I took it pretty easy yesterday. In the afternoon I removed the dressing. There was a slight bleeding. I didn't have another band aide ready. I was blotting the blood with a tissue while trying to find a band aide. The bleeding stopped. I put on the band aide. The home teachers came at six. I asked Jim Masner to come at six and help with a priesthood blessing. As soon as Jim put his hands on my head to seal the anointing, I knew that everything would be okay.
This morning I did not shower. I took off the band aide. There was no bleeding. but a small scab. We have a gallon size zip bag which had an assortment of band aides and gauze. I found one about the size of a quarter. It was perfect, and no discomfort. The swelling is gone, but there is some black and blueness.
We drove to Fillmore to gas up the car to be ready for our trip to Linden Monday morning. Also, we got some cash. We were back home in time for lunch and the 12 O'clock news.
28 January 2017 Saturday
I watched the wood working show this morning. Robert was here around ten. We took a tour of the nursery. Also, we walked around the yard through some crusty snow. I had no heart pains during that time. As you know he and some of his friends want to change the way that the nursery is being operated. He is planning on a You Tube channel to document a more sustaining way of using the greenhouses and the adjoining orchard and garden. We talked about a no dig gardening system using a lot of compost and manure.
This evening before it got dark I took some food to house two for our cat. I had some mild heart pains. They went away when I set down in our house. Carol was at the temple and she got home a little after ten.
Robert went home at two. I watched a number of wood working shows, which I found very informative.
29 January 2017 Sunday morning
I took cat food out to Tiger, our cat. She wasn't there. My hear felt a little stressed. When back to the house I rested a little and no more problems. I attended all our church meeting. There is quite a few people who commented on my up coming operation that is the day after tomorrow at 5:30 a.m.
30 January 2017 Monday morning
I made an appointment to have the car serviced at 10:30 a.m. and an appointment with Charles Dahl, my cardiologist to have an angiogram, I met with him at two. The angiogram was for Tuesday morning. I was given some cleaning materials. I was to wash by back and front with this soap that they gave me. Inside scrubbing brush filled with soap. one side soft and spongy and the other side is somewhat bristly.
31 January Tuesday
Here I am hooked up to all the machines and monitors. This is before the triple by pass happens. The Surgeon, Dr Dane, was going to harvest vains from my left leg and left breast. They harvested from my right leg and right breast. The operation lasted for 3.5 hours. In recover there was nurse sitting outside by my door.
This is before I went in for the operation room
6 February Monday.
The day went well. I did my walking and breathing exercises
I shaved this morning. The last time I shaved I didn't. There was a nurse on each side of me as I lay on my hospital bed. One shaved my right side, and the other on the left side. I had four days of facial hair when I woke up this morning. I shaved this morning. I was a little shaky close to my lips and gave myself a nice nick.
We drove to Fillmore to make a deposit and the bank. I stayed in the car while Carol went into the market. Earlier Carol got a call from an appraiser, who would be at the house at 11:30. They were not there so I prepared some lunch. The appraiser, from Nephi arrived. He wandered around the house, going in and out of each room, and taking pictures.
I walked around the house four different times for ten minutes each during the course of the day. I also sucked on the device picture below to measure my inspired volume. The range is from 250 ml to 2500 ml. I started 500 and each day I can suck more.
8 February Wednesday
Feeling good all day. I went on several 12 minute walks today. The first one was around the house. I walked out to the nursery several times where Carol did some of the watering.
About ten days ago, I filled each weeks pill holder for four weeks. When I got back from the hospital and had several new prescriptions and was instructed to discard some other prescriptions. I undid all of the pill packets, removed the discarded pills, and added the new ones. The two photos below illustrated all of the pills that I have.
I made me a salad for supper using toast, tomatoes, raisons, sunflower seeds, frozen peas, and lettuce. It was a big salad and I ate the whole thing. It up set my stomach and gave me the diarrhea.
9 February 2017 Thursday
As usual, I was up several times during the night for the bathroom. Feeling much stronger this morning.
10 February 2017 Friday
Sleep came hard last night. I got up more than usual. My bed seemed hotter than usual. Watching the digits slow count forward. Finally I removed all the blankets except one. Sleep slowly came by until Carol turned a light on. I showered and Carol helped me dry off. I put some clothes on while Carol had her bath. By then my leg dried which made it easier to put on my compression socks. In thirty seconds the sock was on my left leg. My right leg is swollen and took over a minute to put the other sock on.
