September 26, 2018 - Msg 110729: Good morning all.
MDC, That is wonderful news about your health. God must still have some plans for you here buddy. :) I am curious about something though. Not meaning to pry, but if you are still in a-fib, why are they taking you off of blood thinners? I have been told by my Doctor that a-fib greatly increases once chance for clotting and stroke and that's why they have to put you on thinners if they can't clear the a-fib. I only ask so I can better understand for my own health reasons. As you know I have had to heart ablations for a-fib, which, thank the Lord, has worked. But I still worry that it may return. Anyway, glad you are doing so well my friend.

As far as commercials go, just about any thing I watch on tv anymore I record on my DVR so I can blast right through all the commercials. Best invention since sliced bread. lol

GF, So that's what I got, "Wheeleritis"? I think it is chronic. lol

Frankie, glad your A's are in the post season. I bet they know which end of a bat to hold. :)

Well off to work I reckon.


September 26, 2018 - Msg 110730: After I sweep up of course.


September 26, 2018 - Msg 110731: That’s really GREAT news remind me of the “Keep on Truckin’ “ cartoon character Dude...You need to get you one of those shirts Buddy...Here’s a link


September 26, 2018 - Msg 110732: Thank you for the kind sentiment and prayers expressed for my friend Cinthia and myself. I am going to see her this week, if she is up to it.

Glad you are doing so well, MDC. I felt confident that you would. Thanks be to God. :)

Worked last night and it was steady but pleasant. It was, however, hot in the nurse's office at about 80 degrees. I have gotten fairly used to it and with the fans I do ok most days. I love the job so much, although with the census lower than ever I still have some concerns about how things stay up and running. I hope to work there for a long time, Lord willing. I still love the kids and my coworkers so the conditions don't mean much anymore. In all my years as a nurse, I never had the experience of really loving a job until now. My past jobs have been so fraught with stress and frustration that although I loved the patient care, I ended up hating the jobs. Sad for nurses, really. Many leave the field, especially hospital work. I read the average age of nurses work right now is in the 50's range.

MDC, I gave some thought to what you mentioned about coordinating people to do things at the same time in the hospital, which would be a wonderful idea. I can't imagine how it would work out, though, because of the inability to predict outcomes, especially in ER and the critical care areas. Hospitals don't hire many lab personnel and you never know what emergency or critical situation may be going on that requires extra lab draws, etc. It can get very crazy. At one point when I worked in the hospital, the nurses became responsible for their own lab draws and it was really tough because we were always pressed to the limit, as it was. The hospital finally gave up on that idea but their goal was to employee less lab personnel to save money, while continuing to overburden the nurses. Crummy idea, but typical of administration. Anyway, maybe in the future things will be better.

I was curious about the afib thing, MDC, do you mean that the dr cut out the part of the heart that he thought was causing the afib?

Well, have to go get ready for work again. Hope you all have a great evening and that is cooling off where you are. It is still positively oppressive living in the Amazon and the mosquitos are just as big!


September 26, 2018 - Msg 110733: Asa, nice sweep!
Watching another A`s game this evening.

So nice to hear how good MDC is doing.

Boo, it was in the upper 90`s here today and should be warm tomorrow. Then we have a nice cooling trend coming. Looking forward to that.


September 27, 2018 - Msg 110734: ASA, great sweep. You even got the corners and brought us lemonade!
ASA and BOO... this link may help you both concerning the atrial appendage...
With me, he said, "As long as I'm in your heart, we might as well do it."
The reason I may be able to go off the coumadin is because even tho I am still in a-fib, the blood is not regurgitating and pooling, especially in that appendage. They also have me on an 81 mg aspirin.
BOO--when one loves a job, a few inconveniences are usually OK to put up with.
that it is going good for you. I'm sure the kids are also getting a little Jesus talk from you now and then. :)
Well, pretty tired so off to beddie bye...
"Moooving on up, to the top..." :)

September 27, 2018 - Msg 110735: Good morning porch pals.

MDC, That was an interesting read on the heart procedure. Amazing what they are able to do any more. My son in laws Dad is going in early October to have that Watchman thing installed. My Dad was on Coumadin for the last few years of his life and trying to regulate it was a big pain. So I can imagine you will be excited to get off of it.

