Thursday, August 25, 2016

Wednesday August 24, 2016-Moving Day-Ron Hoover RV to Sandy Creek Campground, Jasper TX

We were able to sleep in for a bit at the Ron Hoover lot because we didn't have any more work to be done, so we slept until after 7am. nice...

We had all forgotten about getting both the truck and trailer inspected for the safety inspection that is required by the state in order to renew our license plates so I went over to speak to AJ about having it done. He even sent his inspector over to us in the parking lot where he knocked it out in short order and we were finally on our way.

It is only about 160 miles from Katy to Jasper, so we made good time. We only had to make two comfort tops for Stella and pulled in here about 2pm. David, Bill and Jim were already here, and we actually followed Jim into the park, which made our drive in very easy. Actually Bill and Jim had arrived just shortly before we did, so we were all hot and sweaty and just got together for a short visit before retiring to our trailers for a nap and a break, and got together later in the afternoon to visit.

 This is our site. As you can see, we are surrounded by huge pine trees giving us some good shade, something we have  not had for awhile.

We have a very nice view of the Steinhagen lake. Back in the old days, this park was called Dam B but somehow this name was dropped.

We had a big 'ol cloud come up this afternoon, cooling things off with a good rain storm. A welcome relief from the heat!

I saw this little fellow swimming by this morning. I am told that he come by in the morning and goes back across in the evening. I'm not much of a gator guy but he looks to be about 8 feet long. I don't plan to find out.

I'll have more soon.

So long.

Monday, August 22, 2016

Monday August 22, 2016-Moving day-Marina Bay/Lake Cove RV Resort to Ron Hoover RV, Katy TX

Finally, the day I have been waiting for...moving day from Lake Cove Resort. This is not a bad place, very picturesque and well-kept, but it bugs me when a park claims and advertises about their Internet service and doesn't deliver. In all fairness, when I complained, the had their Internet "guru" check it out and he determined that we are in a dead spot. They told us we could move to a better location, but the site was short and backed up to the pool and we weren't interested in moving. It is just as much trouble to move out as it is to change sites. We must put everything away either way, so why move to another unknown site. If we still didn't get good service, they would shrug their shoulders like, "sorry about that". to me, they should do whatever they need to do to get good service to all the sites. That would be a solution!

We had made arrangements with AJ, one of the service managers, telling him what we needed done and getting him to order the parts so we can get in and out in only one day, so today we were under no deadline to get going and it was a good thing! I am very out of shape for dealing with the heat and getting things hooked up and ready to go, so I was very slow today. We didn't get away until after 11am and almost immediately ran into a heavy rain shower which slowed us even more. Traffic backed up, so we just slowed down and took our time and arrived here about 1:30pm. AJ was waiting for us and took down some information and information on a couple of items that weren't on the original work order. He said that if we wished, they could get started this afternoon, so we dropped the trailer and took off. We went to get something to eat and just piddled around until about 4:30 when they were supposed to be through for the day today. They were just bringing the trailer out to our overnight parking space when we drove up. We took over and got it all leveled and set up, but man it was HOT! 

We had an issue as soon as we got hooked up. This is a brand new store and I believe that we are the first ones to use the site that we are on. When I plugged in to the 50 amp electrical service box we found that the air conditioners would only come on with the fan, no a/c compressor, run for a few seconds and cut off. While I had been outside working, Stella tried to get the electric working but couldn't, so when she told me about it, I tried the other electric pedestal and it worked fine. Great new! the air conditioners are both working. It didn't take long for them to cool the trailer down, so we are set for the night.

I was told that they will come get the trailer early in the morning and we hope to have everything done by tomorrow afternoon. I'll let you know how it goes.

So long.

Monday, August 15, 2016

Sunday August 15, 2016-Marina Bay/Lake Cove RV Resort

Jennifer, Jay, Ian and Melissa came to Galveston on Friday, so the whole family (down here) got together at Kelley's Restaurant in La Marque for supper. Kim brought Ray and Tyler and Cameron and Phil brought Carol along with her parents, Clifford and Katherine and Mark and Lindsay brought their kids, Will, AJ  and 6 month old Faith. We had a total of 19 people, counting the baby, so we reserved an unused banquet room for the evening. The only one that didn't get to come was Ray's son Austin, who had to work.

They set the room up nicely for us and assigned us two waiters to take care of us.

Getting reacquainted all around. At least this was a good time for a reunion and we didn't have to go to a funeral tomorrow.

Lots of hugs and handshakes going around as folks arrived. I should have gotten a group picture, but forgot about that one.

Clifford was very interested in a picture album. I'm sure that it was one of Lindsay's family. 

I was told that Marc is faith's favorite person. Jennifer, Grandma Carol and Grandpa Phil looking on.

Tyler, Cameron and Ray, studying menus and trying to decide what to order. The meal went very well and everyone got their order, pretty much on time. 

