Saturday, October 31, 2009
This is my little corner of Auntie Violet:
Do note the posture! It's amazing how straight I sit with the brace on.
We slept in this morning as yesterday had been a really big day. Our good friends Leslie and Bill were married this noon at the Donut Shop in Portland, Oregon. We had seriously thought about driving down for the festivities this noon, but decided it was a bit too soon in the recovery process to take that a road trip. But, we are waiting to see the pictures!
Friday, October 30, 2009
It's been a busy one! I had an appointment for my two-week follow-up post-surgery check-up with Dr Powers this morning. He had another set of x-rays taken to compare with the ones they took the morning after surgery. Boy, those are long screws holding the rods in place! He also had the pre-surgical ones. The tech burned a set onto a CD for us to have as well when we're traveling. It's interesting that he does not want me to resume taking aspirin or any oher NSAID (Advil, naproxen) for another six weeks. Evidently the inflammation actually helps with the fusion.
All of the males in my life are telling me that now that I've got the new iPhone, I can tell Forry where I hid the old one! They all think alike!
After the flurries of snow yesterday, the weather was actually pretty nice today -- and much warmer .
Our friends Bill & Leslie are getting married tomorrow noon in Portland at a doughnut shop. We were thinking sort of seriously about driving down, but as tired as I get from just a trip to the doctor's, I guess we'll just have to enjoy it vicariously!
Thursday, October 29, 2009
With no sign of my missing iPhone all week, we finally decded to go ahead and buy a new one. I had the old one long enough that it was out of contract, so we were able to get a new 3Gs for a pretty reasonable price.
It's been a good day today with out recurrance of the awful pain of Tuesday night.
Stopped at Red Robin and had a bowl of onion soup -- I was even able to eat almost half. ;-)
Wednesday, October 28, 2009
Managed to get back into bed, but at an angle and didn't want to move again. Poor Forry ended up sleeping the rest of the night on the couch as there was no room for him in the bed...
Finally talked with Dr. Powers, ruled out anything having gone wrong with the surgery area or incision. He suggested that today should be a VERY quiet day and that I keep the pain meds up to maximum dosage all day. So that's what I've done. It was easy to sleep a lot because I hadn't slept much last night. Might not be as easy tonight. I feel as I've turned my nights and days around.
Pastor Terry stopped by on his way from Spokane for a short visit. Bonnie and Terry were going to bring the babies by after work, but they all woke up with snotty noses and (thankfully!) decided I didn't need to be exposed to colds, so they're going to try again next week..
Tuesday, October 27, 2009
We were awakened before seven this morning with a phone call from Fed Ex wanting to know how to find us. They had only the General Delivery PO address in Cheney and didn't think that would get them to us with the box they had to deliver. They actually showed up about 2 PM to deliver a box of the most gorgeous pears -- looks like maybe four different varieties. They are all colors from a pale yellow to a bright red. Thank you to my youngest (all be it taller) sister Roxy and her husband Rich! We will certainly enjoy them!
We decided to go over to the nearby Iron Skillet this evening for dinner. It's kind of a shame in some ways as I only seem to be able to eat 5-6 bites before I'm full. But, now I've got a nice take-home box of leftover chicken-fried steak for lunch tomorrow. And I got outside for a short bit!
Monday, October 26, 2009
Have laid low the rest of day, just healing.... Forry went into Cheney and picked up the mail. Lots of cards and a care package from Sister Sherry -- NICE!
It rained most of the night and a good share of the day. I sure hope the ranch is getting a good share of it!
Sunday, October 25, 2009
I had wanted badly to go to church this morning, but re-thought the idea after reflecting Dr. Powers comments about just spending my time resting and healing. I'll catch up my farming on Facebook this AM, read for a while (started an interesting new series with a book (The Patriot Witch) that Curt and Sarah brought by when they came to visit at the hospital. I started writing "thank you" cards yesterday, but couldn't seem to even get one finished without falling asleep..) I am getting very good a dozing off mid-sentence!
I actually had a pretty good night's sleep. Forry had bought me a frozen Mac and Cheese dinner that he doctored up a bit with crumbled saltines and pepper. I was actually able to finish almost half of it, so will have the rest for lunch today.
Thursday, October 22, 2009
Wednesday, October 21, 2009
Monday, October 19, 2009
Much love and thank for the love and prayers that have been coming our way!
Saturday, October 17, 2009
Up out of bed; brace on; sitting up in a chair; phone calls; down to x- Ray; iV out; catheter out; walked down the hall to new room Busy day. Daughter Mar y Mae and Forry here most of the day; son Sean here. Long day. Time for bed! Only hope this makes some sense!
Friday, October 16, 2009
Thursday, October 15, 2009
Dr. Powers said that the surgery would probably last 4-5 hours, so I have a feeling there will not be any postings to my blog for a day or so...
Yesterday I went to be fitted for the brace I am going to have to wear for the next eight weeks. If nothing else, I should have better posture when it's over! I realized after trying it on, that I cannot fasten my jeans over it. This afternoon Forry stopped by Costco to pick me up a couple of pairs of sweat pants with elastic waists. After all, I don't think it's a good idea to try to leave the hospital without trousers!
