Time for the Holidays, Family and the Doctor

Happy Holidays from Liz and Steve
Happy Holidays from Liz and Steve

I haven’t posted in a few weeks because we have been in the process of taking care of our medical issues and enjoying our family for the holidays.  Once Christmas is behind us, we will start to focus on our January travel plans which will include the Tampa Super Show and taking care of a Cummins engine recall.

We enjoyed a great Thanksgiving holiday with our son Doug and his wife Jana in Northern Virginia.  We traveled the 650 miles north from Brunswick in our car, leaving the motor home behind this time.  As we are getting used to those 300 mile drive days, we decided to stay overnight in North Carolina each way.  We traveled on Tuesday and Wednesday and only hit heavy traffic on Wednesday from Richmond all the way to the DC area.  For those not familiar with DC traffic in the Virginia suburbs, let me warn you it is horrendous.  It is even worse during the holidays.

We enjoyed a great “Turkey Day” at Doug’s and then hit some of the restaurants around the area the next few days.  There are so many more restaurants in the DC area than in Brunswick we enjoy exploring new ones every chance we get.

Getting the turkey ready

Getting the turkey ready

Cookin that Bird
Fryin’ that Bird
The results!
The results!

 

Doug and Jana with us at the Army and Navy Club
Doug and Jana with us at the Army and Navy Club
A great Brunch at the Army and Navy Club
A great Brunch at the Army and Navy Club
A great little restaurant in Occoquan, VA that has mussels fixed ten different ways. Yummm
A great little restaurant in Occoquan, VA that offers mussels fixed ten different ways. Yummm

Finally, we got to meet up with some old friends that Liz worked with at the FBI in the 70’s and 80’s.  We had a great time at National Harbor on the Potomac, despite the cold wind.

National Harbor
National Harbor
Liz and her buds!
Liz and her buds!
Another National Harbor view
Another National Harbor view

We headed back to Georgia on the Monday after Thanksgiving and missed all the mess that takes place on Sunday.  We really enjoyed our visit and are looking forward to spending Christmas with our other son David and his wife Renee and kids Brett and Lilly.  However, for now we are glad to get back home and tend to these pressing medical concerns.

I like to think that we are generally in good health, but Liz and I have had our bout of bad luck with our health lately.  Aside from the potential gall bladder problem mentioned in an earlier post, Liz had an incident where the dog lunged toward a golf cart causing extreme trauma to her right shoulder and arm.  After several visits to the specialists it was determined that she has a small tear in her rotator cuff, a muscle that pulled away from the bone and a herniated disc not to mention strained tendons and muscles.  Right now time and some pain medication appears to be the remedy.  It’s driving her crazy not having full use of her arm.

For me I have had knee pain, especially in my right knee for most of the past few months.  I’m not through the entire evaluation process yet, but it appears that most of the problem is due to arthritis.  I have had a cortisone shot in each knee which has helped my left knee, but the right is still problematic.  Some anti-inflammatories normally prescribed can’t be used since I’m on a blood thinner so we are looking for other solutions.  Then I go to the ophthamologist in January for a cataract evaluation.  Geeeeez!

I know this all sounds terrible, but actually we feel good despite these setbacks.  We just may have to take a little more time than planned to get everything in order to get the house ready for the market.  We will keep soldiering on!!

We would like to wish everyone a very Merry Christmas and Happy New Year.  Stay safe and enjoy the holidays!!

 

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