Boo, I am glad you are enjoying your job so much. That certainly helps. Until you get my age. I still enjoy my job (for the most part lol) and find it hard to walk away from it. But with my wifes health, and my cranky back being what it is, I pretty much see the writing on the wall. I am blessed in that I think I'll do fine money wise, but I will miss some aspects of my work. I really enjoy electrical troubleshooting controls on equipment. That I will miss. But life goes on and we just have to adapt to what comes our way I reckon.

Speaking of troubleshooting, I have some lighting control issues t deal with this morning so I best quit talking about it and snap to it! There is talking, and then there is doing. I ain't paid to talk about it. lol


September 27, 2018 - Msg 110736: Good morning, porch! Asa, I just have a little happy spot in my heart, thinking about you retiring and how much you're going to enjoy it. It's hard to make that decision, I know. I worked until I was 74, and not just for the money, though that was good, and I wasn't sure how I would manage financially if I quit. I had been at that hospital for 35 years, had a lot of good friends on the staff, and even among the "frequent flyers" who would be admitted now and then. I might still be there, if my back hadn't broken down that morning, and forced me into a big surgery. From there, my doc wouldn't release me to go back to work for several months, and by then I was loving being at home and free so much, that I just didn't go back. Making the decision to just retire and walk away was too hard, and I kept putting it off, but deciding not to go back after a long forced absence was a lot easier.

I've never regretted it, and absolutely love my freedom. I get to do so many things now, and often wonder when on earth I had time to work! I don't do big things, like cruises or whatever, because I can't do that much walking, but I don't care. I can teach ESL on Wednesday mornings, I can go to a "birthday breakfast" for a friend, I never have to miss church services, I can attend all the dinners and recurring fun events at the church, I can go visit my kids whenever I choose. I can take a friend to the doctor, I can be an unpaid home health nurse for a friend and do her dressing changes, and I can schedule doctor appointments without having to consult my work schedule. I can call Eloise on impulse and go get lunch and a pedicure. I can sit up late at night, writing stories for Charlotte Tucker's magazine, and I can sleep as late as Toye Starr will allow in the morning. Retirement is wonderful!!

Most of you probably already know this, but just in case you don't, here goes. Have you ever been writing a post, and navigated away from the porch for some reason, even just to check the archives, and when you returned everything you had written was gone? I have, and it's very frustrating. Well, before you leave the page, highlight and copy what you have written. Then go do whatever you need to do, and when you return to the page the comment box will be blank. Just enter the box, and "paste" your saved comment back in. It's so easy, and it avoids that "oh, drat!" moment when you realize your post has vanished.

Well, I guess I'd better go feed my little roomie, and perhaps myself as well. Blessings, friends! --Romeena

September 27, 2018 - Msg 110737: Everything is Ok in Mayberry.....G-F

September 27, 2018 - Msg 110738: Maude we will miss you guys at “The Loaded Goat” Tonight....

September 28, 2018 - Msg 110739: HI All, today was quite a 'moulaged' day in our country, and wouldn't you know it, the 'moulage' episode was on ME-TV tonight!
I don't want to start a moulage here, but being 'stuck' at home, I had a chance to watch a lot of the hearing. I truly believe that we are witnessing a
breakdown of sorts of our government's ability to function.
This is a scary time. I sure wish I could just wake up in Mayberry, or
even in Mayberry Days. I sure hope we can work thru this whole big mess
that the Senate has gotten itself into. Lord Jesus be with us.

ASA--ditto with me as to what RO said about retirement.
Off to bed,

September 28, 2018 - Msg 110740: MDC, I totally agree with you about our government`s ability to function. Seems like it is getting worse.
Off to bed for me.

September 28, 2018 - Msg 110741: Good Friday morning all.

Ro, Thank you for your thoughts concerning my retiring. I really do appreciate them. When you say you have a "happy spot in your heart" because of my decision, it just makes me appreciate even more my good and wonderful friends here on the porch. Thank you all for the encouraging comments and thoughts. It's exciting and scary for this old sparky.

MDC, What is going on with this nominee is disgusting to say the least. I can only hope that most folks are able to see this nonsense for what it is and make it known in November. From all accounts I have seen, he is a decent honorable man that is getting his name and reputation drug through the mud for totally political reasons. Shameful!!

