Wednesday, May 18, 2016

not sure where I am going

My new plan was working well and I was assuming that on Thursday I would head over to Heritage Hall but my case managers came over to tell me that because of my fine improvement that BC/BS won’t cover me at Heritage Hall. They will cover me for home rehabilitation. Later I talked to Nikki and she was more optimistic that something could be worked out. If not, I am just going to pay out of pocket for 3 days at Heritage Hall since there is no way I should be heading home right now. I did 3 decent walks and about 4 hours on the machine.

Monday, May 16, 2016

Success--and not much pain

It is a little after 8pm and the surgery was successful and my pain level is pretty low. In fact, I haven’t had any additional pain meds and the surgery was over by noon. I am very relieved and I have already had 2 walks and I have done many leg lifts. Dr. Gardner thinks I am doing fine as does the evening doctor, Doctor Cox, who graduated from Monsignor Farrell High School. He was fun to talk to. The bad news is that I have to stay here until Thursday (because of insurance) but I can get through that I am pretty sure. Have contacted my kayak friend, Gyorgyi, Gloria, Cathy, Kelly and Dave.

Sunday, May 15, 2016

a day to prepare

I ended up driving all the way home from Andrew’s because there weren’t any reasonable rooms in Harrisonburg, Staunton, or Lexington. It must have been the VT graduation. I was able to play 9 holes of golf and I rode my bike at Andrew’s so it was a pretty active day. It was nice to get home. I slept okay but got up around 4 took a sleeping pill, then got back up around 8. I thought I had time to cut the grass before meeting Rob at 10 and it worked out well. Had a nice walk with Rob and then I drove home to take a nap, practice my piano, weights and yoga and trimming around the house. I had a wonderful dinner of broccoli and ate some delicious pea pods earlier. The soaker hose worked fine and the garden should be okay when I return. I checked the battery water and it was pretty far down so I filled everything back up and it should be fine for at least 5 weeks (the last time I checked). I tried to equalize the batteries but it only worked for a few minutes. I checked the 7th battery and it was 1230, not great but certainly not too low. I will try again when I get home. I spoke with Gyorgyi and Cathy and I guess I am ready for tomorrow. I am not panicked but I am scared.

Friday, May 13, 2016

the new york trip

I am stopped at a Buffalo Wild Wings in North Brunswick headed for Andrew’s. My New York Trip was a success, with some wonderful weather. The only real disappointment was that Tina had to cancel our dinner plans because of a friend in the hospital. I went bike riding every morning, did weights and yoga, caught a nap and then headed to the new ferry parking lot and shuttle at 475 Bay street. After figuring it out the first day, it worked very well. I usually got into the city around 3:30 and walked to the memorial, up to Times Square, through Central Park, briefly visited the Museum of Natural History (much more video in many places) but my old flower and bird dioramas were still there. I ate at Blue Smoke (the pulled pork was amazing) and I had my best sushi/sashimi/appetizer meal of my life at 15 East 15th street. Very expensive but fabulous (ate some wagyu beef as part of the appetizer and it did actually melt in your mouth. There were also some tiny squids and slices of octopus that were wonderful). I walked about five miles a day and my last afternoon I walked around the village and that was also fun. I found out this afternoon that my operation will be Monday morning and I have to get to the hospital at 7:15 so I guess I will be the first one operated on. That is good. Heard from Kelly and it seems she is upset with me for not being in contact with her when it was she who hadn’t responded to my email about my conversation with her mother. I don’t think it’s a big deal. After the operation I will call her and reconnect. Gyorgyi is having some health issues and is getting some tests today so I will follow that. I did go to confession at Holy Family and the priest was very nice. I think confessing sins is a good thing and since there is only one thing that I am concerned about I can relax about that. I am an agnostic so I guess I am covering both sides. I have never been especially spiritual so a middle course is a fair way for me. Claire is going to deliver my clothing on Monday and I just got the okay to drop off my electric piano at Heritage Hall on Monday morning. That should be very helpful.

