Friday, January 15, 2016

Downtown Westcliffe

Packing (and this is only a fraction of the boxes -- and I'm still not done)!

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Thursday, January 14, 2016

It's starting to feel real...

I just cancelled my DISH TV as of next week, so whenever I come back here to check on the house and spend the night, it will really feel remote with no TV to watch.  I kept the phone line and the internet for now.

Supposedly someone is coming to look at the house on Saturday (although the last two people never showed).  The house is stacked floor-to-ceiling with boxes so they will be looking at a mess.

Tuesday, January 12, 2016


They are predicting snow for Sunday.  What will that do to my moving day on Monday?

Cross your fingers for me....

Monday, January 11, 2016

This was a happy day

I started out this day expecting it to be a real downer.

*Yesterday I realized my drivers license was going to expire in a few days.  I tried to do it online like I always do but I got a message saying I needed to come in person.  That made me nervous.

*Coco had to go to the vet today to check up on the status of his kidney failure and his liver functioning.

*I needed to go to Office Depot to get more boxes and they are kind of expensive.

*I started a higher dose of my heart pills and wasn't sure what today would bring.

*I had to pick up my prescriptions at Walgreens using my VA Pharmacy card for the first time.

*I had to try to be home by 4:00 for a UPS delivery of two night stands that I ordered for the new house.

Well, here's how the day went:

**I went to the DMV and the reason they wanted me to come in person was because I was now over 70 and I needed a vision test. Whew!

**The vet ran blood work on Coco and gave me the good news that his kidney failure has reversed and, even better, his liver function is 100% better than it was.  That just made my day.  Coco has been  -- and is -- my sanity.

**I went to Office Depot and my boxes were 50% off.

**I had a really good day in the Afib department -- no episodes at all and I felt really good, almost normal.

**I picked up my prescriptions at Walgreens and gave them my VA Pharmacy card and they took it!! My copay was only $20.  (Thank you, Jim and Char, for encouraging me not to give up on the VA insurance.)

**And even though I didn't get home until 4:30 the UPS guy had left the night stands on the patio.

It's almost scary but could this day have been any better?

Saturday, January 9, 2016


I have finally gotten to a point where I believe I will be totally packed by the 18th.  I had doubts for a while.  I am now up to 175 boxes.   I need to explain, though, that the boxes I'm using are rather small.  Since it's just me doing this, the boxes had to be a size I could handle.  We are getting there.

Yesterday I had a full day of AWFUL atrial fibrillation episodes.  I came very close to fainting twice, just close enough that I dropped to the floor just in case.  But I didn't actually faint.  It felt terrible.  I called my friend/neighbor Cathy to see if she could watch the animals if Ihad to call 911 and she was available.  But I didn't need to call for help.  I worry SO much about what will happen to the animals if something happens to me....  I feel like this is all caused by stress but since I can't seem to get rid of the stress, I am taking advantage of the Ativan and it seems to be helping, too.

I called my cardiologist and she said I am due to wear a heart monitor again and she will put in the orders for that.  She also told me to double my medications to see if that helped.  And she also said that this indicates that my Afib is becoming resistant to treatment and surgery may definitely be in my future.  I'll worry about that after I am moved.

I spoke to my lifelong friend Donna (in St. Louis) and she volunteered to come out here and be with me during the surgery if and when that happens.  That is such a relief.  God bless you, Donna.

I doubled my medication and I am feeling a million times better. I hope it holds.  And I hope that getting settled and calmed down will have an effect on this whole Afib thing.

So if the weather is good to me, the moving will happen January 18 and 19.  My neighbor Dave (Cathy's husband) has volunteered to check on the house every few days after I leave.  I will shut down the well pump and unplug the refrigerator so that there is not so much drain on the solar panels.  And Pat, the guy who installed the solar system says he will check on things, too.  I am so lucky to have a network of such good and generous friends!

Someone was supposed to come and look at the house today but they didn't show.  It was probably due to the snow we got last night.  I have my fingers crossed...