Tuesday, December 30, 2008

Road Trip

I am taking a little break from my 'To Do List' to do a post. J.D. and I both have our own lists and they are each pretty long. Very early on the morning of the 2nd we will be loading up the car and heading south to the Lake Charles, Louisiana area and then west to Paris, Texas to visit our Rebel Younguns. If I don't make a list I know that I will walk out the door and get 300 miles down the road and think of something that I either left behind or forgot to do. Angela and Nick will be home from Abu Dhabi from the 4th until the 8th. They make the trip every year to visit Warren's grave on his birthday. It will be a particularly difficult visit this year, as Warren would have been 16 years old on this birthday. Angela especially requested that her Daddy be there this year and so we are going. It will also give us the chance to visit with the other children and grandchildren while we are there.

Before heading home we are going to go just a little further west and visit with Greg and his family in Texas for a little while. We haven't seen that new Great Grand Baby, Caden yet, so we are really looking forward to that. I have lots of hugs and kisses saved up for our little Miss Audrey and can't wait to give them to her. While we are there I want to go to the Paris Cemetery and get a picture of a huge monument they have there so I can share it with all of you. It is a monument of Jesus in cowboy boots. I had no idea that Jesus was a Texan and wore cowboy boots, but those people in Paris, Texas seem to think so.

I am going to have another list when we get back. I have blood work that will need done and then a routine visit with our family doctor and a visit to my Diabetic Boot camp to get checked out by my Endocrinologist. My Rhuematologist is going to fix my knee up with Synvisc Injections. It is a gel that he will inject into my knee and is supposed to act as the cushioning that is no longer there. I will get one injection per week for thee weeks in a row. It is supposed to last for 6 months. The nurse from his office called yesterday to let me know that the Synvisc had come in. So I will need to figure out when I can fit these injections into my life. I have mixed feelings about these injections, but the bottom line is that the pain has increased to where it wakes me up most every night and that is after laying there dealing with the pain most nights for a couple of hours before I can fall asleep. It will be a solution to the pain.

Hoping you all are having a blessed week.


Mountain Mama said...

Sorry to hear about your knee. I hope the injections help. I use a rice bag for my back and it really helps a lot. If you don't have one I highly recommend it. It's just rice sewn into a fabric bag. Heat in the microwave and lay it where you hurt. Magic!

I hope you have a wonderful trip and some great family time too. I can imagine how excited you must be to see little Caden.

Have a super new year.

Lanny said...

I love road trips and yours sounds delightful and full of interesting things to see (well at least it would for me, because I've not been east of the Rockies). Loving road trips isn't the same as going on them! Have a very good time and don't forget anything on your list!

By the way I really enjoy the art work on your blog. Especially today's snowman.

Mike Golch said...

bummer about the knee.hope it gets better for you. I also want to wish you and JD a Happy new year.

Femin Susan said...

Your blog is very well designed. It is my great pleasure to have met you.Wishing you a happy new.

Jeff K said...

This is Jeff (underbelly), the bitter old man from Willinois. Just wanted to wish you and yours a happy New Year!

Sorry to hear your having health problems but hope you enjoying you trip!

All the best!

Linds said...

I really do hope the injections work, Jo. We are quite a crowd ....all our knee problems! Have a safe and happy trip to your family, and Happy New Year! May 2009 bring much joy to you and yours!