The angle shows that the left leg is swollen, but the right leg which is black and blue is swollen. It is tight to the touch and somewhat painful when I push with a finder.
I had a visit with Robert by phone. He has some big plans for the nursery this year.
11 February Saturday
I made two 18 minute walks today.
12 February 2017 Sunday
I showed, got out of the tub, dried off, and dried off the tub without any help. Not much going on this morning. Watched several TV shows dealing with the scriptures. Carol went to sacrament meeting while stayed home. I could have gone, but the stress that would have tired me out. Also, there is a lot of flue going around that I don't need to take any chances of catching any of it.
When I went to sleep last night, my left foot was badly swollen. This morning the swelling had gone down. There is still some swelling on my right foot, but not nearly as much as last night.
I was walking out to house six to take some pictures. I heard some talking. I thought it was the neighbors to the east of us. I walked back to see if there were any eggs. There wasn't. I walked to house five and to my surprise Robert, Frank, and Tom were there. They are on their way to Lund, Utah which is 35 miles west of Cedar City.
Andy and Dusty Bray were out for a walk. They came by our house, knocked on our door, visited for awhile. We exchanged hospital stories.
13 February Monday
The swelling in my right foot when I got up was almost gone. But a couple of hours later my foot was swollen. I called Kelley, my contact with the Doctor, did not answer. I left a message and she called back before lunch. She told me that it was normal and walking was the best thing that I could do. She also said to keep wearing the compression socks.
We drove to Fillmore. I walked in Duane's market around the outside perimeter of the store and then up and down the isles several times. I was stopped by people that I knew several times. But time we got out I had walked for 20 minutes.
We came home for lunch. I did some laying down on the couch with my feet raised above the level of my heart. Later this afternoon Carol and I went for a 20 minute walk.
Carol went with me for a walk this morning.
14 February 2017 Tuesday
Two twenty-four minute walks today. Carol walked with me this morning, and this afternoon I walked alone, Max and Pat Wood gave us a visit this afternoon. Max wanted some a few six packs and some pots. My right leg is feeling much better now. My chest has only a little discomfort once in awhile.
15 February 2017 Wednesday
This morning we took a different route. Instead of walking north and back home on 100 west we walked up to main street and then walked the sidewalk. When our time was up we traced our steps back to the hours. It seemed to be more tiring because going east was a steeper than staying on 100 west. I am measuring the circumference of my right ankle and right calf to determine if the swelling is going down and how much.
16 February 2017 Thursday
17 February 2017 Friday
Received calls from my two doctors reminding me of my Tuesday appointments. Carol has been a great help.
18 February 2017 Saturday
I got some supper and have been watching basketball games. Carol got home a little after ten. Ankle and calf swelling remains the same. Calf at 15 and ankle at 9 inches.
19 February 2017 Sunday
Showered, shaved, and put on my compression socks. Wore my pajama bottoms until time to go to church. Church went well. Calf and ankle measurement stayed the same. The Charlesworth brought dinner to us. Carol brought me home and I watch several church programs. After lunch I went for my 36 minute walk. We watched some TV. I rested with my legs elevated above my heart. At nine Carol pulls of the compression socks.
20 February 2017 Monday
Robert, Maison, and Sadie were here. Holden and Megan came a little later. The helped me with some of the tasks at the nursery. I a back tooth from my dentures came off.
21 February 2017 Tuesday
I finished my morning chores and activities. We went to Provo for two doctor appointments. We bought a bunch of needed cat food and cleaning supplies. First we met with Dr. Dane's assistant. He reported that everything is going well. He gave me a lot of instructions on my activities. From there we met with my cardiologist who was much more liberal than Dr. Dane's assistant.
We met Lisa at the Golden Corral for lunch. I put my dentures in for lunch and got along pretty good. Well, I had my dentures in for my visits with my doctors. We stopped at Miles and Nyleen's home for a short visit. I got an other start of his grape vine. We gassed up at CostCos, bought a container of chocolate almonds. Our last stop was at the Red Barn for ice cream.
