffee and work the Crossword next... and then what? Well, just take it easy until I head out
I have four Hours to go, need to take a shower before then but that's about all that's necessary until then
And got sleepy again working my Crossword so back to bed for an Hour... Up at 8 a.m. to try again
And... bright Sunshine flooding in my 'Office' Window, a cheery looking sight, those dreary days have surely been DREARY!
But checking the Temp, still at 31 Degrees... But hoping that Sun will have the Blazer warm by 10:30
10:30 a.m. and a change in Plans... Supposed to head for the Doc's Office but waiting for a B.M. that didn't happen
So I called the Office, explained to them and they said OK, just trot over later in the Day... so I was still waiting
And I waited a long long time and after many tries I was fnally successful... What a relief!
But then too late in the Day and not in the mood for a drive to the Hospital for the procedure
I was sleepy again too, so I hit the Sack again and then woke up around 4 p.m. thinking of another fat Hot Dog
So then I had my Dinner, tried some more TV, then just gave up on the Day and back to Bed... Ho Hum...
So then settling back in for the Evening, I hotted up a nice fat Hot Dog and got back with the TV catch up
And that wound up the rest of Saturday and it was time to rest up for a time Changing Sunday
Now... Sunday Morning 8 a.m. (New Time) I started changing the Clocks on Saturday Evening, I have a LOT of Clocks
And a peek at the Weather... Oh No... says light Rain, just what I need, another gloomy Day to dampen my Spirits
Well, I have no Appointments, no Plans, no Projects for the Day... Just find something to keep me happily busy
And... Time Creeps On... Remember one reason for this Blog is to remind ME, when something happened
So I include a lot of personal Trivia just for my own account, like these recovery Days, what I did when
Now today just for my record... First a Glass of Apple Juice with my 'Smooth Lax' powder mixed in
Next a Cup of Coffee while I did my usual Morning Computer Data catch up amd Puzzle playing around
Moving slowly and with an extra Puzzle worked in, that took me to the 'new time' of 10:30 a.m.
And that was time for a 'Breakfast' of a bottle of Glucerna Energy Drink and a TV News catch up
12:45 p.m. After my 'Breakfast' and a little TV I got sleepy all over again, gave up and back to hit the Sack for a Nap
Some Dreams and a good Nap and then back to join the up and doing again, feeling pretty good too
And then the Sun peeked out, Good! That should warm up the Blazer as I wanted to hit the Price Chopper again
OK, Now 4 p.m. just stepping along through the day a bit at a time, not pushing my limits...
And that wide waist and wide Belt, not all that comfy, remembered that I had Suspenders somewhere
So I found then, fitted them, tried them on and that works pretty good, less pressure on the belly
And then off in the chill to the Price Chopper, parked right uutide the Door, wandered in for Apples, Bananas and Glucerna
Headed for Home, put my stuff away, poured a Glass of Orange Juice, yummm, then some TV
And then hadn't shaved for a couple Days, decided to try my new Shaver, all charged and ready to go
And that thing works Great! The old one did need a new Shave Head, the new one, Quiet and shaved close and comfortable... A good buy
Well, that was about all for the Day, some Veggie Beef Soup, other nibbles at TV Time
Lasted out the Movie until around 8 p.m. or so and off to Dreamland and had lots of those
So I was up for a litle while, got a little stuff done on the Computer, posted Friday's Blog
Then not quite feeling up to the Day just yet, back to Bed for a couple more Hours
And back up again, ooops, forgot to take my Morning Pills, excuse me ...
OK That done, two new ones to add to the Two I have been taking and for whatever they think I need them for
And then on trying to grab hold of the Day, trying to catch up on my stacked up Email
Pretty well ready to go at 9 a.m. except for a pending 'Number Two' B.M. I want to get that out of the way
I haven't had an accident with that so far and don't want one on the way to the Doctor or while there
I had two hours to work on that, hoping for the best... Pat called then, wanted to drive me over...
So I hope to be ready and able to leave for that Trek about 11 a.m.
