Wednesday, February 28, 2018

Tuesday's Tale

I woke up early again on Tuesday. I ate some scrambled eggs for breakfast while watching the morning news. I finally shaved, showered and got dressed for my morning IV.

I called my barber and got an appointment for a haircut while I was still hooked up at the doctor's. So, I went there and got one. Then I stopped at Kroger's for some milk, eggs and a head of cauliflower.  I drove home dodging potholes. I was on Inkster when I saw a cargo van that hit one, shredding his tire. He didn't stop, but just kept riding on the rim!

I went for another late lunch with Amanda. We went to Olive Gardens (her choice, not mine). I had the eggplant Parmesan while she ordered something that looked suspiciously like chicken quesadillas (I forget what it was called). She offered to come home and help me with the fallen tree branch, but I told I would be okay.

So, when I got home, I went out back and cut up the fallen branch. I threw it all over the fence as it came off a tree from there.

Back inside, I changed clothes and started a load of laundry. Then I took a long nap.

When I woke up, I cut up the cauliflower. I briefly thought about roasting it in the oven, but just boiled it instead. I ate most of that with butter and salt for dinner.

My friend B___ called and we talked for a while. He said the weather in Arizona was ten degrees less than the 60 degrees we had up here! So much for being a snowbird.

I watched my usual Tuesday shows and went to bed at 11:00 p.m. I was beat.

Tuesday, February 27, 2018

Monday Moanin'

I slept like crap, waking up almost every hour on the hour. I finally gave up at 5:00 a.m. and got up.

I ate some oatmeal watching the news. Then I shaved, showered and got dressed. I was way too early for my 9:30 a.m. IV, but was tired of being home. So, I went and got the truck washed first. It's supposed to be nice (sunny and warm) until Thursday.

I always see the doctor (in the IV room) on Monday. She asked me how I was responding to the IV antibiotics. I told her the yogurt fixed the throwing up, but I still have diarrhea. She asked how often and I told her I didn't really pay attention. She said to pay attention and if it's more than five times a day, I should tell the nurses. Then they can check me for something or another (I forget the medical term) and, if I have it, they will need to administer yet another antibiotic to kill the bad bacteria in my stomach.

I was not happy about that.

She checked out my leg and said it was still leaking, but not as much. She said she thought the current treatment of the IV and oral antibiotics was keeping it down, but that I should realize I would most likely have to take oral antibiotics for the rest of my life.

I was really not happy about that!

On that happy note, I drove home.

I went out back to see if I had any branches come down with Sunday's high winds. There were small ones here and there, but a big one broke off a tree in the vacant lot next store and landed on the sailboat.



I'll get it down tomorrow when its supposed to be 60 degrees.

On a brighter note, the crocus and daffodils are popping up, so Spring is right around the corner.




Amanda asked if I wanted to go to lunch after she finished work at 1:30 p.m.  I was sick to death of being in this house alone, so I immediately accepted. We met at Panera's. She had her usual broccoli and cheese soup while I went with the baked potato soup.

Back home, I watched some DIY shows and then the news. I made a can of roast beef hash with grilled onions for dinner.

My brother Carl called to see how I was doing. I told him the latest news and he said he bet I really regretted that bike ride back in the day. I thought about it afterwards. In spite of me smashing the shit out of my leg and having to be trucked out to an ambulance on the hood of a jeep, I don't. It was a good day and I have a picture just before the accident to prove it (if I could only find it).

I switched over to the SYFY network and watched the Lone Ranger (the one with Johnny Depp as Tonto) until 10:30 p.m. I messed around on the computer for a while and then I went to bed, hoping to get some sleep..

Monday, February 26, 2018

Sunday's Story

I ate more cold cereal with the last of the damn bananas for breakfast on Sunday. Then I left for my IV.

Back home, I did a load of laundry and started cleaning the house. I got the brilliant idea to use the self-cleaning feature on my oven. Unfortunately, this set off the smoke detectors. It was warm, but windy so I opened some of the windows to air out the smoke. That got out the smoke, but not the smell.

I made a ham sandwich for lunch.

I ate half a can of chili for dinner while watching TV. Then I went to bed just after midnight.

Sunday, February 25, 2018

Friday and Saturday

More of the same old stuff. Nothing all that interesting. Sorry...

Friday, February 23, 2018

Thursday

I went to the doctor's for my IV. I made it back just in time to get a half order of Bates biscuits and gravy. (they stop serving it at 10:30.)

It was delicious, BTW.

I left there and went to to Kroger's. I backtracked from there and dropped off my binoculars to Amanda for her concert.

Sidebar: She better not lose them or I will kick her cute little butt.

I stopped at Courtney's house and left the rest of the spaghetti on her back steps.Why? I love the spaghetti pictures of her boys and I didn't want to eat the leftovers. Back home, I took a well deserved nap.

When I woke up, I ate a sandwich for my dinner. Then I went back to bed. Not sure why, but I am almighty tired.

Thursday, February 22, 2018

Wet Wednesday

It was still raining when I woke up on Wednesday. I ate some oatmeal with another banana for breakfast, then I shaved, showered and got dressed for my IV.

Sidebar: Did I ever tell you just how much I HATE bananas?

When I got to the doctor's office, I turned my phone to vibrate (like I always do - Amanda usually calls me on her way into work and I don't want to annoy the other patients.)

Sidebar: They told me to not use my cholesterol medicine, atorvastatin, while I was getting my infusions. Apparently, the combination will wreak havoc on my kidneys. Um...  nice to know about a week or so, later.

I stopped by Kroger's on the way home to get some mushrooms. Then I backtracked to Farmington to drop off the cable box, router and the remote. I am officially done with Brighthouse/Spectrum. Seriously? $160 bucks a month for basic cable and internet? I asked for a deal as I was now on a fixed income and they they said basically, "Fuck you." So, I switched to WOW and saved $50.00 for the next two years.

I got the mail. It was just more doctor bills. I had already hit up my saving to cover the last round, but I tapped into another $200.00 to pay more bills.

