Transition To Summer Vacation

Eric had two regents tests to finish up his school year.  He feels he aced the math.  He says he thinks he “didn’t do too bad” on the science.  The last week of school, we got emails from photography and English that he missed assignments so his grade was in the 50s for both.  He says he rectified the situation – we are holding our breath.

Eric’s tonsillectomy is Tuesday, so he will be on injured-reserve for pretty much everything.   Let’s hope the surgery goes as pleasantly.  We were told there is a 2 week recovery period.  Because they use lasers not scalpels, there is increased scabbing so for 2 weeks, he gets no real food.  Broth, jello, popsicles, etc.   They said he will probably drop 5-10 pounds. Then in July 23 Eric gets his wisdom teeth out.  That is a 4 day recovery period.

We had all been sick with a nasty cold for a week.  Jim’s fatigue never went away.   He couldn’t do anything, barely walk down to the pond etc.   After a while, he began to sense he was in atrial fib again, which a trip to the ER confirmed.  He was very bummed.  The doctors kept saying “People live with atrial fib!”  and Jim kept saying “But I can’t do anything I want to do!”  Jim had an ablation 12 years ago, and has been symptom free.  It was a huge disappointment that it returned.  The ER doctor said “With the human body, no cure is a forever cure.”   Anyway, a  week later, they did the cardioconversion, which worked right off and his heart has stayed in rhythm since.  The cardiologist gives it a 50-50 chance of sticking for any length of time, but there are other treatments and they have come a long way with ablations.  Meanwhile, in the testing the discovered a leak with his mitral valve, but it is something that only needs monitoring so that is sort of the silver lining, they found that.

Kathryn’s Empire State Senior Games were last weekend.  She had a lot of fun, a whole building full of old women playing good volleyball.   I think it was about as much fun as I have had in a long time.  We (“Volleyball Chicks”) did great.  We played 12 games over the course of the day.   They took Gold in our age bracket (65+).  The event organizers  had us play in the 60+ bracket so we could get more games in and they won more games against the “youngsters” than they lost.  Taking gold qualifies this iteration of “Volleyball Chicks” to participate in the national tournament in Albuquerque next June.  Kathryn was introduced to another team who said to me “We aren’t very good.  We don’t expect to win anything.  We want to take 8 players, because some of our regulars have physical problems (knees) so you might not play the whole time.  But we need a setter so would you come to Utah with us” so Kathryn said Sure!


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