Thursday, June 30, 2016

Trip to Brenham

Events in this post took place in March 2007.

In my last post, Kathi and I were at Green Caye in Dickinson, TX. We stayed at Green Caye from the middle of September 2006 until the first of March 2007 taking care of medical issues, visiting family and allowing Kathi to recover from her parathyroid surgery. Hooray! We were finally ready to travel again.
This picture and the ones below were captured at David Adickes Sculptureworx studio near downtown Houston.

Our first trip for the year was a short one to the Artesian Park RV Campground in Brenham, TX on Monday, March 5th. It was a short 100-mile trip into Houston on I-45 and out of Houston on US 290. The route was one we had taken many times before and it seems like most of it was on Houston Freeways. Once we were past the hordes of people in Houston, we were at our destination. I wanted just a short trip since it had been almost six months since we had traveled. I was not sure if I remembered all my RVing obligations – it was easy and we had no problems on the drive. The RV park was nothing special, but the price was reasonable. We spent $117 for one week using the Passport America rate.


We did have a great view out our front windshield. We were looking into a field being grazed by cows, horses and mules. The weather was great as it should be in springtime everywhere. We opened all our shades and windows, then discovered another field nearby with chickens and turkeys. Being back on the road was already being more fun than being parked at the same location for a long period.


Tuesday, we took a drive to Lake Somerville and enjoyed the atmosphere. We meandered around the lake for a while and found out the camp sights there were run by the Corps of Engineers. The sights had water and electric, but no sewer connections. That was not unusual and probably a great way to spend some springtime, if you planned ahead. During spring and summer months the spaces were reserved months ahead of time, especially weekends. We were disappointed that it was too early for the wild flower to be in bloom, but the red-bud trees were blooming. We were elated to see a fawn in a clearing. Animals are much more pleasant to see roaming free. It was only about fifty miles round trip to the lake, but we drove over 120 miles wandering around. Another great day for Kathi and I.


We spent the next few days looking around Brenham. Wednesday was another beautiful day with temperature in the mid-70’s. It seemed that each day was getting warmer and we thought we needed to move further north soon. Thursday we did our laundry and spent the rest of the day at home. Kathi was still having some hormone issues and she decided she would need to see an endocrinologist when we got to Georgetown.

By Saturday it was warm enough we had to close our windows and turn on our air conditioning. We had a Mexican lunch at El Charro, a restaurant my sister Carol had recommended. The food was okay, but not great. Best not to expect too much eating in strange places, even with a recommendation. Sunday was a little cooler and we began planning for the short Trip to Georgetown on Monday. We were moving down the road. Life was good.

Tuesday, June 28, 2016

Year End 2006

Events in this post occurred in November and December of 2006.

Kathi had her parathyroid surgery on November 1, 2006 and I took her home the next afternoon, which was on a Thursday. Sure enough, as expected the surgery sent her hormones into a tailspin. She says the few weeks following surgery were a blur to her and I just stayed close by and tried to be supportive. We were assuming the surgery was a success, since her calcium level was back to normal by the end of November.

We were in no hurry to leave Green Caye in Dickinson, so we just hovered while Kathi was getting back to normal and enjoying the end of year holidays with family.

December 22, 2006 was a Friday and I had minor surgery just before Christmas day which was the following Monday. Dr. Somers removed a benign cyst from behind my right ear. It was a little sensitive for a few days, but minor compared to the recovery Kathi was experiencing.

Our oldest son, AJ was going to have Christmas in San Francisco and he was excited to be Christmas shopping with the money we sent him for Christmas. Our youngest son, Christopher was flying in to Hobby airport from Twentynine Palms, CA as a civilian – he and the Marines were parting after his four-year enlistment. We were anxious to see him.

Christopher arrived and he was glad to be home. He stayed with us in our RV for a few days while he got re-oriented to life outside the Marine Corps. We had a quiet Christmas at home and Christopher spent Christmas with his girlfriend.

