Sunday, March 22, 2009


Well, tomorrow is March 23. Tomorrow is a busy day. I have an MRI scheduled tomorrow at 9 am. Whoo hoo! That means that I have to be at the hospital at 830 am for check in. Well, at least I get to sleep in a little bit. I will leave my boy (Donner ) at home to guard the house while I am gone. Donner is a wonderful old dog that I have who is now retired. He is a big beautiful German Shepherd, who sometimes just gets so excited to see me when I have not seen him in a long time.Then tomorrow is also payday. Yes Mondays, IMO, are the best day of the week! Haha, just kidding, I love all the days of the week. Yes, my work is the best. I love it. Tuesday, i will have the surgery post operational visit with my surgeon. I will then learn what it was that they took out of me. All I know right now is that it wasn't cancer. On Wednesday,I go to my podiatrist. Then Friday I see my therapist(who I have not seen in almost a month!) I think it is great, but I kinda shudder when I think of the doctor bills I am accruing. My insurance is excellent, Blue Cross, but I still have some out of pocket expenses. Then next week, I pay all my bills, plus I have to pay my income taxes,which I find out to some small relief that they are not as high I expected I would have to pay. At least I am not getting a refund. Ha. i actually look forward to paying my bills and paying my taxes next week. On April 1, 2009, the checks will be in the mail, babayyy! The Feds don't have to worry about me asking for any bailout money, the state does not have to worry about me asking for bailout money-I pay them, they don't pay me! Yes, I used to think that getting a refund sheck was some sort of 'bonus' but I have since then wisened up! Its my mo0ney to begin with, I am going to invest it all year until I have to pay taxes. I don't like loaning anybody money, especially loaning money to anyone interest free!

Tuesday, March 17, 2009

My first surgery

Well the surgery went well. I went in at 9 am to the Women's center close to the hospital at 823 Mulvane. I waited around a while .. the nurse who was with me there had some trouble with the blood pressure machines. She tried about 3 of them-couldn't find my pressure! After she did find it, I was put up on a sonogram and the doctor (Dr Sheridan) began giving me a local anesthetic in my right breast. The needle only felt like a slight sting, then nothing. He located the lesion, then proceded to put in the wire. Then I went on to the mammogram. Well it seems that the Dr had gone in too deep with the wire. When I got up to go to the mammogram, I immediately began to feel a sharp stinging pain in my right breast where the first needle was. It really made me cry out in pain. The doctor and nurse were very helpful and reassuring, and the pain started to subside when I had the mammogram.I had to have a second wire placed. Fun. When I was asked if I wanted another shot of the anesthetic, I said yes! The second wire went in, and the rest of the surgery went very smoothly. At about 1 pm I was transferred from the Women's center to Stormont Vail Hospital. I registered there and checked in, filled out the necessary papers and was scheduled for surgery at 130 pm. I was kinda hungry as I had no t had anything to eat all day. I was also a littlew nervous about having an IV placed in me. The staff at the Women's center and Stormont Vail were all very professional and were great and put my mind at easy. The IV was virtually painless. I remember being wheeled in to the operating room and there were some people there who helped me climb onto the table from my hospital bed. I began to feel a tad claustrophobic(is that the right word?) when someone, a woman, began to put the gas over my mouth. I finally learned to breathe, then I guess that is the point where I fell asleep and before you know it someone is trying to help me wake up! All in all, the experience was a very pleasant one

Monday, March 09, 2009

New TV

I just bought a new tv tonight. A shocker for me to part with 280 bucks, but hey, I had cash to pay for it, so I did. It is going to take a little bit of getting used to- the last one I had, which still works sometimes, is about 15 years old and is a heavy one with tubes. The new one goes in my bedroom and it is a flat screen with HD. I never quite understood what HD is supposed to mean, anyway. Well, I got my cable hooked up, no troubles, and now I am cooking with gas.I maybe spent a little more than I should have, but I could not find a tv for 250 dollars, so I went with the next lowest price. So far, so good. It is a Magnavox

Saturday, March 07, 2009

Rest in peace, Mr Harvey

Son of broadcaster Paul Harvey mourns father at Chicago funeral: 'A great tree has fallen'

Pallbearers carry the body of legendary radio broadcaster Paul Harvey from a funeral service at the Fourth Presbyterian Church in Chicago, Saturday, March 7, 2009. (AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast)
03-07-2009 10:25 PM
By RUPA SHENOY, Associated Press Writer

CHICAGO (Associated Press) -- The son of radio legend Paul Harvey used his father's words for the eulogy Saturday at a public funeral service in Chicago, the city from which he launched his national news and commentary show.

"A great tree has fallen," said Paul Harvey Jr., quoting his father's send-off for President Franklin Roosevelt. "An empty place has opened up against the sky."

The broadcaster died Feb. 28 in Phoenix, where he had a winter home, less than year after the death of his wife of nearly 68 years, Lynne Harvey. He was 90.

Their son recalled the couple's long romance and his father's start on radio for the 200 mourners at the Fourth Presbyterian Church on the city's Magnificent Mile. When his father first applied for a job on radio, he was given a broom and told to sweep up, Harvey Jr. said.

The elder Harvey would have wanted to help mold reaction to the country's current difficulties, his son said.

Harvey's newsroom colleagues, ABC Radio Networks executives and Doug Limerick, one of two broadcasters chosen to fill Harvey's time slots, attended the service.

"You can hear his father in his words," Chicago Tribune media columnist Phil Rosenthal said of Harvey's son. "I think people are starting to realize what we've lost."

"It was a dignified eulogy delivered in a 'rest of the story'-type style," said Bruce DuMont, founder and president of the Museum of Broadcast Communications. "It exemplified the dignity of Paul Harvey."

Standing outside the church in overcast weather, Chicago resident and businessman Gregory Fischer said he felt compelled to attend the service because he could remember listening to Harvey as a child.

Fischer said that as an adult, he's realized that he was listening to a broadcasting trailblazer.

"He was a part of Americana," he said. "It was like he was talking directly to you."

Harvey had been heard nationally since 1951, when he began his "News and Comment" for ABC Radio Networks. He was credited with inventing or popularizing terms such as "skyjacker," "Reaganomics" and "guesstimate."

Staccato delivery, long pauses and phrases like "Stand by for news!" were Harvey's hallmarks.

In 2005, Harvey received the presidential Medal of Freedom. He also was an inductee in the Radio Hall of Fame, as was his wife.


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