~ Donald Lee Smith ~ My BLOG Page Number 229 ~



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~ T-Day on the Way! ~

~ Ten Days of Thanksgiving ~



~ Friday, November 30, 2018 ~
~ Goodbye November ~
~ A Followup Visit from the Nurse ~

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~ Visiting Nurse on Friday ~

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A comfortable night on Thursday except waking up three times, finally slept til 5:30 a.m.
And made it from about 2 p.m. Thursday until Friday morning with no Tylenol
But when I got up there was some back pain, so down the hatch with two Pills
Got the Kitchen straightened up a little, poured my Juice and back to the Computer, pain abating

Plans for the Day? Just another Visit from the Nurse, then just try to find something to do
Well, I can work on the ending of my November Blog Photos Video and get started on one for December
Other that, just take things slowly as they come, through what looks like a slow Day ahead

And... I added a 'Credit Roll' to the end of my November Video, now just need what Photos I may get today
Then got a good start on December's Video with beginning Titles and a short snow Video added
That all done by 8:30 a.m. How about some Breakfast? A piece of Pumpkin Pie and Cool Whip?
Yes, that and a little News update satisfied that rather well, only one piece of the last Pie Left

What next? Payday on Saturday, got online and scheduled all my Payments, looks like I will have some money left
Well I always need a little extra for Lottos... Hmmm, I just happen to have $70 of winners to cash now

Then back to the Computer a while, got enough of that and tried TV, how boring can it get
And the clock creeped on to Noon, took another couple Tylenol, back to the TV

Then about 1 p.m. knock, knock, never fear, the Nurse is here... And into my Office room
Took my 'Vitals', more talk, called my Primary Doc to argue about my Prescription
Finally wrapped up in about a half Hour, bye bye, see ya next week... (darn)

Somewhere around 2 p.m. I took a look outside, street didn't look too bad, out to sweep my windshield
So I needed Milk and Juice and to get that new Prescription at Walgreens
Started up the Mercedes, Oooops, gas near empty, DARN again! So first to the Minit Mart, got my gas
Then to Walgreens, got my Prescription, then next door to the Price Chopper
Cashed in $70 in winner Lottos, bought $30 more tries, then my Milk and Juice and headed Home

Well, that was pretty much the Day for Friday, the Tylenol I took wasn't doing so good
So, some Afternoon TV, a few nibbles and gave it up about 6 p.m. taking a couple more Tylenol
Creeped into bed, more pain than on Thursday, just could not find a comfy position

Sort of dozed off, woke up at Midnight, time for more pain stuff, more Tylenol?
Well it hadn't worked much all day, and I still had some Oxycodone another Doctor had prescribed
So I took one pill, back to bed, in a half hour feeling a lot better, off to sleep

~ Good Night Irene... Good Night ~



~ Thursday, November 29, 2018 ~
~ Better Second Day Home ~
~ A Get Well Card from Nature Sanctuary Friends ~

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~ Wednesday, November 28, 2018 ~
~ Pat takes me Home on Wednesday ~
~ So much nicer at Home ~

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~ Tuesday, November 27, 2018 ~
~ Fourth Day ~ Feeling much Better ~
~ Doctor says I can go Home Wednesday ~

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~ Monday, November 26, 2018 ~
~ Third Day in the Hospital ~
~ Just Feeling So-So ~

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And Monday all over again, but sure not where I wanted to be
But feeling better each Day, especially when I got that Fentanyl shot in my IV when I asked
Then it might have been on Monday that a Nurse had remerked I hadn't asked for any for an entire Shift
And then after that I don't think I needed it anymore, winning out on the Stomach Virus
I got a call from Pat, it may have been Monday, she wanted to visit, I asked that she bring a few things

She arrived, delivered my goods, some chat and then the Therapist wanted me to take a walk
So we took off down the Hall, Pat walking with me and the Nurse, rounded one corner and Who is that in the Office?
Stopped, took a good look, I asked Joey? He looked puzzled, then a big grin and I said 'You doing OK'?
That is what he asked every time He came into my Room last October, just a great guy!

~ Joey asking 'You doing OK? ~

Then he joined our parade and walked and talked with me all the way out and back to my Room
Just a great chance of seeing him again, the Star of the show the last time I was in the Hospital



~ Sunday, November 25, 2018 ~
~ Good Morning New Day ~
~ Well not all that good ~ still had Pains ~

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Sunday, and another tedious Day, time passes so slow in that place, continual discomfort
But friendly Nurses and Techs to tend to things and see to your needs and treatment
A visit from a Doctor, dicsussing my symptoms, what's the Pain if not the Spine Fracture?
His opinion was possibly an intestinal Virus and abdominal Infection... AHA! a clue!