GF, Hope you are having fun at M.D. We expect a full report when you return. You are our official Porch representative at the event, so make us proud buddy. :)


September 29, 2018 - Msg 110742: Good morning, porch. I totally agree, this shameful display of our government's dirty laundry is disgusting, and I hope they get it settled soon. As I posted on Facebook (something I very, very rarely do), I think we need to remember the words of Jesus, when He said "Let him who is without sin among you cast the first stone." Frankly, I think it would be just wonderful if Judge Kavanaugh had behaved like a choir boy all his life, but he probably didn't. I wonder if all the Democratic senators would like to have some stories from their college days brought to light. I'm guessing they would not. Apparently he has been a fair and impartial judge all these years, or you can bet some muck-raker would have discovered it by now. So a young frat boy got liquored up and frisky at a party one night, with a girl who was also inebriated and knew what to expect when she went to the party. Not admirable, but it's water under a long-ago bridge. Thirty-seven years ago, for cryin' out loud! I think someone should start investigating the woman's behavior in other situations along about the same time. I doubt she was little Mary Jane, who just wandered into that party and had too many drinks, totally unaware of what she was doing. You're right, Asa, it's shameful, that all that is being dredged up now. I would imagine that most of the Senate, on both sides of the aisle, would have mud on their shoes if someone chose to check.

Well, gotta run. I have to go to a funeral, and then to the grocery store, and David and Landry are coming this afternoon to install those scary cameras, so I guess I'd better feed them! Maybe some fried chicken? They won't turn that down, I know. Blessings, everyone! --Romeena

September 29, 2018 - Msg 110743: I have one more thing to add. Since the left is so fond of digging up muck, maybe I'll just rake a little, too. Where were they when Senator Ted Kennedy, drunk as a skunk, drove his car off a bridge in Chappaquiddick, managed to get out, and returned to the party he had left, leaving Mary Jo Kopechne in the car, to drown? He didn't report the accident for hours, and investigation showed that there was a bubble of air in the car that could have supported her for quite some time, at least long enough for help to arrive and get her out, if he had reported it. There was one newspaper report that said an autopsy had shown Mary Jo to be pregnant, but it was immediately silenced and didn't appear again, I suppose out of kindness to Mary Jo's family. That didn't happen when he was a dumb kid, it happened when he was a senator with several terms behind him, and in spite of it, he went on to serve several more afterward. Speaking of disgusting.... --Romeena

September 29, 2018 - Msg 110744: Hey, that was a really neat link, MDC. I didn't know about that, or I forgot (which is likely). lol..hope it works for you! So, guess what happened day before yesterday? My sister in law (Bruce's older sister) called me very worried because her husband, who has been battling a-fib for years, went in for an ablation and almost died. About an hour after, his lungs started filling with fluid, blood pressure shot through the roof and he ended up on a respirator in ICU. She was scared to death. Pulmonary edema is a risk factor after ablation but usually is fine with treatment. They had him off the respirator by midnight and he was up and walking the next day. They did tell them, though, that his heart is only functioning at about 50%, so he is dealing with CHF, too. Bless his heart..he is also diabetic, so that complicates things. I guess his valves are ok at this point since they didn't say anything after all the tests. He is one of those diabetics that doesn't take care of himself as he should.

Yes Asa, we are all happy for you! I cant wait to hear about your future adventures and happenings. Oh hey, I forgot to ask; did you decided to give up your job at the Gigolo Club on weekends? I was going to say maybe you should keep dancing because exercise is good at our age. ;)

Romeena, I have a question for you. I think I mentioned that they put me back on Lipitor. It was a hard decision but my cholesterol is still bad, even with healthy eating, weight loss and exercise (and I say exercise loosely). So, I have been taking it for about a month. For the first week or so, things seemed the same, then after week 2, I started to get some mild muscle pain, then I just started feeling a little sluggish..not bad, but just not the energy I used to have. Was this your experience, or something worse?

I found out yesterday that another friend has stage 4 cancer. He is an old boyfriend of mine who attends church with us (he and his wife). They are really nice people and they spent Thanksgiving with us last year. He started getting all these tumors in the lymphs recently and they are about to go to MD Anderson cancer hospital. They know its stage four but don't know where it originated. I feel so bad for them. Cancer is so horrible. Seems like I used to know more people that beat it, but lately, its been the opposite. I sure wish they could find a cure but seems like the future is going to be about prevention and maintaining...kind of like type 2 diabetes.

