Tuesday, April 24, 2018

Tuesday and Hair Day

I woke up about 2:00 AM again, took my med and also a Melatonin tablet. That helped me get back to sleep. I woke up again close to 6:00. I got up, made the bed and dressed for the day. I then fed Missy and myself .   

About 8:20, I will leave for Independence to my hair appointment. It always needs to be done by Tuesday. Then I imagine I will come back home and eat some more of that chili. Bob will not go with me for the short appointment.

I had a terrible back ache when I woke up this morning. I took one of those extra strength Tylenol capsules and soon it was fine. One of these days I need to bite the bullet and buy a new mattress and box springs.Mine is worn out.

More later....

Monday, April 23, 2018

Monday and A Quieter Day

I slept pretty well last night. I awoke at 2:00 AM and went to the bathroom but took a melatonin tablet and got back to bed and back to sleep until 5:00. Watching the TV, kindle or computer makes it hard to sleep.The blue light they emit, destroys the natural melatonin our bodies make and makes it difficult to sleep. If I take a melatonin tablet, it usually helps me to sleep.

I dressed, made the bed and got myself ready for the day. I fed Missy and myself and brought my checkbook up to date.

In a little while I will drive over to the market and buy a packet of Williams Chili Seasoning. The one I have seasons 4 pounds of ground beef. How I managed to buy that is a mystery to me.  I will buy a regular sized packet for our chili.

I need a few more things and I will buy them there too. Driving six and a half miles out to Walmart  and back destroys any savings the shopper might have.

Today, I may strip my bed and wash the bedding. Right now Missy is in on the bed so I will wait until she gets off the bed to do that.

More later...

The video I had on my facebook page had disappeared and I finally found it on my younger son's page and copied it for mine.

Here it is . My Bob spent three weeks at 09/11  that September for the Red Cross as a chaplain and went back in January for another four weeks. This interview was from the Pittsburg, Kansas TV station.


Maybe you can access it here or copy and paste it to watch it on this facebook site.

I had asked Rick to come for lunch since Carmen has gone back to Alabama with Alan and pick up Alan's furniture.  But  Rick and I decided to make it dinner instead of lunch. He is very busy on Mondays.  So he will come by after he finishes work this evening. It worked out fine. I had my leftover Chinese for my lunch.

I puttered around and even took Missy out while the weather was nice. She loved that.

Around 7:00 Rick finally got off work and came for dinner. We visited and later he went on home.  He expects to be called out later on. He says Mondays are very busy....after a weekend I imagine.

After I cleaned up after dinner, I took my shower and Missy and I began to watch some more of the program about Savants. I woke up at 10:00 and I turned off the TV and we went on to bed.

Sunday, April 22, 2018

Sunday and Church and the Chinese Restaurant

I got up about 4:30 this morning. I simply could not sleep any longer. I went over to Dollar General and bought some cat litter. The boxes I have been using are not as large as I usually buy. But they only weigh 8.8 pounds and I can easily carry them. I am not supposed to carry anything heavier then 15 pounds until after my checkup on the 30th.

Then Bob came by to pick me up and we went to get Phyllis. Johnna spoke at church and did a good job. Eight of us went to Great China for lunch. It was good! Great China has been closed for over a month. Every year they do that to make a trip back to China. I re-opened recently and Phyllis and Bob and I planned to go there to eat today after church. Then five others decided to join us. That was nice!

Rick doesn't care for Chinese so I plan to make a pot of chili tomorrow and he will come over for lunch. I will fix some cheese and buy some Freetoes and set out some crackers. Maybe I will fix some pudding for dessert.

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We had a good lunch and when I got home I called Rick to invite him over for chili tomorrow. He accepted and we plan to eat at 1:00 unless he gets busy and has to change the time.

I got the newsletters done and one in the snail mail. The others go out in e-mail.

Later Missy and I ate a light supper and watched Amazon TV until 9:00 when we went to bed.