December 27th, Christopher went for an interview at Suncoast for a dispatcher job. He went to work the next day. He seemed to really like the people and the work. Next he needed a place to live. We took him apartment shopping and he knew exactly where he wanted to be. He signed a lease for an apartment in Pasadena.

Kathi and I discussed our travels and decided we had no reason to return to southern California, since Christopher was no longer stationed there. We would still visit AJ in San Francisco. Visiting California was expensive.

So long 2006. Happy New Year 2007.

Friday, June 24, 2016

Parathyroid Surgery

Events in this post took place the end of October and into November in 2006.

Sunday, October 29th was a beautiful day. Kathi and I were staying at the Green Caye RV Park in Dickinson Texas. We visited both of our sons in California during the summer and now we were in Texas so Kathi could get her medical needs attended to at the Houston Medical Center. We expected to be there for a few months until the source of her problems could be determined. She was scheduled for parathyroid surgery on Wednesday, November 1st. We were hopeful that that surgery would solve all her medical issues and all would be right with the world.

Anyway, Sunday was a beautiful day and we were glad to be alive. We drove around for a while, but spent most of the day in reading and watching TV. Kathi talked to my sister, Carol Jackson and found that Lloyd’s stomach problems seemed to be resolved for the time being and they were moving their RV from the Escapees park in Livingston, TX to the Almost Heaven RV Park near the medical center. They wanted to move to Green Caye near us, but there were no spaces available at that time.

Monday we got the results back from the nuclear stress test the cardiologist had done on Kathi the previous week. All results were okay for surgery. Her mitral valve was leaking a little and her aorta was fine. Kathi also talked to her nephrologist and found her kidney function was only 54% -- how do they know these things with that kind of accuracy? Kathi agreed to see both doctors again after the parathyroid surgery. We also expected to have to see the endocrinologist again after the surgery, just in case her hormones did funny things after some of the parathyroid was removed.

The parathyroid procedure is different every time, because parathyroids are not always in the same place. The process is to locate the parathyroid tissue in the upper chest area. One of the problems surgeons had with parathyroids was that they did not know how much or how many to remove. People normally have four, two on each side of the chest. Since parathyroids work no matter where they are located in the body, surgeons sometimes remove a parathyroid from the chest and transplant it into a patient’s arm. That way if additional parathyroid tissue needs to be removed, the surgery is less complicated.

Kathi had the parathyroid surgery done at Methodist Hospital. After the surgery and while Kathi was in recovery, Dr. Marvin gave me a recap of the surgery. He thought he removed about 2 and one half of her four parathyroids. One of them was lower in her chest and hard to find. He explained that the tissue where the parathyroids were attached looked similar to the parathyroid tissue. He removed small pieces at a time and had them examined to assure he was removing parathyroid tissue. I am glad he knew what to do, because his explanation was more than I could comprehend – of course my mind was on Kathi and not the doctor.

I spent the night with Kathi at the hospital and she slept most of the night. I took her home on Thursday. She slept on the ride home and on into Thursday night and late into Friday morning. She still does not remember much about those first few days in November 2006.

Wednesday, June 22, 2016

Nuclear Stress Test

Events in this post occurred in October 2006.

Happy anniversary. Monday, October 23, 2006 marked Kathi and my 42nd wedding anniversary. We stayed home and Kathi did some house work. I will make it up to her the next time we are near a casino.

It was a cool day, but we were too relaxed in the afternoon to get out.  She got a call from Dr. Marvin’s office that her parathyroid surgery was moved from November 8th to November 1st. That was fine with her, because she was ready to get it over with.

My sister, Carol Jackson called and told us her husband Lloyd was doing better. They had pumped his stomach the previous day and his stomach pains had gone away, but they still have not discovered the source of the bowel obstruction.

Tuesday was uneventful and Wednesday we ate catfish at Sudie’s on Spencer Highway in Pasadena. Kathi had the seafood platter and I had all-you-can-eat catfish. I really could not eat enough to make the all-you-can-eat a good value. If they had a four catfish filet plate it would have been perfect for me, but the three catfish filet plate always left me going home wanting more. Oh, well. Nothing is perfect. Their prices seemed to go up every time we ate at Sudie’s, so we surmised the next time we were in town we would not want to spend our money there anyway.

