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Tuesday, May 2, 2017

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Our poor dog has been sounding miserable. She's been hacking and coughing. Her eyes were red and bleary. We were concerned. The vet took samples. Tests were run and microscopes employed. Turns out it's just allergies. Spring allergies have been terrible for dogs this year. All we have to do is to giver her some Benadryl. If that doesn't take care of it there is the option of taking her back to the vet to give her something stronger. All in all the visit only cost $42. Money well spent.

In other good news my leg is visibly improving, almost by the hour. I've been able to stop taking acetaminophen for the pain. My liver will thank me. A topical anti-itch cream is enough right now. My doctor had floated the idea of sending me to a wound clinic. That doesn't look like it's going to be necessary. If this rate of improvement continues, it should be totally healed before my next doctor's visit.

The vet doesn't have public restrooms so I scooted over to a nearby McDonalds to use theirs. This young woman called my name and hugged me. So, I thought, who is this person? Then I recognized her. We went to college together. She lost a lot of weight and was looking great.

Over the years we've occasionally gotten together with her and her husband. Now you've got to understand I met her at college. At the time she was dating one of these metro-sexual theater types. After college she married a great big jolly redneck. He was no dummy, but he went went to school for diesel mechanics, not Liberal Arts.

So we are at this party full of theater people and writers, that sort of folk. My college friend's husband looked totally out of place. Feeling a bit bad for the guy I went over and struck up a conversation. As luck would have it the vehicle we drove over to the party that day was an old Mercedes diesel that I'd converted to run on veggie oil. Before you know it we had the hood up and were poking around its innards. I became his best buddy after that. It was good to run into he wife and find out that things are going well for them. She lost the weight because of health issues so it's wonderful to see that worked for her.

It's been a good day. The dog's going to be fine. My leg is finally on the mend, and I even got to connect with an old friend.

-Sixbears

10 comments:

  1. Cool. For my wife, running into people she taught years back (32 years a teacher) can be a daily occurrence. Can be embarrassing when she doesn't recall a name, but hey - 130 or so kids a year for 32 years, the names add up.

    Glad to hear the leg is on the mend, legs and feet are very important for mobility. We learned that once again via an old acquaintance visiting our office yesterday. He is retired, but used to be an OSHA job inspector, running up and down ladders for many years. This took a toll on his knees and he now has some severe problems with them. He is definitely thinking of getting them replaced.

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    1. You miss your knees when they are gone. If possible, it's usually worth getting them replaced.

      There are days when I'm lucky to remember my own name.

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  2. Glad to read the leg is much better. Whatever you did to it, please don't d it again.

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    1. I dropped a bundle of pressed fireblocks on it. My plan is to avoid that danger next winter by spending it someplace warm.

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  3. Glad to hear your leg is healing. Sounds like you had a good day.

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    1. For a while it looked like the leg wasn't making any progress. I can put up with a long recovery if things are at least getting a little better.

      It was a good day, and a fine evening too!

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  4. I forgot you still had the mercedes diesel! How's the camper doing?

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    1. Just got it out of the garage. It's running fine now. Needed tires and one of the alternators replaced.

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  5. Glad to hear all the great news from your end. Gotta be doing something right, I reckon!

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    1. It's about time I see some visible progress. It's been a long row to hoe.

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