Apache Junction, AZ High 68 Low 54
Yesterday we left home at 8:50 a.m. and didn’t return home until 8:35 p.m.
Our first stop was at SMIL in Scottsdale for Jim to get a chest x-ray. From there we had some time to waste so we found a party store and wandered around.
Then it was time for Jim to have his Echocardiogram, a test that uses sound waves to create a moving picture of the heart. We haven’t heard any results on that test yet. While waiting for Jim, I really enjoyed this TV or whatever it is. It kept changing pictures – very soothing.
Ready for lunch. We went to Portillo’s for a really good hot dog. Jan and Bill introduced us to this place. Picture from their website.
After lunch Jim had an appointment with the pulmonologist. All of these appointments were in Scottsdale so we were happy to have them all in one day.
Of course, I was able to sneak this one picture. Jim was not impressed.
The doctor pulled up his chest x-ray and we got to see all the way down through his lungs. Fascinating.
Those dark areas are his lungs and the oval hole is his windpipe. The white streaks are blood vessels.
Jim does have some emphysema and COPD. Not real serious but something that needs to be treated so it doesn’t get worse. He is also missing the lower left lung lobe because of the cancer surgery last year.
The doctor gave him another medication to use along with the Spiriva. She also scheduled him for some more tests in February.
We finished up about 4:30 and had made plans to meet my sister and her hubby for dinner. Headed down to Mesa and debated about where to go for dinner – you all know how that goes. We ended up at Charleston’s. I’ve often wanted to try it and I’m glad we did. It’s a little spendy so Jim and I decided to split a chicken fried steak and Judy and Don did the same. Holy cow. They brought each a plate with the meat, mashed potatoes and honey glazed carrots. There was so much food on that “half” dinner that we couldn’t finish it all. And it was very good.
Sunset through the windshield.
After dinner we had an address that was supposed to have great Christmas lights. Wrong!! Nothing there. We headed back to drop Judy and Don off and I happened to spot a huge snowman and Jim pulled into that neighborhood. It was wonderful. Lots and lots of houses decorated with lots of lights. We even had several trucks pulling carolers through the area.
This street is the pet street in Judy’s RV park.
Definitely time to head for home.