Saturday, January 11, 2014

January 6 - 12, 2014 - AZ

Monday, January 6.  Happy Birthday little brother, Randy!  

My day was busy, but it wasn't really planned that way.  I had to take my car in, once again, to have the low tire checked.  They said they found a pinhole sized hole in the sidewall and it is covered by warranty.  It will be replaced on Friday morning.

When I got back home, I got some laundry done and groomed Frisco.  I'm still treating his ears with the cleaning and antibiotic treatment and it seems to be helping.  He also got a good brushing and his nails trimmed.

This afternoon, I had to go see an eye doctor because my left eye has been bothering me - feeling scratchy and irritated for a few weeks now.  I learned that the pterygium (a tissue growth in the white part of the eye) is either growing or inflamed.  I was given some drops and a treatment plan to determine if it is inflamed from an irritation (allergy, dryness, etc.) or if it is growing.  If it is growing, it may need to be surgically removed and I am really hoping that is not the case.  There has been a lot of little things going in recently with my 65 year old body.  Dang!

Pat and Roger joined me for dinner tonight.  It's always good to hang out with them and Frisco and Louie had some good wrestling together.

Thursday, January 9.  
I haven't had much time to write this week.  Back on Monday, I decided that I should have my left eye looked at because it has felt scratchy and irritated for the past few weeks and it does have a Pterygium (a tissue growth on the inside white part).  The treatment is to lubricate with drops every 2 hours and a regimen if medicated drops for several days to determine if the swelling is  caused by irritation from allergies or dryness or if the pterygium is growing.  I am hoping it is the former and the medication clears it up, as the thought of a surgery on my eye is scary.

On Tuesday, I went to Banner Heart hospital to have an angiogram, the last in a series of tests to for my heart (resulting from the low heart rate that was detected during my physical last summer).  The doctor found my arteries to be clear and I will have a follow-up consultation on the 20th.  It sounds as if I have nothing to be concerned with.  After the procedure, I had to lay completely still for 2 hours and then Connie came and picked me up.  I have had no complications from the procedure other than some soreness and bruising.  

Today, after cleaning up the house a bit and doing some grocery shopping, I went to the airport to get Randy, who will be spending a week with me.  His flight was delayed about an hour due to icy conditions in Springfield.  Other than that, all went well and it was great to see him again.  We were invited to Jan and Jim's for a yummy BBQ rib dinner with them, Connie, and Bruce and Carmen.  It was an enjoyable evening with good friends.

Friday, January 10.  One of the tires on my car has been giving me trouble since last summer and a pinhole leak was found in the sidewall, so this morning it was replaced and covered under warranty.  While it was being worked on, Randy and I walked over to my favorite thrift store, Lutheran Thrift and browsed.

We then went to visit Julie's Aunt Jean, who lives not too far from me and is a very interesting person to talk with.  We drank coffee and had pie and a nice visit with her and her daughter Judy.

Tonight, we went to Simpletons for fish fry with Pat and Roger and ate way too much.

It was a good day.

Sunday, January 12.  We prepared for a family gathering this afternoon.  Nan, Dale, Nan's Mom Karen, Monica, and her new boyfriend Loren joined us for a feast of Bratwurst, beer, coleslaw, beans, and chips.  It was great to see them all again and to meet Loren.

Karen, Nan, and Monica

Nan and Dale

Loren and Monica

Me and Randy