Bruce seems to have developed a case of neuropathy in his right outter thigh..not an unusual thing but it is really bothering him. He feels a real burning in that leg no matter what he does. The doc prescribed a med for it but so far, no help. Between the shoulder pain and the leg pain, he isn't a happy camper, bless him. I hope we can find a way to help him. I have had the same sort of neuropathy before and sometimes it would flare up and then go away, but his is worse and doesn't seem to have any intention of going away. Its hard to get old.

Well, for the positives: Looks like Possum is having a good time out in Wyoming and Colorado with her family. She posted some pics on facebook yesterday.

We have had ALOT of rain here the past couple of days and everything is so green and beautiful! It is a little cooler, too.

I need to get up and get something done around here. There is much to do and I just don't feel very motivated these days. I wish there was a way to retire from housework. lol...I guess there is..they call it the nursing home. Talk to ya'll later!


September 29, 2018 - Msg 110745: Oh, and Romeena, I have been thinking about the outrageous things done by politicians, in general, in the past that were never really dealt with well. Politicians are what they are and you cant make them into saints, I guess.


September 30, 2018 - Msg 110746: Happy Saturday! RO and ASA...I heard a good one yesterday...similar to what RO said. How many senators
(and representatives) would be willing to submit to a 40 year background check with anyone allowed to bring up anything from any time? My guess...not many, if any.

SPOT, your Bulldogs are moving on up! Good game today on TV.
GF--hope all is going well in Mt Airy. Your Indians and SPOT's Braves are in it! Good for you. My D-backs folded like a house of cards. :( Speaking of Cards...well, I WON'T! :( 0-3

My wife and I had a nice surprize today. Our next door neighbors called last night and said they would like to bring us lunch today. Kind of a post-surgery break for both of us...homemade chicken salad, a jello salad, chips, iced tea, and brownies for dessert! We live in such a cool neighborhood.

BOO--I am so sorry to hear about your friend from church. He will definitely be in our prayers.
I really try to keep my immune system at top performance. Even in the hospital, ESPECIALLY in the hospital!
Also, for Bruce's sister's husband. Wow, almost dying is not good for sure! Hope he gets better each day.

BTW, did I tell you all that my HF doctor told me this past Tuesday that I am no longer a HF patient!
Even in a-fib, with my valves working right, that changes everything. They will do an echocardiogram
in about a month, and then they will know for sure. I feel SO much better these days. Weaning myself
from the oxi this coming week. Two weeks out, and feelin' great! :)

POSSUM--hope all is well in Wyoming. Have fun with fam and all the prairie dogs! ha.

Good Sabbath to all, giving Jesus all the praise,

September 30, 2018 - Msg 110747: Good Sabbath all.

MDC, It does my heart good to read about how good your heart is doing. Makes me happy for you and your dear wife. And ain't it a blessing to have good neighbors? I declare, last month I was giving away bags of peaches to folks. I gave a bag to the folks across the street from us. The next day I get a knock at my door and there is the Wife with two plates of peach cobbler for me. What a sweet gal she is. (and it don't hurt non that she looks a bit like Sandra Bullock) :) I'm not coveting, maybe just admiring.

Boo, No, I am not going to retire from my Gigolo Club job. A feller has to keep himself occupied. Sorry to read about your ex-boyfriend and about Bruce. Yes, getting old is sure challenging at times.

Well they are calling for a major shift in our weather pattern this week with finally a chance of rain and temps in the 60's for highs. So long summer 2018. You have been a dry one, and a smoky one.

Now if I can vent for just a moment. My Wife is on numerous medications for her condition. Being on Palliative care, the focus is to make her comfortable. Sha has an I.V. port and among other things, takes two different meds to combat nausea that she really struggles with. One of those meds is her main go to stuff, and the other is kind of a supplement to help if the main stuff doesn't do the job. Earlier this summer we were notified that there was a nation wide shortage of the secondary med and so they would be unable to deliver it. She managed getting through it, and we were so happy when about 3 weeks ago they called to tell us the crisis was over and thet would resume delivering it. Well then a week later they called to tell us that the primary med she takes was now in short supply and they didn't know how long they could supply it. This has put her in a major concern mode because if she doesn't have that, she will be in trouble. So the Doctor is ordering a different medication to try and see if that will help her. But administering it is more complex and so far, although it has helped with her nausea, it has really made her feel loopey and drugged out. So she is going to have to decide what she wants to do next. They are telling us the reason for the shortage is because the stuff is produced and/or packaged overseas. The one is produced in Puerto Rico and because of the hurricane there last year, they had curtailed production. Just very frustrating. Sorry about the novel. I thought that typing it out here would help me, but all it did was fire me up again. Anyway, if y'all could keep Debbie in your prayers, we would be grateful to you.

