Busy Morning

First things first . . Dad had his angioplasty this morning and what Mom tells me is that there were two blocked arteries that needed stents.  I think those are being “installed” as I type this.  A third artery was somewhat blocked but to the degree that it did not need a stent.  He did have a heart attack but they think there’s no damage to his heart.  My dad works way too hard for a 77 year old man.  He has rental property and maintains it all himself and has been working day and night getting a new (to him) rental mobile home set up with skirting, sewer system, etc.  He maintains a 30 acre farm 100 miles north of where they live.  I’m going to have to go down there and explain to him that he needs to learn to relax in his golden years.  Or better yet, I’ll get Vince to go down there with me and demonstrate how to spend a whole day in the recliner with the TV going!  🙂

Thanks to everyone for asking about Mom. My sister was there this morning. Not sure how long she’s staying. Mom and Dad have lived in the same vicinity for 51 years and are active in church so they have lots of friends around, including dad’s good friend and a good quilting friend right in their neighborhood. Mom has a good support group and I’ll go home for a couple of weeks as soon as I can.

Second, I went to the dentist this morning.  Some how, I thought I had a crown that had to be re-done so I went in expecting a piece of cake . . take off the old crown, get an impression for a new crown, put a temporary back on and I’d be outta there.  No!  I don’t know where I got that idea.  It was a whole new crown.  Panic time!  Thank goodness almost the whole tooth was a filling.  The tooth had cracked but the filling was good and the dentist who is a young guy and quite good, was able to leave the filling and just drill away most of the tooth.  I’m so glad I went in thinking it wasn’t going to be as bad as it was.  The new temp feels better than any of my other real crowns . . which makes me feel good knowing he did such a great job.

Third, Vince went down to City Hall and filed to run for city council so he’s officially a politician.  The next few months could be interesting.  I would never have thought this would happen but . . well, I have to keep my mouth shut about all things involving local politics.  So . . let’s just talk about quilting and cooking til after the election.  Primary is February 8, then the election is April 5.

Fourth, Speck is sick again.  Poor little guy.  I’m going to wait and see if he’s better tomorrow before taking him to the vet to get those miracle shots they gave him last time.

If my afternoon is half as intense as was my morning, I’m not sure I can stand it!  🙂


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    Freda Henderson says

    I’m glad your dad is on the road to recovery Judy. Hopefully he won’t have anymore problems. Lynn has had two heart attacks, and he his just 60, but is doing well now. About the political thing, just two words……… GO VINCE!!!!!

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    So glad to hear your dad should be ok. Good luck getting him to slow down! Poor Speck, I hope he will be on the mend soon too.
    Politics, oh my, oh my. Will you have to go out stumping for Vince? LOL

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    Linda H says

    Oh my! What a lot of “stuff” is going on in your life at the moment. So glad they got to your father before worse could happen! He sounds like my DH (who is only 5 yrs younger); just keeps on going; can’t seem to grasp the idea of slowing down a bit. Wears me out. Hope your mom is ok. I feel for her. I’m still praying.

    You are in my thoughts and prayers!

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    Wow Judy, you need to take a break for a minute!
    The dentist, love them, hate them.
    Glad your dad is on his way to wellness. It’s amazing what doctors can do now. My dad is the same way, he doesn’t know how to slow down. Nor does he want to.
    Congrats to Vince and you on your new adventure……are you going to do tv ads so he can approve this message? 😉

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    Jane says

    Glad to hear things seem to be going well at home. About Vince running for office, are you going to be the classic adoring wife?

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    Judy, the fact that your father is so physically active probably worked in his favor. . . his heart was stronger to start with. Things might have been more of a problem had he been more sedentary.

    Good luck with the tooth. I have been using my husband’s dentist since we married & I’m so glad. . . .Dr. B. is wonderful!

    Now that Vince has officially declared himself I hope he has come up with a different slogan. . . . .perhaps “Nevada needs Vince D.” will get his point across without causing alot of eyebrow strain (from having them raised too high)! he he he

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    Karen says

    Hi Judy. Glad to hear the news about your dad. All that activity is probably good for him as long as it doesn’t stress him out. Sorry about the dentist although it sounds like he did a good job and since you didn’t know you couldn’t stress out about it. Sometimes ignorance really is bliss.
    Sorry to hear about Speck. Hope he gets better quick.
    Are you going door-to-door to campaign for Vince?

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    Connie says

    Best wishes for your Dad’s recovery. So amazing what can be done now. Sounds like he does work too hard though. Good luck to Vince as well. Hope that goes well too.

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    Linda says

    So glad to hear your Dad is doing well. A friend’s son was in a serious car accident Sunday morning & just heard he’s doing well too. Good news all around.

    Wow, Judy. Vince filed, so that makes you a politician’s wife!!! I don’t know how brutal those city council races are, but be prepared for a lot of invasion of privacy. Somebody will no doubt make it their business to go back in your blog & figure out exactly what you’ve spent on yarn & fabric since the beginning of time. They’ll find or take every unflattering picture they can. Fun times ahead!! As for mentioning politics on your blog, I don’t see why not as long as your posts aren’t in opposition to Vince’s stance on local issues. Put a little picture of Vince at the bottom of your blog and a line that says, ” I’m Vince and I approve this blog post.” hehehe

    Is there any medication that Speck could take that would prevent him getting sick all the time?

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      Linda says

      Sorry for the duplicate comment. Something wasn’t working right & I poked the “submit” button more than I should have. Was going to delete one but see I can’t, maybe you can do it Judy?

