Monday, January 4, 2016

My First Blog Post of 2016

I am going to start off the new year with this blog post talking about current events in our life. Christmas on Lake Georgetown was great. Kathi and I had a nice relaxing Christmas week in a pleasant, relaxing setting. We had sunshine for the first few days of the week, then overcast on Christmas day.

New Years was quiet at our house. We could hear fireworks in the distance, but they did not awaken Kathi. It has been many years since we were interested in watching the ball drop in Times Square. The 1st and 2nd days of the new year were overcast in Dickinson, but on the 3rd the sun came out. Today is a beautiful day. Our alarm went off at 6:00 am and it was cold inside. Our heat pump often does not work when the outside temperature is near 40 degrees Fahrenheit. I turned on a couple of space heaters in our motor home and jumped back in bed for a few minutes as the temperature rose inside. Our propane heater need some work.

We are staying with Kathi's brother, Larry Clark in the daytime. He is adding some weight and strength as he recovers from leukemia. Physical therapists have been coming by once per week and he is doing exercises on his own when therapists are not scheduled. He bought a Gwee Gym exercise gadget that he uses for strength development. He is already wishing he had bought one with adjustable tension. He is still shaky when he walks and uses a walker much of the time. We expect the walker will only be necessary for a few more weeks.

Kathi has been making bacon and eggs or sausage and eggs for Larry and I. She is trying to help him put on weight and I just like to eat her cooking. She is making tacos for lunch today. She has her own recipe and technique for tacos and her tacos are definitely my favorite Mexican food.

Tomorrow we will take Larry back to the clinic at Methodist Hospital. He has been getting by only going one day per week for blood tests and infusions as necessary. The infusions are coming less frequently. His blood chemistry is changing and medication is being adjusted slowly to get all the blood numbers back to normal range. He also takes medication to slow the rate of the bone marrow transplant taking over new blood creation. His doctors think steady, constant recovery is better.

We are looking forward to 2016 being a better year for all of us. I have a lot of friends my age and many of them are continually fighting health issues. We lose a few friends each year, but that is what happens as we grow older. Most do not give up and continue the good fight. We all just try and live the best life we can and get as much enjoyment out of life as possible. That advice I would give to anyone at any age.

I wish everyone a great 2016.

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