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Chicken Soup, Gingera Ale and Plenty of Rest

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Best flu remedy ever - chicken soup! The old home remedies really do work folks. In addition to my incapacity with my injured leg, I had a bad cold.  This one was the flu.  So much for my flu vaccine.  Last year was the only year that I didn't catch the flu.  Each year I get the flu vaccine and each year (except for last year) I get the flu.   The ONLY soda for flu upset stomach - Schweeps doesn't work Well, the fever broke last night.  I'm losing track of time here but yesterday (or was it the day before yesterday?) I was in bed all day and all night sleeping off and on.  I was exhausted and feeling terrible.  Not just because of my leg but because of . . . . yes . . . you guess it although I was in self-denial . . . I had the flu.   I can always tell the signs of the flu.  For one thing I ache all over, I don't have an appetite, I feel like I have to constantly urinate and I have "that cough."  You know the kind, that hurts and brings up the

Not Well

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Folks, I'm going to be absent for a few days from this blog.  I'm very sick. It is painful for my leg to sit at this computer, I cannot get in a good position.  And now I have a horrific cold.  Yesterday I slept the whole day in my bed, only getting up for a light lunch and dinner.  The last two nights I've been to bed at 7:30 PM to 8 PM.   The only relief I get from the pain in my leg (which isn't a great pain but still very uncomfortable) is when I am lying horizontal in my bed, so that's where I'll spend most of  my day today also. Monday I had an MRI taken to access the damage to the ligaments of my leg.  I didn't hear anything back from my doctor's office so I called.  My doctor was out of the office this week, so they had another doctor look at the MRI.  They didn't tell me anything but do want to see me next Tuesday instead of the following week. I still can't lift my bottom left leg but I can wiggle my toes.  This cold isn&#

Learning a New Humility

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Today I learned a new level of humility.  Ever go shopping and have to dodge those handicap vehicles?  I have and to be honest with you, I'm usually annoyed.  No more. This morning I learned a new level of humility when I conceded the only way I was going to shop at B.J. Wholesale Club (me and Bill's main source of vitals) was to ride one of those dang things. I was going to give Bill a shopping list but I knew that wasn't going to work.  Every time in the past I've asked him to get even one item in the store, he ALWAYS gets the wrong thing.  I just had too many things to get today plus I wanted to stock up so I wouldn't have to go as often since I'm wearing this leg brace. So check out the video folks.  I have been humbled. By the way, shopping from one of those vehicles isn't all that easy either.  Reaching and looking at items, difficult when you're sitting that low.  And halfway through the shopping I thought I would have to abandon my vehicle b

What Next?

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No power.  That's right, no electric power.  That what happened shortly after I had breakfast this morning, the power went "ZAP!"  Gone. When Bill and I lived on our heavily wooded 6.875 acres in Pennsylvania, power outages were almost a weekly occurrence.  Just about every time there was a strong wind, tree limbs broke and fell on the power lines lining the road to our house.  I am not exaggerating folks, at least twice a month we would have power outages.  Yet another reason I moved to Delaware.  I just got so tired of the friggin power outages in Pennsylvania. Since we moved to Delaware in 2006, I could count the power outages on one hand (four). This morning, the power went out THREE TIMES.  Yes, you read that right . . . THREE TIMES, thus setting a new record.  The power finally came on at 12:30 PM.  Total time out, about three hours.   So thank you car driver, who obviously was driving too fast for conditions.  I checked the Internet and the local new

Living With My Leg Injury

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Now comes the hard part, living with my leg splint for the next six weeks.  The last time I did this was in 1962 when I dislocated my right knee.  Back then when one had a limb injury, a cast was placed on the injured limb. I had a cast from my hip to my ankle . . . . . for six weeks. This time I have an adjustable leg brace.  Plastic splints are on both sides of the foam wrap which is secured with Velcro. My injured left leg has to stay in the same position for at least six weeks for the ligaments to heal. At least that's how long I had to have the cast when I dislocated my knee back in 1962 and all I did was stretch my ligaments.  I won't know the extent of my ligament damage until after I get an MRI taken of my leg which is schedule for this Monday.  The following Monday I meet with my orthopedic surgeon after he analyzes my MRI's.  He said there could be minimal damage which, if that is the case, the ligaments will heal on their own.  If there is more extensive d

Leg Injury Update

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Bill's iPhone photo of me during my return trip to the emergency room What a time I've had since I slipped and fell leaving the hotel last Wednesday night.  First I went to the Beebe Emergency room.  Of course they have all my paperwork, I've been there so many times (five now) since I've moved to Delaware.  I'll try to be concise in explaining what has happened since they discharged me. Not how I planned the evening when I left work Wednesday night I was given a leg brace (hospitals no longer do casts).  Bill (my saintly spouse) helped me hobble out of the hospital at 2 AM or so.  Our  wonderful neighbor Bob M. had brought Bill to my car at the hotel so Bill could drive me home. I cannot extoll this man's kindness enough.  He has his own health problems with his wife and he takes time out to help me and Bill.  Us old folk stick together. Our neighbor Bob M. checking up on me and Bill to make sure we're alright This isn't the first