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    I’m glad to hear they found the cause of your dad’s problems….and he should do well now with the stents. I do think, though, that it’s time for him to slow down a bit….especially in regards to doing that work on the farm that is quite a distance from where he lives. I hope you can get him to slow down a bit. I know active is better than sedentary, BUT…..it is also possible for one to be too active (and I think your father found out how to do just that….be a bit too active).

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    Angie says

    There sure are a lot of things going on in your life right now Judy. I’m so glad to hear your Dad is on the road to recovery. Good luck slowing him down. It probably won’t happen. Actually his active life style has more to do with his good health for this many years than not. Blocked arteries can happen to anyone, no matter their age or lifestyle. Sedentary or active. Congratulations to Vince! I’m sorry to hear about Speck not feeling well again. He probably needs to see the vet again if it helps. Good news on the dental front too! Maybe you can squeeze in a bit of sewing or quilting—just so you can relax a bit.

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    I need a nap just reading about it! Good luck trying to convince a 77 year old man to change his ways! I’m glad things are getting better.

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    You’re going to be totally amazed at how much better your dad feels very soon. Stents will make a huge difference in how much energy he has. It sounds to me like his daughter takes after him…busy, busy. Good luck telling him to slow down. INHO, work and busy is what keeps you young. It’s when you start sitting and doing nothing that you start to age. Work keeps your mind funtioning and we all know an idle mind is the devil’s workshop – when older people are idle they start feeling sorry for themselves (and I’m including me in that!). As for the politics things, all I can say I’m glad it’s you and not me – I hate politics! I hope Speck is better soon. Poor fella, he’s had a rough time of it. What kind of shots does he get? blessings, marlene

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    Gwen says

    Take a deep breath! Now we know where you got your work ethic! You most definitely take after your Dad! I am so glad to hear that the procedures have gone well. He will be up and about again before you know it. The recovery goes quickly. Maybe his doctor will have some advice about overdoing and you can reinforce it when you get there. I’ll keep you in my prayers. Hugs

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    Mariel says

    Glad to hear there’s no damage done to your dads’ heart. Sometimes, I think that men just don’t listen to their bodies like women do. Anyway, hope he has a speedy recovery! (Now I know where you get all your energy from!)

    If you’re anything like me, I hate going to the dentist, but LOVE my dentist 🙂 He is a miracle worker. (In MY mouth any way. haha)

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    Elaine says

    I’m so glad your dad’s doing well. As for the dentist….well, nevermind, you know how I feel about that! I’m sure your tooth will be fine. And as for the campaign….NEVADA NEEDS VINCE! He’s inVINCEable! Can he be on our city council too? I’d vote for him!

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      Elaine says

      I’m also pullin’ for poor ole Speck. He’s sure had more than his fair share of troubles. Make him an egg and love on him a little. If that don’t work, take him in for the magic shot!

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    Perry says

    So glad your father is ok! he does need to take it easy, good luck with that. And Vince is going to go political. There goes the neighborhood, lol. I am sorry Speck is sick again, I know that is tough on you. And, glad your dental visit was not horrid. I just hate going to the dentist, but I do have a good one, yet I always dread it, even going in for a cleaning. Keep on keeping on, Judy, this too will pass.

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    Sandy says

    Your plate is full, Judy. So glad your dad came thru his surgery okay. I bet your mother is relieved too. Maybe this is a wake-up call for your dad to slow down and enjoy his golden years. He sounds like a go getter like you who is always on the go and has alot of energy.

    Poor little Speck! He has had his share of feeling poorly. Hope they can give him shots or medicine to perk him up again.

    Hoping Vince wins the election. VOTE FOR VINNY!!

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    Wishing you the best for your parents, Judy. I’m sure it’s hard for you not to be “right there”. Hope your dad has a speedy recovery and you can get him to slow down a little.

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    Pat says

    Sorry I haven’t been keeping up with my favorite blogs lately, but saw this post about your Dad and had to reply. My husband has had two heart attacks and had angioplasty and three stents put in in Dec 1999. He is doing great and I pray your Dad will, too. Wouldn’t hurt for him to slow down a little though! Medicine has come a long way!


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    Oh Judy! What a load to have on your plate right now. I pray for your dad’s rapid recovery. Perhaps when you go to visit, you should bring your dad a green t-shirt as a recovery gift. I think that outfit is de rigeur for the more relaxed lifestyle. 😉 Hmmm, now we need to think up a good campaign slogan for Vince.

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    Rebecca says

    Lots going on! I just have one question: if Vince is on the city council, does that mean you must live within the city limits? No more house looking??

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    Oh my gosh, that was just your morning??? I’m exhausted just reading about it. So glad your Dad is on the mend. I’ve been putting off visiting the dentist … yikes. Politics, huh? Poor Speck!!!

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    Glad to hear Dad is doing well. Truth be told — all he does is good for him! Pretty good that this heart attack came at 77 and he has no damage — that’s totally wonderful. He’ll just have to watch his fat intake, maybe sodium — but I’m pretty sure the doctors will let him continue his activities after a rest, of course. My husband’s cardiologist said he was the only lumberjack heart patient he ever had (Bill cleaned up our 12 acres of woods by himself).

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    I have 14 crowns. Started getting them when I was 8 (!) and have had them replaced many times. Things have really changed over the decades! Last time I got new ones, the temporaries were prettier than any teeth I ever had. My first few times with temporaries. . . ? I was embarrassed to be seen they were so awful and kept my mouth tightly closed–which doesn’t happen very often LOL!! But for all the trouble, discomfort and expense I went through 2 years ago to get 8 new ones on my front teeth, (whiter than any I had before too!) I now am eager to smile at anyone!