Thank you kindly.


September 30, 2018 - Msg 110748: Asa, prayers coming your way for you and Debbie.

September 30, 2018 - Msg 110749: So happy that you are doing so well, MDC. I rejoice with you!

Thanks, Asa and MDC..and thank you for your words/prayers concerning my friend. Life is just what it is, and the older we get, the more often friends and family get sick and leave this world. I remember my dad talking about it but being young, I really didn't understand till now. You have to keep your mind positive and focus on loving the people in your life. I have so much to be thankful for.

Asa, what you are telling me about your wife's situation makes me want to spit nails! I am so angry over the situation with the pharmaceutical companies. They charge astronomical prices for drugs and are too cheap to produce them here in this country. I feel terrible for you wife and afraid for us all! There are people who cant afford meds that they need and now cant get them because they aren't made in this country. What have we come to? I can't even imagine what you are dealing with. Prayers, for sure.


September 30, 2018 - Msg 110750: ASA...while I am on the percoset, I am also taking
Zofran to prevent nausea. Could that be a possible alternative for her?
More on other subjects later.

September 30, 2018 - Msg 110751: Hello front porch: recovering from a stroke at home now. Spent last two weeks at RUSH Hospital in Chicago recovering from a stroke. Thanks to them and God I m still alive. MBM

September 30, 2018 - Msg 110752: Good evening, porch. MDC, it's so good to hear about how well you're doing. You've struggled for so long, and now to be taken off the CHF list, and be feeling so much better - well, I just thank the Lord.

Asa, you and Debbie are definitely in my prayers. I cannot imagine what life must be like for you, battling such a terrible illness for so long. Yet you carry the load with such good grace, you have a marvelous sense of humor, and you laugh and make others laugh when I know your spirit is under such a load. You're an inspiration to us all.

The fact that Debbie is on palliative care tells me a lot about her condition, and I know it's so hard for both of you. MDC mentioned Zofran (Ondansetron) and I know that to be a very powerful anti-nausea drug. It was originally developed to combat the violent nausea that comes with chemotherapy. I'm wondering if that's the drug that you're having trouble getting? I know next to nothing about MS and its treatment, and maybe Zofran wouldn't help, but it's an idea, anyway.

Our entire healthcare industry is in disarray, folks, and I don't know what it's going to take to straighten it out. My grandson, Hudson, had a sore throat on Friday, so his mom took him to a new doctor's office that had opened near their home, thinking they'd get established there. The first thing the receptionist wanted to know was if they had insur@nce. They don't, as the premiums for their family of four would be several hundred dollars a month. They are in one of the multi-church co-ops, that functions like an insu@ance plan, but they have to pay up front, and then the plan reimburses them. Brittney told the woman that she would be paying cash, and was shocked when the woman said she couldn't accept Hudson. She said they didn't accept "private pay" patients, only insured patients. Brittney said "you mean that if I hand you this cash, you can't see him?" She had the money in her hand. The woman said they could not. Brittney then said "if someone has insu@ance you can treat them, but if they don't have insu@ance, even with cash in hand, they can't get care?" Here's a quote: "Oh no, you can get care. There are offices that will see 'people like you' over in Ft. Worth, by JPS hospital. You can go there." JPS is the Tarrant County hospital. Brittney was livid, and said "well, fine. We'll go somewhere where they'll take cold cash, rather than a plastic card." She found a doc-in-the-box somewhere, got an antibiotic for his strep throat, and went home. Folks, something is wrong with this picture, and it's scary.

Well, I think I'll go peel and section out a couple of grapefruit (they're small) and dice up an avocado, put a little sea salt over the whole thing, and that will be supper. I peel the grapefruit with a knife, so there's none of the white stuff left, and then just slip the clean sections out, with no membrane, just the beautiful pink, firm sections. With the avocado, it's just so good! Blessings, all. --Romeena

September 30, 2018 - Msg 110753: Wow, MBM. You slipped in there! A stroke?? I'm so sorry to hear that, but so glad you're doing well and able to be at home. Prayers for you, my friend, and please keep us posted on your progress. --Romeena

September 30, 2018 - Msg 110754: Hey y'all!Greetings from Wyoming!Having a great time and just wanted to check in.Haven't read any posts lately,so I'm sort of our of the loop,but send love and prayers to all.Will be back home under my rock on Tuesday. In awe of the rocks out here! Take care,all!
possum u.a.r.

