Sunday, July 12, 2020

July 11, propane gas pipe

The SKP Ranch Lakewood, NM - Monday, June 15, 2020
Morning 65 Degrees, Wind SE at 10 to 11 Mph, Humidity 44%, sunny.

  The  Dialysis used my arm again, painful with the port on my chest again, not fun.

The SKP Ranch Lakewood, NM - Tuesday, June 16, 2020
Morning 71 Degrees, Wind SE at 15 to 16 Mph, Humidity 62%, partly cloudy.

  Off to Carlsbad to day for a blood draw to check my, INR (blood thickness). Took two needle stick’s to get one full vile of blood, they need a full vile to have the machine work correctly. I was called later with the report, 1.9 again should be above 2.0

The SKP Ranch Lakewood, NM - Wednesday, June 17, 2020
Morning 73 Degrees, Wind SE at 12 to 13 Mph, Humidity 60%, sunny.

I had night mares about needles last night and was not in the mood for my arm to go thru that again today. Dialysis on my chest only today, no needles today 

The SKP Ranch Lakewood, NM - Friday, June 19, 2020
Morning 69 Degrees, Wind S at 6 to 7 Mph, Humidity 57%, sunny.

  Another day of no needles.

The SKP Ranch Lakewood, NM - Tuesday, June 23, 2020
Morning 74 Degrees, Wind N at 13 to 14 Mph, Humidity 57%, mostly cloudy.

Carlsbad INR blood draw, this is a smaller needle for just a minute not four hours.
The SKP Ranch Lakewood, NM - Saturday, June 27, 2020

Sleeping last night I was almost off the bed, my lovely wife had moved over pushing me almost off the bed. Waking up I thought I would not wake her and go around to the other side getting back in bed on the other side. Bad idea, I fell stepping off the engine box part of the floor at the foot of the bed. My left leg knee and left foot hurt, nothing broken, just hurts putting weight on the foot and knee. I woke her up when I fell. 
The SKP Ranch Lakewood, NM - Thursday, July 2, 2020
Morning 78 Degrees, Wind SW at 9 to 10 Mph, Humidity 47%, partly sunny.

My foot still hurts, I notice my knee as I move around. It is the outside edge of my left foot hurts when I step on it. Things are much better than Saturday. I stayed inside all weekend and went to Dialysis on Monday and Wednesday. Tuesday we went to Carlsbad hospital for a blood draw. Today (Tuesday) even before leaving town I got a call with my direction for the week concerning my INR (blood thickness) continue what I am doing (my warfarin) two days a 5 MG pill the other days 2.5 pills. On dialysis days they give me Heparin is an anticoagulant (blood thinner) each treatment.
Yellow propane gas pipe
The SKP Ranch Lakewood, NM - Saturday, July 11, 2020
Morning 75 Degrees, Wind SE at 1 to 2 Mph, Humidity 57%, mostly sunny.
Afternoon 108 Degrees, 

We were having an hot uneventful day until about six o’clock last evening.
Watching there was an explosion and “stuff” falling on Buster. Going outside I found the propane gas line and uncovered leaking gas, I shut off the valve on the tank stopping the gas from leaking. I tried to call the telephone number of the gas company but no answer. The fire department was called and they were able to get a telephone number of someone at the gas company to come out. They will come Monday morning to repair the line. It did take a while for the propane gas company man to arrive.

My left leg is getting better, not completely, the ball of my foot still hurts and the nee is still tender.

Sunday, June 21, 2020

June 13, 2020

The SKP Ranch Lakewood, NM - Saturday, June 6, 2020
Morning 74 Degrees, Wind SE at 13 to 14 Mph, Humidity 65%, sunny.

 My lovely wife an I took a ride to Hobs, NM and had lunch at Arby’s something different. Even were able to eat inside, by our selves, no one else there, if was OK,  it was after one thirty in the afternoon. The drive thru we saw also slow, across the street the Sonic was busy, but there was covered parking spaces for eating in their cars. After we had eaten we drove further east to Seminole, Texas and on south to Odessa, Texas going to a H E B grocery store. They have a BBQ lunch counter with seating. I ordered brisket takeout for tomorrow. We like H E B BBQ brisket we had gotten in Pleasanton, Texas. Tan Jan needed gasoline and I was able to full up there at H E B at $ 1.599 the lowest price of the year to date. I followed basically a west direction heading home on Texas FM and state roads getting to US 285 north of Pecos, Texas and heading north from there back into New Mexico thru Carlsbad to home.

We did quite a bit alone today, three hundred sixty-seven miles driving. Three stores two states and eight county’s. I have cut my blood medications (about a week and a half) as my blood pressure has been on the low side even getting too low. This was causing dizziness when moving my head too much or too fast. It also resulted in feeling unbalanced and wobbly when my head moved too fast. Now my blood pressure has increased today (Sunday morning) 113/65 pulse 66 and last night when we came home my blood pressure was 141/81 pulse 70. And I felt good the whole day even with all the driving.