Friday, May 6, 2016

a hectic day that ends well

This is certainly not the ending of the semester I was hoping for. Instead of a relaxed trip up to NY and perhaps Vermont, I am supposed to leave on Sunday afternoon for NY after a kayak trip with my kayak friend (though the weather isn’t looking good for Sunday right now). I also had to spend the day getting things ready (though I did get a hike in this morning) for the hospital and for the journey north. I watered the greenhouse, washed the dishes, played piano, did a wash, and weights and yoga. I left in time to drop off a bag of garbage and recycle some stuff, then headed to meet Claire. She is doing okay but there are some stresses about the wedding and with Luke. Nice to chat with her. After that I went to visit Heritage Hall and they approved of my slippers and were very friendly. Then off to Walmart to get the MRRS cream for my nose, then off to Lowe’s for the bath seat, then off to Tech to take a nap and then ride my bike for an hour (during which I recycled all the batteries at the Tech library. Then it was off to Krogers for water and then dinner and the Cavs game at Macado’s. I got an email at 12:30 am from another student who has an incomplete and he sent me some work but not all of it and I emailed him back at 7:30 to email me immediately with his phone number but he hasn’t as of 7:30 tonight. If he had I would have gone into Radford to see what I could do. Two other students have disappeared and I have no idea what they are up to. If I don’t hear from them by Sunday night I will give them both incompletes. My visit to the hospital for the ekg and the video upset me pretty good even though the nursing staff was very friendly. I am nervous and I hope that New York will be a good diversion.

Wednesday, May 4, 2016

A pretty remarkable day

This was an interesting day. I slept pretty well and when I got up at 7 I decided to take a walk before I had to head over to my friend’s to help him get on Match. After my weights and yoga, I showered and headed off. When I got there my friend was not to be found (and he hadn’t responded to my two phone calls) so I waited for a bit and I talked to his son, who told me he probably wasn’t coming (personal problems) and just as I was about to leave he pulled up, in no shape to do the match stuff. I chatted with him a bit, trying to cheer him up, but only time will do that. I went and got a coffee and a sandwich, thinking I would go back to fish the North Fork when I got a call from Ridenour Music that my new piano was in. I was very glad, since I haven’t played in a number of days, and I headed up to Salem. I called my friends at Valley Music and told them I would come visit after I picked up the piano. I picked it up and headed to Valley and had a lot of fun chatting and joking with Glen and Tom. I drove to Christiansburg for my Toyota appointment and they showed me how to stop the open door buzzer and the seat belt buzzer. I then drove home, stopped to fish the North Fork and got a couple of hits, then went for a nap, practiced some piano, ate some dinner, then took a walk before the Cavs game (which was over by the half as the Cavs scored 18 threes, a new playoff record. It was time to drive to O’Charley’s to watch the second half, do my lumosity training and update my blog.

Saturday, April 30, 2016


Finally I have the electric connected and I am on the grid. Bryan’s assistant Sylvan came out got the work started at about 11 and by 3 everything was done. It is not exactly the way it was explained to me but I will be able to sell power back to AEP and I will be able to finally equalize the batteries as well as possible. And the price was half of what was mentioned earlier. It is a relief and now I shouldn’t have to use the generator much (thereby spending less on gas and polluting less in the hollow at least). I am done teaching and I have one exam next week so things are pretty easy. I got the curtains put up in the camper top and I drilled holes for the cotter pins that will lock the back while I sleep. I also fixed the two by four by the gate, emptied the compost and cut the grass and used the trimmer. I drove up to Salem and ordered a decent electric piano and that should come in next week I hope. Until then no playing. The cheap one I bought from Target was unplayable so I returned it. I called Andrew about visiting on the 13th but haven’t heard from him yet. I am planning to get together with Tina and Alana and I will call Nick to see if I can meet him. It is going to be a quick trip but it should be okay.