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Kerby surgeries. Kyle update. Knee update.     (Click for full story)

Posted: Thursday, October 1, 2015 - Phoenix AZ

Photo of Kerby and Gizmo on my lap

Kerby resting on my lap after his surgeries today. Gizmo had to share as well.

Kerby has had several tumors and warts that have been getting bigger and some changing character, we have been tracking them with Dr Young for more than a year in some cases. We decided it was time to have them removed, and today was the day. Elaine took him over about 8:15 this morning and we picked him up around 4:30 this afternoon. He is doing fine, recovered from anesthesia well, and has had bowel movement and peed as well. He has spent a lot of time in my lap as I recover from knee surgery, and now I can ... wait - let's just say I can provide a lap for him to recover in.

Life continues    (Click for full story)

Posted: Wednesday, September 30, 2015 - Phoenix AZ

I am trying to balance pain and pain meds. Too much of the former drags me down; too much of the latter creates other problems. I dialed way back yesterday - had none from 5:00 AM until 8:30 this morning. And so far only three 7.5 mg Percocet. No question that meds help to allow me to do the exercises I need to progress. But I keep hearing from others about how quickly they "kicked the pills" and my doctor and his PA continue to caution to get off the meds as soon as possible.

Doctor visit good. No other story tonight.    (Click for full story)

Posted: Tuesday, September 29, 2015 - Phoenix AZ

We went for fourth-day check up with Dr Yacobucci today and will return a week from Friday for next check up. They removed and replaced the surgical bandage. No other changes. No pain killers taken since 05:00 this morning and doing fine. Bowel movements returning.

The problems in being forgetful. Started physical therapy.    (Click for full story)

Posted: Monday, September 28, 2015 - Phoenix AZ

Sometime earlier this month I got an email notice that our vehicle insurance had been canceled! That was alarming, and I took immediate action to pay the premium and get it reinstated. What was even more shocking was that it had happened, for we have been going on for years with the payments being automatically made from our account. I set it up so long ago that I cannot remember which method I used for making those payments. I checked in with the insurance company online and found that the expiration date of our credit card on file had passed, so I updated that and figured that would solve the problem in the future. Then today I got a phone call for our agent, Chris Yust, saying that we would be going into the same situation again. And now I am even more mystified.

A good Sunday, a difficult Saturday night.    (Click for full story)

Posted: Sunday, September 27, 2015 - Phoenix AZ

Photo of me on floor

I am down on the floor and had schooched over ready to be lifted.

Yesterday evening, while getting up to go to the bathroom, I fell in the living room. Knowing that I could not get up by transferring my weight to my knees and knowing that Elaine would not be able to lift me up we called several friends and we got no answers from any of them. We finally called the Phoenix Fire Department and they came and got me up easily. But until that time we had a lot of difficulty in reaching anyone. We heard today from all the friends we called last night, though!

I am not sure why I fell. I think something on the legs of the walker caught in the carpet and got me off-balance. I started falling away from the chair and I did not want to fall against the black wooden cabinet or the black wooden mantel under the large wall TV. I managed to twist my body enough to avoid landing on my left knee, but in so doing my right elbow smashed into the wall and punched a hole in the plasterboard. See the photo below.

I gathered myself together and skooted over to the chair and waited for the firemen to come.

Good progress    (Click for full story)

Posted: Saturday, September 26, 2015 - Phoenix AZ

Photo of Gizmo protecting me from therapist

Gizmo was protective of me when Joe came around. Friendly, but protective.

Part of the treatment process provides me with in-home physical therapy for the first couple of weeks, and today was the first day of therapy for this week. The therapist called me this morning and we set up an appointment this morning. Joe, the therapist, said I will get a therapist three days a week starting on Monday. He started out doing an evaluation on what I am able to do. There are two main factors of concern: strength and range. He seemed very pleased with my progress on both counts. I can bend my left knee back very close to 90°, and I can lift my left leg several inches. Both factors will improve with time and effort.