Every time someone there gave me some drug or treatment I would look it up onlime on my Phone
And I checked out Norovirus, a common gut bug.... And I did have all the symptoms except vomiting
But did feel close to doing that several times, and then the plot unveiled itself to me

Thinking back to the night I fell, what woke me were symptoms of that bug
And thinking an Aspirin might help I got up, but then getting up too quickly...
I suffered a drop in blood pressure which caused the syncope and my fall and fracture
The fracture did not cause the infection, that probably caused the whole episode
So a lot of the time in the Hospital was checking my Heart and ways to prevent future falls

And now... on to Monday



~ Saturday, November 24, 2018 ~
~ First Day in the Hospital ~
~ That is NOT a Fun Place! ~

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~ Another Ride on Friday Night ~

A restless Night as usual Friday Night, woke up Saturday Morning to frosted over windows
Was cloudy and Snowing out there could see nothing out there all Day
Then the usual Hospital Routine, all the Vitals checks and IV injection stuff
One good thing for me was a shot of Fentanyl when the Stomach cramps got bad and they did
Then visits from several Doctors sharing their opinions with me, no conclusions yet

So on through that Day and into another Night... see ya on Sunday

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~ Friday, November 23, 2018 ~
~ Back Home from the ER Thursday Night ~
~ Then Back to the ER Friday Night ~

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~ A Ride in this Thing Thursday Night ~

And so, T-Day evening at NKC Hospital Emergency Room, what's going on anyway?
They hooked me up, took their readings, people in and out, me just waiting and watching
Then a visit from a Doctor, then a ride to the CT Scan Room and another wait
Finally after the Scan the Doctor came back, announced that I had a T-12 Compression fracture of my Spine
What's that mean? 'You broke your back'... But no treatment needed, it will heal in time
And he gave me a choice, 'You can stay here tonight, receive pain relief and then rehab treatment'
'Or, go home, take pain relief and take care'... Well after what he said I thought I could go Home

So they went through their Discharge process, the Nurse walked me to the Waiting Room
I called a Taxi, then a wild ride Home, the old guy was NOT a good Driver
Back home around 8 p.m. I gave it up and went to bed for another uneasy Night

And now we start on Friday after that Thursday evening recap, woke up with more stomach pains
Didn't seem there was all that much back pain so what's going on? Did I bust somethng in my Gut when I fell?
Anyway on through the Morning, not gettng any better, decided I was going back to NKC
I cleaned up, put on all new clean clothes and called the Ambulance and away we went back to the ER

This Time a different Doc, nice guy, another CT Scan, he came back to say I had a bruised Colon
And would be sent upstairs to a room for a couple Days... Oh well, here we go again

That was all for Thursday, Thanksgiving Day, more on Friday...



~ Thursday, November 22, 2018 ~
~ Thanksgiving Day ~
~ A Trip to the Emergency Room ~

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Not a good Night, more Back Pain and Stomach Cramps, what's going on anyway?
Well up and at 'em anyway, got to get that Turkey Roasted, was brining Wednesday Night
And got the Turkey into the Oven early and then after Two Hours a flip
Two more Hours and done and out of the Oven and looking great

'Done to a T' Great looking Roast Turkey ~ When do we Eat?

Chopped off a big Leg, then headed to the Fast Stop
Gave Navru his wrapped up Turkey Leg, 'Thank you' and then some Chat, got my lottos and headed Home
And I sure was NOT feeling good at all then, headed for bed for a nap
Not a good nap, just feeling bad, decided to give up and head for the Emergency Room
Called 911, here they come, hooked me up their gadgets and off to NKC Hospital



~ Wednesday, November 21, 2018 ~
~ Not Feeling so Good but Keeping On ~
~ Back Pain and Stomach Cramps ~

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~ Nothing much happening on Wednesday

Not such a good night on Tuesday, did I try doing too much after my Fall?
Took some Aspirin, tried to take it easy through the Day, some napping durng the Afternoon
But on to the Day, Turkey Day coming on Thursday... Oh yeah



~ Tuesday, November 20, 2018 ~
~ A Pass Out and Fall Monday Night ~
~ But on with the Day ~

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So what happened anyway? I woke up Monday Night, wasn't feeling well, got up to take some Aspirin
Put the Aspirin in my mouth and that's all I remember, woke up on the floor
What's going on anyway? Later after a few Days I figured it out... I think, more later on that
Anyway, I was lying on the Bathroom floor and didn't feel like I could move
After some time I found I could crawl and headed ever slowly to the Door
Raised myself up to unlock the Door in case I called Emergency but then made it back to the bedroom

Woke up Tuesday Morning in some pain but didn't think a trip to the Hospital was necessary
Actually got up, got on to a kind of busy Day but taking it very slow and easy
First to the Barber Shop for an overdue haircut, then a nice Winner Lotto

~ Best Lotto Winner for the Month ~

Spent most of the rest of the Day, watching what was going on with my AT&T Internet Guys
The big Crew had arrived and was checking the buried Cables, found the break two units up the Hill
And later they got me back online to try to catch up four Days with no Internet



~ Monday, November 19, 2018 ~
~ AT&T Workers Check my Internet ~
~ And find Nothing ~

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The First AT&T Worker showed up and parked in front of my Place
He headed to my entry Box first then trotted nexy door to check
I went out to talk to him and get some Photos... He said s far... no go
Then he said they would send another Worker and took off for parts unknown