The SKP Ranch Lakewood, NM - Sunday, June 7, 2020
Morning 72 Degrees, Wind SE at 12 to 13 Mph, Humidity 58%, sunny.

 I did quite a bit today outside this morning before the temperature got too much above ninety degrees. Dumping our black tank and changing out our water hose putting away our heated winter hose. Spraying a few weeds and putting out some seeds for the birds. 

The SKP Ranch Lakewood, NM - Thursday, June 11, 2020
Morning 67 Degrees, Wind SE at 6 to 7 Mph, Humidity 52%, sunny.
My arm where it was cut for the vane

 Roswell, doctor did a sonogram on my arm checking location of vane and size. Everything is well, in and out of the doctor’s office quick.

The SKP Ranch Lakewood, NM - Friday, June 12, 2020
Morning 76 Degrees, Wind SE at 13 to 14 Mph, Humidity 41%, sunny.

 The  Dialysis nurse used my arm for the first time today, I did not like this using a needle in my arm and the port on my chest .

The SKP Ranch Lakewood, NM - Saturday, June 13, 2020
Morning 66 Degrees, Wind SE at 6 to 7 Mph, Humidity 43%, sunny.

  Ruidoso and Alamogordo Cloudcroft, what a  trifecta of cities. Two hundred and
ninety-six miles round trip from Lakewood, NM. My lovely wife and I had never been to Ruidoso out US 70 from Roswell. A nice four lane road that climbs out to sixth-five hundred feet of altitude from about thirty-five hundred feet in Roswell. The temperature dropped up at a higher altitude, nice. We continued west to Tularosa, NM meeting US 54 going south to Alamogordo.

After spending some time there we went on to  Alamogordo to have lunch-dinner at Johnny Carino’s. Alamogordo in the four thousand foot range we followed US 82 which has a fast rise in sixteen miles to Cloudcroft at eighty-six hundred and fifty feet. From there we had a hundred mile slow roll out to Artesia back down to thirty-three hundred foot level. We had a nice up and down day.

Friday, June 5, 2020

June 5

The SKP Ranch Lakewood, NM - Friday, June 5, 2020
Morning 74 Degrees, Wind SE at 11 to 12 Mph, Humidity 62%, sunny.
Afternoon 101 Degrees, Wind SE at 20 to 27 Mph, Humidity 27%, sunny.

Yesterday and today I can feel my energy coming back a little more, and doing more. Yesterday we moved the portable air conditioner inside from the shed where it was sleeping all winter. I got the hand truck from the work shop to roll the air conditioner to Buster’s door and used it to lift it into Buster. I had made a new wood plate to fit the exhaust hose to and put the hot air outside of Buster. Today I had to trim the opening for the hose to snap into place. I and l taped the hose to the upper and lower fittings, so they wont work them selves off the hose. We have it running now. 

Another thing about my energy level is the door on the car. When getting in the car there are two detents to keep the door open. The second one full wide open, if I got into the car seat and tried to pull the door closed I could not, I did not have the energy to bring the door closed . If the door was only half way open detent while sitting on the seat I could manage that. I got in the habit of holding the wide open door, handle while starting to sit down and pulling it closed to the other stop and then closing the door.

Now I cam close the wide open door while sitting on the seat in the car.

Thursday, June 4, 2020

June 4

The SKP Ranch Lakewood, NM - Saturday, May 30, 2020
Morning 63 Degrees, Wind SE at 8 to 10 Mph, Humidity 52%, sunny.

   My lovely wife and I took a drive out to Queen for a bite to eat and a drive thru the mountains. It was 89 degrees and little breeze in Carlsbad as we left there and 82 degrees in Queen at 5,823 foot level and a pretty strong cool breeze.

Up and Down around the curves
The SKP Ranch Lakewood, NM - Thursday, June 4, 2020
Morning 71 Degrees, Wind SE at 7 to 8 Mph, Humidity 63%, sunny.

 Well we did it, I went into the store (Walmart in Carlsbad, NM) for the first time since March 3 and that time I used a cart to get around the store.  I did not have the energy to walk without sitting down every couple of minutes. Today we walked right in no line, I did not go to many departments but my lovely wife went to a few more departments than me. Restaurants are starting to open we were able to eat at a BBQ restaurant (sit down inside) for the first time since the closure back in March.
My right arm where the doctor was working inside

Next Thursday we need to be in Roswell for the doctor to check my arm vane and artery that he moved closer together for a port connection. He will do a sonogram to check and measure the size of the vane. The vane needs to be .6 center meters to put in he port for dialysis

Friday, May 29, 2020

May 2020

Revised 5/30

The SKP Ranch Lakewood, NM - Thursday, May 21, 2020
Morning 57 Degrees, Wind S at 6 to 7 Mph, Humidity 31%, sunny.
Well yesterday I went to the Cardiologist for an INR check (blood thickness ). The meter failed (again)  so today I visited the Carlsbad Hospital for a blood draw. The same thing happened at the beginning of the month. The last time the INR was 1.9 (at Carlsbad Hospital) the doctor want it at 2.0 to 3.0 for me. It had dropped down since April (INR 2.2) the end of the month I had an operation on my arm in anticipation of a port being put in there. Before the operation the surgeon had me stop taking the Warfarin for four days. Now it is taking time to get the INR re-balanced.