Sidebar: This is killing me... and I haven't even paid off my infusions, yet. I literally can't afford to be healthy.

I missed Amanda's morning call. So, I called her back. She was already at Time Out and refilling mayonnaise cups, lol!

She is going to the Ten-man county concert she won those tickets for on Thursday. Her seats are up in the balcony (which is too bad as she has a real fear of heights - she's never flown on an airplane, for example) and was trying to borrow some binoculars. I told her I had some that I used for hunting and bird watching. I said I would lend them to her as long as she didn't lose them in the mosh pit. You know how crazy these country concerts can be!

I sauteed the mushrooms in some butter. Then I pulled them off and set them aside. I added some olive oil and sauteed a sliced onion. I ate about half of the mushrooms while I waited for the onions to soften.

Sidebar: I am sure I have told you this in the past, but I love mushrooms. A farmer used to pay my dad to do his taxes with boxes of mushrooms (that's what he grew) and my Mom would fry them up and we feasted on them.

I pulled off the onions and browned a pound of ground chuck. When that was done, I poured off the grease and added back the onions and mushrooms and a jar of  Bertolli tomato and basil sauce (It was in my pantry and I was too tired to make anything then).

I made some thick spaghetti (I dislike the thin stuff like angel hair) and put the sauce into the pasta, I ate two big bowls, but realized I will have to eat this for the next week or so...

I missed yet another phone call from Amanda. That's when I realized I never turned the damn phone off of vibrate. I called her back and apologized..

I watched the Olympics until I fell asleep.

Wednesday, February 21, 2018

Tuesday and more rain.

After I went for my IV, I was kinda stuck in the house, waiting for the WOW guy.

I felt bad, because he had to climb the telephone pole in the rain.

Amanda stopped by with a buffalo chicken sandwich for me and a French dip sandwich for her from Arby's. We ate lunch in the living room while the WOW guy worked in the bedroom.

She left and then the WOW guy left. I went in the bedroom and watched more Olympics.

I had the rest of the chili for dinner. I fell asleep watching the damn Olympics.

Monday

Monday was the usual IV thing. It started raining and has been raining ever since.

Amanda won some free tickets to a country-western concert so I rode up to Southfield with her to pick them up.

We ate lunch at a Greek restaurant. I'm not sure if she used to work there but she knew everybody and talked with most of them. One of the waitresses sat in our booth and ate her lunch with us. I had a lamb gyro and Amanda got a chicken gyro. We shared some fries.

Back home, I watched the Olympics.

I ate some of Melissa's chili for dinner.I think she said it was made with goung turkey, but I couldn't tell.

Sunday Supper

Since I went to bed early, I missed Amanda's good night text. Unlike Vicky (who works early and texts me each day around  8:00 a.m. and 7:00 p.m.), Amanda's texts comes around midnight.

Anyway, she said she had gone out for gas and it was snowing!

Sidebar: I need to stop watching the Olympics and take a look look outside now and then.

Sure enough, when I woke up, there was a light coating of snow. But no big deal.

I don't remember what I had for breakfast, but I know there were no bananas involved.

Sidebar: I have like four left from the bunch I bought. I decided I'd rather have diarrhea that eat them. So, maybe I'll make them into banana bread or something or just throw them out.

SAN JOSE IS A BANANA FREE ZONE!!!

I shaved, showered and got dressed and left for my infusion appointment.

Sidebar: My brother Carl asked me why I still shower and shave daily, since I'm retired. I told him that (A) I am very hairy and look like a bum if I don't shave daily and (B) I don't want to stink. Makes me kinda glad I don't live closer to him, if you get my drift...

I drove straight home after the doctor's.

I cleaned both bathrooms while I waited for Amanda.

Let me set the scene. Scott was at work. His parents were down from Oscoda and staying at their house. They wanted to take Keldon shopping (to stores they don't have up there). Amanda's other BFFs (I know I'm one because it said so on my candy, LOL)  had just gone to Benihana's and she was telling me about it a few days ago. I mentioned that I had never been there (I don't think) and asked her what it was.

That was a mistake, maybe.

So, today's adventure (read that as get the old guy out of his house) was a trip to Benihana.

Sidebar: She told me it was expensive (and it was) but not if you looked at it as dinner and a show. Because the chefs are in front of you and do put on quite a show.

She had made reservations for us at 2:00 p.m. So, she picked me up and we got there early

Sidebar: I am still not sure where the hell we were. It was on Haggerty off of Eight mile. So, I don't know if it was Northville, Farmington Hills or Novi. They all tend to run together.

We finally got seated and I watched the chef working the table next to us. He was Asian and didn't do anything spectacular, other than making delicious looking food.

Sidebar: I was starving...

We had interesting table companions. There was a guy who worked in construction, his wife (a retired teacher) and their daughter who worked as a waitress. She and Amanda instantly bonded.

Sidebar: Waitress talk. You ever say, "How are you doing" and they just say "I'll have a water." Etc, etc.,etc...

The other two were black women. One as a real estate agent and I never heard what her friend did.

Finally, the Asian chef left and our chef showed up. He was a black kid, from France and only 19 years old! But he was good.

Sidebar: He asked me if I liked egg rolls. I said sure. So he flipped his spatula upside down and rolled an egg down it. Cute.

We had some soup first and then a salad.

Sidebar: Amanda didn't like the ginger salad dressing so asked for another bowl of soup instead. She ate most of it and I finished the rest, lol. I liked the salad dressing, BTW. I thought it was refreshing.

Then our chef got busy. I don't remember the name of what I ordered but it was scallops and a steak (medium rare). Amanda ordered the same thing (medium well), except with shrimp. I asked for shrimp fried rice, while she ordered chicken fried rice (two bowls so she could take some home for the guys).

The chef dished out the veggies. It was zucchini and onions. I had to laugh. Amanda picked out every piece of zucchini and put it on my plate. He also fried some mushrooms before my scallops and steak. The food was excellent. My share of the bill was $45.00 not including the tip. But, for a once in a lifetime thing, it was worth it.

I was really stuffed. She dropped me off and I took a nap.