So the Clock ticking on, decided to try a run to the Price Chopper before the run to the Doctor
Started up the Blazer, let it warm up some, then out and up the Hill for the first Drive since October 19th
Hit the Bank for some Cash and then next Door to the Price Chopper, parked close to the Door and headed in
Picked up a little Cart and headed for a Loaf of Bread, then the Meat Counter for some fat Hot Dogs
Next the Milk, then some Orange Juice and finally some Apple Juice, headed for Check-out and Home
Unloaded and then it was 10:45 a.m. Almost time for the Doc Visit and Pat dropped in
Some chit chat, then out to the Blazer, Pat took over the Driving and we set out, got there right on the Dot
Then checked in and a lot more Chat, a way too long wait to be called in, way too long!
Finally called in, the Nurse did his things and then said the Doctor would be in... But when?
I have had some long waits but this one was just way too long, the Patient ahead was having problems it Seems
Finally... After at least an HOUR of waiting, in came the Doc all spry and happy to see me he says
Apparently he had seen I did have a very close call in Surgery and he was concerned, anyway he did his thing
Finished his Paper Work, then sent me to the Lab, of course for another Blood Draw
Checked out, Pat got the Blazer, we headed for her House, she drove in, got the Blazer headed back out
I got in, headed down the Hill around the Corner and down the Hill to Home Sweet Home and so glad to be back
And 3 p.m. A Glass of Orange Juice, added this much Diatribe and getting way too lengthy
So I will Post this much and finish up Saturday as I get started on Sunday... Hi Ho... away We Go!
I had my Juice, a Cup of Coffee, then a Bottle of Glucerna Drink, seems to go down easy and it is nutricious they say
Then I was feeling pretty good and started some minor chores that needed to be done that I had been putting off
Got quite a bit of that done and still feeling better than ever since I got Home, too much sitting and sleeping before
I had some laundry sitting in the Dryer since I first left, out with that, then into the Chest and Closet
A load of Dishes and Pans out of the Dishwasher and stowed away, all the old stuff in the Fridge tossed out
Looking quite a lot neater in the Kitchen and Bedroom then, and what's the next improvement in living conditions?
Well... Into a warm Shower and then a Shampoo, then a Shave, and then it was Noon, feeling better and ready for the Afternoon
And then nothing special for the rest of the Day, just some sips and nibbles and TV
Then back to Bed for a Nap or Two, just going through the rest of another boring Day and then off to Dreams again
Then some more sleep, quite a while, then back up around mid-Morning feeling some better
This time I set out a Biscuit to thaw, a pat of Butter in a Cup and set out a nice big Egg
And then back to the Computer to work the Crossword Puzzle, took longer than usual, Mind is working slow
Looked for a change of Pants, my belly is a couple inches larger, couldn't fasten my usual ones
But I lucked out and found a nice old pair of Jeans just perfect, two inches larger Waist and quite comfy
And then I started on Thursday's Blog, got this far and decided to start on my proposed Hospital Video
I didn't get a lot of Video in the Hospital but enough to get an idea of my Room for Ten Days
And one of my favorite Nurses popped in for a couple Minutes, so, I started in on the Video
Going slowly, I worked on that for quite some time for such a short Video but I think it tells the story
So, after a couple hours of getting used to the idea, I got up for the rest of the Day, more or less
I get tired of sitting and headed back to Bed, then renewed some, back up to try some more TV and nibbles
Around Noon I called Pat, I wanted to check if she had some free time to pick up a couple new 'scripts' for me
Sure, she had time, she dropped in and I gave her my Pharmacy Plan Card and the new Prescriptions
We had some chit chat first and then she headed up the Hill to Walgreens
Back then to unload, some more talk and then she had to head back up the Hill, first bringing my Blazer in front
I had been driving the Mercedes and it was parked in front, the Blazer is easier to get in and out of
So it would be a lot of help to have it out front when I was ready to drive again
On through another tedious Day, I guess I could say I made a little more Progress, eating a bit more, doing a bit more
A bit of a better Day but I am sure not there yet, no heavy duty pain but sure a lot of discomfort
Tried to stay up as late as I could to make the Night shorter and it worked some, had a fair night
Then on to see what Thursday would bring, no new Medical requirements, just creep along to getting better
Then into the 'Office' for a little Facebook, Bank, amd Email catch up posted Monday's Blog
Had some Apple Juice, first Cup of Coffee since coming Home, then on to more backed up Email
And then on to more Computer stuff, and working on November's Bill Scheduling and some big changes on the way
Then this Blog catch up and time to go back for some more Afternoon TV and see what else might cme up
And nothing else did come up, just the same old thing until Bed time, what a drag
Some Vegetable Soup for a meager Dinner, more TV and headed to Bed