After Sudie’s we went grocery shopping. It was a pleasant day with moderate temperature and it was good to be out in the sunshine. On the way home from grocery shopping, we got a call from Carol to let us know Lloyd was out of the hospital. They were glad surgery was not required. They spent the next few days with Lloyd’s mother at her house in Deer Park.

On Thursday, October 26th Kathi saw Dr. Nasser, a cardiologist at St. Luke’s Hospital and had a stress test and an ultrasound as part of the parathyroid surgery preparation. Kathi did not do well on the stress test and they wanted her to return on Friday for a nuclear stress test. It rained all day and driving around town was miserable, but not as miserable as having to return on Friday for more testing.

We were at St. Luke’s early Friday morning – no rain for the drive into the Medical Center. Kathi passed the nuclear stress test, but it was very uncomfortable for her. Her heart rate is normally below 50 and during the test they raised her heart rate to over 140. It was bad enough that she told them she would never do it again. All evening she complained about her chest hurting and feeling like it was bruised.

Kathi was feeling better on Saturday. We had lunch with Kathi’s mother and step-father, Ginny and Jim Hathaway and her brother and his wife, Larry and Andrea Clark. After lunch we went to the Hathaway home in La Porte for coffee and conversation. It was a pleasant fall day and a very pleasant afternoon with family. Life was still being good to us. Happy days.

Monday, June 20, 2016

A Few Days in October

Events in this post took place in October 2006.

On Wednesday, October 18, 2006, I took Kathi for an ultrasound of her kidney. It was hot and humid early that day and we wanted to be home in the air conditioning, but since we were already out we had lunch at Gringo’s. Kathi had cheese enchiladas and I had beef quesadillas. Tex-Mex is almost always good in Texas and Gringo’s was no exception. We spent the rest of the day at home reading.

We woke up Thursday to beautiful weather. It had gotten cooler during the night. It felt so good out, we decided to take our laundry to the laundromat and get that out of the way. After laundry we went to Olive Garden for lunch. Kathi usually had toast in the morning and I had Raisin Bran cereal. Lunch was our heavy meal and we usually ate snacks or something light instead of dinner. I had spaghetti with meatballs and the meatballs were rolled so tight, they were hard to penetrate with my fork. I had to cut them with my knife. The flavor was normal and lunch was enjoyable, but I would like to see the cook that made the meatballs. He must have been a powerful man – I figured ladies would be more genteel with my lunch.

Friday we had lunch with Jim and Ginny Hathaway, Kathi’s mother and step-father. We ate at Red Lobster again, since it is always a favorite for Ginny. We spent the rest of the afternoon visiting with them at their home in La Porte. Kathi’s brother Larry Clark and his wife, Andrea joined us for a great afternoon. We mostly got to listen to the ladies talk. Good conversations to listen to, but hard to get a word in sometime.
Ginny and Jim Hathaway
 We did manage to find out that Larry was a little frustrated, because his new heart meds kept his heart rate too low, making him lethargic. We were hoping his medications could be adjusted to get him feeling normal again. All-in-all, it was a fun, stimulating afternoon.

Larry Clark, Kathi Boozer, Virginia Hathaway and Carl Clark. Kathi's mother and her three children.

Andrea Clark

Saturday, October 20th the humidity was back. We got a call from my sister, Carol Jackson to let us know her husband, Lloyd was in the hospital. They were in East Texas and they were bringing him by ambulance to St. Luke’s in the Medical Center in Houston. We knew he would get good care there.

Lloyd and Carol Jackson with Kathi in Oregon
Sunday was cooler with intermittent rain showers and our plan was to spend the day at home in the RV. Kathi talked to Carol and they were pumping out Lloyd’s stomach. Other than being very hungry, he was feeling better. The doctors were still testing and looking to determine how to solve the problem.