We spent over 3 hours in the room, visiting and chatting. Of course, the three younger boys had to run off some energy after eating, but I bet they slept well. Faith is a very good baby and I don't think I heard a peep from her all night.

We didn't see any more of them until Sunday morning when they again stopped by Kelley's for breakfast. Only Cameron struggled out of bed at the ungodly hour of 11am to make it to eat with us. We had another nice time, but had no reservations and had to wait awhile to get a table, but it was worth it. It was a great weekend!

So long.

Wednesday, August 10, 2016

Wednesday August 10, 2016-Marina Bay/Lake Cove RV Resort

Because of my ongoing high blood pressure that I can't get a handle on, we decided to cancel our trip to Palacios to visit a park that we like a lot and to visit with some of Stella's family who live nearby. In the meantime, my B/P has straightened itself out but my sciatic nerve problem has reared it's ugly head again. The medical problems just keep comin'! I have an appointment for another shot tomorrow. Hopefully it will work...

We learned that Stella' uncle Walter had passed away in Houston over the weekend. His services were today, so we drove into southwest Houston to attend. Stella and I got to see (and for me, to meet) many of her aunts, uncles and cousins, most of whom we would not have been able to see while in Palacios, so it worked out. It was sad to see them at this time, but still good to see family.

Stella has an appointment to have her glasses ordered next week, so hoping that soon after that, we'll be able to hit the road again. We're certainly looking forward to it. Wish us luck.

So long.

Monday, August 1, 2016

Monday August 1, 2016-Marina Bay/Lake Cove RV Resort

We went to both of my doctor's office today and I got good reports from both of them. I went to Dr. Kallil, my neurologist, first and did two more tests, an EEG (Electroencephalogram) that checks for any abnormalities of the brain. Hey, at least it wasn't a straight line! And a EMG (Electromyography) which is a test of the health of muscles and the nerve cells that control them. The technician that gave me the tests was very nice and we bantered back and forth while she gave me the tests. 

I had an EEG done many years ago after I got hit by a car when I was 14, but since it's been 55 or so years since I've had one, I didn't remember the amount of goop they put on my head to attach the electrodes, but other than messing up my hairdo, it was painless. I didn't remember the bright light that was shined on my face, but my eyes were closed and it didn't hurt. The EMG was easy as well, but they gave me tiny shocks with a low voltage. It made my feet move and flinch, but nothing I couldn't handle. Doctor Kallil came in and stuck me with some tiny needles for the last test and then he gave me my report.

Almost everything came back normal but the MRI discovered the big problem with my leg pain and weakness. It is my sciatic nerve and a couple of slipped discs in my spine. He said that this could be handled by a cortisone shot, some pain killers, muscle relaxers and physical therapy, so it was good news. I will pick up my prescriptions and return on Wednesday for my shot and instructions on therapy. Whoopee!!

I then went for a follow up visit with Dr. Shalaby, my cardiologist. We discussed what happened on Thursday, the apparent causes and he gave me instructions on handling any future problems. I have an appointment with him in October, so I think I'm good to go. Feeling much better about the situation now...

So long.

Saturday, July 30, 2016

Saturday July 20, 2016, Marina Bay/Lake Cove RV Park

It has only been a week or so since I last wrote here, so I'm getting better about posting, right? I do have some news updates from us to pass on, so here goes.

Stella has finished up her cataract surgery and is recovering very well. She went back to the doctor the afternoon after the surgery and everything looks good. There were a lot of differences between the first and second surgery. The first operation was at 8:30am, which meant that we had to be at the hospital at 6:30 to start the preparations. We were done and going back home by 10 or so, so it was a breeze.

Wednesday, the day of her second operation, we were supposed to be at the hospital at 8:30 but we had no operation time until we got there. It turned out to be at 12:30 but I guess they called us in early because Stella couldn't eat or drink so they wanted her there to prevent her from getting hungry and eating something. She was allowed to drink water, but nothing else. The operation went very well and we got away from the hospital about 1:30 or so. We were told to come to the doctor's office at 3, hardly worth leaving the hospital... We came back home and got a snack and let Tramp out to keep him happy. We went back to the doctor's office to get his blessing on the surgery without any problem. Since I was now the caregiver, I asked her where she wanted to go to eat and she decided on her favorite Mexican food restaurant, Monterrey Tex Mex, so I took good care of her. 

Now to my issues. I had an appointment with  neurologist on Thursday morning to address my problems with my left leg. The leg feels very weak when I walk and feels as if my knee will collapse at times. The pain is pretty much constant, but occurs mostly at night around bedtime. It keeps me up every night and I seldom get over 4 hours of interrupted sleep. 

Dr. Kallil and his assistant (P.A.) did some investigating and found that my entire left side is weak, I have a problem with my lower back, but I knew about that as it is an old injury dating back to the 60's when I worked for my Dad at his Ford dealer, pushing cars around when needed. He also found a problem with my left rotator cuff, which I also knew about. This is an old weight-lifting injury from about 25 years ago. The last thing that he discovered was the beginning of neuropathy in both feet. This is a known ailment of diabetics, with no known cure. He did recommend some vitamins to slow the progress.

