Friday, December 31, 2010

Happy New Year

The last couple of hours of 2010 are here and it has been a very busy year.  The last couple of weeks over Christmas was the best.  Our 17 year old granddaughter came to visit.  We had not seen her in several years and her Dad had only seen here for short periods of time so we were all very happy to see her for the 10 days she was here.
Taken on Dec 28 at the Kansas City airport while we were waiting on her flight out.
Erika we love you and you made your Grandpas Christmas very special by coming back.

Sunday, April 11, 2010


I don't know where all the time went.  Last post I had just watched the super bowl on TV.  Now it is middle of April.  So I guess I will try to let you all know what has been going on.  February just flew by.  We took a 2 day trip to Boonville Mo ( about 200 miles east in the next state.)  Didn't do much visited friends.  Went and took a few pictures around the area and Friday evening we went to the Isle of Capri (a riverboat casino) and had their seafood buffet for supper and checked the casino out.  No luck just a relaxing evening.  Drove home that Sunday into a snow storm.  Highway was not bad but the city streets were once we got off the highway. 

Then later that week on Thursday the 25th of Feb Don woke up not feeling good and running a fever.  So we called the Dr and they said they could not get him in (not the regular nurse for our Dr) so instead of the minor med clinic we to him strait to the ER.  Good thing we did as he had sever asparation pneumonia.  He ended up in critical care for 3 days on a breathing machine.  Then a week in the medical unit doing testing to find out why the pneumonia.  Turns out he was not swallowing properly and was asparating food into his lungs.  They put a tube into his intestine and he is now getting tube feeding at night.  Once they got that worked out and he started feeling better they transferred him to the rehab unit at St Francis medical center.  He spent 10 days there getting started on his rehab then was released to come home on March 17.  Since then he has been doing rehab every day.  Physical therapy on Monday, Wed and Friday.  He finished that part this past Friday.  Starting when he was in the rehab unit they started a therapy to see if he could get back to swallowing properly.  They are doing a technic called vital stem.  They hook up electrodes to his throat a stimulate the muscles to strengthen them and get the swallow to working the way it is supposed to.  He is doing this 45 minutes a day 5 days a week.  It is working but very slowly.  He is keeping at it because he wants to eat again and get rid of the feeding tube.

So that is what went on the last few months.  I am now just starting to get back to some stitching.  I had my other carpel tunnel surgery in December and since it was my right hand it seemed to take longer to get back into the swing of things. 

I will try to post more often.  And have a great day everyone. 

Sunday, February 07, 2010

Super Bowl Sunday

Well the Super Bowl is over and the right team won.  I think that it is great that New Orleans won.  they played a good game.

It doesn't seem like we are already into the 2nd month of the year.  We have had more snow this year than we have had in the last 20.  Although we were lucky last weekend that the storm that hit through the south Oklahoma, Arkansas, Georgia and so on missed us completely.    We had snow Friday but it was a wet snow and the roads did not get bad.  Today it has rained lightly all day.  Supposed to turn into snow so we will just wait and see what is out there when we wake up. 

I have other things to do now so will come back and post more later.  Have a great day!