I went back to watching the Olympics when I woke up. I didn't feel like eating a real dinner, so I just made some popcorn and ate that instead.

Tuesday, February 20, 2018

I AM NOT DEAD!!!

I just overslept  on Monday (seriously) and Tuesday. will post when I get back from the IV. Quit picking on me, dammit!

Sunday, February 18, 2018

Happy (?) Anniversary

It was on this day in 2012 I had my spine fused.

Saturday's Story

Saturday's breakfast was oatmeal with no banana. I just couldn't bring myself to eat one.

I got back from the doctor's office around 10:30 a.m. I sent Vicky a text, letting her know I was home and changed my shirt.

The cat had barfed on the blanket on the bed. I got the chunks off and threw it into the washer.

Vicky and Evy picked me up around 11:00 a.m. and we headed out to Waterford to see our friend, Michelle Pace.

We got there in less than an hour. Michelle's mom let us in (Scott was at work). Michelle was sitting in a recliner, covered with a blanket. She gave each of us one of her famous hugs.

She said she was very sore, but otherwise doing okay. We sat and visited for a couple of hours. She was disappointed that Yanessa wasn't there, but Vicky explained it was Daniel's (her father) birthday and she was over there. Michelle suggested she bring her the next time and the three of them could go roller skating. I said I'd sit and watch...

We made out goodbyes (this time Michelle got up to hug each of us) and headed back out. There was some major construction on  south-bound Telegraph, but Vicky's handy GPS took us on a short detour and we avoided the worst of it.

We got to my house and, after more hugs, I went inside. I threw the blanket in the dryer and got in the truck. I ran over to CVS to get my prescription.

Since I was out anyway and hungry, I stopped in at Arby's and got a buffalo chicken sandwich meal.

I ate that watching more of the Olympics. It was delicious, but somewhat messy.

The rest of the day I spent reading and half-watching the Olympics.

Since I had eaten lunch so late, I wasn't hungry until about 9:00 p.m. I didn't bother making anything, I just ate two hard boiled eggs with some horseradish.

Since I missed my nap, I went to bed at 11:30 p.m.

Saturday, February 17, 2018

Friday Follies

Friday's breakfast was cold cereal topped with a sliced banana.

I stopped at Home Depot on the way back to get a light bulb for the living room floor lamp. The old one burned out and all I had was the super bright daylight bulbs I use outside. I bought a soft white LED. It's supposed to last for 13+ years. So, it will probably outlive me, lol!

I also stopped at CVS to pick up that prescription my doctor was supposed to call in. But CVS didn't get that call. So, when I got home, I called the doctor's office. It took a while, but they finally called it in. I still had one more day's pills, so I'll pick it up on Saturday.

I ate another sandwich for lunch. Then I took a nap. I set the alarm for 4:30 p.m., just in case.

I left the house at 5:00 p.m. and drove to Time Out. Amanda waw just getting off work, so I switched to her car (she likes to drive - I don't).

We had finally come up with a new restaurant to try! So we went to Northville and the Guernsey Farms Dairy. A lot of people go there just for the milk and ice cream, but they also have a restaurant.

Sidebar: You get a cup of ice cream for dessert with any meal. Amanda got the salmon (what else?). I was supposed to get fettuccine Alfredo with shrimp. But they messed up my order and it came with a piece if salmon on top. The waitress took it back to get the order right. But, by the time the shrimp was ready, the Alfredo sauce had thickened. They heated it back up (probably with a microwave). So, the shrimp were excellent. The fettuccine Alfredo, not so much.

We both asked for our ice cream to go, so we could share a strawberry sundae. Now, that was fantastic!!! It had strawberry ice cream layered with the lightest cake I ever tasted.

Amanda bought a tub of cookie dough ice cream and a gallon of chocolate milk for Scott and Keldon. She said I had to try the chocolate milk, so I bought a little half-pint of it (the size you get for school lunches).

We got a little lost on the way back, but we figured it out. All part of the adventure, lol! She dropped me off at my truck and then we both went to our respective houses.

Back home, I put the ice cream in the freezer and the milk in the fridge. I watched the Olympics and read a bit. I ended up going to bed at 1:00 a.m.

Friday, February 16, 2018

Thursday

It was warm on Thursday (high of 45 degrees!) but all the melting snow created a drizzling fog that lasted all day. I had oatmeal and another banana for breakfast.

I did the dumbest thing in the morning. I turned on the shower to get the hot water flowing. When it was ready, I just stepped inside. But, I didn't take off the sleeve or the cloth mesh that covers it on my pic line! I realized that about a minute too late. I peeled the soggy mess off, wrung it out and threw them in the dryer. Then I got back in the shower.

I waited as long as I could, but it was still damp when I put it back on. So, I got new ones after my infusion.

For a change, I drove straight home.

I made another sandwich with those onion buns, lunch meat and cheese for lunch.

I hadn't slept well the night before, so I took a long nap in the afternoon. I set the alarm, so I could meet Amanda at Archie's She got her French onion soup and a grilled chicken sandwich while I opted for the hot open faced meatloaf sandwich with mashed potatoes and sweet corn (I was hungry).

We both agreed it was time to find another new restaurant. Not that there's anything wrong with Archie's but we need another adventure.

Back home, I had a cup of coffee and started watching the Olympics. I went to bed at midnight.

Birthday Shourtout!

Happy birthday to my Brother Jim! Enjoy your day!!!

Thursday, February 15, 2018

Hump Day/Valentine's Day/Ash Wednesday

Sidebar: Poor practicing Catholics have had a very, very busy day!

Today's breakfast was a part of a sliced banana and cold cereal. I ate the rest of the banana as is.

Sidebar: I had been thinking when everyone was telling me to eat bananas, "Why don't I eat more bananas?" Well, now I can tell you. BECAUSE I HATE BANANAS!!!

I don't like the texture, I don't like the taste and I never did. I like all stone pit fruit and apples and hard pears. BUT I DON'T LIKE BANANAS.

Seriously, I think I like diarrhea  better...

