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Bill Gets His New Glasses

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Bill tries on his new glasses It's been a long slog folks, but Bill finally got his new glasses. Last June Bill failed his eye test for renewing his driver's license. Thus began the long journey to get Bill's license back. First up was an eye examination. Bill hadn't had one for years (his choice).  His doctor discovered that Bill needed cataract surgery. Now any of you who have had cataract surgery or know some who has had cataract surgery, you know how long that process is. We scheduled Bill for cataract surgery in the following months. But then Bill had an emergency room visit. He had ulcers that hemorrhaged. Thus his cataract surgery was delayed, for months.  Back to "GO."   Long story short, Bill endured went through the long procedure that is cataract surgery and recovery. Something that is in my future by the way folks. Last week we made the final visit to Bill's eye doctor and got a prescription for his new glasses.  We immedi

Ron's Short Comings

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My Nebraskan friend Randy blowing bubbles at the last Bloggerpalooza 2014 How about it folks? My last several blog posts have been so serious, with a heavy emphasis on medical.  This morning, while perusing some of my favorite bloggers I came across my dear friend Dr. Spo's recent blog post.  It was titled "Spo Short-Comings" or things he hasn't or can't do.  We all have those lists. Here for your contemplation and amusement are some of my short comings (some of which are exact duplicates of Dr. Spo's shortcomings): Throw a ball (football or baseball, I throw like a girl) Whistle (it's true, gay men can't whistle) Spell "architect" (which I had to look up just now) and other words like "occasional" - I have a mental block, all my life Swing a baseball bat or hit a ball (yep, when I try, swing like a sissy) Dribble a basketball (I can't run and dribble at the same time) Run (seriously, I can't run. I can

Results of Bill's Latest Doctor's Visit

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Good news, Bill doesn't have an infection in his legs.  That was the good news. Also good news was that we were able to get into the VA system after having called yesterday.  In the past, our wait would have been a good two to four weeks, if that. Now we have instructions to call a Nurse number. I explained Bill's situation to the nurse yesterday and she put us on what is called a "Rapid Response Team."  It worked. We had an appointment at 8:00 am this morning at the VA Outpatient clinic. They couldn't take us. Too busy.  They asked if we could stay until 9:30 am, in case that person didn't show up.  We stayed another hour and a half. The patient showed up who had the 9:30 am appointment.  They asked us if we could come back at 1:00 pm.  Well, we could. Bill had to get his leg looked after.  We drove the twelve miles back home.  We returned at 12:30 am. We always show up early for our appointments. The doctor saw us at 1:15 pm.  She looked at

More Doctors' Visits

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Bill's legs, look better than they actually look in person Bill and I just returned from the Georgetown VA Outpatient Clinic.  We had a Rapid Access appointment this morning to check why Bill's lower legs are red and purple and swollen.  Bill sustained a deep gash on his left leg after his endoscopy procedure on July 17th. The hospital said they "didn't do it" but I suspect otherwise. How can I prove it?  We were hoping the wound would heal it self but alas, it is still draining and Bill's leg looks terrible. Bill says his leg doesn't hurt (unlike mine which are hurting right now and most of the day) but his legs look terrible.  As you know Bill's medical care is total VA and you all know how burdensome that can be. But I have to give the VA credit for allowing us to see someone about Bill's condition today. This morning we had an appointment at 8:30 am. The nurse saw us but Bill's doctor was unable to see us this morning. The n

Free Grocery Winner!

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My "win" this morning. I'll take it! This morning as I was checking at our favorite local supermarket, my bill came up zero. The elderly lady was a new checker. She thought she made a mistake. I had already inserted my credit card in the chip receiving device, waiting to see the "OK" I could touch screen.   She called the manager, thinking he had done something wrong. The manager came and looked at the above screed and said "Oh, there is nothing wrong.  You won free groceries today."   Hey, I'm a winner!  How about that?   Always nice to win. During the unexpected mini celebration of my win I noticed the customer behind me.  His downcast fast said it all.  I said to him "You missed it by one."  He looked up at me and said "Hey, that's the story of my life."   My happy win this morning reminds me of this Spy TV joke that ran a few years ago. Only difference is that I didn't win a million dollars an

