Well, well, well, looks like I'll be hitting the road next week. I plan to leave here on the 10th and move to Kinder, Louisiana where I'll be close enough to participate in my oldest son's wedding on the 13th. I'll then return back to here so I can check in with one of my doctors on the 15th. At that point, everything should be good to go, with a take-off date of May 16th. I will be heading west to Flagstaff, Arizona. There isn't anything special for me to see there, except it is a decision point for me to either continue west or to turn north. The problem I'm having is deciding which routes to take. In the past, the routes I chose were pretty easy decisions without a lot of second guessing. Now I find myself developing 3 or 4 different routes with each having their own advantages. I've rarely been indecisive in my life and hope this affliction does not continue. Perhaps it will improve once I'm on the road again.
Some of the things that have kept me around here for a while are:
My oldest son will be getting married on May 13th and I'm the best man. That event will be held in DeQuincy, Louisiana which is in the southwestern part of the state just north of Lake Charles. He is a marrying a nice girl (woman) who likes to ride horses in barrel racing events. They are a good match with each having a son. I'm sure they will blend into a very nice family. There will be more on that event, after it happens.
|My son, Jerry and his bride, Jennifer|
|Jennifer and her son, Cooper|
I have also been to the doctors. I've had a stress test and was given clearance to travel by my cardiologist. My GP said my cholesterol was a little high, which was no surprise. I was surprised when he told me I had Type 2 diabetes. I'm taking a pill and checking my blood sugar every now and then as well as checking my ketones. A side effect of the diabetes is that I accidentally lost 10 pounds. My GP and I agreed to continue on my current medicines. My eye doctor is concerned about my high eye pressure (23) combined with what his machine says is a loss of peripheral vision. Those two things usually predict glaucoma in the future. The good news is that my optic nerve shows absolutely nothing wrong with it which contradicts the glaucoma prediction. So, he is scratching his head a little bit but we decided eyes drops should be started to lower the pressure, just in case. I will check back with him to get an up to date pressure check the day before I leave. That reminds me, I need to check the pressure in Liberty's tires too. I will consider doing a laser procedure in the fall when I return. Since I have only rarely used eye drops over the course of my life, the doctor told me how to use them. In the past, I've always held my eyelids open and tried to hit my eyeball with the drops. He told me a better way, which is to lay flat on your back, close your eyes, place the drops on your tear duct, then open and close your eyes several times. The drops will naturally go into your eyes. It works well.
My brother-in-law passed away a few days before Christmas. He was a fireman and it was the first time I've seen the "last call" at a funeral. It was very sad and moving. I will be writing a post about the funeral and how he and my sister met, split up and re-met in a future post. A couple of my work friends also passed away since I've been home. One of them died on the way to the funeral of the first friend. It was a sad time for lots of people.
|My brother-in-law, Sam.|
|Me getting a hug from Olivia.|
It was a really good hug.
|Olivia in the dugout. Great eyes, uh?|
|Keeping her eyes on the ball|
|Hands on hips, Ut oh.|
That is her father behind her.
|A nice family picture. My son-in-law,|
Robert, Olivia and my daughter Brittanie.
| Me and Olivia playing with dolls.|
Yeah, that's right, dolls. :)