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The Second Worker seemed to check the same things as the first guy
Also went next door to check the entry Box there and looks like also found nothing<
He left, saying they would send a big Crew out the next Day to check the buried Cables

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So then I went on to the rest of the Day prepping for Turkey Day
And trying to live my Daily LIfe with no Internet... Boo Hoo is me



~ Sunday, November 18, 2018 ~
~ Cable Workers come down the Hill ~
~ And cut my Internet Cable at the next Building ~

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Looked like another Routine Day for Sunday, nothing special to start
Then the Cable Guys moved in front of my Building and started digging away
Just cruising through the Day, working on a Blog catch up when my Internet went dead!
Now what? Went out front to talk to the Guys, they had no idea what happened
They said they would have to call AT&T to get some workers out here to check the lines

~ And then Disaster Strikes... NO INTERNET! ~



~ Saturday, November 17, 2018 ~
~ Got on Sale Stuff at the Price Chopper ~
~ Then a big Cooking and Baking Day ~

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The Photos tell the whole story for this busy Cooking and Baking Day
I do love stuff on Sale and I do love to Cook, I wish I had more appettite
All this stuff I cook crowds my Freezer



~ Friday, November 16, 2018 ~
~ The Day after I lost Blog 229 ~ I Think ~
~ Lost what I did on this Day ~

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Just saved a couple Photos



~ Thursday, November 15, 2018 ~
~ First Day of the Last Half of November ~
~ Some Kitchen Gardening ~

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And slept in a little longer on Thursday Morning, up about 6:30 a.m.
Out to the Kitchen to mix my Juice and put on the Coffee and turn on the Garden Shelf Lights
And Ooops, look at my poor Tomato Plants! I thought I had them braced but did not use the Aerogarden Rack
So, a Garden Project first thing for the Day, how am I gonna fix that?... all those bushy Branches
Well try to use the Rack that came with the Bed, It was a hassle to get the Rack snapped on
And those overgrown branches tucked inside, it took some time but I think I got a good start on it

~ Braced with the Rack ~ View from the Side ~ From the Front ~

And after I had the Plants braced, what's that little thing hiding in there?
Well after all the lttle Blooma all over the plant for a Month I find one tiny Tomato
Any more hiding back in there and any nore coming at all?

~ Tiny Tomato hiding in the Bushy Branches ~

~ Thursday ~ Gardening Day ~



~ Wednesday, November 14, 2018 ~
~ A New Tomato Seedling ~
~ Icy Morning ~ Sunny Afternoon ~

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~ Is that a New Tomato Plant? ~

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Wednesday Morning, 6 a.m. Sitting at the Computer, some cool seeping in from the Window
What's the Temp out there anyway? Lemmee look... Ahhhh, 17 Degrees, Brrrr again, and only going to 39
So, what we gonna do today? Not a clue so far, checked the newly planted Tomato Seeds though
And a tiny speck, is that a Seed or a new Plant? I guess we will see Tomorrow...

Then, 7:15 a.m. What's that out front? lipped on the Window Cam, One of the Girls from upstairs
Scraping Ice off her Windshield, Oh well, will have to wait a while for my Lottos on this cold Morning


And then... 8 a.m. Bright Sun comes flooding in my Window, and shining on my Windshield across the Street
So I'll have some Cake and TV and then later, off to the Fast Stop to try my luck again

~ Bright Sun to Melt the Ice on my Mercedes ~

10:30 a.m. Sun shining bright but still cold, headed across the street to the Mercedes
And the Windshield was dry and the Sun had warmed up the interior for my trip to the Fast Stop
Away I went, up the Hill, around the corner, up the Hill and down the hill and repeat that a few times
Then Hiway 45 and turn left and down the Hill again to the Fast stop and Hola Navru

Some chat, traded in my Lotto Winners, bought $30 more possibles and back to el Ranchito Pequeno
Then scratched off exactly no Winners at all and a loss of $30, and nutz to that, now what?

Cruising on into the Afternoon, playing with Screen Shots for my November Blog Video
And chatting with Sigi in Germany on Messenger, he said he had just driven a big Dumper Truck
I asked him for the Site .url of his Company, got a Screen shot of a big Dumper Truck there
Then I put a Photo of Sigi in the Drivers Seat with my 'Paint.net' Photo Program
Now he can demo the Truck on my Blog Web Page too

~ Sigi Wulle Driving the big Dumper? ~

ON into the afternoon and again nothing of Interest going on, a boring Day for the most part
I did take a late peek at the newly planted Tomatoes and that speck is a new Tomato plant
Now a full Crop of three Plants is going in that Garden

~ Hah! It -Is- a new Tomato Seedling ~

And Garden Two with those Two big Tomato Plants, every other Day telling me to Add Water
What are they doing with all that Water, well growing tall looks like

~ I am Thirsty ~ Gimme a Drink! ~

On to closing time and another long old Movie on Amazon Prime, kind of Interesting
And some reheated Enchiladas from the last Batch to nibble during the Movie
~ Enchiladas for Closing Time Wednesday ~

And sip sip on the last Glass of Wine of the Day and Goodnight to the First Half of November

~ Wednesday ~ Half Way through the Month ~



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