Saturday, September 17, 2016

Carrying on...

It has been a dizzy week...

Dad met with his ENT surgeon in Redding to see what the latest scan would tell about his loss of vocal cord mobility on one side. His voice has gotten worse since the radiation.  The radiologist is on vacation til the first of October, so she won't be looking at the scan to give her input.  Doc said he could do a chest/nodes biopsy to see what might be causing it, but it could be very hard on Dad at his age. Dad said no thanks! When I asked why Dad's voice had been better after radiation, Doc explained that the swelling from the radiation had made it work better, now that the swelling is gone, it isn't working like it should. Dad has another appointment in a couple months and we'll take it from there.
Then Dad had two VA eye doctor appointments in Redding. He is doing ok for his age.  I do see him getting closer to the TV and computer monitors.  He doesn't see things on the road like he used to, I could point out a deer on a hillside, and he would find it, not so much any more.
Thankfully he still likes to read. I got an extra paper copy of Jim's latest book  

and asked him if he would like to read it before I shipped it up to my Sean.  Now he is holed up in his bedroom reading away!  And has asked me to show him how to work my old Kindle so he can read others! Thanks Jim, for spurring him on to read more.




Book Club was here this month.  I served Brie, and Combozola with rustic olive bread, craft crackers, orange slices, grapes, strawberries, apples, & Greek olives. We burned through nearly a case of Costco Prosecco, except for the one member that had a long drive home.  Again this year there was no desert, and they were fine with that.  After we got through with the book, we moved on to state and local politics. All were in agreement that this state is run by those in So Cal that have absolutely no concept of what their wacko political moves do to the normal people that feed them, protect them, and keep the economy going.  


Dad's poker night was changed to last night because of the Book Club being here on their normal night.  I asked Dad if someone else wanted to have it at their place, just this once.  "Oh hell no, Sis, they love coming here to play, we'll just change the night."  So I had the poker group last night, they got the same menu as book club with the addition of popcorn shrimp, and a wide assortment of beers, instead of the Prosecco. The big winner asked me if I would escort him to his home, as he would feel safer carrying all that money knowing I was carrying. I laughed, he was serious. Now I'm the protection detail for the ol poker players...
   

17 comments:

  1. Brig, the state is run by the San Francisco people. SoCal has minimal input - Jerry Brown and Gavin Newcomb are not SoCal guys. I'm not defending SoCal, because it's weird -- just not as weird as the San Francisco-Sacramento Corridor.

    Thanks for the report on Dad and it sounds as if you're the center of the social orbit (where I would expect to find you anyway).

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    1. LL,
      I guess it depends where you live, I tend to think of SoCal as being to the south, including the SF-Sac area.
      Dad is doing a little better this week.
      I'm really a quiet loner that doesn't care for the social arena. Often hampered by a distinct tendency to say what I think when asked.

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  2. SoCal government is a disease that is destroying the lives and property of all who get in its path.

    Glad that your dad's doing OK. We're all in great shape for the shape we're in.

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    1. Euripides,
      And the path is leading North...

      Thanks!


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  3. Hope when the radiologist gets back she can give your dad's vocal cords a boost. That must be frustrating for you both. Goodness girl, you put on a tasty spread. Can see why the guys just changed the date. Good to know you can protect the high stakes winner.

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    1. Arkansas Patti,
      She has scheduled an appt to see Dad next month, so we will see what she has to say.
      I'm terrible at the hostess thing, thankfully they all know and adjust accordingly.

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  4. See, I AM good for something...LOL Hope he gets better!

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    1. Old NFO,
      I already knew that! Thank You, Jim.

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  5. Prayers for your dad. God bless!

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  6. The old guys are very lucky to have you as an armed escort to protect their poker winnings.

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    1. GruntOfMonteCristo,

      They are a bunch of sweet ol guys, and I'm amazed they would look to me for protection.

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    2. I'm not surprised, really. You underestimate your charm and berserker power.

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  7. I appreciate you sharing slices of your life. I always leave with a smile.

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    1. Erik,
      You're welcome, it's a simple life!

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  8. Well armed Missy, you sound dangerous. Keep dad going on that Kindle. We old folk need more tech in our lives.

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    1. Woodsterman,
      I have to renew my CCW permit soon... to maintain my dangerous.
      Dad is pretty darn good with a computer, so he shouldn't have any problems with the Kindle.

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