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Waylaid

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Gather the Pity Party folks because I still have this kidney stone that I haven't passed.  Of course it was my "good luck" to have this condition over the busiest holiday weekend of a summer resort, Labor Day Weekend.  I was supposed to go into work today but there was no way I can work with this pain. I'm taking painkiller pills (Oxycodone and Acetaminophen).  They work really well. One tablet every four hours as need for pain. They take about 25 minutes to alleviate the pain (which is incredible, I cannot stress how much the pain is but I don't want to dwell on it, it is what it is).   This won't be a long blog entry because I feel the pain coming back since I'm sitting up.  My best position for dealing with this pain seems to be flat on my back which I will be in a few minutes.  I had Bill take a picture of me yesterday in bed, which is where I've been spending most of my days and nights the past two or three days.  I am losing track of time

Near The End of the Season

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This weekend, Labor Day weekend, is the last blast of the summer season.  While all of us permanent residents who reside in this resort area appreciate all the business, we're also happy to see the END OF THE SEASON so we can take our town back.  This year has been especially hectic because of all the new visitors from New Jersey and New York as a result of Hurricane Sandy. In years past we would receive an occasional New Jersey license plate roll down Route 1, usually on their way to the Cape May-Lewes Ferry.  Once in a great while they would even stop by the hotel for an overnight stay but Wildwood by the Sea we're not.  However, this year is so much different.  This year we're hearing from the New Jersey folks "Oh, this is SO nice down here.  Everyone is SO nice to us."  All good things to hear, but oh the traffic.  Last week when my Canadian friend Pat was visiting, we counted the New Jersey license plates just around us as we sat in the parking lot that

It's Still Here!

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Nope, I haven't passed it yet.  This morning I awoke with the usual pain in my right side and the nausea.  These are the symptoms of a stuck kidney stone folks.  I managed a little breakfast of oatmeal then I had to take my painkillers and lie down in my bed for a half an hour for the pain killers to kick in.  They did.  I got the routine down now.   I'm still a bit woozy and I am very exhausted but I was able to get some errands done this morning.  Bill drove me to the Milton post office so I could mail off one of my famous personalized calendars to my new BF to the north.  I'm sure some of you have already figured out who this chap is.  I am so transparent.  Then Bill drove me to Food Lion.  I bought some pomegranate juice which I hear is good for kidney stones.  Anything to alleviate my present condition.   Then we took a drive to a nearby development to look at lots for a friends who is considering moving to Delaware.  Bill and I took a drive there yesterday

Visit to My Urologist

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Urology Associates of Delaware - their steady "customer" - me Just got back from my urologist.  I still have my kidney stone.   He said that my kidney stone is "right on the border" for laser removal because of its size which is .6 millimeters.  He said if it was .8 millimeters or higher he would send me down to Beebe Hospital immediately for laser removal surgery.  He said if the size of my kidney stone was .2 millimeters we would just wait until it passed of its own accord.  But because I am "right on the border" of the size, he wants to give it another five days.  Then if it hasn't moved, he will perform laser surgery to blast the kidney stone.  In the meantime he has scheduled an EKG just in case I have to have surgery.  My cardiologist's office will contact me. Me filling out the forms at my urologist's office My doctor also told me that if I experience any extreme pain again to call him immediately which I will.  God, I hop

Kidney Stone Moves

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Early this morning, 4:30 a.m. to be precise, I awoke to a very familiar pain in my back left side. My kidney stone had moved again.  OMG, the pain.   I could feel myself going down again.  That's the awful thing about kidney stones, when they pass the pain they cause is ever increasing.  You literally feel like you're going down.... down to the End. I got up and struggled downstairs to Bill's bedroom.  I told him "I think I may have to go to the emergency room again."  He said "Are you sure?"  Then I thought, what good would that do except to administer another pain killer and take another CAT-SCAN? I know what the problem is.....my kidney stone hasn't passed....YET.   I have an appointment with my urologist this afternoon at 2:30 pm.  I DO NOT WANT TO GO TO THE EMERGENCY ROOM AGAIN but I had to stop this pain.  I went upstairs and got my pain medication.  It is a generic of Oxycodone called Hydrocodone/Acetaminophen.  I never put much fa

Rehoboth Beach At Night

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Just a quick update on my health situation folks.  I called my urologist's office this morning.  I have an appointment to see him tomorrow afternoon at 2:30 pm.  I hope I last that long. I'm still a big woozy but I suspect that is from the pain medication I'm taking.  I haven't passed my kidney stone yet so that is causing me some concern.  However, my urine flow is clearer now.   Last night while I was talking to Pat on FaceTime my right side started to hurt again.  I think that was my kidney stone moving again.  I had to end our session because I was feeling weak.  I laid down on my bed, fully clothed at 9:03 pm.  I didn't wake until a little after 11.  I called Pat back again and told him I was feeling a little better.  I didn't talk too long because I was still tired.  I went back to bed, this time I got undressed and under the covers.   This morning I woke up refreshed and feeling a little better but still no kidney stone passing. Hopefully tomorro

Medical Update

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Me a few minutes  Good morning folks.  I wish I had good news this morning but I don't.  I haven't passed my kidney stone yet and I am getting concerned.  Believe me, I wish I could write about another subject this morning but this situation has me concerned.  This is the first time I haven't been able to pass a kidney stone (this is my fourth kidney stone attack) within hours of the excruciating pain phase.   I am not in pain however I am experiencing nausea of varying degrees.  I suspect that is a result of the pain killers that I am taking with my prescription to relax my ureter tube so my kidney stone can pass.   A fellow blogger, David Jeffreys left a comment on my previous blog posting which I think applies to my situation now: I do believe that I am operating on one kidney now because my ureter tube from the other kidney is blocked.  I believe that because my urine flow isn't as strong as it usually is and the color of my urine, a too dark yellow

