Had a wonderful Thanksgiving. Our daughter, husband, and our new grandchild drove up from Louisville. It’s wonderful to see our granddaughter again. ■ We had our next-door-neighbors, our good friends-forever from Crystal Lake and their daughter and son-in-law-to-be for dinner. A nice sized crowd. ■ The food was more than plentiful. Three turkeys (you can see two of them there – mine done on the grill and Holly’s done in the oven. Jay brought up a smoked turkey from Louisville. All were delicious. As were the sweet potatoes, mashed potatoes, stuffing, cranberry-apple dish, grandma’s green Jell-O (if it just weren’t green!) And on and on with the food. Too much. I know I’ve left some dishes out. I couldn’t fit one of everything on my plate. ■ And we learned that the daughter of our good friends in Lombard got engaged. Congratulations, Devin. ■ As usual, I’m up too late and it’s time for bed. ‘Night. ■
Monday, November 19, 2012
Thursday, November 15, 2012
Or close to it. Saw my cardiologist’s nurse on Tuesday. She tested my defibrillator/pacemaker (it handles both functions) and everything is OK. At one point in the exam she said she was going to make my heart beat faster – and it did! I could feel it. Strange feeling. I’m restricted from any heavy lifting – mostly on my right side for a few weeks. But I’m back to work at Dr. Wood’s. It’s good to be back. ■ On the drawing side I still have a few orders – just got another one today, so that’s keeping me busy. ■
Also have finished some Christmas cards.
Lots of stuff to do this week. TFB. ‘Night. ■
Thursday, November 8, 2012
Woke up this morning very sore. As the day wore on the pain lessened. They said it would get worse before it got better when I left the hospital. I think I’m over the worst. ■ Home health care nurse visited me this morning. We went over instructions, etc. It was a very valuable visit. ■ Got an order for a drawing of a building that an accounting company resides in. That’s a quick pencil sketch of it above. I’ll probably do at least one more quick sketch to get a better feel for the project. ■ IM’d with Aaron last night. He should be coming home from the middle east in the next couple of weeks. ■ Got to get to bed. It’s getting on to 1:00am.
Tuesday, November 6, 2012
I forgot to push the “Publish” button yesterday on the previous post, so while it says it’s from November 6th it’s really from the 5th. ■ At any rate, I’m home from the hospital. The installation of the defibrillator went well. I’m very sore in my left shoulder, but that should subside gradually over the next week. One of the nurses told me that it takes a week for the pain to disappear. In the meantime I can’t lift my left elbow above my shoulder for the next six weeks and I can’t life anything heavy for a few weeks. ■ I’ve got an appointment with the surgeon next Tuesday for him to check it and to see if I’m able to return to work. ■
On Saturday I worked while Holly and Ellyn tore the carpeting off the stairs. Still some pieces to get off that are stapled into the joints, but it’s lookin’ good. ■ Cheryl and Stephanie stopped over and Stephanie asked me if I could play a song at her upcoming wedding. I’m honored to be asked. Now I’ve got to learn the song, but I’ve got time to do that. ■ Saturday night Holly and I and Ellyn and her sister Nola went to a local restaurant/bar to have dinner and hear the Wiggelos play. It was fun. ■ Sunday we went to our friends Dave & Debbie’s home for cribbage. We don’t play cribbage anymore – haven’t in years – but it’s an excuse to get our cribbage friends together once a month. ■ And that brings us to today – Monday. I’m leaving home in about 15 minutes to go to our local hospital to have a defibrillator implanted in my chest. It’ll help control the afib that I’ve had a couple of times. Am I nervous? Yeah, a little. The surgeon has to fish a wire through a vein into my heart. Yes, that makes me a little nervous. ■ If you don’t see anymore