Archives for March 2019

Sunday, March 31, 2019 – Short Ride with Brother Jeff

As we start gathering everything together to head home in the next couple of weeks, brother Jeff and I went on what is likely to be our last ride together this season. He wanted to see the 5 mile loop I found out back in Hungryland, so we headed out that way in the early afternoon. It's been a good stay, though not as relaxing as we had hoped because of all the in-center dialysis we had to do, but I'm hoping that next year will be better, with more time in other horse camps around Florida, dialyzing "at home" rather than "in-center," which will give us a lot more time for other, more fun things. Jeff's long-time girlfriend is flying in later this week, so we'll be staying here long enough to look after his critters while they take a short jaunt to a beach hotel along the coast, but we're hoping to be out of here shortly after that. A lot depends on what kind of weather they're expecting at home! But the plan is to spend some time getting up there anyway, to try to relax and get caught up on our sleep and rest time.

Saturday, March 30, 2019 – Flight Back to Florida

After a successful two days of Workshop in Ontario, California, Hubby and I grabbed an early morning flight, with stopover in Dallas again, and arrived in Palm Beach on time at about 6:30, where brother Jeff picked us up once again. Nice to get back before dark for a change!

Wed. March 27, 2019 – Dialysis Trouble

Had a midday dialysis chair, so we rested for the earlier part of the day before heading over there. Unfortunately, for some strange reason, this clinic doesn’t use buttonholes, which is the permanent track we’ve used for Hubby’s dialysis for some time. The idea is to create a tunnel that a blunt needle can penetrate easily, and keep using the same hole over and over again for simplicity’s sake. Evidently, this clinic determined they are prone to infection (though I’ve heard from other clinics the opposite is true), and decided to use sharp needles on another part of his fistula. That created all kinds of problems. It took them 45 minutes to get a good stick, which made the whole exercise drag on for ages, and it was so close to the buttonhole that it worried me. They’re supposed to stay at least a half inch away from it, but this one was much closer in the end. They had four different people try it, and by then, the cartridge and the machine had clogged up and they had to start all over again. Very frustrating. I had offered to bring my dull needles with me and do it for them, but was told they wouldn’t let me, though when I was there and they were having so much trouble, I was told I probably should have. Grrr! Eventually it got done, but it made for a late evening again!

Tuesday, March 26, 2019 – Flight to California

Another private workshop to do out in California, though this time the best flights left from Ft. Lauderdale and returned to Palm Beach (go figure, must have been some kind of event as there was nothing available for a Saturday return), so we had brother Jeff drop us off in Ft. Lauderdale. We had barely enough time to make our connection, but managed to pull it off with a few minutes to spare. Another long, cross country trip. Jet lag is starting to feel permanent! The good news, though, is that I was able to finish the movie I started on the last trip home! Yeah!

Monday, March 25, 2019 – Scary Start to the Day

Hubby woke me up having some kind of episode at 5:00 this morning. Not sure what happened, but he was flopping around like a fish out of water, and was non-responsive for nearly a minute to my questions, before he finally started to come out of it. It was almost like he couldn’t wake up from a very violent dream. I thought he was having a seizure, or worse, a stroke, and was ready to call 911 for an ambulance, but he came around and insisted he was fine. I kept talking to him, and he seemed lucent, so I turned the light out, held his hand and tried to get back to sleep. He was asleep in no time (as usual), but I tossed and turned with worry for awhile before nodding off, only to sleep until nearly 9:30!