22 February 2017 Wednesday
Put on new compression sock this morning. It covers half of my foot and reaches to just below my knee. yesterday the last tooth on the right side came out. I took my teeth to the dentist and remained toothless most of the day. We drove to Fillmore to pick up my new medication at the Service Drug. I got a loan from Zion's bank to pay for bills related to the nursery . I was toothless most of the day. I couldn't chew anything so I had chicken noodle soup in which I put in broken bread. It tasted really good. I went for a 36 minute walk. I finished the ward history. Several times today I rested with my legs elevated above my heart. It began to hail and I got a call to pick up my teeth. It got cold and late tonight it began to snow. Looks like and inch or so on the lawn.
23 February 2017 Thursday
Snow this morning. Paid a few bills and went to Fillmore to make a deposit. I am the ward Historian and we took the ward history to the stake historian. After lunch I laid about 45 minutes with my legs elevated above my heart.
Woke up to a couple of inches of snow. It has been cold all day and very little of it has melted. I elevated my feet for nearly an hour today. Before lunch I walked 32 minutes. I turned around at the Bray's home. After lunch we went to Fillmore and signed a stack of pages to complete our home improvement loan. Carol fixed tuna fish sandwiches covered with cheese. I went home teaching tonight and got three of the four families.
25 February 2017 Saturday
Robert's Friends were here 11:30 to 2:00. They did a lot of planting and cleaning. Ray and MaryAnn picked me up and went to Santaquin for the 50th wedding anniversary for my sister Karla and her husband Jim Cory. We had a nice visit. I walked the church hallway several times. My right leg doesn't hurt as much if I walk some. I got home about 6:30. I had to make house two cat proof. The were a couple of cats in there.
26 February 2017 Sunday
I attended all of my church meetings today. At five finished my home teaching. Carol hasn't felt well and she stayed home. My right leg is still painful, but the swelling of my toes has gone down some.
27 February 2017 Monday
I think the swelling in my right leg has gone a little. Carol was able in less than a minute to put my compression sock. It has taken up to two minutes in the past. I walked out to the nursery several times. It is cold outside. After lunch I rested with legs elevated about one hour. I left Carol a note that I was going for my forty minute walk. Snow flakes were beginning to fall. I was about two minutes from Highway 6 when my time rang. I turned around and began walk home. Dusty Bray met me as I past her house. She offered me a coat and gloves. I thanked her and told her that I was okay. I was two blocks away from home when Carol drove by and made me get in the car.
The snow is accumulating, and by the evening there were at least five inches. Carol removed the snow from the dish, and I did it two times.
28 February 2017 Tuesday
This morning we were up at 3:30 so Carol could go to the Manti temple. It had snowed during the night and it looked like the roads would be snow packed. She did not go and I went back to bed. I got up at 6:30, showered and read from the scriptures. We went to Fillmore for some groceries and to get a prescription filled. Later in the day I walked for 40 minutes. My compression sock had slipped down to my ankle during my walk. That would indicated that the swelling is going down a little.
1 March 2017 Wednesday
2 March 2017 Thursday
Regular breakfast, egg on toast with catchup. Put the compression sock on by myself. The toe end was rolled a little bit and was to tight on my foot. I elevated my legs. I worked in the nursery some this morning. After lunch I went on my forty minute walk. We then went to Fillmore to buy some groceries.
3 March 2017 Friday
I spent some time in house two this morning. I cleaned potting soil and dried plant material that was on the south end of the heating bench. I did some watering. Miles and Nyleen came. Miles cut my hair. We then walked out to the nursery. Later we had lunch at Cosata Vieda in Fillmore. A lot of people there, but most were traveling. We went home and visted a little longer. They went home and I went on my 40 minute walk.
4 March 2017 Saturday
Watched some TV this morning. Did some cleaning of the heating bench. Met with Frank and Roberts friends. Drove with the Masnor's to the Manti Temple. I was floor coordinator which was a pretty easy assignment. Hardest part of the day was the ride home from Manti. Right leg was somewhat painful. Came home, had a sandwich, removed my compression sock, and went to bed.
5 March 2017 Sunday
We attended all our church meetings. The right leg pain is easing a little everyday. After church we prepared dinner for the Charles Worth. We delivered it to their home and afterward ate our dinner. The rest of the day was inside.
6 March 2017 Monday
A couple of inches of snow on the ground this morning. Took some pictures. This afternoon I walked for 42 minutes. I almost went to the stop sign at highway 6.
