Thursday, April 20, 2017

We're here for the long haul!

Made a trip to Goshen Easter weekend to visit with family and friends. Found that riding 110 miles was hard on Dale's back even with several stops to stretch. We came back Tuesday for Dale's first surgery followup on Wednesday. I'm glad to say all is well per her surgeon...next follow up is in late June. We are still doing the daily walking as physical therapy at present most days are about 2.5 miles with 1.5 miles being early morning at a local mall.

This morning we dropped Duchess off at DeTails in McCordsville, Indiana, for a spa treatment. Next stop was U-Haul in northeast Indianapolis to have a Class #3 trailer hitch installed on the Flex. It was all done in less than 45 minutes and looks to be a very nice job. I opted to do the wiring myself since the Flex is already wired for towing by the motorhome and I didn't want any of that harness messed with.

We were doing a walk at Hamilton Commons shopping area when the groomers called advising Duchess was ready to pickup. We had almost finished our 1.5 miles and were about 6 miles away, so back we went. Duchess looks great, nice to find a groomer who knows a “Scottie cut” is different than a “Schnauzer cut."

The next two weeks are taken up with doctor's appointments, blood tests, our broker and hair care for Dale. Will the fun never end. Yes it will! On the 13th of May we're outta here, since our 2 month stay will be over, then up to northern Indiana for a while.

Till next time. . . 

Tuesday, April 11, 2017

Still here.... yes it's me, Terry again!


Here in Mt. Comfort Indiana for another 5 weeks, at the KOA. We've decided to hang out here since there is more to do here than in area's farther to the east. Dale can get daily walks in at various malls close by without a 20 mile drive to Muncie or Richmond, if we moved over to New Castle. She is doing very well with her recovery, and walking over 2 miles per day now. I am, on the other hand, getting a real workout doing the household stuff since she isn't allowed to do any, bending, twisting or lifting for another 3 months plus. But she's taken care of me for years without a complaint, so I'm glad to help her now.

I did take her out for lunch this past Saturday at Texas Roadhouse on Shadeland Ave on the east side of Indianapolis after our walk at the Greenwood Park Mall and stops at Camping World and Old Time Pottery.. She got a steak and as usual they did a great job for a chain steakhouse. My ½ pound cheeseburger and cup of chilli were excellent also, we each brought back about ½ of our meal back to the motorhome and ate those for supper.

Sunday we went and did two miles at Castleton Square Mall on the north east side of Indianapolis, and then hit a new grocery in Carmel called “Market District” for some needed supplies. It was an upscale grocery very similar to a “Wegman's” found in the North East. Found out it is an offering by “Giant Eagle” another NE grocery chain. It also reminded us of the “Central Market” stores owned by “H.E.B.” in Texas. Basically it fit the old adage, “If you don't see it, you don't need it”. Market District had a larger variety of meat and seafood than we've seen in this part of the country with many prepared meals to go.

Monday was another day of mall walking and hanging at the RV park. We went to New Palestine, Indiana, and met up Dale's cousin Nancy and her husband Roy for lunch at a local pub. The food at “The Around the Corner Pub” was very good as was our catching up on each other's kids and grandkids.

Editor's Note: A big thanks to Terry for helping with the blog. Not yet into doing much reading or writing, so I am glad he is able to help.

Till next time. . .

Wednesday, April 05, 2017

Still moving on. . .


Terry here.

It's been 12 days since Dale's back surgery and all is going well. The pain in the area of the incision is less each day, but still requires medication. She hasn't had the nagging sciatica pain down each leg and doesn't have the hip pain she has had in the past, which is a definite plus. Most mornings she's up by 6:00, which is early for her, but it's time for her meds which is fine. We've been driving about 8 miles every morning to a local mall so she can walk on a smooth surface rather than the gravel of the RV park. She has gotten to 1.2 miles for the morning walk and another .6 miles during our “big” walk with Duchess when the weather permits. On these walks she is using her “hiking poles” to steady her on the gravel in case she trips, which could twist her back.
We bought two sets of the poles years ago, have lugged the around in the motorhome seldom used. They sure have come in handy during her recovery. There is no physical therapy for her surgery, other than walking and that is “walk as much as you like and more.” The doctor's office has checked on her several times since her release from the hospital and have complimented her on her walking efforts. The later part of April brings her 1st in office followup visit and our spring doctor's appointments.

We have decided to extend our stay here at the KOA Indy East another month since no other rv parks anywhere close has access to walking areas close by. So we will be here until May 13th and at that time we will head to northern Indiana.

Till next time. . .