63 thoughts on “Our Daily Thread 7-6-18

  1. It is Friday!
    A pretty picture. Who is she” Not Linda.
    I have a Linda, you know.
    Otherwise, everything is fine here, TSWITW is still racked out and I need to fix breakfast.

    What difference does Friday make? I don’t know anymore.
    I went to the cardiologist yesterday. He said I have a leaking valve and Mary says that ain’t good and there is a prescription waiting for me at the druggist.
    And I don’t understand none of this.

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  2. ummm…. Friday is almost over. I had my aide and three of my children working in my yard for a few hours today. She got so much done and she knows what to do. The gals that come routinely have no idea, but they are paid. I sent them home with a lot of food. And I even paid the children a bit. Wendy said she would take them for ice cream.

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  3. She is still doing very well. The appt is just a check up to make certain the new meds are working. I am not convinced they are so much as keeping her quite busy is working.

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  4. Morning! I am hoping to finish my first cup of coffee before being descended upon by the humans upstairs!! It has been total chaos since they hit the front door yesterday and I went to bed totally exhausted. I now so appreciate my dear father in law’s saying of “it is so good to see you come, and so much better to see you go!” 😂 I have until Monday afternoon to operate as the local bed and breakfast…..then the clean up begins…..

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  5. We took the Granddaughters to Dutch Wonderland on Monday. There’s an out-of-the-way alcove where the ducks and geese hang out, with a little vending machine for $.25 worth of duck food. As you can see, they’re tame enough to eat out of your hand if you’re still and quiet. When Sammy was done feeding them and walked away, they followed her.

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  6. Good late morning! I am home for a bit to get a few chores done before heading to the office.

    I posted a link to the website I have been putting together on yesterday’s thread. I still have more work to do before it goes live. I think Google Maps charges to put a link to Google Maps on it. Also the more links a site uses, the more things it can stir up on the privacy policy issues. I need to understand it better as I put that together, but it sounds like the links can be attributed to a way of gathering information on people even though the website owner has nothing to do with what happens once the link is clicked on.

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  7. Michelle, the same way they eat fish. They don’t chew them, they swallow them. Their gizzard does the chewing.

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  8. Chas, I am sorry to hear of the valve leakage problem. Hopefully you can have the easy robotic repair that Art had. The doctor who did his is the one who trained other doctors worldwide and people travel from all over to see him. Let me know if you want his name and number. He is at St. Joseph’s Hospital which is a part of Emory. It still retains the Catholic/Christian influence and there are crosses in the rooms and other things that gave a very peaceful feel.

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  9. 1. I count bathrooms when I count rooms. Who wants to buy a 3 bedroom house with no mention of baths?
    2. I will see your humidity and raise you 98%—and that’s when it isn’t raining!
    3. I may have to face that I am the upsetter when Miss Maddie is here. She would rather be rocked. She doesn’t take her full naps and she fights her bottle.

    That brings me to Grandpa. I know that you all have been wondering what he is up to. Well first Miss Maddie now spends every other Friday night with us and tomorrow she won’t go home at noon. We will take her home later in the afternoon. This has also turned into a fun “date” time for us. We drop her off and go out to eat.
    This morning, though, Grandpa came home to announce that he has noticed DIL is wearing the same outfits over and over to work. This doesn’t surprise me. He will occasionally make the announcement that I need new clothes and we need to go shopping. I had offered to take her maternity clothes shopping but was never taken up on that offer. I have found that some things I say meaning well, get taken the wrong way. There is no way on God’s Little Green Earth I am going to offer to take her shopping. They have a pretty sweet deal with us. He picks up and delivers, he/we keep her 3 and a half days a week, we provide diapers, formula, bottles, wipes, and nicer outfits. I don’t begrudge doing this. I actually am very happy we are in a position to do this.

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  10. Shhh….the baby is napping and I have wiped the banana smears off of the hallway walls….I am having a second cup of coffee in quiet! Papa has the two olders outside teaching them how to ride a bike….
    I tip my hat to you KIm…and I hope they know how incredibly blessed they are to have you in their lives…. ❤️

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  11. My friend, Karen, worked with him for a short while when she was in the cardiac unit before her daughter was born. She thought he was the greatest then, too.

