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VOLUMES 189 & 190 -------- MARCH/APRIL 2018

June 21, 2018

This newsletter will be fairly short and sweet.  Not much to talk about except knee replacement, therapy, and a couple of other health issues.  All in good fun, if one considers two ambulance rides fun!  Explain in a few minutes.

I had my knee replacement surgery on February 28th and began therapy with Sacred Heart Hospital staff on March 1st.  Damn, that bending feels good!

Actually I was doing fine.  They certainly don't waste time getting you up and about after this type of surgery any more.  I began walking with a walker second day and was soon ascending and descending stair steps in the hallway.  The main criteria for leaving the hospital is the ability to bend the knee to at least 90 degrees and completely straighten the leg.  That milestone was reached and I was discharged from the hospital on March 2nd.

Unfortunately that didn't last long.  Later that evening I developed a fever accompanied by dizziness and nausea,  all sometimes indicative of infection or blood clots after a major surgery.  Thus the first ambulance ride back to Sacred Heart hospital with Rick and Ann following in the car.  After extensive x-rays, blood tests, and re-dressing the surgical incision, along with the fever subsiding, I was declared clot free and sent home.  Of course by now it is 1:30 AM so nobody got much sleep that night!

On Saturday March 3rd, I was supposed to start therapy with a home health care therapist, but she got lost and in spite of multiple phone calls and Ann's trip to meet her at the junction of Starr and Trent, she gave up and went home.  Turned out she was trying to use her phone's GPS to navigate to our house.  I had already told the Company's local office to tell their people that GPS in this area will get them lost and to call for directions if not familiar with the area.  Guess nobody listens anymore???  I did finally get both a therapist and a visiting nurse on Sunday.

The protocol for home services after TKR (total knee replacement) is two weeks of almost daily physical therapy along with twice weekly visits by a nurse.  Never saw the same nurse twice, but the therapist that began with me on Monday the 5th was with me for the duration.  His name is Dean Evans.  Now in his late 60's, he transplanted from California to several spots around the country before finishing his education with a Masters from University of Montana in Missoula.  Dean was very competent and Ann and I were both extremely pleased with his services.

I ditched the walker and began using a cane on March 8th.  The cane was mostly for balance as the knee was now taking my full weight and able to step up stairs with the use of the handrail.  The cane lasted a couple of weeks and then it too was relegated to sitting in a corner.

My outside physical therapy began on March 19th at U District Physical Therapy in Liberty Lake.  Began with three sessions the first week, then two sessions a week until the week of April 23rd, and then will have one day a week through May.  Started driving on March 20th so Ann didn't have to chauffeur me around anymore.

Now for that second ambulance ride!  On Saturday, April 21st, I climbed the stairs from the basement office to get breakfast.  The stair climb resulted in shortness of breath, nausea, left shoulder and jaw pain, and weakness.  Back to Sacred Heart for an extensive Ticker check.

After an overnight stay and nuclear stress test on the 22nd, I was pronounced "heart healthy" and sent home.  Still unknown why the heart attack symptoms.

By mid April I began doing some springtime things like de-winterizing the travel trailer, cleaning the shop, and re-arranging machinery.  I have most all my equipment for the tractor on wheeled dollys, so it was time to put the summer stuff to the front and winter stuff to the back row of my machinery area.

Have a tee time with my Elks friends for my first golf on May 1st!!  Hallelujah!

As the above publishing date indicates, I will be starting the May/June newsletter soon.  For this one I will have some news about something related to guns and shooting that may surprise you!

This month's hillbilly wisdom comes from Michael Altshuler:

"The bad news is time flies.  The good news is you're the pilot."

Well, it's time to shut down here, so. . . . .
'Til next time, Keep 'em shootin' straight, shoot 'em often, and above all, BE SAFE!!!

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