Heart testing. Surgery setup. Heat – 25 days 110 and over.

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Dave in a Gamma Camera, which takes specialized photos of the heart to study oxygen use

I had three hours of testing this morning at the Honor Health Heart Group, under the direction of Dr Gary Kauffman. He wanted to get more thorough information about how my heart is functioning and today’s tests were designed to accomplish that. It started with injecting a radioactive dye which attaches to oxygen in the heart and will show where oxygen is being used. Those areas where oxygen is not present may be damaged or otherwise not active. Continue reading Heart testing. Surgery setup. Heat – 25 days 110 and over.

Garden flags flying again. Wound healing nicely. Crafts going on.

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My garden flags now have a more secure way to be displayed. One at the awning, the other at the other side of the house.

I have wanted to have my garden flags flying again but needed to make a better way to hang them. They came with a plastic and metal stand that could be stuck in the ground and with an arm from which to hang the flags. The problem was that the flags kept being blown off the arm. I attached a piece of conduit to an awning post and used it to hang one flag, but with the high wind last week the plastic ties that held the conduit to the post were broken. So I ordered a pair of flag pole holders and today I fastened one to the awning post and the other to the corner trim of the house at the other end.  Continue reading Garden flags flying again. Wound healing nicely. Crafts going on.

Motorhome for sale. Shopping trip. More dental work. Ghost pepper.

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Our Phaeton 40QTH motorhome as shown at the Sun City RV web site

Our 2012 Phaeton 40QTH motorhome is now listed at SunCityRV.com! You can view the listing, read the details, and see all the luscious photos by clicking on the link above. They did a great job of cleaning it up. It is so temptingly described and depicted I would be tempted to buy it! (Were we not SELLING it) Aside from several misspellings they did a good job in the description. I think they should have included a photo showing the slideout basement storage trays and others showing the inside of the basement compartment doors with the enhancements I made, and I will suggest those. Continue reading Motorhome for sale. Shopping trip. More dental work. Ghost pepper.

Back to heat and storm. Teeth clean.

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Vivid storm clouds to the northeast. Those are towering cumulus clouds that may rise to over 60,000 feet. They are awesome when lit by evening sun.

Elaine has commented several times last night and today that she is aware that we are back in Arizona because of the heat. It hit a high of 108° today (average high for the date is 103°), compared with the mid-80s we experienced recently while in Wyoming and Utah. She is quick to say, however, that she prefers the heat here to the cold in Wyoming; that’s a preference we share and is the reason we moved here from Wyoming 17 years ago. Continue reading Back to heat and storm. Teeth clean.

Wound infected. Running around. Still high temps.

I went back to Arizona Dermatology this morning for a two-week check on the surgical would and for stitches removal. This was where I had a cyst removed. They discovered that it had become infected and was not healing, so I am still with a bandage for another week or so. She asked how I had been treating it and when I mentioned Neosporin, she made a dismayed sound and said to never use Neosporin. Apparently it can affect some people negatively, as perhaps it did me. I do have to admit that I did not provide the proper care, however. The care instructions got buried on my desk and I just found them again four days ago and was surprised by some of the things I should have been doing. I will do them now. Continue reading Wound infected. Running around. Still high temps.

Let’s deliver. Ear, ear!

It took more than a half hour instead of the usual twenty minutes or so, but our volunteer team folding newsletters got the job done. We were short a couple of volunteers who were on vacation. This newsletter was more complicated to assemble because we had FOUR inserts and they had to be assembled in a specific order for a couple of them to work. But the team pulled it off! Continue reading Let’s deliver. Ear, ear!

Not so alarming. Work on newsletter.

“Follow up with a cardiologist within 72 hours”. That was the message printed on my Preliminary Test Report at the health screening last Wednesday and it was orally communicated to me and separately to Elaine. “Abnormal EKG” was another notation. And notations on the EKG printout said things like “consider anteroseptal myocardial damage”. Obviously I contacted our family doctor, Warren Johnson, that same day and got a referral to Dr Gary Kauffman, for an appointment this morning. Dr Kauffman is Elaine’s cardiologist as well. Continue reading Not so alarming. Work on newsletter.

Elaine’s nails. Web site working again. Health screening.

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Elaine’s latest nails look good

Elaine went to the Walmart store at 19th Ave and W Bell Rd this morning to get her nails done. Purple as usual. They look great! She has a nail tech there that she always goes back to; she likes his work.

I was able to reach Arvixe tech support this morning and they were able to quickly get the Royal Palm Social Club web site (RoyalPalmSocialClub.com) working again. They had to make a change in the server’s IP address for some reason. I tried three times to reach tech support today but on the first two it took so long I got busy on something else and missed the connection when they finally came on. On the third time I stuck with it and was able to make the connection and get the problem fixed. Continue reading Elaine’s nails. Web site working again. Health screening.

A skin problem fixed for me. Elaine’s hearing test.

When I was last at Arizona Dermatology I asked for a cyst on my back to be removed, and today was the day. This has been bothering me for years, at times quite irritatingly. Now, due to the quarter-size incision I will not be able to swim for two weeks. Oh, I can get in the pool as long as I don’t get the incision in the chlorine water, so I suppose I can get some exercise by walking around in the pool. Continue reading A skin problem fixed for me. Elaine’s hearing test.

Elaine skin check – OK. Warming up. Adding earlier stories.

Elaine had her annual skin check at AZ Dermatology today, and got a good report. Nothing needed attention. Come back in a year. That’s good news. Since daughter Shauna was recently treated (successfully) for melanoma, Elaine mentioned this to her doctor and was told that while melanoma can be hereditary it can come from either side of the family. No signs of it for her, thank goodness! Continue reading Elaine skin check – OK. Warming up. Adding earlier stories.