I got a pleasant surprise at the doctors. The new antibiotic drip is only a half an hour (instead of the hour and a half the last one took). Is it worth the extra money? No. But I am trying to look on the sunny side of life...

I stopped at Home Depot and bought a new toilet fill valve.

Sidebar: For the last week or so, I have been dealing with a problem. The toilet in the main bath would flush, but not refill the tank unless you removed the lid and tapped on the float. Now, I rarely use this bathroom, but guests do. And, while I was comfortable removing the toilet tank lid and tapping on the float, I was afraid of dropping the toilet tank lid and breaking it. I don't think you can just buy the top.

I stopped at the quarter car wash near the house and hosed off the truck. It never gets "clean" that way, but I wanted to get the crud and salt off the truck. This truck has got to last a lifetime!!!

So, I finally got back home. I was in a good mood until, after treating Caley, I went into the bedroom to change my clothes. That's when I found that Caley had taken a dump on top of my bed.

WTF? I cleaned out her litter box (as I always do) just this morning.

I took care of the mess and put all the bedding in the washer.

Sidebar: Caley was lucky I had already put the handgun in the gun safe before I left for the doctor's or she would have been just a bloody mess on the bedroom wall. I was pissed! WTF???

I installed the toilet fill valve. I remade the bed once the dryer stopped and started the Wednesday night wash.

I was supposed to go see Michelle Pace in the hospital with Vicky after 3:00 p.m. But when I checked with Michelle, she said she was being released today. So (after several texts), Vicky and I decided to visit her at home this weekend. We figured we'd let her get settled in, before we showed up.

It was really warm (40 degrees) and I noticed when I went outside to get the mail, all the icicles had melted.

Is Spring in the air? I dunno... But, I am ready for it, lol!

For dinner, I made a sandwich with the last of Melissa's roast beef, sharp cheddar and grainy mustard on one of those onion rolls. I had a small bowl of split pea soup with it and froze the rest.

I watched the Olympics until I dozed off. The TV was still on when I woke up to pee, so I started watching it again. I finally went to bed for real around 1:00 a.m.

Wednesday, February 14, 2018

Happy Valentine's Day!!!


Fat Tuesday

I woke up to the alarm on Tuesday, blah, blah, blah. My breakfast was soft scrambled eggs.

The ride to the doctor's office was a breeze for a change.

Once I was hooked to the IV pole, I began to regret those Grillin' beans for last night's dinner and snack. It's hard to hide a fart (or 20) when you're locked into a chair!!!

Sidebar: I think I lost a lot of friends and nurses, today...

On the way home, I swung by Time Out. Amanda had gotten some chocolate molds at Michael's (she was getting Keldon a Valentine card box for his school party). She made the candy last night and wanted to give me some.


She said I could only have three because of my diabetes.She had them in a cute little Valentine's bag.



Thanks, kid.

I stopped at Larry's Foodliner to get some bananas.

Sidebar: I had been complaining to Amanda last night about this damn diarrhea and she said to get some bananas as that works on Keldon. Hmmm... So, today, when the nurse asked me how I was doing, I mentioned diarrhea. She said I should eat some bananas! So, bananas it was!!!

I also got a bag of rock salt. The ice is beginning to build up on my garage apron.

So, when I got home, I put the rock salt in a bucket and sprinkled some on the ice.

Sidebar: I must admit, I am probably to blame for the ice, because I keep sweeping the water in the garage out onto the apron.

Inside, I changed clothes and began making some split pea and ham soup.

First, I dumped the bag of split peas onto a half sheet pan and sorted through them looking for little stones. Please do not skip this step. A few years ago, I skipped it with some dried beans and damn near broke a tooth on a little rock!

I put them in my Dutch oven. Then I rough-chopped a celery stalk, a large carrot and an onion. They went into the pot as well. I added two ham hocks and froze the other two.

My recipe called for an herb bundle of fresh parsley, fresh thyme and a bay leaf. I didn't have any fresh herbs. So, I used a square of cheese cloth and added dried parsley, dried thyme and a bay leaf. I added in a pinch of red pepper flakes to give it a little kick. I tied it into a bag with a long string and attached the other end of the string to the Dutch oven's handle.

Then I added chicken stock (one box, a can and a little water to make six cups). I brought that to a boil and then turned it to simmer and covered it. I set the timer on the stove for one hour.

Then I went and started doing my taxes (groan).

I got a phone call from the infectious disease doctor's office. My Monday blood draw results came in and they were not good. The 1 1/2 hour drip of vancomycin I have been on is not cutting it. She said it looks like I am pissing it out before it can work. She said that's good, as far as kidney function goes, but not good enough to kill the infection.

So, they want my permission to switch it to something called cubicin (daptomycin). Why do they need to even ask? Because vancomycin costs me (my co-pay) $18.00 per infusion. Cubicin costs $67.00 each! I told her I was sick to death of all this infection shit and to do whatever it takes to get it the hell out of me!

I just hope they have a payment plan...

I was a bit discouraged, so I said to hell with the taxes today.

The timer went off, so I pulled the Dutch oven off the burner. I took out the ham hocks and set them aside to cool. I pulled out the herb bag and threw it away. This is what I had left.



I got the immersion blender and pureed the hell out of it.



I cut what little meat there was off the ham hocks and added a bag of small diced ham to it. I like a lot of ham in my split pea soup.

I dished up a bowl, added some oyster crackers and was in split pea heaven!!!


It was delicious. I admit I ate two bowls. When the rest cooled, I put it in the fridge (I'll probably freeze it later).

I ate it watching the Olympics. So, after cleaning up the mess, I went back to the Olympics and watched them (reading as well) until 12:30 a.m. Then I went to bed.

Tuesday, February 13, 2018

Icicles

I am getting some wicked icicles here on San Jose.





Valentine's Day #3


A busy, busy day...

I woke on Monday, to the alarm, blah, blah, blah. I ate two Eggo blueberry waffles for breakfast.

The traffic reporter on TV took forever to get through all the accidents. Apparently, there is black ice out there. However, there was also pavement out there, so I was finally able to switch back to two wheel drive.

