Sunday, April 30, 2017

Bad And Good News

We have been home from Florida now for a total of  3½ weeks and have they ever been hectic.

For some good news.
We celebrated Grand daughter Rebecca's 17th. Birthday! 
Rebecca wanting to hear us sing to her.
What a great, happy time we all had celebrating her Birthday. It's always going to be fun with laughter around the house when the family arrives. That's one big thing we miss when in Florida for the winter. 

Tuesday we were notified that my best friend since 5th. grade Gary, had lost his mother. Arrangements were visitation Wed. evening and the funeral Thurs. morning at 10am. Very sad time for us even though everyone was expecting this for the past several weeks.

Nothing scheduled for Friday! We woke and were enjoying our morning coffee when Wilma asked if I could take her pulse as she held out her arm. She said she wasn't feeling good and that she felt her heart skipping. I checked and became concerned when I could feel her beat skip then beat then miss at least 2 beats. Very erratic so we got ready to head for the hospital which is just down the road from the house. 
Into the emergency room and the first check showed a heart beat into the 158 range. Way too high!
An hour later another check while she lay on the bed it showed 138. Still too high. Off she went to have a chest ex-ray, then the lab rep. took 6 viles of blood.  We told the nurse that Wilma was diabetic and needed something to eat. We were told that no food or water until after the Dr. sees her, which didn't happen for another 2 hours. Still no food or water. The machine hooked up to her showed that the pulse was down to 63 for the past couple hours now and she said she was feeling ok and wanted to go home. The Dr. arrived and said the blood work showed no damage to the heart, ex-ray looked fine but he wanted her to stay for another few tests that would take into the evening. Still not addressing the lack of food and water, Wilma decided she would decline the request as she will be seeing her Dr. on Tuesday and he will direct her to the proper Dr.'s. The emergency Dr. was ok with her decision and said he would start to prepare the discharge papers. Another hour goes by, Wilma started to crash from not having anything to eat or drink. I track down the Dr. telling him she is crashing, which got every one's attention. Wilma was then given 4 apple juice cups to bring her sugar up. A blood test for sugar was given and showed her sugar was down to 38! Another hour goes by before the nurse is back for another blood sugar test. Now it's up to 68 and Wilma is feeling ready to leave. It took us another hour before we arrived home. So we are looking at a total of 7 hours without food or water during this episode. I guess it's safe to say our nurse, being as young as she was, didn't have much experience with diabetics. The Good News is that Wilma is feeling much better, just feels tired out from the experience.

We wake up Saturday morning and Wilma's CPAP machine stops working. We both just had an appointment with the CPAP Dr. a few days ago and she put in the order for a new machine. We were scheduled to pick it up Monday morning. A phone call made to Binson's Home Health Care, the company that sends us our supplies, and we are told to come in today to pick up the new machine. We were glad of that and Wilma now has a new machine to help her sleep. 

So here we are on Sunday, the last day of April. Good Riddance April. Hoping the month of May will be better.

Until next time, be safe and God Bless.

Sunday, April 16, 2017

New Truck

April 13th. was the day I went back to the Ford dealer to discuss the turning in of my 2014 F-150. The lease was to be up in June, but he said he would pay the last three payments.
2014 F-150

He made me a deal I just couldn't refuse. Get a new 2017 F-150 with the same trailer towing package as the 2014 for the exact same payments. How could I resist? So a call to the insurance agent was made and within a few hours I turned in the keys of the 2014 F-150, received the new keys and left with my new 2017 F-150.
2017 F-150

I had mixed feelings about turning in the old truck as it's been very reliable never giving us any problems. It only had a little over 29,000 miles on it when I turned it in. Hopefully the new truck with the added features that came standard, will give us the same reliability.

Until next time, be safe and God Bless.

Wednesday, April 12, 2017

Back Home In Michigan

The 3 day drive home was as nice as it could be. Even with the news of I-85 being shut down in Atlanta, we had no problem with traffic.
Our first night on the road was at Walmart in Valdosta, GA. We stopped just an hour prior to a bad thunderstorm that passed through. A knock on the door, and Terry our neighbor back in Florida invited us over to his 5th. wheel for an evening of chatting and winding down. Back at our 5th. wheel, we settled in for the night running on our 2 six volt golf batteries. More thunder and winds all night. Not much sleep from all the thunder noise.

We left early, meaning around 9am, and headed north on I-75. through Atlanta and into Tennessee. Stopped at another Walmart for the night just south of Knoxville. This night went very well as Wilma even ran her fan off the converter all night. The next morning I checked the battery level and it was only down a third. Perfect! The two golf batteries do last much longer than a 12volt deep cycle battery.

Our third night on the road was spent at Arrowhead Lakes Resort It's our "sister park" to the organization we belong to. Another FREE night of lodging. It's located just south of Lima, OH and a perfect spot to stop prior to arriving home. But the ride here was windy and rainy!

We arrived home around 1pm with plenty of time to get the house back in order, and unpack just the items we needed for the night. It being 50 in the house and blustery mid 40's outside, it took the furnace 4 hours of steady running to get the temps up to 70 in the house. Brrrr. we just aren't used to this cold as we left low 90's in Florida. 

Busy now catching up with family events. Starting with a visit to see my Brother Ken. I'm so happy to see him and his wife Margie after a long winter.
Dad is starting to show his age, turning 90 next month. Catherine, my sister and I will have to get him some help before summer ends.

I have been in contact with the manufacturer of our 5th. wheel, Prime Time Inc. It seems that the problem they are having with the brown paint covering the cap has affected ours. 
They told me that I just made it in time for it to be covered under warranty with only days to spare! Wow have I been busy with the RV paint contractor and Prime Time this past couple days! This morning I received conformation from the RV paint contractor that the claim has been submitted and scheduled Aug. 11th. for me to deliver the 5th. wheel. 

Now on to the next pressing matter.

A month ago my salesman from Ford phoned me and informed me of the special incentives Ford is giving for new purchases and leases. To receive these incentives he would have to order me a new 2017 truck. Being under no obligation, I had nothing to loose, but I had to make a decision by April 13th. or loose these incentives.
Wilma and I both really love this truck and will have mixed feelings if I have to turn it in as it's a lease. It's all about $$$.
Yesterday I made a visit to my Credit Union to inquire on used car loans. This way I have knowledge on what it's going to cost me per month if I decide to purchase my 2014 Truck. I also phoned my Ford salesman and had him start getting the info he needs as I plan on seeing him today, the 12th. Talk about getting there just in time, wow. According to him I will be able to choose which incentive to take from Ford, as another incentive went into affect April 1st. Don't know as of this writing which is better for me, but should know later today. 

Whew...busy busy busy....and we haven't even started into all the things Wilma is doing! She is so busy it would take an hour listing it all here. God bless her! I couldn't live without her.

But It's Great To Be Back Home! 

Until next time, be safe and God Bless.