Wednesday, October 14, 2009
Tuesday, October 13, 2009
The rain was sort of behind us all the way and it was dry when we arrived at Ponderosa Falls RV Park a little after five PM. But it started to drizzle when we went over to the Iron Skillet for dinner and now I can hear it on Auntie Violet's roof. I sure hope it settles in and rains steadily for a couple of days at least!
We are settled in at Site 6B and will be here for the next three weeks at least. I've spent the last hour or two catching up on reading all of the blogs that I missed while we were without wifi and while we were in Sundance. AND catching up with my Facebook farming!
Monday, October 12, 2009
I spent most of the day doing laundry and putting stuff inside away. I don't know if I dislike unpacking more or getting everything put back where it belongs. It's so much easier to travel with the motor home then to go somewhere in an airplane!
Towards evening I finally sat down with the computer to hook up the new Cradlepoint wi-fi. It hasn't been THAT long since I set up the other one, but I had a heck of a time trying to remember what I did..! At least I am back on line and able to type a bit faster than I can on my iPhone!
Sunday, October 11, 2009
We had a last visit with Roy and James over breakfast and then took the limo back to the Salt Lake City airport.
Our flight left a little after 11 and with the one hour time change we were back in Spokane shortly after noon. Took the shuttle to pick up the Jeep, then went out to the AT&T store in the Valley Mall to pick up the new aircard.
We splurged on some Krispy Kreme doughnuts, a latte' and a mocha for lunch then headed back to ranch and Auntie Violet. We made a quick stop at the grocery in Ritzville for orange juice and milk and then finally made it home.
Fixed some bacon and scrambled eggs and mushrooms for supper, then I'm off to bed!
Saturday, October 10, 2009
The last day of the Assembly is always a l-o-n-g one! We started with an 8:30 AM general session, then two hours of small group work before lunch. After lunch (sweet potato bisque, sandwiches and salads), all of the facilitators and a representative from each break-out group met to combine the work of all the groups into one paper. We finished up about 4:30 and I came back to our cabin and fell asleep! (and MISSED the 5:30 Protestant service!)
Forry had spent the afternoon first in a pottery workshop (he made two bowls which will be shipped to him after they're fired) and then went to a silver smithing class where he made me an absolutely gorgeous ring!
Tonight was the traditional BBQ buffet -- ribs & chicken, beans, corn on the cob, cornbread, coleslaw, green salad, baked potatoes, and roasted eggplant, onions, & peppers. And hot blueberry cobbler for dessert!
After all that we went back to work and reviewed the draft paper from this afternoon with the whole group. Sometimes it seems the people who never want to help on the afternoon's draft are the ones hell-bent on quibbling and parsing every sentence..! We finally finished up at 10:45.
We did most of our packing tonight as we'll be leaving at 9 AM for the ride down to the Salt Lake City airport.
Friday, October 9, 2009
We started off this morning with different perspectives and guesses as to what the final Health Care bill may look like. Interestingly enough, no one seemed to believe we wouldn't get something even if only incremental change.
The main topic of discussion for this year's Assembly is Health Promotion/Disease Prevention. The small group discussion I facilitated this afternoon turned out pretty well -- especially compared to the one I had last year!
Tonight we had a lovely banquet, starting out with shrimp cocktails, then a spring green salad, followed by both steak and salmon with garlic mashed potatoes and asparagus. Of course, we had to have dessert -- chocolate bowls filled with strawberry mousse and topped with a chocolate covered strawberry; all sitting in berry sauce with little tea cookies.
Tomorrow will be a long day as we'll be working on the final paper after dinner.
Thursday, October 8, 2009
We didn't get up terribly early this morning, but didn't sleep in either as I knew the massuese (sp?) was coming at 10 AM. After showers, we went over to the deli for lattes and croissants to bring back to the condo for breakfast.
They are re-finishing the floors in the spa, so the staff are bringing their tables and oils and stones to rooms to do massages. I had a lovely 90 minute hot stone massage! If you like massages, the hot stones make them even better!
Later we rode the gondola to the top of the mountain ski areas. The foliage is brilliant red and yellow, but there was snow up on top.
We came back to the condo for a nap before dinner and the start of the Assembly.
It will be a full day tomorrow!
Ten years ago, when I was President of the National Rural Health Association, I was invited to Park City, Utah to represent rural health interests at the 2nd Annual Health Sector Assembly. This was a group of about fifty leaders in healthcare to serve as a "think tank" for health policy on a very high level to advise the US Congress and adminstration.
We spent two and 1/2 very intense days together, mostly in small groups, writing a policy paper. Each year since, there has been a core group of 25 of so with another 25-30 new people (usually experts on that year's topic) invited back. The altitude at Park City proved a bit much for some of the attendees, so it was moved to Sundance.
On Saturday afternoon, while the group leaders pull the input from all the small groups together, everyone else gets to go horseback riding, make jewelry, pottery, hike, etc.