The infusion went well. My doctor came to see me when I was sitting there and checked me out. I'm still leaking, so that's not good. I asked her about the cipro (originally prescribed for a 14 day period). She said that I need to take it along with the IV antibiotics for the 6-9 weeks time frame. I said, "Well, then you need to give me a new script." So, she said she would.

Two disparate things shaped my next move. Amanda had left the rest of her soup and part of her baguette in my fridge on Sunday. I knew she had planned on eating it for lunch today. And Courtney Esper had mentioned on Facebook how much she missed Time Out's bacon cheese burger.

Sidebar: Amanda replied on Facebook to "Come on up!" Courtney said with three children under four years old at home, that wasn't really an option.

So, I dropped off Amanda's misplaced lunch, ordered a house salad for my lunch and a bacon cheeseburger and fries to go.

Sidebar: I wasn't sure about the fries. She never mentioned fries. But, I ordered them just in case.

So, when I was done with my lunch and the burger was ready, I drove over to Mike and Courtney's house. They live less than a mile from me, BTW.

Courtney took a picture of me and her boys, so I returned the favor by taking one of her and Aiden. She was sitting on the sturdy coffee table her grampa built.



We visited for a long time and then I left so she could eat. I was close, so I went to the Kroger's on Middlebelt and Warren. I needed more Grillin' Beans, peanut butter, chili and smoked ham hocks. Grabbed those and headed home.

Michelle Pace (another ex-coworker) was finally getting the surgery she's needed ever since I've known her. So, Vicky asked me if I wanted to go up and see her on Wednesday. I said sure. Then her husband Scott (my HVAC guy) called me to tell me she was in recovery and that the doctor's said her surgery went well.

I was tired, so I took a long nap.

Since I went and got them, I opened a can of the Grillin' beans and ate it for dinner. Well, I ate half for dinner and then the other half for a snack watching the Olympics.

Thanks to my nap, I was able to stay up late. I went to bed at 1:00 a.m.

Monday, February 12, 2018

Valentine's Day #2


Sunday

LOL! I could cut and paste the first paragraph these last few days. All I need to change is what I had for breakfast! Today it was oatmeal again.

It was snowing when I left the house. In less than a half mile, it switched to freezing rain and sleet. Nice.

Got through the infusion and made it home safely. I changed my shirt (short sleeve to long sleeve) and then headed out again to meet Amanda and Keldon at Panera's for lunch. Keldon got a ham and cheese sandwich off the kid's menu, while Amanda and I ate soup. Broccoli and cheese in her case and New England clam chowder in mine.

We planned on going to the movies to see "Peter Rabbit." Amanda said it was stupid taking two vehicles. So, I drove back home and she followed me. Then I hopped in her car and we left for the Phoenix theater, next to the Laurel Park Mall.

Amanda and Keldon bought candy and soft drinks. I bought popcorn and a water. Then we went and found our seats.

Sidebar: The Phoenix theater had reclining seats! First time for me, but I enjoyed them.

The movie was fantastic!!! I loved it!!! Seriously, it was a great movie for both kids and adults.

They drove me back home and stayed for a bit. Then they left. Amanda's father was going to watch Keldon until Scott got off of work, while Amanda and her mother went to play bingo.

Sidebar: They asked me to come, but I begged off. I was tired and didn't feel like sitting for four hours.

I thought I might take a nap. But, I did two loads of laundry instead. One was the normal weekend one and the other was all the clothes I had been wearing over and over to clean off the driveway.

Sidebar: The two to four inches of snow never showed up. The weatherman said it was due to the freezing rain sucking up all the moisture in the air. I think he was just trying to cover his butt.

By the time I was done with that, it was dinner time.

The Sunday supper was another Melissa gift: Southern chicken breasts.

Sidebar: Don't ask me to explain. That's just what was written on the baggie.

I started by making my side dish. I peeled and cubed the other parsnip (I had bought two small ones rather than one big one) and got that boiling. Then I heated up the two small breaded chicken breasts.

I used the oven this time as I find the microwave turns breading into a soggy mess. A hot mess, as Carla would say, lol!

First I let the chicken breasts sit on the counter for 30 minutes to come up to room temperature. Then I preheated the oven to 400 degrees. I put a piece of aluminum foil on a cookie sheet, put the two chicken breast on that and covered them with another piece of foil. I put them in the oven for 20 minutes. Then I let them rest another five minutes.

The parsnips were ready by then, so I plated half of them and one chicken breast. I ate dinner watching the Olympics.

I was still hungry (probably didn't wait long enough after eating to realize I had had enough), so I ate the other chicken breast and the rest of the parsnips.

I dozed off watching the Olympics, so I missed Amanda's text. But she called me on her way home. She won $100.00!

I had slept for about an hour, so I went back to watching the Olympics and munched leftover movie popcorn.

I went to bed around 12:30 a.m.

Sunday, February 11, 2018

Valentine's Day #1


Saturday's Story

I woke up to the alarm again this morning. Unlike when I worked, I don't get weekends off with the infusion. I ate some oatmeal for breakfast with a cup of coffee and my pills. Then I shaved, showered and got dressed. I left for the doctor's office at 8:40 a.m.

It was still snowing. If it wasn't for the four wheel drive high, I would have been stuck just pulling out of my driveway! There were occasional patches of pavement, but by and large the roads were still snow covered and slippery.

I tried to look on the bright side. At least I wasn't seeing all those potholes. The snow made them all disappear!!!

I got to the doctor's. This was my first weekend visit, so I waited a while for the receptionist. Then I realized there was a sign-in sheet and the door was propped open. So, I signed in and walked in.

An hour and a half later, I was back on the road, headed home and hungry again. This time I stopped at Leda's Coney Island and got my favorite breakfast: Home made hash ("Would you like some green peppers and onions with that?" "Yes, please.") topped with two over-easy eggs. I broke my own rules and ordered a cup of coffee, too. I was cold.

Sidebar: The runny egg yolks make a perfect "sauce" for the hash.






I also stopped to get more gas in the truck. As I have mentioned, running in four wheel drive kills the gas mileage. But, its better than being stuck!



