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Diverticulitis

Monday, May 21st, 2018

In an effort to record things that are happening to me and not get too personal, I’ve decided to chronicle my recent medical problems. I always hate it when people my age get together and all they can talk about is their health problems. There is nothing as important as good health, and I am as guilty as the next person for dwelling on the fact that when you reach retirement age, things in the body start to sputter.

I’m not sure who it was that said, “If I would have known I would have lived this long I would have taken better care of myself.” We often criticize those that smoke or drink, but rarely think twice about constantly putting junk food into our stomachs and never making much effort to exercise. I’m not trying to get preachy here, but when we get older and don’t have to do the physical work we all did growing up, when things start to hurt and it’s hard to get out and exercise, when eating processed food is easier than making a good meal, and when there is a pill to combat the absence of diet and exercise, there is little hope that I will ever change my lifestyle.

A little over a week ago, I started having lower bowel pain. At first I thought it was a bug, then I rationalized I was just constipated, and finally four days later convinced myself I had cancer. None of my self diagnosis turned out to be true, of course, but Google can truly scare you with options for every known illness under the sun. After four days of pain I finally called my doctor and they recommend I go to urgent care. I was in Payson at the time so I packed up quickly and drove down to Tempe and over to a Cigna urgent care facility. The doctor there diagnosed me with diverticulitis. I had a CT scan on my pelvis area just to be sure and left with powerful antibiotics to combat the inflammation.

Several years ago I had a signoidoscopy that revealed diverticulosis ( pouches in the large intestine that are not inflamed) and was told at that time I should eat more fiber. When diverticulosis becomes diverticulitis ( inflammation in the intestine) there is sometimes no option except surgery to remove part of the intestines. When there is a flare-up of diverticulitis you need to eat a low-fiber, low-fat, soft diet to move things through more quickly and rest the colon. I was doing the exact opposite of what I should have been doing.

I’m feeling fine now and will move up on the Mogollon Rim tomorrow. While I was in Tempe at brother Daryl’s, I took Minnie in to get a service engine warning light diagnosed and fixed. It turned out to be a faulty mass airflow sensor, and to diagnose and fix it was way, way more expensive than my healthcare cost. I’m in the process of changing my residence to Arizona and have only one more thing to do to complete the process. This month has been expensive with dental, healthcare, and truck repair, but I hope I can take a few weeks to rest my pocket book.

Golf

Wednesday, March 21st, 2018
Ready to whack!

Ready to whack!

Posing

Posing

Yesterday, Richard and I played golf at a nearby par-3 course. I tried to get Dianna to play also but she wouldn’t have any part in that and opted instead to be our caddy. We actually came out with pretty close scores. I attributed Richards play to beginner’s luck and my bad shots to being rusty from not hitting a golf ball for several years.

It was a fun time that I had been thinking about every since I discovered the golf course in the little community of Hidden Shores, only a few miles from where we are camped. My golf clubs are still at my son’s house back in New York so I have been on the lookout for a few inexpensive, used irons. Par-3 golf courses are easy to play with a minimal amount of clubs. The longest hole was 122 yards, easy to reach with a well hit 7-iron.

One day when we were in Yuma I suggested we stop at Goodwill and see if they had any used golf clubs. I picked up a pitching wedge for $2. We couldn’t find a putter so went across the street to another Thrift store. The clubs were 3 for $2 and there was a half-price sale going on. I purchased 3 golf clubs for 33 cents a piece!

When I was in Why, AZ last month I found several golf balls while walking along a wash one day. Now, we had everything we would need for a fun round of golf. We found out that the course charges $10 greens fees and you can play around the nine-hole course as long as you want. We went around twice until fatigue started to set in and the day became too warm to continue.

We didn’t have a putter so had to use a driver’s flat face to putt. Dianna carried our extra clubs and golf balls and kept score. I feel bad because we forgot to tip her for a job well done! I’m not sure if we will play again before we leave but it was a good time for an enjoyable morning.

Laundry Day

Monday, August 1st, 2016

Going to get water from a nearby stream with my tanker trailer.

Dramatization

Dramatization

Washing by hand is easy!

Hand wringing

Hand wringing

Watch them dry.

Watch them dry.

It is a very nice camp so I will stay for a while.

More Look

Wednesday, July 8th, 2015
Big Boy

Big Boy

This guy walked by my camp yesterday.

Can you see Minnie?

Can you see Minnie?

My camp with Minnie almost hidden. She is on this side of the road.

Selfie

Selfie

Phablet

Wednesday, July 2nd, 2014

I recently bought a new phone. I had been eligible for an upgrade for quite some time, but due to travel and the fact thar my Galaxy 2 was still working fine, I put the purchase on the back burner. For my lifestyle Verizon is the carrier of choice and I debated about switching to a prepaid plan that would let me use their towers. The options for phones and data packages were too limited however, so I stayed with AT&T where I am grandfathered into unlimited data.

I rarely use my phone as a phone. I probably make fewer than one call a week, preferring to text or email most of my communication. What I do use it for is: reading, writing, surfing, movies, video, maps, camera, and miscellaneous other apps. I realized that my phone is used more like a tablet than anything else, so armed with that knowledge I bought a Samsung Galaxy Mega.
So far I like the phone a lot. It is a inch wider and almost 2 inches taller, allowing me the advantage of a much larger viewing screen for these tired, old eyes, and still the convience of slipping it into my pocket when I go someplace. I thought that with such a large screen and quick processor the battery would run down fast. But I have to say that the battery last much longer than any of my previous phones.

It usually takes me quite a while to figure out all the things my phone can do, and to be honest, I never find them all. But one feature I particularly like is the ability to split the screen and run two processes at once. There is also a feature that allows you to move controls to one side for easier one – handed operation. I’ll update my opinion after more experience but so far so good.