Wrist bands (or  bracelets), more than I want to count, I have had since December.  I was reminded of this when I went for the blood draw yesterday. Once I signed the papers, that is another story, they put another wrist band on my arm. Now I sit down in the lobby and wait a short time to get called. A door opens on the same side of the registration office I get called in. The person asks me my date of birth does the blood draw, I am done I leave, no one has looked at the wrist band? Why the wrist band. At the hospitals in Roswell and El Paso they scan the the wrist band be fore they do anything.

Actually I spent more time in the lobby and at the check in office signing papers, ten pages with signature or initials and I told her there is no changes in my insurance, I was in there earlier this month. Nope they want hard proof, cards or no service.

The SKP Ranch Lakewood, NM - Saturday, May 23, 2020
Morning 60 Degrees, Wind SW at 6 to 7 Mph, Humidity 23%, sunny.

 Took a trip to Roswell. We wanted to try a Whataburger. With all our time in Texas we never went to one. We had to order from the drive thru only and eat in the car. We found a shady spot to eat right there in the parking lot. Ordering from those menu boards is not my favorite thing to do. So these is the ordering spot and then the pick up and pay window. When we got to the window and double checked the ordered items before paying, it was wrong, that’s why I would rather go inside to order at the counter. So we pulled over to the side and waited for our order to be brought out side to us.

The SKP Ranch Lakewood, NM - Monday, May 25, 2020
Morning 61 Degrees, Wind N at 13 to 18 Mph, Humidity 65%, cloudy.

I called the Cardiologist office because I have not heard from about my INR level from the blood draw on Thursday, because I have not heard any thing yet. They called back myloverly wife’s phone. My INR is 2.5 at the half way of the range (2 - 3).

The SKP Ranch Lakewood, NM - Thursday, May 28, 2020
Morning 62 Degrees, Wind NE at 8 to 9 Mph, Humidity 48%, sunny.

  I have had to put air in the right front tire a few times recently. It has been turning on the low pressure light. The light turns on below thirty pounds of air pressure. It has been showing twenty-eight pounds of pressure, when I start the car in the morning. So today we went to Discount Tire in Roswell. We got there about ten forty five and they checked the tire wear ant it was ready to be changed. He checked inside and had replacement tires for both front tires. We had those installed in 2015. We had to wait about an hour and a half for them to the job. 

Wile waiting we went to a couple of other stores and got something else to eat then returned about twelve-ten. I had not even turned off the car an a tech was in the parking area looking for our car. He had me drive into an open work bay. we waited right there in the car must be a new procedure because of the virus. we were out in fifteen minutes two new balanced tires. 

Sunday, May 17, 2020


May 2, 2020
Well it is going to be a process to get a port in my arm. We saw the doctor on April twenty third I had a sonogram of my arm, the first step. Looking for where vanes and arteries are located and there size. After that I went to the hospital for blood work and an EKG.

On April thirtieth the doctor (at Lovelace hospital in Roswell) went into my arm and moved a vane and a artery closer together. The vane needs to grow in size it is at point four center meters an needs to be point six center meters in size for the port.

I go to the doctor in two weeks for a checkup and probably another sonogram. 

Saturday, May 9, 2020

Took a ride out to Queen, NM (south west of us about 48 miles on Queen highway off of US 285 about seven miles south of Lakewood) and then out to Dog Canyon National Park. Queen is at 5800+ feet and had a bite to eat. Then back to US 285 and we went south to Carlsbad to get gasoline ($ 1.63 a galion). As we were pulling out of the parking lot saw a sign for Dog canyon and decided we ride down there and see what is going on there (18+ miles more out to there Dog Canyon National Park). This is right on the Texas boarder, CLOSED right at the state line.

Thursday, May 14, 2020

Went to the doctor for a post operation checkup, everything went well only need to exercise my hand more. Next doctor visit is in four weeks. He said it’s looking good. He only checked the incision and for blood flow.   

Saturday, May 16, 2020
We had ordered a soap dispenser from Lowe’s it arrived so we drove to Carlsbad today picked it up and went to get gas at Murphy gas station ($1.63) then some Walmart shopping.  After that we drove further south looking for something to eat after three miles we found nothing. So we put Queen into the GPS only thirty seven miles, thru Dark Canyon road twenty four miles to Queen highway and south sixteen miles. I got a hamburger and my lovely wife got a BLT sandwich at the Queen Cafe (5800+ feet). We came back the same way, total trip from Murphy in Carlsbad (3200+ feet) and back to Murphy gas station was ninety five miles. Then twenty five miles to home. This was a nicer trip better than going all the way on Queen highway as we did last weekend, less tight curves and switch backs. A nice way to spend the afternoon.