One More Doctors' Appointment - Today

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Bill after his endoscopy - "Get me out of here!" Well, Bill's endoscopy went well.  Thank goodness! Bill's doctor (who is fabulous) stuck a tube with a camera down his throat and checked his healing ulcers. The good news is that Bill's ulcers are healing well.   Thank goodness! Today I take Bill for his last visit to his eye doctor who performed his cataract surgery. Today Bill gets his prescription for new glasses.  Thank goodness! Finally, Bill can now take his eye test at the Delaware DMV so he can get his license back. And oh, one more thing, remember how I said I was look at a doctor free month for August?  Dash that reality. My cardiologist scheduled an ultra sound for next month.  That's where they grease up your stomach (cold grease by the way) and take a picture of the goings on down there.  And, I have my annual dermatology appointment next month, which I had forgotten.  I have a few spots on my skin that my dermatologist has to

Ready For a Week of Medical Appointments

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We're ready for a week of medical appointments.  Tomorrow at 2:30 PM (the latest time change after four previous time changes) Bill is scheduled for an endoscopy at our local hospital.  This a result of Bill's medical emergency last November 29th when I found him lying at the bottom of the cellar stairs coughing up blood from his ruptured ulcers. Bill will be put under anesthesia for this procedure and you can be sure I'll stick around the hospital waiting room until he recovers.  I don't want a repeat of the last time he came out of anesthesia (from his cataract surgery) and I wasn't around. Remember that story? I went to do some errands, waiting for a call to come and pick him up, a call I never got because my iPhone message box was full. God, I don't want a repeat of that goof on my part. Tuesday I have a six month followup appointment with my cardiologist. I have an extra heartbeat. We're monitoring it. I've already undergone all the test (t

Medical Appointments Last Minute Changes, Incredible!

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Bill is scheduled for an endoscopy. Originally the date was next Wednesday, July 19th at 8:00 am. Last week I got a call changing the date to Monday, July 17th 8:30 am.  These were messages left for me on my voicemail.  I was to receive a call telling me of the exact time to be at the surgery center. I didn't get that call. I called this morning and there was confusion as to if I'm to be there on Wednesday or Monday. I got a call later this morning stating the time WAS  Monday at 8:30 am.  So when I took my daily afternoon nap, I turned off my iPhone, secure in the knowledge that this was a settled time. And oh by the way, I'm scheduled to work at the hotel next Monday on the 17th at 3 pm. So the 8:30 am time works for me. But not so fast Fredo. Fredo Corleone I wake up from my nap today at 4:57 am and see I have a message to "call immediately doctor's office for an important message." I call but of course I'm too late because the

Another Day, Another Doctor's Visit

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Today we visited the Georgetown VA Outpatient Clinic for Bill's dermatology appointment. He has a growth on his right arm and some suspicious spots on his face. "Lois" took pictures and will send them to the Wilmington VAMC for their dermatology department to examine.  Another day, another doctor's appointment. I used to tease my Mother years ago when her weekly schedule revolved around doctors' appointment. I remember what she told me: "You just wait, you'll get your turn."   Well, my turn has come as well as Bill's turn. Next Monday Bill is scheduled for an endoscopy by his gastroenterologist. That means he undergoes anesthesia . . . . again.  Tuesday I have my once postponed appointment with my cardiologist. My previous appointment I had to cancel because it conflicted with one of Bill's doctors' appointments.   Thursday we see Bill's eye doctor for he final followup to Bill's cataract surgery and eye examinati

What a Day!

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Retirement isn't what you think it is. Take today for instance. First up was my 3,000 mile oil change for my red 2010 Subaru Forester. Then a stop at Ace Hardware to return rope lights that we way too bright for the soffit in out kitchen.  Then after that a trip down Rt. 113 to the Delaware DMV to get my car inspected and renew my registration.   Then to my barber (Hyatt) to give her and install the other box of rope lights to put around her step up to the barber chairs. She moved to a new location that there is a step up that us old men are bound to trip over when approaching the barber chair. That little job took over an hour and left me soaked in sweat on this very hot and humid day here in southern Delaware. Then back home, soaked, to pick off the latest batch of Japanese Beetles to put in a jar of soapy water to die.  Yes, this is that time of year when the Japanese beetles attack and devour my roses and Crepe Myrtle trees.  After installing those rope lights a

Friends

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Michael with me (what big feet you have Ron) , Pat, Someone and Larry and Tim in Palm Springs this past February for Michael & David's marriage. We're at the top of San Jacinto mountain. Yesterday was the 55th birthday of my good friend Michael, aka "Dr. Spo."   Michael taking an important phone call, even on top of Mt. Jacinto I wish him a very happy birthday via birthday card and Facebook posting.   I would give him a big birthday hug and kiss if he lived nearby but alas, Michael lives in Phoenix, Arizona, many miles from our little seaside hamlet here on the coastal shore of Delaware. I met Dr. Spo through the Internet.  That is I saw his picture on a blog roll of my late dear friend Wayne "The Cajun" Juneau.  I was immediately attracted to Dr. Spo because of his classic handsome features and that dark beard. I've always been a sucker for beards, no pun intended.  When the Internet first became popular, I heard of people meeting

Wonderful Discovery!