As I pulled onto San Jose, I had a nice surprise. They had plowed the road! But, when I got to the house, I had an unpleasant surprise. I had a foot high berm of plowed snow in front of my driveway.

Sidebar: I did see a neat tip on the Internet (not sure if it works, but I am certainly going to try it). To prevent snow damns at the end of the driveway - clear 3-10 feet to the left. Makes sense, but seems too easy.



I was changing clothes when my daughter Melissa called.  We chatted for a bit and then hung up.

The snow finally seemed to have stopped around 3:00 p.m. So, I got  dressed for the outside and went to attack that berm. I want to get it today, before it freezes.

So, here's my problem: 

It was about 12 inches tall and three feet wide. I had to take off half, then go back and do the rest, about a foot at a time.

Then I did the driveway. But the wind blew most of the snow back on the driveway, so I had to do it twice!!!


I finally finished. Between snow and sweat, I was soaked. I came in and hung up my wet hat, gloves, coat, long johns and jeans for tomorrow's snow event.

Sidebar: We have yet another Winter Weather Advisory from 4:00 a.m. Sunday to 4:00 p.m Sunday with a prediction of another 2-4 inches.

I had a cup of coffee and some cheese and crackers as a snack.

My arms hurt and my legs hurt. So, I took a nap.

I started warming up the pulled pork (sorry, Carl) around 8:00 p.m. for my late dinner I ate two more of them.

Now that the opening ceremonies are over, I watched the Olympics until 11:00 p.m. and then went to bed.

Saturday, February 10, 2018

Remember...


Friday

I woke up to the alarm (but an hour earlier than usual). I could see the snow coming down in the headlights of passing cars.

I made some scrambled eggs for breakfast. Then I shaved, showered and got dressed.

I left at 8:30 a.m. for my 9:30 appointment.  It took me 20 minutes yesterday on clear, dry surface streets. So, I figured if I tripled that, I should be okay.

Roads sucked. Everyone was fishtailing when turning or switching lanes. I kept in it four wheel drive high all the way (I dislike doing that as it uses way too much gas). I was 20 minutes early...

After she hooked me up, my nurse asked if I would like a cup of coffee. Without thinking, I said, "Sure!" So, she brought me one and I drank it. I spent the last half hour of the treatment squirming in my chair, trying not to pee my pants...

If anything, the roads were worse when I left to come home.

I warmed and ate a can of chili for lunch. I took an hour break, then suited up for more snow blowing. I had at least four inches of new snow on the driveway.

I finished getting the driveway clear by 2:30 p.m. Thank God I did it last night as the snow just blew off without heavy pushing. My only problem was that the wind was from the east. So, no matter which way I tried to blow it (north or south) it ended up in my face! I had to keep wiping my glasses off and my clothes were soaked when I finished up.

It was still snowing so "snow total" was premature. but I was trying to think of a visual cue for you. I finally came up with the state park grille as it was empty Thursday night. This is how it looked at 4:00 on Friday.

I changed into shorts and a t-shirt. I hung my long johns and jeans up to dry. No sense washing them yet as I will undoubtedly be needing them at least one more time this weekend.

I sat in the living room, reading with my legs up. I had a throw covering me and the cat in my lap. I stayed there until I got hungry.

I had thawed out Melissa's "spicy pulled pork" and I began to warm it in the microwave.

Sidebar: You know the drill. Heat one minute, stir and repeat until hot.

I had planned to bake some Ore-Ida crinkle cut fries but that seemed like too much trouble, now.

I got out the store-bought cole slaw Melissa also brought, along with her onion buns and pickles.

When the pork was hot, I generously added it to the bun and topped that with the cole slaw (it's how I like my pulled pork sandwiches). A pickle on the plate and I was ready to go. Tasted great! So great, I began to doubt myself, so I made another one just to make sure. Hmmm... Yep! Great! She nailed it!

I knew Michelle Pace's company gave them the day off, Courtney was home watching the boys and Little Caesar's had Vicky working from home, so I only had one more to worry about. Amanda left work around 6:00 p.m. for home (normally a 20 minute trip). She called me at 7:00 p.m. to say she made it home. Smart girl! She avoided the freeways and surface streets for most of the way by taking Hines Drive from Newburgh to Ford Road.

I watched some of the opening ceremonies for the Olympics while reading (I find the march of the athlete's countries EXTREMELY boring). I dozed off around 11:00 p.m. I woke up, shut off the light and went to bed for real.

Friday, February 9, 2018

Birthday Shoutout!

To my "oldest" friend, Leon. Happy 70th Birthday!

Sidebar: No, Jake, it's the other Leon...

The calm before the storm...

I woke up to the alarm again on Thursday. I knew the roads were clear and dry, so I took a little extra time to watch more of the news. So, then I still had to hustle. I choked down a few bites of cereal so I could take my pills and hit the road.

I got there in plenty of time. I read my book for an hour and a half while the antibiotic slowly dripped into my vein. The nurse told me that, while they would prefer I don't miss a day, if the weather was too bad Friday morning (we are expecting a major storm) to just stay home.

I was bored, so I took a photo of the infusion room for you.


I was on my way home and hungry. I was stopped at the light on Five Mile and Farmington when I glanced over and saw Bates. It looked like there were a few parking places open, so on a whim, I made the turn and pulled in.

Sidebar: There are only eight or nine parking places.

Now, Bates is a family-owned (from 1959) little old-school diner in Livonia. Well, I guess there's one in Farmington Hills, but I've never seen it. There are no tables, just a small counter seating and a ledge against the windows with stools. It serves breakfast and a very limited lunch menu. You can only order two extra items on your burger: grilled onions and/or pickles (no lettuce, tomato, bacon, etc.). They taste great!


Inside
Outside
I got a burger (with the onion and pickles), fries and a cup of coffee for $4.50.

Then I went home.

I started thinking about the weekend weather. We are supposed to get five to nine inches of snow on Friday, one to two inches of snow on Saturday and an additional one to two inches of snow on Sunday.