Saturday, April 21, 2018

Saturday and a Trip to Joplin

I did not sleep too well last night. I awoke at 3:30 and just got up. I had some things I wanted to do on my old 2006 computer. I couldn't get back to sleep so I just got up and took care of that.

One of these days, that old computer will die and I have used it for storage for years. It is still running XP for an operating system and it has never given me a minutes problem. I wish I could say that about Windows 10. But I sent some valuable documents to myself and saved them on the desktop computer and the thumb drive I keep on it for storage. I will also save them on this notebook. I have the exterior drive Keith gave me attached to it.

I finally dressed and got ready for the day. I have fed myself and Missy. At 7:30, I will leave for Joplin. It is only 6:05 right now.We are forecast for rain. I am not really happy about driving in the rain but no one else is going so I have to do what I have to do.

More later....

I drove over to Joplin for very good sermon and presentation. We also said a nice lunch.

I drove home in rain. I was very tired when I got home. Missy and I watched Amazon until 7:00 when I took my bath. Then we stayed in until 9:00 and then went to bed.

Friday, April 20, 2018

Friday and a Friend's Funeral

This morning at 10:00 is my friend Bill's funeral. I will pick up Bob and we will attend. Leslie said last evening that Melissa, one of our other pastors, had offered to help so she asked me if I would like to have Melissa read the obit. I thought that was a good idea. I wasn't sure I could keep it together.

I had trouble sleeping last night. My knee itched and burned. Missy also was restless.

When I got up at 4:45, I found some anti-itch cream and applied some of that.  That helped. some.

I took the second antibiotic with my blood pressure pill after I ate my oatmeal.  I hope it works.

I will pick up Bob at 9:15. I want to get there in time to park and get into seating without having to rush.

I have fed myself and Missy already.

I started to shred some documents this morning and the "on"side of the switch for my shredder has broken. It still reverses but does not run forward to shred. Bummer! It was quite expensive. I have had it for several years though. I will have to buy a new one. I shred everything to avoid any problem with my personal information.

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I picked up Bob at 9:15 and we drove up to the funeral. It was awesome. After my daughter, Leslie, and Melissa did their part which was really awesome on their own, .Bill's daughter, Wilma and her mother, Carol, Bill's wife, shared what they felt about Bill and his journey with them.  The funeral home was full. The entire service was awesome. Karan and Bob and Leeann and I ate at Big Cheese afterward. We intended to eat at the church but we walked over there and noticed they only had four tables set up  and the family would have filled those so we went on to Big Cheese.

Then we drove home.

I went out to Walmart to buy an ink cartridge and then on to Braums to buy milk and some Butter Brickel ice cream. That's what I ate for supper...a bowl of ice cream.

Then Missy and I watched another episode of World War 2 and at 9:30, we went on to bed.

Another exhausting day.

Tomorrow I will go to the Mission Center gathering at Joplin.

Thursday, April 19, 2018

Thursday and Relaxing

It has been a wild week. I hope to take it easy today. Bill's service is at 10:00 AM tomorrow. Leslie will do the service and I will read the obit. I will pick up Bob at 9:15 in the morning. He is going with me. I hope our congregation comes out for the service. Bill has been a faithful participant for 25 years. Phyllis can't attend. She works four days a week and Friday is one of those days.

I didn't sleep all that well. Missy was restless and she kept me awake from time to time.  Still, it was nearly 5:00 AM when I finally got up.

I notice Missy wet on the bathmat I keep under her litter box again. She does that at least two times a week. She just doesn't make it into the litter box from time to time and hits the mat. She is fifteen years old so I cut her some slack.  I am doing some laundry...mostly towels and those mats.... so that should be o.k. I had one more old mat to put under it. Bob gave me that one when he recently bought a new bathmat.  The new litter I bought this week at Dollar General doesn't track as bad as the old stuff  I have been having to use since my surgery. I am not supposed to lift over 15 pounds. Most of that stuff is forty pounds. This is ten pounds.