September 30, 2018 - Msg 110755: Out of the loop, not our!
possum again

October 01, 2018 - Msg 110756: So sorry, MBM! I hope you will keep us up to date on your progress. Saying a prayer for you!

Romeena, that is downright crazy about Brittany. Something seriously needs to change in this country!

By the way, that grapefruit/avocado sounds wonderful! I am still sticking to the plant-based diet but it has been harder lately. I have had a few surprising cravings lately. Sure hope I can continue to stick with it. The benefits have been so great.

Glad you are having a good time, Possum!

Think I will hit the ironing board for some adventure sleeping.


October 01, 2018 - Msg 110757: MBM, wow, so sorry to hear of your stroke! I sure hope they are trying to find the cause, and get you on a good regimen. My prayers are indeed with you friend.
RO--thank you for your kind words. These past 2 years have been rough. In fact, my surgeeon told me that i should have had the heart fixed first, THEN have the hip done, but, well, it is what it is at this point.
BOO- you mentioned about growing old, etc. I remember as a kid, I figured out that I would be 50 when the year 2000 came around, and I thought that was so OLD! ha
Well, my Cards dropped to 0-4 today. I did watch a little of the game because they were
starting our rookie QB Josh Rosen. He did good, but defense collapsed.
You folks hear about nascar's "roval' race today at Charlotte? I watched some, but really couldnt get into it.
Well, y'all have a good week. Prayers for you and yours!!

October 01, 2018 - Msg 110758: Hey Gang...Here’s a little tidbit of the weekends activities at Mayberry Days...
More to follow...I’m beat to the socks...Trying to come down from “Mayberry Standard Time” to the REAL crazy world!

Going to catchup on the posts...Hope everyone’s doing Ok...


October 01, 2018 - Msg 110759: Good Monday morning all.

GF, Great to see you back with us and thanks for the link. Looks like it all went well.

Bill Medwin, I'm so sorry to read about your health issue. Prayers that you have a speedy and full recovery friend.

Thank you all for the prayers on our behalf. You are all so kind. Ro and MDC, Zofran is indeed one of the meds that has been curtailed. That and Promethazine. And this is the I.V. stuff, not the pill form. Romeena, I just couldn't believe that story you were telling about your Hudson. Wow, what a crazy system this is anymore. I know it wasn't perfect pre-Obama, but it sure seems to be a mess now.

MDC, Sounds like your team is missing Arien. I have not seen a game this year so far, and have not missed a second of it. I see my team went out and got Gruden to come back to coaching with all kinds of hype and they are a solid 0-4, having lost to the Browns yesterday. Wow, what a train wreck. Frankie, Oakland may be glad to see them get out of town.

Possum, so glad you are having a good time. You deserve it girl.

Well off to the jungle. Wish me luck.


October 01, 2018 - Msg 110760: Well I stand corrected. When I saw the Raiders/Browns score, the Raiders were down by a T.D. with 30 seconds left. I just now heard they won in overtime. Shazaam!


October 01, 2018 - Msg 110761: That’s what the Browns are Sayin....We LOST...SHAZZAM!...G-F

October 01, 2018 - Msg 110762: Hello front porch: I would like to thank the fine medical professionals who assisted me in my recent medical emergency. They knew the exact medical procedure to perform on me. They did what the situation called for.

October 01, 2018 - Msg 110763: MBM

October 01, 2018 - Msg 110764: Glad you’re doing better MBM...Im sure it was a scary time...G-F

October 02, 2018 - Msg 110765: HI Gang! GF--thank for the link. So next year will be the 30th parade. I think I am REALLY going to try to do it. It was on my bucket list, and I think I have more time now to do such items now! :)
ASA--would the pill form work for your wife? I have been getting them with no problem here. Just wondering.
Weatherwise, I think you will also get some remnants of Rosa. We had some go thru here today.
Well all, my PT lady is like Barney helping Opie to get ready for his race. She really worked me today, but am glad she did. Will be back on Wed.
Keep hanging in there my friends,

October 02, 2018 - Msg 110766: I forgot to mention that I found a protein shake that is all vegan ingredients and has 20 grams of protein. It is called Vega, and a 4 pak sells at Walgreens for $9.99. I got chocolate, and it actually tastes pretty good.