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This morning I made a wonderful discovery. For several years now I have been putting off updating my will.   Over the years I have had more will made up that I can remember. Life circumstance change which require updates to my will (and Bill's).  Right now if I die everything goes to Bill. If he dies then everything goes to me. But Bill has nothing except a small bank account. Many, many years ago we decided to put everything in my name for protection from those family members who didn't approve of our relationship.  Those family members who viewed our relationship (53 years now) as "not quite legit."  Well, of course now we are legit after having become officially married July 3, 2013.   However, if I am the sole survivor of our relationship I have previously made a will leaving everything to my brothers' children (twenty) by percentages. I had also named my brother and his wife executors. Both have to change. I now have two grand-grand nieces (man I

Fourth of July 2017 Musings

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Brother John Fourth of July 1954 Downingtown, PA Happy Fourth of July to all my friends and blog readers! This morning I was wondering what kind of unique photo I could post to my blog celebrating the Fourth. I could do an American flag gif.  But I've done that before.  Something different Ron.   Then I thought it's been awhile since I've taken a trip down Memory Lane. In fact I'm long overdue to take one of those trips down Memory Lane via photos.  This morning this photo of my youngest brother John came up on my Facebook account. Facebook has this feature that reminds me of photos I've posted in previous years. This is one of those photos that I've posted. I remember clearly when I took this photo.  It was the summer of 1954 at our free apartment at the intersection of Boot Road and Chestnut Street in Downingtown, Pennsylvania. The previous Christmas I had received my very first camera, a Kodak camera. This is not my actual personal camera bu

Happy Anniversary!

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Bill and I taking wedding vows four years ago today! Hard to believe that four years has passed already since our official marriage four years ago!   Forty-nine years is a long time to wait, finally we get married. Yes, four years ago Bill and I were officially married at the Georgetown, Delaware Sussex County Courthouse.  Bill and me outside the Sussex County Courthouse after getting married We chose that date, July 3rd, because on that date we met forty-nine years ago. Coincidentally, July 1st was the first day same sex marriages were legal in Delaware.   Our witnesses, our good friends Judy and Jack Dawson No family attended our wedding ceremony.  Bill's family cut him off about a year before I met him after they discovered he was gay.  Bill has seen none of his family since then.  The break occurred when Bill was at his mother's funeral and one of his sister confronted him with "We know about you!"   This was back in the Dark Ages when be

Giant Rubber Duck

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Yesterday was Canada Day in Canada (of course it was in Canada).  Redundant Ron. My Travel Buddy Pat of Toronto ventured out yesterday in search of the world's largest rubber duck in the Toronto harbor. More accurately on Lake Ontario.  He didn't find it.   Pat took a tour of a Canadian battleship (first I knew there was such a thing) yesterday looking for this seven story rubber duck. Couldn't find it. He told me there was some controversy over the duck. Specifically the Canadian government spending $120,000 to rent the duck.  You know what I say?  Really?   In this world where suicide bombers back their bomb vests with bolts and nails to maximize injury and death.  In this world where jihadists mow down unsuspecting tourists with rented trucks.   And in this world where this country (the United States of America) are enduring the nightmare of the Trump presidency, why not a little frivolity?  In fact, it is necessary to remind us all that we are basically

Favorite Commercial

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As some of my regular followers might know, I follow commercials. Yes, I am a frustrated marketing guy.   In college, I majored in marketing.  If I had a little more courage, I would have quit my secure banking job and went into marketing after I completed my four year, GI Bill funded, nighttime (after working at the bank) college course.  But alas I didn't, so I am reduced to monitoring commercials (and ads in magazines and highway billboards) and passing judgement.  So what do I think of commercials and magazine ads?  Most of them are terrible. Atrocious. Magazines have too many ads and TV commercials are often reduced to stupid white men and crying babies. Not much original.  But every now and then one comes along that is almost near perfect. In fact, this E*Trade commercial I've lead this post with is perfect in my opinion.   Hey, everyone can identify with what a horrible experience "Flying the friendly skies" is now.  You consider yourself lucky if