Life was good. We, along with all our friends were getting older. We mostly took care of ourselves and other than needing to lose a few pounds we felt healthy and ready to continue RV traveling as long as we could walk and maybe even longer. A few medical issues to shake off and we would hit the road again.

Thursday, June 16, 2016

Life Was Good

The events in this post reflect Kathi and Arlon Boozer’s travel adventurers in October 2006.

We were staying at the Green Caye RV Park in Dickinson, Texas on October 11, 2006. It was a Wednesday and a beautiful, sunshiny day. We were in town because Kathi was having some medical issues with kidney and calcium stabilization problems. While we were in Apple Valley California a nephrologist told Kathi she need to stop traveling and light some place until her medical issues were resolved. We took his advice and Green Caye became our home base for a while. It is near family and near the medical center. We stayed inside reading in the morning and went to lunch at Olive Garden in mid-afternoon. The rest of the day was uneventful and we spent a quiet evening at home.
Arlon standing by the Alfa at Green Caye with the Jackson RV behind.
Bird in a pine tree at Green Caye

More wildlife at Green Caye

Thursday we had intermittent rain which brought much appreciated cooler temperatures. We made stops at the credit union, post office, and lab to get the additional tests done that Dr. Faust wanted for Kathi. After the lab we went to the laundry to catch up on our wash. We had a washing machine in our motorhome that Kathi used for small items, but sheets and towels we usually took to the laundry, approximately every two weeks. She liked for our linen cabinets to go from full to completely empty, before we went to the laundry. We were tired when we got home and we spent the evening reading and watching the news on TV.

Friday, we went to see Dr. Robert Marvin at his office. He is the surgeon Dr. Faust recommended. He looked at the test results and agreed with the parathyroidism diagnosis and scheduled Kathi’s surgery for November 8th. We liked Dr. Marvin a lot and we were both glad we finally had a plan to solve the current medical issue. We had been struggling with a low bone density for over a year. Increasing the calcium was causing kidney problems, but not increasing the bone density. The parathyroids seem to be the culprits. Good news.

The weekend was uneventful. Lots of rain and wind made it a good time to stay inside for reading and TV viewing.

Monday it was still raining. We got a call from my sister, Carol Jackson. She and her husband Lloyd are also full time RV travelers. They were at the Escapees park in Livingston, TX and they had a leak in the roof of their motorhome. We were surprised to hear it, because Lloyd was always meticulous about maintenance on his vehicles. 
Carol and Lloyd Jackson's RV at Green caye.

 Tuesday, Kathi talked to our youngest son, Christopher. He was still at the Marine Base at Twentynine Palms, CA and would be getting discharged in December. He did not have a clue what he wanted to do with the rest of his life. I think Kathi was worried more about that than Christopher and I were. I was sure he could find employment quickly, if that is what he chose to do. With Christopher, we never knew – he really has a mind of his own.
Christopher sitting in our RV at Twentynine Palms.
 Life was good.

Tuesday, June 14, 2016

Thanks for Your Support

I would like to thank all the people that read and support this travel blog of Kathi and Arlon Boozer’s adventures. Most of my readers are from the United States, but I also have readers from Canada, Russia, Brazil, Ukraine, China, Poland, Germany, United Kingdom, Italy, Finland, Israel and France. I also have readers that find and read my articles on Google Plus from all over the world. I do not have statistics on my Google Plus followers.

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The pictures below are along the Snake River near Twin Falls, Idaho. Click on the pictures to enlarge them.

Sign that show dams on the Snake River near Twin Falls.


Bridge from I-84 into Twin Falls

Looking east at the bridge from a golf course

Another view


A dam on the Snake River


Another bridge across the Snake River west of Twin Falls

One of many waterfalls visible along the Snake River between Hagerman and Twin Falls on US 30
Boat on the Snake

Horses near Hagerman, ID

Kathi took this picture driving down the road. I cannot remember where, but I like the picture.