But, I already have about four inches of snow on the driveway that I have just been driving through. No way my little snow blower could handle totals like that!

So, I reluctantly suited up in my cold weather gear and blew the existing snow off the driveway.

Back inside, I took a break. I was laying on the bed when my son Jeremy called. He said he was in Indiana and had just been pulled over by the cops. He thought it was for speeding (he had his cruise control set at 75 mph). But the cop said it was for following too close behind a semi! Luckily, the cop just gave him a lecture, rather than a ticket.

We talked about my health and Riese, then we hung up.

Around 4:30 p.m., I changed my short sleeve shirt (necessary for the IV) into a long sleeve one (to cover all the pic line crap). Then I drove over to the Laurel Park mall to meet Amanda when she finished work to eat dinner.

We wanted to try a new restaurant: The Grand Tavern. It's at the site of the old Max and Erma's.

We shared an appetizer: loaded tater tots (tater tots covered in cheese and bacon bits). It was excellent!

Sidebar: Have you noticed how many restaurants are using tater tots these days?

She ordered her go-to entree: grilled salmon with a baked potato. It came with a salad that we also shared She said the salmon was good. I had a fantastic shrimp po' boy with fries.

She wanted some chocolate for Valentine's day so we walked over to the Sanders shop and she bought two kinds that she said Scott and Keldon liked. Then we walked a little more (trying to walk off our dinner). Finally we zipped up our coats and headed out in the cold.

She had parked a long way away (the parking lot was quite full) but my truck was in a nearby handicap spot. So, I gave her a ride to her car. The people behind me did not appreciate me stopping and leaving her out!

Back home, I changed into my robe. I filled in the Blog post and then went to watch the Olympics and read. I was tired and had to get up even earlier tomorrow, so I went to bed before 11:00 p.m.

Thursday, February 8, 2018

Wednesday

I got up at 3:00 a.m. to use the bathroom. I noticed the motion detector spotlights in back were on. So, I looked out to see what kind of critter tripped them. Then I realized it was just the amount of snow falling! Uh, oh...

So, I left early for the doctor's and drove through falling snow and on slippery roads.

I got out around 11:00 a.m. It had stopped snowing, so I called my barber and asked if she could squeeze me in. She laughed and said to come on over.

When I got there, I found out why she had laughed. Neither she or Victor (the barbershop owner) had any customers. She said most people called and cancelled!

After my haircut, I stopped at Kroger's and got a few things. I didn't think to bring my grocery list, so naturally I forgot a few other things.

Back home,  I left the truck outside and used the push broom to get some of the water (that had melted off the truck and onto the floor) out.

I didn't have that much spaghetti and meatballs left, so I made a small salad. All I had to work with was some lettuce, celery, onion and a hard boiled egg. But, it tasted pretty good. Then I ate the last of the spaghetti and meatballs.

I filled out a few bills and my friend Leon's birthday card. I took those out to the mailbox and then came in and changed clothes.

Sidebar: The flag was still up when it got dark, later.

I did a load of laundry. My brother Carl called to see how I was doing.

I felt I needed to eat some fresh vegetables, so I peeled and diced a rutabaga. I boiled that and then warmed up a small ham slice. I ate the ham with Dijon mustard and the rutabaga with butter and salt.

Sidebar: A lot of people mash their rutabaga, but I like to eat them just diced.

I ate way too much rutabaga (I love it but rarely make it) so I had to lay down for a bit and rest my tummy.

I watched a special on the Knights Templar until 10:00 p.m. and then switched to reading until bedtime.

Wednesday, February 7, 2018

Tuesday

I set the alarm, so I woke up early again on Tuesday. I had to be at St. Mary's (normally about a 15 minute drive from the house) at 9:00 a.m. for my new pic line. But, it had snowed overnight and the Traffic reporter on the news kept giving out dire warnings.

So, I left a little after 8:00 a.m. The surface streets were bad (the line to get on the expressway was ridiculous) but I still got to the hospital at 8:40. I apologized for being so early. But they took me in anyway.

I had the same nurse and technician that put the first pic line in. When she saw me, the nurse said, "What, you didn't like the last one?" I laughed and explained. Then the technician came in and he said, "You pull the other out?" I laughed and explained again.

Not sure why, but this one hurt more than the first one. He put a big gauze pad on it and bandaged it up.

So, I ended up too early at the doctor's office, too. But, they didn't make me wait until 10:00 a.m. either.

I went into the IV room. It was very long and there were about 20 what I would call medical lazy boy chairs. There were lazy boys, with a swivel metal tray on the right side arm rest.

I took off my coat and found I had bled through the gauze pad and my short sleeve shirt.

Sidebar: I probably got blood on my leather coat lining as well.

The nurse cleaned it all up and it took a while. Then she put a new bandage on it. She told me to soak my shirt in peroxide before washing it to get the blood out. She claimed it was a nurse's trick.

They took my vitals and drew some blood for a baseline. Finally, she was able to start the IV.

There was a TV turned to a morning show, but I had brought a book, so I ignored it.

I didn't get out of there until almost noon. My regular starting time for this will be 9:30 a.m. daily.

The roads were a little better on the trip home. I changed into a long sleeve shirt and soaked the blood stained sleeve in peroxide.

Because I blew her off yesterday, I met Amanda for lunch. There was a slight mixup. When we discussed it, she asked if we could go to Annie's. I assumed she meant Annie's House (in Westland at Newburgh and Warren - where Max and Erma's used to be). She sent me a text, saying she was here.I replied I was too. I said, "I don't see your car." She said, "Well, I don't see your truck!"

It turned out she was at Annie's (in Livonia at Plymouth Road and Farmington - where the Big Boy used to be).

She went in to get a table and I drove ten minutes back.

She had a patty melt and I had two coney dogs. We split an order of chili cheese fries. I had like three of them as I was a bit chili'd out after two coney dogs.

We made our goodbyes and I drove home. The garbage man had come so, before I went inside, I pulled the trash container around back.

I treated the cat, changed into shorts and a t-shirt and was sitting in my chair when the phone rang. It was my friend B___. We hadn't talked in over a week, so I caught him all up on my shenanigans.