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  12. I have a leaky valve and was just told it was nothing to worry about. I think it depends on a variety of factors and, probably, age would make a difference.

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  13. This morning my “girls” and I took a 2 mile sunrise hike in the desert. We were on the Western slope so we could see as the sun lit up the rest of the valley. I of course took several photos. My son stayed at the house and slept in. He’s not one for hiking for sake of hiking.

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  14. How about a map-making software, Janice?

    https://www.scribblemaps.com

    Our graphics guys can make very quick street maps online, there should be a way you’d be able to generate one that would show your general area with a pinpoint marker detailing where you are.

    It’s going to go up to 98 degrees today with plenty of humidity (50% range). Ugh. It’s supposed to drop down by 10 degrees tomorrow but so often those predictions don’t pan out. These conditions tend to camp our over us for a while.

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  15. Thanks for the information and concern, Janice.
    I will be 88 next month.
    Nobody is cutting on me for anything. Maybe ten years ago, but not now.
    I did stop by CVS to get a prescription.
    My middle GD. Mary, advises me on medical things.
    she is a nurse and has a Masters, so I trust her advice.

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  16. We are so very thankful that our Lord put Mary in your lives Chas! And we are praying for wisdom and direction for your doctor. I would agree with medicines before invasive surgeries at this point in your life. My Dad’s doctors felt the same….anesthesia can really take a toll on one’s body the older we get. You are continually in our prayers and we trust HIM completely with your care ♥️

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  17. Once upon a time Lulabelle spent two weeks with Aly.
    One day I am going to have another Golden Retriever. I think I will get one from here. I am going to have to sell lots of real estate and I am probably going to miss puppy breath, but there is nothing like a Golden

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  18. We ask our RN daughter for medical advice. An RN can do just about anything an MD can do, except surgery or prescribe medications.

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  19. Peter, husband and I spent 10 days hiking and horseback riding around Tucson a few years ago. That’s when I learned that hiking a “wash” will take way longer than a normal trail. Lots of loose shifting sand. 🙂 What area did you hike?

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  20. The psychiatrist was very pleased to meet the new old daughter. Daughter has lost twenty pounds, can do her math again, is engaged in life. I told the psyche that we were very delighted with the results of the change to more moderate meds. She will have to get blood tests to make certain her kidneys and liver are functioning but she looks so much healthier and is so much more pleasant to be around.

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  21. Chas, the robotic surgery does not involve much invasion of the body. They have to put some lines in through the veins or arteries to get the tiny instruments in so Art has very little scarring. It seems like a miracle that they can do what they do without having to open the chest like they use to. But they do have the patient sedated. I had not considered that might be a bigger issue than the procedure. You do need to follow Mary’s advice, most definitely. But if you ever know someone looking for a robotic heart surgeon, Murphey is top notch.

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  22. Thanks, Donna, for the link to Scrbble Maps. It looks very helpful. That might even be a fun thimg for Art to learn. And my brother, too.

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  23. Peter, RNs can prescribe in this province. Theoretically anyway, as the regulating body is working out how the provincial legislation regulating healthcare, which was recently changed to allow RNs to diagnose and prescribe, will be applied. Also, in both the U.S. and some Canadian provinces (each province regulates the healthcare professionals slightly differently), advanced practice RNs, called RNFAs (Registered Nurse First Assistant), can complete a surgery; they cannot initiate it, which technically means they just cannot make the first incision.

    Went to visit Youngest today, and we had a long conversation about many things. We were able to talk so much because her two eldest were visiting the other set of grandparents, so just the younger two, Fifth and Seventh Nephews, were there. Fifth recently reached his second birthday (he and Tiny Niece are almost the same age) and I had a book for him, which he liked having read to him. Seventh nephew is the latest and youngest of my young relatives, and I have only seen him once before. I would describe him as a jolly baby, with a charming lopsided grin, merry eyes, and a funny habit of sticking out one of his little bare feet towards you and then chuckling delightedly when you tickle it. He has more hair than any of his cousins or siblings started out with and looks something like a little old man – you get the feeling when he grins and his eyes twinkle, that he will still look like that when he is eighty.

