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A Long Wait, But Good Outcome (So Far)

Monday, January 23, 2012

I just took six huge rolls and one normal sized one out of the oven Ė and burned a knuckle again. Thatís twice now. The BW wanted more rolls, and to keep from baking them every day I used up all the dough left on our largest cookie sheet. The last row ran together, and the only way I can get the tray in the oven is to turn it sideways. Since it doesnít have any ridges or walls on the sides, itís tough to get hold of it cleanly.

We rolled out at six this morning, hit the road at 6:40, and got the Morton Plant at the right place at 7:20, just one minute early. Then we waited a while, went upstairs, and I got prepped, ready to go (paper gown for clothes) by 8:30. Then we waited until 12:00 before they started me moving toward the operating room. My rear really hurt, even though I did get up about once an hour.

The operation, when it did finally start, lasted just one eye-blink. Then I went back upstairs and spent another hour waiting until they finally let me put my clothes on again. While I was pulling my pants out of the bag my pocket watch dropped out of my watch pocket and fell about 18 to 20 inches to the floor (concrete under vinyl). It still reads 2:30:45, because the second hand never did move again. Unfortunately itís a Timex, which lasts forever if buy it a new battery, but no one wants to repair them. Itís luck I had two running Timex watches, because I havenít seen a Timex pocket watch for quite a while.

Anyhow, I got no pain meds, instructions to take the bandage off tomorrow and shower tomorrow, and go see the surgeon again in 8 days. I guess itís all over, and maybe the pain in the neck (a little lower) is finally gone. Everyone seemed to know all about this, but they donít tell you when you get the bypass. I asked the doctorís assistant too, and he swore than it would go away when I healed up. There were a lot of surprises in that experience.

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GLC2009 1/31/2012 9:09PM

    hope you're all better now emoticon

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    This is indeed a good outcome so far.

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THINRONNA 1/24/2012 4:17AM

    Wow! I go away for just a little bit and here you are getting yourself cut open! Don't scare me like that! I am glad it is actually a seemingly minor thing and that you are on the mend. I have never heard of such a thing. Take care of yourself!

p.s. that stinks about the burn from your oven! I get those all the time in my line of work. Years back I went to work in an office as a consultant and the other office workers were stunned at the look of my arms from burns. Now you can barely see them and I work at a place with better ovens so it doesn't happen as often or as badly...but it still happens.

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MS.ELENI 1/23/2012 9:23PM

    I didn't know it could happen. You sound good. But take it easy for awhile.

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"Under the Kinfe"

Friday, January 20, 2012

The BW and Annie have been bugging me to see a surgeon, so I finally got a copy of my CAT scan from November 2010, made an appointment, and saw a cardiac surgeon on Tuesday. The wire used to hold my sternum together after the bypass surgery is sticking up and has been bugging me for more than two years. Apparently that's a fairly common problem, and I could either gain 50 pounds so it doesn't hit the skin, or have some minor surgery where he opens a hole and cuts off the loose end of the wire. I go under the knife Monday morning. The BW will drive me home, and I decided to stop taking aspirin even though I was told to keep taking all my medicines.

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MS.ELENI 1/20/2012 2:09PM

    I didn't know that could happen. At last it should feel better once it is fixed

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The Ooma Works Well

Saturday, January 14, 2012

Well, the Ooma is up and running, and the only thing I noticed is that there is a slight delay in the sound between when the direct sound gets to me and when the electronic sound (from a couple of rooms away) shows up. That is what happens then I leave a message on the answering machine using my cell phone. The Ooma answer voice has five levels, from silent to loudest, and the loudest is quiet compared to the cordless phone answerer, so I set the Ooma to answer after 9 rings and the Uniden to answer after six. That way we can answer the phone by hand, and telephone solicitors tend to get tired and give up, or not leave a message even if they get to the machine.

The sound is very clear, and for $3.47 a month we could afford to keep it even if we did use the cell phones for everything. Another surprise was that I used $145 worth of air time in three months, which is pretty close to the $50 that Brighthouse quoted, and the BW used a fair amount, but I don't know how much because I didn't check her original balance. So we may eventually go back to the minimum purchase on the cell phones and just leave them in the cars. I will have to call all the doctors and let change our phone number before we do that, because they are all calling the cell phones now.

So far we haven't had any telephone solicitations, campaign, or charity calls, so maybe the new number will be unlisted. That was a big advantage of the cell phones.


Old and Tender

Wednesday, January 11, 2012

I finished the second bathroom yesterday and walked the dogs today. It doesn't seem right that I get so tired feeling after a few hours of painting, but I guess old age is creeping up. Anyhow, both bathrooms are sparkling, and the BW says the big bedroom is next, but I'm taking a week off. I have two doctor appointments next week, and I do take Jack to lunch every Friday, so it would be messed up at least three days.

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MS.ELENI 1/14/2012 8:04PM

    You are bound to get tireder. You do better than most men much younger. emoticon

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    This might also be an opportunity to ask for a raise. If she's going to work you harder, might as well make it worth your while. I'd say at least 10% for starters.

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More Painting

Monday, January 09, 2012

I worked on the second bathroom today. All the trim and two of the mirrors are off, the walls and ceiling are washed, and all of the roller areas are covered. I barely finished the rolling because I ran out of paint. After a break I bought another gallon of paint (for tomorrow) and two new daylight globe CFL's. Taking the 8 light fixture apart I had to remove all the bulbs, and two of them didn't work when I put them back. Then I dropped one, and spent a while picking up lots of very thin glass shards, and then one of the dead ones started working again (in a different socket).

It's brushwork tomorrow.

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MS.ELENI 1/9/2012 7:29PM

    I get tired reading your blogs.Glad you are able to be busy. emoticon

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