Kidney Stone Redux

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Emergency Room on this beautiful summer morning in Lewes, Delaware This morning when I woke up I had "that" feeling again.  Oh no, another kidney stone passing.  There was no denying what was happening.  I had nausea, and my right side was hurting.  Yes, I just had a kidney stone pass a few weeks ago.  That time it was on my left side. This time I decided not to wait and make myself believe that I was imagining things.  I put my clothes on and left my bedroom to see Bill in our sunroom.  This is our usual morning routine.  He is up much earlier than I am and waits for me. I told him "I'm passing another kidney stone. Could you take me to the emergency room?"   Of course he couldn't believe it either and I had to repeat myself.  I decided not to call 911 and take the ambulance because the last time that took just too long.  You have to wait for the ambulance and once they get here they take tests to make sure you're not dying before they put you

Clicking

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Pat, my new BF (from Canada) Well folks, I guess some of you have already figured out that I've made a new "BF."  And yes, I am still happily married to Bill but I can still have Best Friends.   My new "BF" is Pat from Toronto Canada.  We clicked immediately upon meeting in the parking lot of the Hotel Blue Last Friday evening.  Pat called me to tell me that he would have to probably be sleeping on a park bench because the hotel didn't have his reservation.  I was out in my backyard weeding when I received his call on my iPhone. Of course he wouldn't have to sleep on a park bench, he could stay here at Casa Tipton-Kelly until he found his hotel room.  What happened was when we made the reservation (I was on FaceTime with Pat last week and the phone with the hotel), it was supposed to be for Friday night.  Fortunately the owner of the hotel found him a room at a nearby hotel for Friday night. I told Pat I would be right down.  I knew he had a l

Pat

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Pat aboard the Kalmar Nyckel I'm back! Just a momentary (like three days) "pause" in my blog postings folks.  I apologize for any cause for concern or worry.  But I'm back now, a little tired but ready to take up the harness again and get up to my usual speed. The cause of my pause was the arrival of a new friend from Toronto, Canada.  His name is Pat and he is a delight.  I've met so many nice folks through my blogging.  I can't quite figure that out because back years ago when I first ventured on the Internet to meet people (through personal ads) they were, without exception, embarrassing disasters.  I don't know what it is with blogging but so far everyone I have met through my blogging have been wonderful folks.   Toronto Canada My first contact with Pat was a few weeks ago when he commented on one of my blog postings.  I forget which blog posting and his comment but I just happened to be on the computer at the same time so I answered h

It's All Good Folks

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Perhaps the shortest blog entry I've ever done folks.  All I can say is that it is all good.   As you can see, I subjected my visitor to my habit of taking an old time photo.  How about these two hot Civil War soldiers?  Eh?

Dos Locos

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Me and Pat at La Quezalteca (me after ONE margarita) Yep, that's "Two Crazy Guys."  My friend from Toronto arrived yesterday.  We spent the day weaving our way through the tourist jammed streets of Lewes, Delaware. I foolishly suggested that we go to Rehoboth to have and old time photo taken of us.  Oh my, we sat in the parking lot called Route One for about ten minutes then I told Pat, "turn around" and we headed back to Lewes where we spent the day.   Pat in Lewes, DE (staying at the Hotel Blue in background to left) Pat is a vegetarian and he is introducing me to this much healthier way of eating.  Even though we started out the day at a traditional restaurant for breakfast (I wanted to introduce him to our local delicacy scrapple) we soon righted our course for lunch and had fruit and veggie smoothies with our carrot curry soup at Nectar in Lewes. Traditional breakfast - scrapple, eggs and toast Nectar - non traditional and healthy

Godot Has Arrived

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The "Parking Lot Attendent" - my guest from Canada The phone rings late yesterday afternoon.  It's "Godot", my blogger visitor from Toronto, Canada! He says "I may have to sleep on the park bench tonight, the hotel doesn't have me checking in until tomorrow night."  WHAT? He said "Don't worry about it, I'll find something."  I tell him "You'll stay here if you can't find a room."  He says "I don't want to put you out."  Hey folks, there is no way I'm letting a visitor to me sleep on a park bench.  Turns out the hotel where he was SUPPOSED to be staying last night screwed up his reservation but they did find him a room around the corner.  That was very lucky because Lewes is full for the weekend.  Unfortunately that hotel is very "beachy" (dumpy) but hey, you take what you can get. I told him I would be right down.  He said that wasn't necessary, he didn't want to im

Waiting for Godot

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I'm sitting here, patiently waiting for a blogger friend who is traveling down from Toronto Canada to visit me for the next six days.   Earlier this week he told me he would be leaving early this morning (we're in the same time zone) and his trip would take approximately nine hours.  That would mean he should be arriving soon.   I tried calling his cell phone several times today but couldn't get hold of him.  I left a message.  I suspect he has his cell phone turned off.   He will be staying at the hotel (Hotel Blue) across Lewes-Rehoboth Canal in Lewes from the hotel where I work.  We didn't have room in our hotel for the next week for him so I suggested he make reservations at our competition.  He'll like that hotel though because it is a more modern eclectic hotel.  The hotel where I work is "Nantucket" themed.  Talking to my blogger friend on FaceTime I could see in the background that his habitat in Toronto are spartan and minimalist.  C