October 02, 2018 - Msg 110767: That’s GREAT MDC ... But if you have any thoughts of going I would suggest that you book a room as soon as you can. The local motels fill up fast far in advance. Just a warning, they DO jack up the prices for that weekend. There are several “chain” motels in town, the Hampton Inn is where they put the stars⭐️ and Celebes at...

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October 02, 2018 - Msg 110768: Good morning, porch. Asa, I'm sorry to hear that Zofran is having supply troubles, and Promethazine (Phenergan) as well. Both of those are front-line weapons against nausea, and Phenergan treats hives, itching and motion sickness as well. It's also a mild sedative (handy for confused or apprehensive patients) and it will potentiate (strengthen) the effects of a narcotic such as Demerol. In fact, Demerol and Phenergan is pretty much a standard order for pain relief. To have both Phenergan and Zofran on the "wanted" list, is disastrous. I don't know this to be a fact, but I'm guessing that when the drugs are available only in limited quantities, that the big hospital chains are supplied first, as they would be one huge order, as opposed to local pharmacies. Also, with limited supply you get a comcomitant rise in prices. Not fair, but these days, it all seems to be about the bottom line.

Now for a bit of brighter news - I called my local pharmacy, where I've gotten my prescriptions for over 40 years, and presented this story to him. He checked his suppliers and no one is reporting shortages on those two drugs. He said it may be different in Utah, but he has no problem here. So, I asked him if he could fill an out of state Rx and he said he could, as long as it's not a controlled drug, like a narcotic. Zofran and Phenergan, he can fill. So, you have a back-up plan, if you are unable to get the drugs, going forward. Just let me know, I'll give you my pharmacy's contact info, and you can send the prescriptions to him. How this will work with your care agency, I don't know, but you can present the idea to them as a solution. Prayers for you, Asa. You will have many stars in your crown.

Blessings, friends. --Romeena

October 02, 2018 - Msg 110769: ...Stars in your crown, and solder in your “T’s”...A guy can’t ask for much more than that in life Buddy!..G-F

October 02, 2018 - Msg 110770: Thanks Ro. The shortage is not the pill form, but the liquid form that she puts through her I.V. port. If that makes any sense.


October 02, 2018 - Msg 110771: Hello Front Porch: How come Barney doesn’t worry about Thelmer Lou? Medwin Bill Medwin

October 02, 2018 - Msg 110772: Because he's got that little girl in his back pocket Bill.

October 02, 2018 - Msg 110773: Hip pocket!

October 03, 2018 - Msg 110774: MBM--sounds like you are doing better, thank God, been praying
for you.
Had a somewhat slow day at home today, as we had RAIN most of the day until the early afternoon. That was due to the remnants of Rosa.
The whole area got about 2 inches of rain, which is a lot for us desert dwellers!
Now there is a storm coming in from California.
They say it will hit us on Wed. sometime.
ASA, does you wife have to take the IV kind?
Pill form will not work? Just wondering. My prayers for you and her.
Hang in there all,

October 03, 2018 - Msg 110775: Good morning all.

MDC, We finally got some rain from that same storm yesterday. Supposed to get more today, and then a cold front from the Northwest comes in over the weekend that will bring snow to our higher elevations. You asked about Debbie taking the pill form of those meds, she can, and has in the past. But they are much less effective than the I.V. juice for her at least. Thanks for the prayers.

I have our in$urance folks coming in today to do the annual boiler and pressure vessel inspections. It's a fun day! lol

Bill Medwin, you were asking about Thelma Lou, Floyd showed a clip of Betty Lynn at Mayberry Days last week with an Elvis impersonator singing to her on stage and she was just glowing. Every vid I have seen of her shows that she is just a sweet down to earth woman. GF would know best as I believe he has met her in person.

Romeena, You are so sweet in checking on that medicine for Debbie. Bless your heart. YOU are the one who will have the stars my dear.


