Wednesday, May 29, 2013

A VERY SURPRISING PHONE CALL TODAY HAS ME AN APPOINTMENT WITH A STRATFORD ORTHOPEDIC SURGEON

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PHEEBS ON THE PINE TREE TRAIL THIS MORNING

First & foremost, Kelly had a good night & even better day right up to early evening tonight.  She felt good when she woke up this morning & I was on my second day of a pain free hip.  We both made it around the morning trail just fine.  With Pheebs in tow we later took ourselves for a drive to Goderich, picked up some dish soap, did a little banking & had us quick stop at the beach. Back to Bayfield where Pheebs & I split a 'Cold Cut Combo sub. Kelly & I also had ourselves a couple ice cream cones before stopping at Bayfield’s new Library on the way home. In a series of not so good days we chalked this one up to Okay:))

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PUBLIC WASHROOMS & POSTAL BOXES IN THIS NEW BUILDING AS WELL

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BAYFIELD’S SPACIOUS, AIRY, & LOVELY NEW LIBRARY ON MAIN STREET

At 3:54 this afternoon our phone rang. It was Mary from the MAITLAND VALLEY MEDICAL CENTER calling.  She had an appointment for me to see Orthopedic Surgeon DR. POTOTSCHNIK about my hip.  I could hardly believe my ears.  It was only just yesterday I had talked to Sue Leddy my Nurse Practitioner about submitting my X-rays to Dr. Pototschnik in Stratford Ontario.  Don’t know if she included any additional info with those X-rays but she sure got the ball rolling.  She is also the one who just over a year ago lined up all the appointments for me after receiving my kidney stone X-rays from a Tucson Arizona Hospital.   Within 8 weeks of arriving home from the South-West last year MY KIDNEY STONE PROCEDURE was thankfully over & done with.

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DECIDING ON ICE CREAM CONES TODAY…..MY PRALINES & CREAM CONE WAS TOTALLY EXCELLENT 

Getting back to my hip………….Dr. Pototschnik had, in 2 separate operations removed painful & crippling bone spurs from both my feet about 15 years ago.  Having just been told about 24 hours earlier yesterday that an average wait time for a hip consultation would be about 9 months I was shocked to hear I had an appointment for Monday June 10th at the Clinton Hospital which is only a week & a half away & a short 10 minute drive from Bayfield.  For the life of me I do not understand how I got an appointment so fast.

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A few questions to answer in our Shout Box & Comment section in Tuesday's Post. I don't think RV SUE has moved all her files to her new site yet but I think she may right now be in the process of doing that. I'm sure she will be back on line just as soon as she get's everything sorted out. And it looks like legendary RV Blogger TIOGA GEORGE has written his final post. JUDY had a question & yes, my hip X-rays showed bone spurs & I think I recall my NP initially said they do not attempt to repair or remove bone spurs, they simply replace the hip joint. My hip is also Arthritic. I don't remember the word cartilage being used although it might have been. I suspect it is the bone spurs that may have something to do with the erratic pain being unpredictable & why it comes & goes. We did discuss the secondary problems that can result when one's mobility is impaired. Lack of exercise, weight gain, weakening of muscles, stress put on other limbs to compensate for the problem etc. And the importance of remaining active despite the pain by using Tylenol. Physical therapy to keep other muscles strong is another option.

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PHEEBS IS NOT A WATER DOG & TOTALLY IGNORES THE LAKE LIKE IT’S NOT EVEN THERE

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GODERICH IS KNOWN FOR THIS BOARDWALK WHICH RUNS THE FULL LENGTH OF THE BEACH…MANY SENIORS WALK HERE

Also a question about our bird feeder station & what keeps the Squirrels off it. Below is a picture of the bird station & the stove pipe I wrapped around the post holding it up. This smooth metal stovepipe has not only stopped the Squirrels from reaching the platform but has stopped the Raccoons as well. And the bird station is high enough to stop Squirrels from jumping up from the ground.

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Our morning's deluge of rain gave way to sunny warm blue skies this afternoon. Managed a couple short walks with Pheebs, Kelly rested up & we both ended the day on the plus side. First thing Thursday morning we head for the Stratford General Hospital’s Emergency Department for Kelly's THORACENTESIS procedure.  We’re hoping the Doctor might have a few answers for us regarding the results of some blood tests taken a few days ago as well.  Kelly’s not too worried about having a needle shoved in her back tomorrow but if it was me I would probably be miles away by now hiding under a shrub in a deep dark forest somewhere…………….

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GROANER'S CORNER:(( One day some fisherman caught tons of fish called Tench. The fisherman couldn't eat them all so they gave them to the Mayor of the town. The Mayor wasn't sure what to do with them. Then he had an idea; he would have a fish-eating competition.

When they had the competition, there were two finalists: a man from a place called Fife, whose name was Mr. Hicks; and a man that was from Sweden, whose name is Sven.

So they had the final eat off; the Mayor fired the starting pistol and both men started eating the Tench. No sooner had Mr. Hicks bitten into the fish than one of his teeth fell out. He couldn't eat because of this so he stopped, but the Mayor refused to halt the competition. So Sven kept on eating and ended up eating nine of these Tench fish.
The next day the headlines read: ONE TOOTH FREE FOR FIFE HICKS, SVEN ATE NINE TENCH!
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16 comments:

  1. I love libraries and yours looks like one to spend lots of time. It is beautiful. Glad to hear your hip is going to be looked after so soon. Now if they can fix Kelly, you guys might just get back to AZ this fall.

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  2. Good news about the hip consult, and glad Kelly is feeling somewhat better.Good luck tomorrow Kelly!

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  3. Dont't get too excited about your hip appt. Likely your x ray will be viewed and you will be put on the list!

    I'm with you....just could not do what Kelly is about to deal with. Good luck with it all.

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  4. Finally, you are moving forward with a hip appointment. Great news!! Good luck!

    Praying for Kelly tomorrow morning!!

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  5. What a nice library you have. I'm wondering if The Dr. saw the xrays already and said "get that guy in here fast". I'm with you. Needles in my back doesn't sound like fun but then neither does all the pain she's been going through. I hope and pray Dr.s have all the answers and treatment plans soon. Thank you so much for the info on RV Sue. I already have her new web page address. As she said, it's the same, just changed the end from .com to .net.

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  6. hope the procedure goes well tomorrow!!
    I was just going to ask if Pheebes likes the water but you answered my question..you know of course, Tucker would be swimming laps in that lake!!

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  7. Many years ago, hospitalized after a car accident, I was told I needed a thoracentesis. I panicked, asked for a Valium, anything, to take the edge off. Well, I finally got it, about five minutes before the procedure! Tell Kelly that it's no big deal; well she already knows it; now tell yourself.
    Good luck with your appt; hope Contessa's wrong and that you do get something done sooner rather than later.

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  8. Your library looks like a cozy place to settle down with a good book. Nice building. Hope all goes well for Kelly tomorrow and for you on the 10th.

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  9. Sounds like you could do with less advice :-)
    Trust your own instincts and hang in there!!
    Good luck.

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  10. What a blessing that you are getting seen for your hip so soon! And glad to hear Kelly had a great day...hope the procedure goes well for her and you get some definitive results.

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  11. Al, its only a needles and she won't even see it.
    Maybe your got preferential treatment because of your frequent visits with the Doc.

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  12. Not wanting to think about someone putting a needle in my back...Hope you both get some medical answers and SOON! loved the library..

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