    When I came home, my father was out mowing the lawn! His foot is still being dressed, and he wears a special shoe which is like a sandal, meaning it is open at the toes. He has a sock over the dressing, but that is the only thing covering the toes. When I walked over and demanded if he was trying to lose the rest of his toes, he insisted he was being careful and wasn’t pulling the lawn mower backwards. Some minutes later, when I looked out of the window, he was mowing around the bushes and pulling the mower backwards. My mother is resigned. My father’s foot swells when he is on it too much, so it is frequently swollen and he can’t wear the pressure stocking that was prescribed until the open sore on his foot heals. My mother said yesterday, when the nurse heard that his foot kept swelling because he didn’t keep it up enough, that the nurse said half-joking to her “You ought to know by now, he’s a man. They don’t listen.”

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  24. Chas, at 88 I would not consider surgery unless the doctor told me it was necessary. The older we are the more we feel the effects of the anesthesia. I remember when Mamaw had surgery at 88. She had a tougher time getting over the anesthesia than she did from the surgery.
    Of course, it really is a decision on you can make. If medicine controls it, I would go with that.
    Nana is 81 now. She didn’t want to take medicine either for something or other. She convinced the doctor that if she walked she wouldn’t need the medicine. She is my hero. “Go to the doctor long enough and they will kill you”.

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  25. Kim – re: your comment this morning about Miss Maddie. When The Boy was a baby, he would not sleep if I put him down, so I held him for hours as he slept – and he slept a lot! But I knew that his babyhood would pass all too quickly, so it was a sweet privilege to hold him. I would watch something on TV or listen to music while he slept. Sometimes I was able to hold a magazine in one hand to read, but that wasn’t always comfortable. I do not regret one moment of that time. 🙂

    Maddie’s parents sure are blessed by all that you and Mr. P are doing and providing for them. One of my prayers for Nightingale is that she will appreciate me as much as I appreciate her (and I appreciate her a lot), not for my own aggrandizement, but because appreciation and gratitude also come back to us as a double blessing, as we feel those happy, joyous feelings of gratitude and appreciation. They also help smooth over rough edges in relationships.

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  26. Janice did say that the surgery was very minimally invasive, and used sedation instead of anesthesia, which, although it is still a big deal, is not as bad as opening the chest. But yes, it would be great if it can be treated through medication.

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  27. Kare- Saguaro Nat’l Park East, a loop along the Douglas Spring, Converse and another trail. We saw one small snake, a cottontail rabbit, a lizard or two and a few beetles. But D3 was hoping to see a rattlesnake. I’m glad we didn’t.

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  28. Hoping to see a rattlesnake? Well, I suppose that’s better than NOT seeing it when you’re about to step on it. They’re in the mountains around Pasadena where I used to hike a lot, but I was never privileged to meet one.

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  29. Youngest was working at camp and the workers slept out one night on a dam in the wilderness. When she got up, she found a rattlesnake curled up in her bed. It took a while before they told me that story. They got the director to come deal with it. I still have the shakes when I think about it. One other time they were out in the same area and she and one other went to bring the kids doing rock climbing back for dinner. She said she almost stepped on a nest of rattlesnakes. They brought the kids back another way.

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  30. More rain this evening. We have had so much this year.

    Rattlesnakes alive! Wiggling and rattling while they fry up for consumption by the fearless and bold. I am not in that category.

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  31. There have been way too many rattlesnake incidents in this part of the world this year. Sightings and bites in Garden of the Gods, Ute Valley Park, and the Red Rocks section of Colorado Springs. I did hear one once as we were hiking the Sante Fe Trail near the Air Force Academy. Babe “the fearless” went over to the bushes to investigate as I yelled for Paul to pull her back with her leash. He did and we scooted along very quickly warning other hikers of the danger ahead!

