August  2017

75 years old - who'd have ever thought???
Birthday Boy

08/05/2017 Dirty and very old battery .
Old and Dity Battery
8/5/2017 - it was a stay at home weekend and we started out with a plan. Ok, we do know what always seems to happen with plans and this weekend was no exception. The plan was to get the bike down and then fold the motorcycle rack up and move the RV back a little bit to make a bigger space between the trees on the drivers side and the coach so it would be easier for us and our neighbor to both get into the space next to us where we're both parking. We're long enough that we block the site next to us so we're just using it for parking now. So with great effeft and a little trial and tribulation and some help from the Honey and a racheting tie down strap we finally did get the bike down and moved next to the coach. But moving the coach ran into a snag, turn the kep and click, pop and the batteries for the coach gasped their last breath and gave up the ghost. So a little checking of fuses, etc. and I finally decided to plug the battery charger in to see if the problem was the batteries - it was. The lights came back on and so I knew it was the batteries. Next, moved to the phone and found replacement batteries in town so I ran out and got them. I also asked at the parts store if they know of a mobile mechanic who could change out the batteries for me. They gave me a number to call and I finally ran down a mobile guy who could get over to help me swap out the batteries. A 25 pount back and a 85 pound battery are not a workable combination. So I got out and did the wrenching while I waited for a younger back to arrive on the scene. I got the batteriest ready to come out by the time he got here and he made short work of the battery swap. Turn the key again and this time the engine came to life. By the time this was all accomplished it was getting to be dusk out so we decided to wait till Sunday to finish up. Sunday went according to plan and we got the RV moved back and now have a much easier path to back into our parking space. So all's well that ends well, and it you persist things always end well, just not always at the time you expected them to end. Till next time, be happy, be safe and persist. :))
08/12-13/2017  - BIRTHDAY WEEKEND
Birthday Outing
The picture at the top is the BIRTHDAY BOY picture, Actually we didn't take any pictures on the 12th, the official day, but we did have a special day. We headed up to the casino, we hadn't been there since arriving here, and had a great time playing the slots and left $200 ahead. The long term plan is to keep doing that :)) Sunday, the 13th, was also a special day. We headed out for our Sunday picnic and found some great spots to explore along the way. The pick to the left was up a short trail type climb over a few steps and up some loose rock. The shot doesn't show the steep or steps very well, they're in the shady part of the picture, but we were pleased with how the Jeep walked up this little hill. We're both getting a little more confident of it's ability as we go along.We also found some great mud holes and puddles to play in, a few rocky roads to bounce around on and a good spot by a little creek to have our picnic.
Picnic spot by the creek.Honey HikingRocky RoadMuddy Creek
As you can tell from the 'Muddy Creek' picture, there's a lot of run off from the rain and we get an almost daily afternoon rain that can be quite heavy up in the mountains north of us. The creek here at the RV Park is dry most of the time, but can rage when it's raining and we get a light rain compared to the mountains. We'll as this wonderful weekend draws to a close I want to wish you all safe and happy travels. Keep smiling and enjoy everything that comes your way. :)))
09-02/2017  - Back In The Hospital
I guess didn't like what I said the first time, so she made the computer bleep and erase it. So this is the second try at this page. I'll see if I can do a better job this time. Before the Doctors started the cancer treatment they wanted to fix Sheila's heart valve, so she said OK to that and we got it scheduled. It was supposedly a couple hours for the surgery and then an overnight at the hospital. So the heart valve was done on Aug 24th and we finally got home on Aug 30th. We were home for 2 days, then she had a fall and had a serious skin tear on her arm. So Sept 1st she was back in the hospital again. So the picture is from the 2nd time we went to the hospital. Now Sheila was starting to get ansy, she didn't see why she couldn't go home and do the stuff they were doing at the hospital at home. But the Doctors were very concerned about her falling again and possibly having more serious consequences from the fall. Remember, she was just in the hospital for 6 days and has only been home for 2 days before she fell and they put her back in the hospital. So we went back and forth with the doctors for a few days and then on Sept 5th Sheila told me to take her home. It was late afternoon at the time, so I told her we'd see if they'd discharge her and if not I'd just take her home the next day 9/6. So I went to the ICU Doctor and I told him that Sheila was going to go home the next day with or without their blessing. So he had a confab with her lung Dr and a few others and they came up with a plan to let her go the next morning. So finally after a second week in the hospital we retuned home. Sheila was VERY HAPPY to be home and she told me then that she was done being in the hospital. We'd still do the Cancer treatment, but she was not going back in the hospital again. She'd go for treatments, but they had to be on an outpatient basis period, end of discussion. We hadn't started the cancer treatment at that point and the radiation Dr had said she might have to go back into the hospital, but Sheila had made her mind up and so we both knew that wasn't going to happen. She was fairly healthy at that point and I agreed to abide by her wishes. My job was not to make decisions, it was to see that Sheila got what Sheila wanted. So our next appointment with her lung Dr we told her that she would not check into the hospital again and let her know that deciision was not open to discussion.
09/23/2017 Chemo Cut -
Chemo Haircust
In preparation for starting the Chemo and Radiation for the Cancer Sheila found a spot that said it was best to get your hair cut short that it would help with the mess and look of the hair loss. So we took her to get her hair done. This is what she called her Chemo Cut. Betwen getting home and starting the Cancer Treatment we also were going to the Mayo 3 or 4 times a week, but we were so busy and going back and forth so much that I stopped keeping track. Sheila was home and she was happy so I was happy. We took the Jeep out for a picnic and explore and drove over to Lake Roosevelt and back. We went down by the lake for a little 4 wheeling and a picnic and then also went to a ranger station where the had displays on the Native Americans who used to live in the area. She was using her walker and being very careful. We didn't want her to have another fall. She had gotten so fragile from the Prednisone mostly. It made her bones brittle and he skin was very thin and tore easily. She's also learned to recognize when she was getting a little shaky and to call me immediately and sit down if she could. We were adapting and the signs of what was to come hadn't appeared yet.

We were adapting as we had all along and life was good for awhile. She started the Chemo on 9/26 and had her first radiation treatment the next day. The American Cancer Society got us into a hotel in Phoenix at a reduced rate which helped financially for the first two weeks and then we got into the Hope Logde which is located on the Mayo Campus. We stayed there during the week, the Chemo was once a week, but the radiation was every day for 5 weeks. So we'd stay during the week and then come home for the weekend. She only got the Chemo 2 weeks in a row, then her numbers dropped and they never came back up. They stopped the Chemo and they gave her a drug to try to get her numbers back up but they didn't come back up and the medicine made her uncomfortable. The radiation didn't bother her a lot until the last coupld of weeks. Everyone kept bugging her about drinking more water, but she just couldn't seem to drink enough to keep them happy. The last 2 weeks on the Radiation were very difficult, but she stuck with it and saw it through. More to come now that I'm finally trying to catch up. NOV-DEC coming shortly. October just disappeared down the hole that is called Cancer Treatment. Honey's down, but not out for now and I'm hoping for a come back.