I Fell

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Me at the Emergency Room at Beebe Hospital (again) Last night I slipped and fell on a patch of ice as I left the hotel.  I had just went out the front door and rounded the corner and WHAM!  I was on my side.   I laid their awhile to feel if anything was broken.  Sore, I struggled up to go to my car but decided instead to go back into the hotel so sit and evaluate myself because something didn't feel right on the left side of my knee. Three steps in the front door and a bolt of pain shot right up through my skull!  On a scale of 1 to 10, the paid was 20!  I hit the floor like a sack of potatoes.  And I lay there.  I.COULD.NOT. GET.UP. My body started to violently tremble (shock).   My mind was racing, "what happened to me?" It only took me a few seconds to realize I had seriously injured myself.  Immediately I thought of the time fifty-three years ago when I was in the Army and one of my Army buddies was horse playing around when we were playing pool, which resu

Wayne M. Juneau

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Wayne M. Juneau 1946-2015 This morning I found out that my friend Wayne died.  I don't know the details of the exact time of his passing, only that he died.  Wayne was in declining health for over a year. A few weeks I visited him at the hospital.  I realized when I visited him that he wasn't going to get better. That was the last time I saw him. I didn't know Wayne as long as I have of two other friends who died recently.  I met Wayne in 2005, when I was preparing to move to Delaware.  My friends Ed and Wayne at the Purple Parrott (Ed died this past January 27th) We had many good times together.  And to be honest we had some contentious times, as sometimes happens with friends.  Wayne was a force of nature and will be missed by all who knew him, even those others who knew the contentious side of him. Whatever mood Wayne was in,  you couldn't help but like him. Wayne was fun. Me with my friends Ed and Wayne in happier times Rest in peace dear

First Snowfall Sussex County Delaware

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While many parts of the country, especially the northeast United Staes are experiencing record snowfalls this year, here in Sussex County Delaware we've been dodging the snow bullet.  However, when I woke up this morning and looked out my bedroom window but what did I see? A blanket of the white stuff.  Oh yes, we finally got snow.   I had an appointment to get my haircut this morning (I haven't had it cut since I left for Los Angeles last month) . . . had to call my barber and ask her to postpone my appointment until tomorrow.  One more day with my bed hair. My "bed hair" or I could be an actor with the latest hairstyle, ready to be an Academy Award presenter (that and the skinny legged jeans) Bill was out early this morning shoveling the snow.  I don't "do" snow, one of the myriad of reasons I relocated to Delaware.  I do have to say, the snow covered landscape here in the neighborhood does create a welcome alternative to the usual scene

New Computer Up and Running

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My new iMac computer in the box - no towers and only one cord - what would Bill Gates say? After two hours on the phone yesterday with Apple support, crawling around on the floor of my home office sorting out dust covered wires and trying to figure out what went where, my new computer is finally up and running!  Hallelujah! I've been dreading "the setup" ever since I ordered my new computer.  In fact, that's one reason I hadn't ordered a new computer before, because I knew I would have to clean out a place for my old computer (which I will continue to use) and setup my new computer.  But when my old computer kept getting hung up more frequently last week, I decided it was Time. Transferring data from my old computer to my new computer - the infamous Blue Bar Actually, setting my new computer and transferring the data from my old computer was very easy.  Apple makes things that way.  Obviously Apple has a different view of its customers than does say

New Computer Setup

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W ell folks, I now a a new Apple computer.  No, this isn't it, I'm typing this blog post on my old iMac because I encountered a problem in setting up my new computer. Specifically, iPhoto which is the reason I got the new iMac.  My old computer was hanging up too much when I accessed my photos on iPhoto. Actually, the setup of my new computer was going fine and I was almost finished until I went to access my videos in iPhoto.  I couldn't access them.  They're blank and I get a message "OSSTATUS ERROR 54". I was very impressed when I removed my 27 inch iMac from the box.  Only one cord, the power cord.  No tower and a jumble of wires. I simply removed my old iMac and put the new one in it's place on my desktop and plugged in the speaker wires and ethernet cable and I turned on the power.  The new computer was programmed to walk me through the final steps of the setup, the first one being transferring all my data from my old computer (Time Capsule)

The Grove, Los Angeles Part Two

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Spending an afternoon at the West Hollywood shopping mall "The Grove" was a very pleasant, unexpected interlude during our stay in Los Angeles.  We would never have known about this wonderful oasis in the middle of West Hollywood were it not for our friend Nadege.  Thank you Nadege! Pat and I weren't planning on buying anything  but it sure was pleasant wandering around, soaking up the spring like temperatures, and listening to the relaxing music.  One store we stopped in (the video at the beginning this blog) had a wonderful, thumping sound system to accompany our wanderings in their store.  I haven't been to clubs with such a good sound system.  I checked the prices of the men's items; almost all of which were in blacks and grays, just the way Pat and I were dressed so I guess we were in style, and they really weren't outrageously expensive. Lots of those skinny legged jeans in this store at designer prices.  That's one style I'll never cotton