7 March 2017 Tuesday
Up at 3:30, put on my compression sock and off to the Manti temple. I parked the car and walked rapidly to the north door of the temple. I was a little out of wind, but there was no pain. I did a lot of walking, up and down the stairs. Also, a lot of standing. I got a little tired, but no heart pain. We had to leave early because Jim Masner became ill. We hurried home and they went to Delta to see his doctor. After lunch I walked for 42 minutes. We then drove to Fillmore to resolve some banking issues. We stopped at the grocery store, got gasoline, and an ice cream cone.
8 March 2017 Wednesday
I have been able to put on my compression sock each morning with out any help. This morning I put a new sock on. I couldn't to it. With a little struggling Carol was able to put it on my right leg. I elevated my legs for nearly an hour. After lunch I went for another walk. It was over two miles. I made a meat and vegetable soup for lunch. It was good.
9 March 2017 Thursday
Warm weather today. Drove to the Manti Utah temple to participated in stake temple day. We had a enjoyable time. Needed the car AC on the way home. Stopped in Salina for soft ice cream.
10 March 2017 Friday
This afternoon we drove to Fillmore to get the truck. Also, I got some supplies for house six. Late this afternoon I went for my walk. Another 42 minute walk. Feeling better everyday.
11 March 2017 Saturday
Went to Manti Utah Temple. Right leg is still improving.
12 March 2017 Sunday
Attended all church meeting. Right leg is still improving.
13 March 2017 Monday
I went for 45 minute walk this morning. I walked west to the corner, turned south between the Gates, and then turned west. It was all downhill from this point. I turned around at the end of Robert Steven's feed yard. I followed my trail back to the house except on short detour. I walked to Robert's small reservoir. I took a long lunch break. I worked at the nursery most of the afternoon. We took the rest of the Christmas decorations down. Warm weather all day. Right leg still improving.
14 March 2017 Tuesday
Spent the morning at the Manti Utah Temple. Parked the car and walked back to the temple. No heart problems. I did my assignments and part, no problem. After lunch at the temple cafeteria we came home. Not much work done.
15 March 2017 Wednesday
We drove to Utah county to get some groceries and shopping. We walked through the big box stores. We had lunch at the In & Out store. I did not do any street walking. I worked in the nursery when we got home.
16 March 2017 Thursday
Walked up Wide Canyon road late this afternoon. I set the time for 23 minutes. I walked past the Remkes garden and home. It was pretty steep. I stopped and rested several times. I crossed the bridge over I-15. It is a wide bridge and is showing some signs of decay. I continued walking east of the bridge. I was nearly at the crest of the hill when I had to turn around. It is a whole lot easier walking down than it was walking up. However, there was some pressure on my knees walking down.
I finished building a cat trap. I started this several days ago and finished up this afternoon. Chicken wire covers the sides and bottom and top are made of old plywood. The handle is bolted to the top making it easy to carry with one hand. I haven't figured out how to make a trip mechanism. Now there is a nail holding the door open. I can tie a string to the nail and from a great distance I will pull it out and the door will drop trapping a cat. I put some dry cat food in a small frying pan covered with some baloney. I expect it to be gone in the morning.
17 March 2017 Friday
Todays 46 minute walk started after the 9 o'clock news was over. I walked one block north, turned east and then north where the new sidewalk begins. I turned east and then north at the church. I continued past the last street. My timer went off. I turned around made it home, but I didn't retrace my walk. I was gone for 45 minutes.
18 March 2017 Saturday
Went to the temple and did my assignment without any difficulty.
19 March 2017 Sunday
Attended all meetings. Heart working well.
20 March 2017 Monday
Swelling of right calf is nearly down. Washed the kitchen floor. Ray did the tilling.
21 March 2017 Tuesday
22 March 2017 Wednesday
Watered, worked on cat trap, and changed a hose bib. Right calf continues to improve.
23 March 2017 Thursday
Rain and snow today. Removed snow from dish four or five times. Worked in house two all afternoon planting. No pain in right calf.
24 March 2017 Friday
Drove to Provo this morning. Had an appointment with my cardiologist. He examined me and declared everything looks good. My next appointment will be in Friday 22 September 11am. I won't be writing much on this page.
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