October 03, 2018 - Msg 110776: Asa....I Remember those Annual In$urance boiler inspections...Yep, It’s a Fun Day!...
BUT..Shoot for the Good Feeling....IT WILL BE YOUR LAST ONE!...It is weird as you are preparing for retirement you look at your tasks as...”Last Times”...It will make you put you career in perspective when you look back to how many times and things you have done over the years....Just think about the number of “T’s” you have put in over the years


October 03, 2018 - Msg 110777: ...Not to mention the number of lighting ballasts you have changed!...My Aching Back!...G-F

October 03, 2018 - Msg 110778: 10-4 GF. With the price of LED's coming down, we have been converting a lot of lighting over to that. So I have eliminated a lot of ballasts. Wish they had been around 30 years ago so I could reap the blessings from it all. lol I have a bunch of lights that run off of 480 though, and they still don't make LED's that will run on 480, so my replacement will still have some fun.


October 03, 2018 - Msg 110779: Helloooo gang ! Whew retirement is harder work than I thought! Got first crop of cabbage ready for harvest ... second crop to be planted Friday. Greens next week. Told the wife tonight I’m gona set down and read back a few weeks and catch up. My falcons not doing so good but Braves win division and ga bulldogs un beaten ! Ok. Let’s grill pork chops tonight with cream taters and corn ! I will fire grill at 6pm Prayers and thinking about all of my Porch friends ! SPOT

October 03, 2018 - Msg 110780: Hello Porch. Why does Barney become so agitated during the event of a 10-12? Medwin Bill Medwin

October 03, 2018 - Msg 110781: SPOT, I dasn't harvest my cabbage twice.

Billy Ray the Postman

October 03, 2018 - Msg 110782: G-F, that is a nice web page you posted on mayberry. Enjoyed looking at it.
You all have a Mayberry Day!

October 03, 2018 - Msg 110783: Nice little article. I reckon some of you have read it already:

The giraffes monologue makes me laugh just reading about it.

Billy Ray the Postman

October 04, 2018 - Msg 110784: Billy Ray the Postman, that is a good article. Have not seen this one. Thank you for sharing with us.
My A`s lost tonight. Seems sad to see the whole season come down to one game. I hope they keep all this young players on the team for next year. Will be waiting to watch them next year.

October 04, 2018 - Msg 110785: Yup, I think ASA will soon be hit with "short timers disease." Can I get an Amen? :)
I bet those ballast changes are like the doorbells to old Bert! ha
No more Skyjacks either.
Maybe you could become a "480 Handyman."
ASA, I have a Fugitive question for you.
Did the series end with finding the one-armed man,
or was it just cancelled? Just curious.
MBM...because people think he is just Glen Fording it all over town! :)
SPOT- Good to see ya, wish you could hang around more. We could sure use a barn dance right about now.
Billy Ray, neat article, thx.
FRankie, was it a wildcard game? D-Backs did that a couple of years ago. (Lost!)

Ya all have sweet dreams,

October 04, 2018 - Msg 110786: BTW, I see the surgeon on Thursday. Will let you all know how it goes.

October 04, 2018 - Msg 110787: MESSAGE: Good morning all. MDC, Good luck on the Doc visit. It sure is nice to see them afterwards for follow up rather than prior. As for the Fugitive question, the ending is a two parter, and they throw in a few twists to keep you in suspense. And it has a different feel to it because the final season was in color. Speaking of color, does anyone remember that era? When tv shows started being broadcast in living color? I remember there was an older farmer who lived down the street from us, and he had purchased a color tv. He invited our family over to watch an episode of "The Wonderful World of Disney". It was on NBC and before every episode they would air in color, they had the animated peac@ck spread it's wings with harp music playing while the announcer would say something along the lines of "Stay tuned for the Wonderful World of Disney, in living color". I think we saw an episode of Bonanza also, and I recall how different Hoss and the gang looked in color. I always thought it was the mid 60's when the whole color tv thing came to life. But in watching some old Bonanza episodes, as early as 1959 or 1960, they were all filmed in color. Boy, do I feel old. Well today I am going to talk to my boss and tell him my intentions. I currently have almost 10 weeks of leave time stored. So come November 1st, I want to take a two month "vacation" to get me past the new year, and then retire effective early January. My official hire date was 1/2/85, so going out around the same date would be fun. I'll have to see what he thinks about it. I don't want to leave him in a jam. He has been an excellent feller to work for, so I do want to be mindful of his needs. Bill Medwin, I think MDC hit it on the head with Barney Glenn Fording it all over town. He would watch those picture shows and get himself all worked up. Well prayers for all for a safe and pleasant day.