Saturday, June 11, 2016

Doctors and Computers

While Kathi and I are at an extended stay at the Green Caye RV Park in Dickinson, TX, I have been writing about our travels in previous years. Today’s post discusses events that took place in October 2006. Do not confuse Kathi’s brother Larry Clark’s heart rate medical problems then with his current medical problems with his leukemia recovery. His medical conditions then are not related to current medical problems.

Sunday, October 1, 2006, Larry was in the hospital trying to get his heart rate under control. The previous night his heart rate was 182, but with medical care and three new medicines his heart rate was holding steady at 66. The doctors told him he could go home on Tuesday, if his heart rate stayed stable. Kathi and I visited Larry and Andrea at the hospital for a few hours then we returned home. It was too hot and humid to spend much time outside.
Larry Clark in 2007
Monday morning, Kathi and I drove into Deer Park for haircuts and had lunch at Las Hadas – the home of my favorite cheese enchiladas. The next day I took Kathi back to see Dr. Kaul, her endocrinologist. The cat scan did not show any new information about her parathyroid problems. He wanted to do more tests, but he had already told us that she would probably need surgery. We knew the surgeon would want to run the same tests again, so we asked Dr. Kaul for a referral to the surgeon. He made an appointment for her to see Dr. Robert Marvin at St. Luke’s hospital on October 13th
This is me in 1944. I think Mom wanted a sailor.
 We spent the next few days at home doing a few chores around the RV. Kathi is never satisfied with the amount of housework we do. There is always something else. I have tried to relate my retired feelings to no avail. Housework gets to be a habit. With less floor space in the RV, it should be easier, but that does not seem to be Kathi’s impression. We did take time out one day to have a pleasant lunch with Kathi’s mother, Ginny and step-father, Jim Hathaway.  The mother-daughter relationship between Kathi and her mother was special to both of them. I assume that is true for a lot of people. Jim and I just enjoyed listening to them talk.

The weekend of October 7th and 8th we were having computer problems with Kathi’s computer. I was trying to resolve the problems and Kathi was feeling trapped inside. It was a little cooler out and she wanted to be out and about to take advantage of the opportunity. She told me she was getting cabin fever and she got a little perturbed with me when I reminded her she lived in an RV, not a cabin -- Oh, well. It was funny to me. With the new meds, Larry’s heart rate stabilized at 42-48, which is very close to normal for him. We were hoping that crisis was over.

I may be slow, but I am persistent. I finally got Kathi’s computer working again on Monday. Then on Tuesday, I took Kathi to see Dr. Eric Faust who is a renal specialist. Her kidney function was better than it was in June, but still not where it should be. He sent her for more lab work and an ultrasound of her kidneys. On the way home from the doctor’s office we saw a beautiful double rainbow. We took it as a positive sign that things were going to get better. You look for good omens wherever you can find them. A double rainbow felt like as good as any other omen. We were just happy to be alive and together.
Double rainbow over the John Day Dam on the Columbia River on my 70th birthday. This picture is through the windshield of our RV. We were staying at the Giles French BLM near Rufus, OR.



Our Family. AJ is the tall one in the back and Christopher is on the right. About 1980 or 1981.

Wednesday, June 8, 2016

Travel Recap and Larry Update

This blog relates the travel adventures of Kathi and Arlon Boozer. We bought our Alfa motorhome just after I retired from Shell Chemical Company in Deer Park, TX effective June 1, 2003. Since that time we have traveled all over the United States. We have made 526 trips, stayed in 283 distinct locations and visited 32 states.

The least expensive places we have stayed were free since we were boon docking. The longest we have boon docked in one location is around three months at the Chinook Winds Casino in Lincoln City, OR. We have boon docked in Walmart stores, BLM lands, casino parking lots and state parks. We have been asked to leave locations where we were boon docking on four different occasions.

The most expensive place we have stayed is the San Francisco RV Resort in Pacifica, CA at $331 a week during the off season. Much of the year that park charges $75 per day. When we visited our son in San Francisco, we normally stayed about 40 miles outside the city in a Redwood City RV park that was more reasonably priced.