Sunday, Mar. 24, 2019 – Ride Day with Hubby

So happy Hubby was feeling well enough for a ride today! Had a nice strawberry and cream breakfast before saddling up the horses, and off we went on a 5-mile loop around Hungryland, so even Lola dog was able to join us today! It was a gorgeous day, mid 70’s, hardly a cloud in the sky, precisely the reason we come to Florida for the winter. Everyone behaved themselves beautifully, no problems whatsoever. Flash and Apollo are getting along fine, and Hubby and I are working out how to ride a quarter horse and a paso together. Trying to get a gait that’s good for both has been interesting, but I’ve always worked on a nice slow jog with Apollo, and that seems to just about be right for Flash’s walk, with the occasional cordo to catch up, which Hubby doesn’t mind at all. Unlike the last time when I took this loop and was knee-high in water for three 100-yard sections, the swamp had dried up and a bit, and we were barely ankle high in just two of those sections. We all had a great time, so glad to be back in the saddle! Arrived back about 90 minutes later, put the horses away, then worked on the Buick for a bit. This past week, it’s been stalling out whenever it went down to idle, so we took a look at what the problem might be, potentially a solenoid, but we found a chewed bit of vacuum line that we thought might be the problem. We temporarily taped it up, hoping that would prove that that might be the problem, which we’ll know for sure tomorrow when we drive it. Spend some time out by the pool playing fetch with Lola before retiring for the evening.

Saturday, March 23, 2019 – Attended the Miami International Paso Fino Show

Did some work on the Open Range (we still haven't sold it, darn it!), then hopped in the truck and headed down to Miami for a Paso Fino show. Not that I ever intend to show Flash, but I was curious how he stood up to his brethren. We thought it would be a big show, but discovered it was actually quite small. No class we saw had more than six horses, and most had less than that, with several only having one participant! There was no admission fee, and the bleacher crowd was only about a dozen people, most of whom I got the impression were family to the participants. Still, it was interesting to see, but left me wondering exactly what the judges were looking for in a Paso. Guess I'll have to do some more research on that! We took the long way home through Belle Glade and Indiantown, just out for the drive, really, and because we'd rather drive through the country than on a freeway any day! Took a little longer, but it was a very nice drive. Got home, had some tea and apple pie that I had picked up at the IGA in Indiantown, and settled down for the evening. Check out the video of the Paso on the sounding board!

Friday, March 22, 2019 – Busy Day with Disappointing End

Got a call for an early dialysis chair for Hubby, so we headed out early. Got a chance to do a lot of necessary running around, all productive, and headed out after dialysis to grab a quick happy hour meal at the Sneaky Tiki, which turned out to be a disaster. In addition to poor food (though the service wasn’t bad), I discovered that Hubby’s back surgery, which we had been busting our hump to get scheduled for the last two days by going to three different clinics and even rousting our heart failure specialist out on his day off to write a clearance letter, only to have the doctor’s office drop the ball. Apparently the girl responsible for getting insurance approval took the day off, and no one else followed up on it. I waited all day for a call, and when I didn’t get one and called them, they put me on hold for 15 minutes, then told me the office was closed and they couldn’t do anything. Grrrr! Needless to say that put a damper on what had otherwise been a pretty nice day.

Thursday, March 21, 2019 – Cancer Removal

One of the things we’ve been working on over the last few weeks has been to get two major health issues resolved. One is to get Hubby’s back fixed up. He’s gone through two rounds of shots in his back, which helped, but only for a few days, but they were mandatory before he undergoes a procedure that will give him longer lasting relief, which we’re hoping to get done before we leave. We spent much of the day on the phone and running around trying to get everything in order for him to get the surgery on Monday, which is the only day of the month his doctor can do it. Apparently he only does surgeries once a month! Go figure. The other issue was a wound on his face that has been weeping for a very long time now, and we finally had it analyzed and discovered it was a form of skin cancer, so today we had it removed. That required them lazering out a big hole on the side of his face, then going to a second doctor, a plastic surgeon, who neatly sewed it all back up again a few hours later. That all ended well, thank goodness, and though he has some Frankenstein-like stitches for the next 10 days, it should take care of the cancer issue. The miracle of modern medicine!

Monday, Mar. 18, 2019 – Hubby’s Birthday

After all our celebrating yesterday, today was mostly back to the grind, but we managed to get an early chair for dialysis, which gave us time to go to the nearby Dolphin Grill and Shrimp House, a rather highly acclaimed restaurant just up the road. We enjoyed several delicious appetizers and a couple of drinks before heading home. A nice exclamation point to Hubby’s 85th!