I ate more of the spaghetti and meatballs for dinner. The shirt still had some pink on it, so I left it to soak overnight.

I watched my usual Tuesday night shows and went to bed at 11:00 with the alarm set again

Tuesday, February 6, 2018

Monday Moanin'

I got up with the alarm on Monday. I had a 10:15 a.m. appointment with the infectious disease doctor.

I ate oatmeal for breakfast and then took my pills. I shaved, showered and headed out. The side and main roads were still a mess from last night's snow. But, the expressway was plowed and salted.

I took a book with me, as I had to wait over an hour last time. But, this time I got right in.

Doctor Mehta said that I really, really need to get the IV (the hour and a half one). I said, "Okay, put me back on the program." She said they don't control the IV delivery or the weekly nurse, that company has strict rules and once they kick you out, they won't take you back.

She suggested that I agree to come to their office every day (seven days a week) for the next 6-9 weeks. She said she would have one of her staff get in contact with Blue Cross Blue Shield to see if they would agree to supply them with the drug and then call and let me know.

I asked about my now non-existent pic line.She said she would see what she could do to have a new one installed.

She also said that based on the infection cultures, I still need to take the Ciprofloxacin pills.

Sidebar: That's the one with the side effects that scared me to death.

I was supposed to meet up with Amanda for lunch, but I was discouraged and my legs hurt. So, I just sent her a text message apologizing and went back home.

When I got there, I dragged the trash container out to the road before going inside for good. I figured I was cold anyway so I might as well get it done.

I used Melissa's deli roast beef, cheddar slices and bread to make a sandwich. I ate that and one of her pickles for my lunch.

The afternoon was spent on the phone with Doctor Mehta's office staff as they tried to coordinate things. It ended up I'm scheduled as an outpatient at St. Mary's at 9:00 a.m Tuesday for the pic line and then at 10:00 a.m. for the IV.

I spent most of the day with my legs elevated.

I warmed up some of Melissa's spaghetti and meatballs for my dinner. Delicious! Eat your heart out, brother Carl!!!

I watched some TV but switched to reading at 10:00 p.m.(so I would fall asleep). I have to be up early tomorrow!




Monday, February 5, 2018

Sunday

It was still lightly snowing when I woke up on Sunday morning. I had two Eggo waffles for breakfast.

Melissa was supposed to come over around 2:00 p.m.,  so I used most of the morning hours cleaning up the house. Since I hadn't done it in three weeks, it took a while!

She showed up at 1:30 p.m. with a TON of food! Various soups in freezer bags, spaghetti and meatballs, sloppy joes, pulled pork, meatloaf and mashed potatoes, etc., etc., etc. She also brought lunch meats and cheeses, coleslaw, pickles, onion buns and a loaf of bread.

I put most of it in the freezer.

She also brought me a present: The Amazon Fire and an internal antenna.

Sidebar: I believe it was a gift for shut-ins.

I told her I already had an antenna and got mine out. However mine required a plug and I had no outlets available. So, we used hers. She hooked it all up for me. But, we couldn't activate it as I had no idea what the password for the Wi-Fi is.

I sent a text to Jake, hoping against hope he still remembered it. But, he still hadn't replied by the time she left. I assured her I could finish the job, once I learned the password.

I ate the meatloaf, mashed potatoes and sweet corn for dinner. It was excellent!

It started snowing heavy around 7:00 p.m. and I was glad Melissa didn't have to drive through it.

I watched the Super Bowl. It was a really good game, even though the team I was rooting for lost. And, the half time show was interesting as it featured a hologram of Prince.

When it was over, I switched to reading until bedtime.

Sunday, February 4, 2018

I have to remind myself, every now and then...


Saturday

I think my body is starting to get used to my new medicine. I didn't throw up once on Saturday. And, my appetite is returning.

It started to lightly snow off and on around 10:00 a.m. By the time it was getting dark, I had about an inch on the ground. But, the main snow event is supposed to be overnight and we have a winter weather advisory for all day Sunday.

I made some mushroom filled ravioli with Alfredo sauce for dinner.

I did take a nap so I could stay up and watch Saturday Night Live.

Saturday, February 3, 2018

Catching up (again)

Past week was a bit rough. Still plagued with tiredness, vomiting and diarrhea.

I slept through my antibiotics delivery. So, the nurse showed up to take out my pic line. The infectious disease doctor switched me to oral meds: Sufamethoxazole -TMP and Ciprofloxacin-HCL.

Amanda wanted to know if I cared to join her and Keldon for dinner on Friday. I said I really didn't feel up to it. So, she stopped by with a salad she made at the restaurant. I asked her if she minded me not eating it in front of her (I didn't want to throw up in front of her). So, after she left, I ate about half and threw it all up.

My daughter Melissa wants to come over on Sunday to give me food for the freezer. I told her its supposed to snow but she said with her four wheel drive truck, she wasn't afraid.

Finally Friday

I set the alarm Thursday night for 5:30 a.m. and woke up to it Friday morning. I did my morning antibiotics (a little early, I know). I ate some toast, took my pills and then shaved and showered. I got dressed and headed out just after 8:00 a.m.

Now, my appointment wasn't until 9:20 a.m. But I needed to get to Beck Road in Novi (just south of the Twelve Oaks Mall). So, I had to take I-96 to I-275, then back to I-96 again and I had literally no idea what rush hour traffic on those expressways would be like.

Naturally, I got there at 8:40 a.m., lol! Luckily, they have a little one person cafe on the first floor of the building. After much deliberation (I almost went with a bagel), I ordered an egg and cheese croissant. I got a small coffee while she scrambled the eggs on a hot plate in front of me.

Sidebar: I was impressed. I thought it would be a microwaved one.

I took my second breakfast to one of the two tables and ate it there. It was delicious, BTW.

I finally finished the coffee, threw away my trash and went upstairs. I had a short wait (unlike yesterday) and was in the examining room, talking with the doctor.

He said my leg was looking better. I don't have a follow up appointment.