After the 3rd or 4th year, they also started paying for spouses and significant others to come as well, so it's now a pretty big group.
4 or 5 years ago when AHA (American Hospital Association) was short-staffed, I was asked to facilitate one of the small groups, which I've done ever since.
I don't get any cash, but I get treated very well --massages, air fare, pedicures, etc. I tried to quit when I retired, but wasn't allowed to...
Last year I asked if we could come up a day early since I end up helping to write the final on Saturday afternoon when everyone else is playing. So that's the Sundance story!
Wednesday, October 7, 2009
We drove to Spokane again this morning for a 10 AM flight to Salt Lake City. We were met at baggage claim by the limo driver who collected our bags in his Cadillac Escalade and took us on the forty minute trip up into the mountains to Sundance. I've been coming to the Health Sector Assembly for 9+ years and it amazes me how built up and inhabited it has become.
The meeting doesn't start until tomorrow night so we've got a day to enjoy the resort before I have to get to work.
We ate dinner at the Foundry Grill tonight. I had BBQ pork quesedillas and Forry had calimari. We shared a piece of their incredible warm apple pie with caramel sauce and ice cream. The piece of pie is over three inches tall! (we remembered it from before and knew better then to order two pieces...)
I am going to get a hot stone massage in the morning -- I can hardly wait!
Tuesday, October 6, 2009
Turns out to have been a pretty expensive duststorm! Seems we fried both the Cradlepoint (Internet wi-fi) and the connection to the antenna. Well, actually the power outage got the connector and Forry messed up the wi-fi by trying to hook it to the 12 volt system when it's only a 6 volt. Looks like we'll have to replace the aircard as well. Not a good day at all!
Today we went to Spokane for my pre-op visit with the surgeon, Dr. Powers. I also had to be measured for the brace I am going to have to wear for two months after the surgery.
I am so thankful we have good insurance that will pay for 80% of the $900 cost of the brace! I cannot imagine what it must be like for the millions of people who have no coverage. I think they would just live with the pain rather then get the operation to relieve it...
Tomorrow Forry & I are going to Sundance so that I can facilitate part of the meeting of the Health Sector Assembly.
Monday, October 5, 2009
We are going to be gone all week, so spent the day doing laundry and re-organizing after all the busyness of getting ready for the sale.
Since I won't be here for Bible Study on Wednesday, i had brought the video home with me yesterday and took it back over to the church this afternoon.
After yesterday's ferocious winds ad dust storm, it was eerily quiet today. The ground looks scoured down to the layer of Mount St Helen's ash.
I didn't even realize that I did not do a Saturday blog until Tammy mentioned it! I think I was so tired after we had gone to Chicos for pizza with Leslie and Bill and MM's family after the sale, I think I just crashed without even thinking about it...
Sunday, October 4, 2009
It was an ugly day today! The wind blew very hard all night. Auntie Violet was badly buffeted by the strong winds. This morning visibility was less then a quarter mile -- it was a bit scary driving to church. I-90 was closed between Ritzville and Moses Lake and later all roads in Adams and Grant County were closed. The wind finally died about six o'clock this evening.
We lost power this afternoon and there were poles down on Rosenoff Road. We may have lost our boosters for the Internet...
Friday, October 2, 2009
This afternoon we headed for the church about 4 PM and helped unpack and set up the office. Cleon has gotten all of the auction lists copied and ready to go; I've got the auction number tags ready; and Sarah took the list home so that she she could make out the sale slips.
It started to get chilly when the sun went down and by the time dinner was ready for all of the workers, it was just plain cold! I had tucked my cap and gloves into my jacket pocket and I was VERY glad to have them! Diane and crew had fixed pulled pork sandwiches (fresh buns from the Hutterite colony), coleslaw, baked beans (the ones I helped mix up yesterday), and a choice of chocolate or yellow cake for dessert.
I think we're all ready to go -- just need to get into a warm bed and sleep fast. It'll be early tomorrow morning.
Thursday, October 1, 2009
After doing some asking around we finally found the office (only the phone number is listed in the phone book) in time to review the latest food booklet before it was time to watch their videos and then take the test. It's a good thing we looked at the newer book. I had been quizzing Diane from her older book on the way to town, but they've changed a few things! For example, food must now be cooled to 41 degrees instead of 45 degrees like in the old book and food cannot be more than 2 inches deep in cooling pans instead of 4 inches... But we both aced the test, so one more thing out of the way.
When we got back to the church, Fran and I started putting maple syrup samples in 1 oz little cups with lids while Diane and Didi started putting together six roasters of ingredients for Green Bean Soup. Then Fran and I filled some larger cups with salsa for the taco salads. All of this stuff then goes into the cooler until Saturday.
Diane had invited Forry and I to her house for dinner after we finished at the church. Her brother Jim from Kansas (who is one of the auctioneers) and his wife Fran are staying with them, so we had a good visit with dinner. Diane had put craw fish etoufee' and rice in the oven before we left for Moses Lake, so we had quite a feast!