I was concerned about  getting test results back since we are leaving soon, but the doctor assured me that he could get it done. The receptionist set me up with an appointment at an MRI clinic for tonight! I wasn't aware that anyone worked late in that type of clinic, but I was wrong! She also set me up with two more tests for next Monday here in the office. 

Before going to the MRI clinic, Stella took my blood pressure and found it was 179/91, or pretty high. Remember in my last post, when I went to the hospital with high blood pressure? They gave me two new medicines, one a daily and one for "special occasions" when my pressure was over 160. Well, today I took one of the special occasion pills, and boy did it work! I was apprehensive about the MRI, but we got started on them. I did two today, one for my brain and one for my back. I didn't like the positioning for the MRI, but that's the way it is... I did the first one and was very dizzy after finishing it. The radiologist told me that this is pretty  common, some people get dizzy, some nauseous and some nothing at all. I decided to get it over with, so onward we went. This time, I was miserable, with chest pain from being cramped up in the cradle of the MRI, dry mouthed and just feeling bad. When I came out after it was finished, I was sick! The radiologist called Stella back with us and found a blood pressure machine to check my B/P. She checked me out and found a B/P of 92/72, very low but the troublesome thing was my heart rate was 180, very high. Apparently the medicine that I had taken knocked the blood pressure way down and my heart was racing to keep up. 911 was called and they came out and took good care of me. They took me to the Clear Lake E.R. where they fixed me right up! They gave me something by I.V. and then one of my regular meds and that brought everything back into proper range. 

I can't brag enough about the Houston Fire Dept. paramedics in the ambulance and Art, my male nurse and the medical professionals at Clear Lake. I hope to never have to return but if I do, I know they will take good care of me.

A couple of other things that happened. I almost missed my ambulance ride because of a misunderstanding. The ambulance crew thought they were looking for a patient in the parking lot and called their office to tell them that there was no one there. They were told to come inside where they found me and took care of me. Then when we were released, we had no ride back to the truck. Stella had ridden with us in the ambulance because she had just had her eyes operated on and didn't feel that she could see well enough to drive. When I inquired to the nurse, she gave me a voucher for a taxi ride from the hospital to the truck, so it all worked out.

I'll report back here when I learn the results of all the tests. 

So long.

Wednesday, July 20, 2016

Wednesday July 22, 2016-Marina Bay/Lake Cove RV Resort

Okay, I haven't died, only a scare...

It's only been a month since I last posted, but who's counting? It's not that we haven't been doing things, but most of it is boring - going to the doctor, etc. We have made what seems like a hundred doctor visits and most have been routine, but my visit to the cardiologist a couple of weeks ago turned out to be much more than routine. I went in for a follow-up visit and had my blood pressure checked as usual. It was a bit high at 150/73, but not high enough to be of concern to either me or the doctor and we had a nice chat. We went back home but I continued to monitor my blood pressure throughout the evening. It continued to go by small amounts, 160/78, 165/ 80, and ending with 173/85 at bedtime. Now I'm getting concerned, as there was no reason for it to continue this upward trend. We decided to go to the hospital to get checked out with a better B/P monitor and to get further advice, right? By the time we got there it had gone to 185/100... Glad I made the drive over now. Long story short is that they gave me a new medication and a second one to take in case of higher blood pressure. Brought the old B/P right back down and all was good, right? 

I didn't get to see my doctor for a couple of weeks. I did go into his office for more testing for another issue, but he was surprised when I did get to see him to learn that I had been taking this new medicine and had suffered a couple of low (123/73 and that day 118/68, with resulting dizzy spells) so he instructed me to stop taking the new meds and continue with our original plan, which has been working just fine. We'll see how this works.

Enough about me...  We have been seeing and visiting with friends and family while we are down here. We picked Cameron up one afternoon and brought him over for a visit here and he helped me set up the porch and steps. We had a nice visit and he may come back over to swim.

We went to Center to visit Janie one day and had a very nice visit but we decided it wasn't long enough. Last weekend, we had a free weekend and drove back to Center for the weekend to stay and visit with her. The problem is, we drink decaf coffee now, so she found an old coffee pot to use for our coffee. She found it, but couldn't reach it in the cabinet, so I went in to get it down and stepped up on a stool to reach it and when I stepped off, my bad left leg collapsed and I went down, hitting the back of my head.

It looks worse than it actually was, and never really bothered me. It hurt all right! but not as bad as you might think. I never lost consciousness and it only bled a little. I am fine now and it's not even sore any more.

Stella's final eye surgery is next week and if all goes well, we should be out of here and on the road again pretty soon. We certainly hope so! In reflection, this is our first time to spend any summer time in Texas since we retired and went on the road, and we are not having a good reaction to the heat. We'll have to see how this is going to work out.

So long.