We have been in more locations in Texas than any other state. We have spent about a year on Lake Georgetown in the Jim Hogg and Cedar Breaks Parks. We stay there for half price with our Golden Age Passports. We have spent more time in the Green Caye RV Park in Dickinson, TX than any other location. It is like being on home ground with easy access to Pasadena, Deer Park and La Porte. This trip we have been at Green Caye for about a year and one half.
A view across Lake Georgetown from Cedar Breaks Park

A view of Jim Hogg Park from Cedar Breaks Park

A boat on the lake
Green Caye Golf Clubhouse

A view inside Green Caye RV Park

Alfa at Green Caye


Kathi and I are here supporting her brother Larry Clark and his wife Andrea as Larry recovers from acute myeloid leukemia. We will be here until Larry can function on his own again.
Larry at home eating watermelon a few weeks ago. He is cold all the time.

Larry had chemotherapy in December 2014 and a bone marrow transplant about this time last year. Since then he has had a urinary tract infection, pneumonia, a stomach infection, two upper respiratory infections and a MRSA infection on three separate occasions. He has been in the hospital this time for about a month. Right now he is suffering from poor kidney function and is undergoing dialysis and had his pacemaker removed last week, just in case it was the cause of the recurring MRSA infection. He is also having a problem getting enough oxygen in his blood stream. He has been in bed in a reclining position so long that when he sits up his blood pressure drops. They are doing dialysis on him today and will do that again for the next two days to remove the toxins from his body.

Andrea having fun with Larry yesterday
By the weekend they will have a physical therapist working with him again to get him adjusted to sitting up and then standing up without the blood pressure drop. Then he will have to learn to stand up on his own, then learn to walk again using a walker for support.

There have been a lot of setbacks and of course Larry has bouts of depression – who would not under the circumstances. The doctors and the family are all optimistic that Larry is going to lead a normal life again. Like everything else, it just takes hard work and a lot of love.


Monday, June 6, 2016

Heartbeats

Events in this post took place in September 2006.

Saturday, September 23, 2006 was hot and humid, but our laundry was stacking up from traveling across country and we had to get the wash done. We tried a couple of laundromats before Kathi found one clean enough that she would feel comfortable washing, drying and folding our clothes. After the laundry we stayed inside reading. It finally rained about 11 pm, which made it nice for sleeping.

Sunday was a beautiful day following the rain the previous evening and we stayed in most of it watching TV. We did make a Starbucks run in the late afternoon and we got to see a breathtaking sunset. I tried to get a picture, but with the traffic and building proximity we could not find a good place for a picture – too bad. That was one we would like to have shared.

Monday I drove to a computer store to look around and Kathi stayed home and made an appointment for a cat scan of her parathyroid. We were hopeful that the growth Dr. Kaul expected was not a tumor. We had lunch at Olive Garden. Kathi had salmon and I had spaghetti with Italian sausage. I love their salads and as always ate enough of it that I had leftover spaghetti to take home for later. Kathi made an appointment for Wednesday morning at 7 am.

Tuesday was another beautiful day and a little cooler after the rain earlier in the week. We spent the day at home. Wednesday we got up at 5 am to get to Bayshore Hospital for the cat scan. We were glad to get it done. Kathi was told that Dr. Kaul would have the results within 24 hours. We were anxious for the results and trying to anticipate the next steps to take. It was a long day and we were in bed by nine. The next day Kathi had lunch with her friend Linda Moreau. They worked at Dooley-Tackaberry together just before Kathi retired. They kept in contact while we traveled and got together when they got an opportunity. The off and on rain and moderate temperatures continued into Thursday.

Friday in the afternoon Kathi’s heart started beating too fast. Her heart rate got up to 102 for a few hours which scared both of us when her medication did not seem to be helping. This problem added to the anxiety she was already feeling and made her very nervous. She took her nighttime meds early and her heart rate finally dropped back to her normal 45-50 beats per minute. This was an unusual episode for her and we agreed she should probably add a heart doctor to our list of things to do while we were in town.