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  32. The cat is flat as a degrees but now is heading down, closer to 94 at 6 pm. It’s going to be an uncomfortable night

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  33. Peter, we spent a lot of time in Saguaro Nat’l Park. One of the saguaros was blooming at the time so we got to see something I never thought I’d see (it was in April)

    I really love the desert.

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  34. I love saguaros in bloom! To me they pretty much say “Arizona.”

    I have seen quite a few rattlesnakes in my day. Never anything close to a “close call,” and they don’t spook me like black widow spiders do. You just learn to look before you take a step, and look a second time if you are stepping near a rock, a bush, or a hole. And you never, never step over a bush or to the far side of a rock where you cannot see where you are stepping. It’s pretty much second nature when you grow up around them.

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  35. It becomes second nature very quickly when you move to a place with a great abundance of rattlesnakes too. Yet, the locals’ children would run wild through the long grass. It scared me to see them play like that.

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  36. Kare, I have only “known” one person who was bitten. I don’t know how long he had lived in Arizona, but he lived down the street from us when we lived in northern Arizona. He had a breeding pair of Doberman pinschers, and his fence surrounded his whole property, with his house (most of us in that area, probably him included, actually had mobile homes on several acres of land) inside. The fence was probably eight feet tall with barbed wire around the top. Add a pair of Dobermans barking at anyone who walked to the mailbox (the mailboxes were across the street from his house) and he didn’t seem like a particularly sociable guy. I can’t say whether I ever saw him; it’s the property and the dogs that stood out to me.

    One day I heard he was in the hospital. It seems he also had exotic “pets,” including at least one Mohave green rattlesnake. Said to be the second most poisonous snake in the world, it is grass green when little and more commonly brown when it gets older, and I think it’s considered endangered, but we saw several in our couple of years living there, including one or two that were definitely green. Anyway, one day this neighbor’s snake got out of its enclosure, and one of his Dobermans was barking at it and it was threatening to strike, so the man got between the dog and the snake (!) and rather predictably got himself bitten. He survived, but it did nothing to make him seem more like a normal neighbor. At any rate, while I don’t know if he was a lifelong Arizonan, he wasn’t a tourist, and my money is on his being a lifelong resident. Just a foolish one!

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  37. I’ve only met one person who was bitten (on the hand). He survived but his hand wasn’t quite the same as before. One little guy jumped off a rock like boys are prone to do and of course there was a rattler on the other side. The scary part is that there was no treatment/antivenin available in a timely manner, we were so remote.

    We wore snake gaiters when we hiked in Grasslands Nat’l Park because of the numbers of snakes there. I knew one researcher who started out to go check something across the field, realized she wasn’t wearing her snake gaiters, debated not bothering but went back to her truck and put them on. About 4 feet past where she had turned to go back, a rattler struck without warning hitting just below the top of her gaiters. A good lesson for all.

    The joke was to always be the first person on the trail because you woke up the snake, the second person made it mad and the third person in line was the one it bit.

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  38. Kare, one of my brothers did once “wake up” a rattler and “made it mad,” but managed to avoid getting bitten! As a teenager or young man (not sure his age at the time), he decided he wanted the rattles of a rattlesnake, so he snuck up to it and sliced at its tail with his pocket knife! Apparently he caught the snake by surprise. My brother jumped back, and I think the snake struck but didn’t get him because it struck rather blindly. And he realized how foolish he had been (and no, of course he didn’t manage to cut off the rattle).

    Years and years ago I determined that it is amazing when any human male lives long enough to reproduce.

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  39. She wanted to see a rattler because her D2 said their grandpa (my dad) almost stepped on one on that trail 5 years ago when he took her on a hike there. It looked like a rock, but was sleeping coiled up.

    At one point I told her all the holes we were seeing were “doors” to some creatures home. Then we saw a pile of rocks and I told her rattlers often live in such areas, so don’t climb over. She stopped for a closer look and I said, “So do tarantulas.” She ran on. Personally, I’d rather see one of those than a rattle snake. But she is deathly afraid of any kind of 8 legged creature.

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