I will go to Joplin for our Mission Center meeting by myself on Saturday. Leslie and John will be at Roaring River camping from Saturday through Tuesday and Phyllis works on Saturdays. Karan is meeting with her sister on Saturday that she has not seen in years. So I will go alone. I have to be there at 9:15.

I will take Juanita to see her heart doctor there in Independence next Wednesday on the 25th. Then on the 30th, Leslie will take me to Kansas City for my one month checkup on my surgery.

Yesterday while in Independence I asked the pharmacist at Walgreen's what the cost of that little tube of estrogen cream they gave me to use there at the hospital would cost if I refilled the prescription. She said it would be $310.

Talk about a racket! The pharmaceutical companies know most people have insurance so they jack up the price on those small tubes...and nearly everything else in prescriptions too. I don't have a prescription drug insurance since I only take one $10.00 prescription and one $20.60 prescription and I just refill them every three months. I could not justify the expense of the prescription drug plan.  So I didn't sign up for it.

I checked with the Medicine Shoppe here in Coffeyville and their cost would be $300. so I will just not refill the cream.  I will just use the gel. I get that from a compounding pharmacy in Lenexa and it is $65. a month. I can manage that. I understand there are some cancer drugs that cost thousands of dollars and many of us low income folks cannot afford to even treat the disease.

Juanita, who is nearly blind, has four eye drops she has to use daily. They are tiny little vials and they cost $100 each.  She is a 97 year old woman and she has to pay the $100 each  and that cost is WITH the prescription drug plan.  Disgusting!

The government needs to do some serious regulation of pharmaceutical companies.

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This is a photo of the family of my friend, Bill.  He's the man with white hair. He will be very much missed. The pretty white haired woman is his wife, Carol. The other younger two adults are his children with some of the grandchildren.

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I was getting ready to take my shower and noticed a swollen red place on the side of my right knee. I had first noticed it when I put my jeans on this morning. It had a small black thing sticking out of it with a hard head on it. I pulled the black thing out, put some antibiotic ointment on it and a band aid.

It itched and burned most of the day. Now it looked very angry. I put my clothes back on and went over to the Urgent Care about four blocks away. They were still open. The nurse looked at it and saw how swollen and red it was and prescribed an antibiotic which I had to go to Walmart to fill.

When I got home I took my shower and Missy and I watched a documentary about World War 2 and then at 9:30, we both went on to bed.

Wednesday, April 18, 2018

Wednesday and Another Trip to Bartlesville for Juanita.

I slept poorly last night and finally just got up and took a melatonin tablet. Then I finally got back to sleep until 5:30.

Later this morning I will go back to Independence to pick up Juanita to take her to Bartlesville to see Dr. Eslicker and get that skin cancer on her neck removed. I will need to get some more gasoline while I am there.

Right now Missy is waiting for her breakfast so I will get back to this later...

Missy and I have both had our breakfasts and I even had an opportunity to visit with Rick, my neighbor, about Bill, my dear friend from church I just lost. Rick and Carmen come to our church and weren't sure which man Bill was. I told him about Bill. I have always sat with Bill at church.

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I have been reading my Reader's Digest. This is a very good issue. There are some great articles in this month's issue.

More even later...

About 11:00 I took off for Independence to take Juanita to Bartlesville to see Dr. Eslicker.  He biopsied the place on her neck. He also froze a large dark mole on the side of her face. We stopped on the way home and bought a milk shake at Sonic. She looks forward to those treats every time we go to the doctor. After we got back I copied over the numbers of her TV schedule larger so she could read them. She is very nearly completely blind.

Then I came back home. It was almost 4:00 at that time. I was very tired. Missy and I watched "To Kill a Mockingbird" on TV. I don't recall ever watching that old movie so it was very interesting. We went to bed at 9:30.