We were ready for some good news. Saturday they called and told us we could pick up our Jeep from the repair shop. It looked like new again – we were thrilled, until Kathi got a call from her sister-in-law, Andrea. Kathi’s brother Larry Clark was in the emergency room. His normal heart rate was near fifty, but that day it went up to 182. We went to sit with them at the emergency room. The cardiologist wanted Larry to stay in the hospital a few days while they ran some tests. When we left the hospital around 7 pm his heart rate was down to the low 140s. I had some thoughts about family member and circadian rhythm. Two siblings with similar problems around the same time seemed unusual to me.

Saturday, June 4, 2016

Parathyroids and Alzheimer's

This post relates events that occurred in September 2006.

Kathi and I were back at the Green Caye RV Park in Dickinson, TX. We came back to Texas to address some of Kathi's health issues. We saw our family doctor, Deepak Pattanaik on Thursday morning and he referred her to Dr. Kaul, an endocrinologist that we saw in the afternoon. We went to the lab and gave blood samples again. Every doctor seems to want their own personal blood tests, even if you have one that is less than a week old. So now we were awaiting Dr. Kaul to let us know when to return to his office.

Friday, September 15th, Kathi and I took her mother and step-father, Jim and Ginny Hathaway out to lunch at Red Lobster. Lunch was pleasant and we enjoyed catching up on the latest gossip. We took them back home in early afternoon and went back to our motorhome to rest. I was still tired from the quick drive from California back to Texas. Kathi got a call from Dr. Pattanaik about the blood test results and her calcium was down from the last blood test – good news, but still no resolution to the problem.

Saturday Kathi and I enjoyed catfish at Sudie's on Spencer Highway in Pasadena. Good eating. We heard from both our sons and they were enjoying life, which is always good news for parents. Christopher still has not decided what he wanted to do after the Marine Corps. He still had a few months to decide.

We had rain for a few days which helped lower the alcohol in the thermometer. Fall weather is great some days in Houston. We went to the movies to see Hollywoodland. I have no recollection of what the movie was about and I am even surprised I went to see it – it had to be Kathi's choice. We ate lunch at Luby's Cafeteria on the way home from the movie.

Wednesday, September 20th we finally got around to putting our Jeep in the shop for Repairs. It was still new to us and we were anxious to get it back in like-new condition. They told us it would take about a week to repair. We got a rental car that was too small for me, but we managed.

Thursday we went back to see Dr. Kaul. He thought there was a growth on Kathi's parathyroid. It sounded scary. He wanted a cat scan to get more information.

Friday we had lunch with Jim and Ginny at Gringo's. Kathi noticed her mother was having trouble remembering things. This had been a small problem for awhile, but it seemed to be markedly worse. It appeared to be the early stages of Alzheimer's and we anticipated some hard times ahead.



Thursday, June 2, 2016

A Medical Update

Today’s post in current time – June 2, 2016. We are still at the Green Caye RV Park in Dickinson, Texas.

Sorry for not posting in a few days. Kathi and I have both been under the weather. After struggling with an upper respiratory ailment for about three weeks, she seems to be back to normal, but I am still struggling with congestion in my head and chest. I am into my third week now and the chest congestion is still just like it was in the beginning. I have been to the doctor three times for different types of medication and I got a chest x-ray yesterday and ruled out pneumonia.

I understand a lot of my friends are suffering with similar symptoms. I assume the high humidity in Texas is playing a part in causing us the discomfort. I hope each of you recovers soon.

A quick update on my brother-in-law, Larry Clark who is trying to recover from leukemia treatment. He got an upper respiratory infection and has been in the hospital about three weeks this time. They also determined he was infected with MRSA for the third time, so he has been on heavy antibiotics to get rid of the infection.

His body is retaining a lot of fluid and he may have pneumonia, but it has not been specifically diagnosed. His blood oxygen was getting too low, so they have him on oxygen most of the time now. His kidney function has gotten worse. The doctors moved him into intensive care at Methodist Hospital yesterday. His wife Andrea and my wife Kathi spent yesterday evening and all day today with him. He seems to be breathing a little better, but his recover has been a real struggle.

More to come.