Saturday, November 15, 2014

Checking in with Folks

Apache Junction, Az   High 81  Low 58

IMG_20141109_145053_167 After recovering from our mad, cross country dash, we headed out on Monday to visit with Aunt Happy. She is really glad that we are back. She fell a couple of weeks ago and spent the night in the hospital. Unbelievable that she didn’t break any bones at her age. But the doctor told her that for being 101 she has incredible bone strength. Lots of bruises and needs some physical therapy but is still going strong.

Tuesday we headed over to see Dianna. She needed some help with her computer and printer and she wanted Jim to check out a couple of things on her travel trailer. Also had lunch with her and Bobbie at Lin’s Chinese Buffet. So good.

Wednesday Jan and Bill came up from Casa Grande. They had to drop off their rig for some smaller repairs that needed to be done. We went to the Escapees Chapter luncheon at Mickey D’s. It was good to see everybody again.

DSCN0401 Thursday morning we finally got laundry done. Thursday afternoon, Betty and Joe came over for a visit. I have enjoyed Betty’s blog for a long time and it sure was fun to finally meet them in person. The couple of hours they were here passed so quickly because we had so much we wanted to talk about. They left last Saturday to head further south to St. David. Safe travels.

On Friday we had to take Scooter to the vet. We weren’t impressed with the vet here in AJ (they seemed a lot more interested in money than in our girls) so we went to Dianna’s vet in Gilbert. Everyone was wonderful and definitely put Scooter first.

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Scooter has a heart murmur and has been on a heart medication for over a year now. But we noticed that her breathing was very shallow and noisy. The vet took x-rays and did an exam. Her heart is enlarged somewhat and that pushes on the lungs and doesn’t allow them to expand as much as they should. The valves in her heart aren’t working as good as they should either. With these problems, she had some fluid in her lungs.

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The doctor put her on an additional heart medication as well as a diuretic. We noticed an immediate improvement in her breathing and in her energy level. The vet said she should live several more years as long as we keep her in good shape weight wise. Right now she is at a perfect weight between 14 and 15 pounds.

Skittlez can’t be left alone at home. She would probably collapse from a broken heart. So she got to go to the vet with us.

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On Saturday, Carol and Doug came to see us. They have been “camping” in the RV Renovators repair shop like forever. They are having some major repairs made on their fifth wheel. Check out their blog at Carol to see what they have been going through. Sure hope things are looking up for them this week.

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We had some root beer floats and then headed for dinner at Tom’s BBQ in Mesa. They have some of the best bbq in town. Jim had their Italian beef sandwich and loved it. I went with the brisket and it was fantastic. We will be meeting up with Carol and Doug later on this winter.

This week, Jim is working on getting the boat ready to go in the water. We also have several doctor appointments including another one for Scooter.

19 comments:

  1. You two sure haven't slowed down since arriving at AJ. So glad o hear that Aunt Happy didn't break anything. She looks so good for 101.
    Poor little Scooter. We are glad to read that the new meds are making her feel so much better.

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  2. You have been busy! Glad the vet could make her condition a lot better:)

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  3. Do you two ever slow down? We are sure glad that Scooter is improving. January is coming!!!!

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  4. So nice you've arrived in the valley so you can slow down and relax...when is that going to happen?

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  5. Nice to be getting all caught up there.

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  6. It was so good to see you. Did you find the puppy papers?

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  7. I thought you were going to take it easy and rest a while. ;)

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  8. Glad you found a good vet and Scooter is doing better. No fun when your little one isn't doing well and you have no idea how to help her.

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  9. So sorry to hear about your pup - it's always sad when they are ailing. based on the current weather I'd say your mad dash across the country was a wise idea. I'm still hoping for the late Nov/early Dec Indian Summer that sometimes happens.

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  10. I get exhausted reading all the things you do and people you visit. You do more in a week than I do in an entire year.

    Aunt Happy sure looks great and certainly doesn't look anywhere near her age !

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  11. Wow, I'm tired just reading about everything - you guys sure are busy! I'm glad Scooter is better - a good Vet is worth their weight in gold, aren't they? And Aunt Happy is still beautiful - I hope I'm doing that well when I'm 101. It must feel good to be home. :)

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  12. Skittlez is such a kick. Maybe she really likes to go to the vet for extra treats or extra attention. Hopefully, the meds will do the trick for Scooter and he'll feel a whole bunch better now.

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  13. Good for her. Hang in their Scooter.

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  14. Glad you're getting back to normal. Tell Jim to catch one for me. Glad Scooter is doing better. Give her and Skitz a hug for me. Waiting on blood work results for Jack--routine exam. Aunt Happy is incredible.

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  15. I bet that it is nice to be back in AJ. I'm still in Santa Cruz and will be here for the winter. I hope that it doesn't get too much colder here. I do miss the heat in AZ, but I really like to be near the ocean.

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  16. Hope Scooter will recover and enjoy many happy years with you yet! Sounds like you've been staying really busy too.!!

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  17. You guys have been busy. A good vet is hard to find.

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  18. Sorry to hear about Scooter's heart problems but it sounds like you are doing everything you can to keep her healthy as possible.

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  19. You are certainly having much nicer weather over there than we are here in South Georgia! Sorry about Scooter's health problems. i love the doggie's picture on your header. So cute!

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