Phannie

Phannie
Photo taken at Winchester Bay, Oregon

Wednesday, February 14, 2018

Medical Issues, Neat Gadgets and Good Friends

At Lake Conroe Thousand Trails, Willis, Texas...

Not too long ago, I mentioned in a post that our health seems to have improved after we began fulltiming. I didn't knock on wood at the time, although I knew better. So what do I get for that omission? Besides the recently mangled finger I wrote about, I now have in my left knee a torn meniscus that will need surgery. I have to tell you that this has been a winter quite unlike any other when it comes to the number of visits to doctors,  dentists and optometrists. Usually, when we set aside some time each year to take care of routine medical and dental issues, we get by quite nicely with just a little fine tuning here and there. This time, it seemed like we needed a major overhaul!

Thankfully, my upcoming surgery is by no means serious and will not require an overnight hospital stay. I really have no right to whine like this; I'm getting old, and this is what happens to old people. And, since I've never gotten old before, this is all new to me; perhaps I can be forgiven until I get used to it!

Since we have been doing a lot of sitting around between doctor visits, I tend to spend a lot of time on the Internet. I ran across an ad for some neat connectors that I wondered why hadn't been invented before now. One is a short hose that fits Phannie's fresh water filler receptacle, on the end of which is an ergonomically-designed grip that makes connecting a hose so easy:



I just leave this in place all the time and no longer have any difficulty connecting the water hose. (And yes, I've tried the quick-connect thingies before and not had very good luck with them.) I'll tell you where to get this gadget later, if you're interested.

Offered by the same company are TV cables whose end fittings follow the same concept. Have you ever had impure thoughts about those tiny nuts they put on these cables? Only Lucifer himself could have devised anything this difficult to get started on the little threaded post on which it is supposed to fit:



Here's the solution: Cables with big plastic grippers formed around the little nuts to enable you to spin them onto the post with no difficulty at all:





There; aren't you jealous?  Well, you needn't be; you can get these with a few clicks of your computer mouse at http://rvcablegrip.com/Hose-Grip.html The guy who makes them is Jim Wright, and he is the real deal in terms of honesty and the proud maker of a quality product.  And, just so you'll know, I have no financial interest in promoting these products. I just happen to like them.

There is, of course, an upside to spending extra months here in the Conroe area where the kids live. We have thoroughly enjoyed our extra interaction with them, and we'll be sad to leave for the summer. (I suppose this will be when the doctors let us go after having taken delivery of their new Mercedes we've bought them.) We also have a number of RV friends who travel through the area from time to time. Chip and Diane visited a few weeks ago, and we just concluded a nice visit with Steve and Jackie below:



We had a lot of fun with these neat folks going to restaurants, movies and playing games and, oh yes, the girls did do some shopping (what with, I don't know; the doctors and drug makers have all our money). We feel so fortunate to have connected with a number of couples like these who have become dear friends. In Steve's and Jackie's case, as with others, it was purely good luck; we just happened to park Phannie beside them one day and struck up a conversation.  

More later; let's all remember that spring is just around the corner!


Thank you, Lord, for this wonderful life; 
please forgive me if I don't appreciate it as I should each day.

I had rather own little and see the world than to own the whole world and see little of it. 
-- Alexander Sattler.

22 comments:

  1. Sorry to hear that you are getting old enough for major repair. I'm not....go figure!! Actually, I am facing the same situation if the left knee keeps popping out while walking the hounds. Hope all goes well with the surgery. If it all works out as planned, I might be encouraged to give it a go myself. Or not.......

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. So you're not old enough, are you Gordon? Well, methinks you speak with forked tongue! But I think we're doing pretty well anyway. I'll keep you posted.

      Delete
  2. well, well, well. . .your and Dave's knees are messing up mine and Sandy's plans. :) You guys will still be able to make your Hawaii trip. ..right?

    Wishing you all the best buddy. . .

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Hi, Janice! Yes, Dave and I will try anything to avoid shopping! And yes, we're still planning to go on the Hawaiian cruise, Lord willing. Thanks for your kind wishes, and ours in return for Dave.

      Delete
  3. Nice that your repair appears to be an easy one. It is amazing all the friendly people you meet on your travels. Some pretty handy gadgets you found as well, thanks for sharing.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Amen, George. I am always thankful for our health being as good as it is. In the whole scheme of things, this is fairly minor.

      Delete
  4. So there is hope? We DO get used to this getting old thing? Hmmm.
    All the best with your surgery, glad it is an in and out stay and we hope it all goes well.
    You have some good tips for all of us, thank you for sharing them.
    Great to meet friends along our travels as well as reunite with the old. :)

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Hi, Patsy! Well, I don't know if I will EVER get used to getting old. It doesn't seem possible that the time has gone by so fast. I'm very grateful for good health and good friends. Compared to some others, our little issues are nothing.

      Delete
  5. Sorry to har about your knee. I have found healing from my shoulder surgery has taken longer than I expected. Cold pack from Rite Aid seems to be better than sloppy bags of ice. I still am using it at least once a day. For heat I have a corn bag that I warm in the microwave. Better than a heating pad. Good luck, do your PT exercises, and let Sandy drive.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Hi, Merikay! That's good advice about the cooling and warming sources. I don't think this surgery is anything nearly as significant as yours, but I'm going to try to be brave and do what I'm told anyway. LOL!

      Delete
  6. Sorry to hear about your knee. Good luck with the surgery.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Thanks, Erin. We've been keeping up with you guys; what an experience you've had!

      Delete
  7. We had both the hose and tv cable ones and they have worked perfectly for the past two years.

    ReplyDelete
  8. That guy made some anger saving devices and I am sure he will sell many. Take care of that knee and do the PT after it heals. Very nice post.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. "Anger saving..." I'm going to steal that phrase...and so true. Thanks for stopping by!

      Delete
  9. Wow....I'm liking that cable grip, Mike! Thanks for sharing that. Hope all goes well with the knee repair.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Thanks for the good wishes; I'll be glad to get that over with!

      Delete
  10. I'm not sure I like this blog anymore. I am living on a fixed income, can't afford all these neat little gadgets. Plus, I don't like this getting old thing, I'm catching you all, SLOWLY!! Best wishes on the fix and healing Mike.

    ReplyDelete
  11. HaHa! I wish I weren't a gadget freak; I would have a lot more money. And I'm finding out that getting old really isn't for sissies. Thanks for your good wishes and for being my cyber friend, Doug.

    ReplyDelete
  12. Hang in there:) I have been old for awhile and I have still not adjusted:(

    ReplyDelete
  13. HaHa! I think it's a good idea NOT to get adjusted to it. I think we're only as old as we think we are.

    ReplyDelete

I appreciate comments and read every one of them. If your Blogger settings allow, I will happily respond.