Special event week

Monday, May 1

For Apr 30 CPAP. Reported figures. AHI=1.72. Events: 1 CSR, 11 H, 1 OA, 16 RERA. Time on 4 hrs 47 min with (max = 13 L/min). Oximetry: SpO2 low 89, 0 events <88% with overall avg., 93.4%. Pulse avg. 53.2, low 49.

Interesting day, started with no electricity, so no breakfast or hot water to wash with. We made it and left for the doctor’s office in Cle Elum about 8:45. The appointment was for John, but I went along to visit and say goodbye to our doctor since 1988. He invited us to his retirement party on May 17 (it will be up there in the Cle Elum clinic). We carried him a bottle of White Heron Roussanne and of White Heron Syrah. He was pleased. I requested a picture, and he obliged. Our doctor since 1988 is in the middle, Paul M. Schmitt. He is retiring this month.

While there, I picked up my prescription for a pain pill which has to be delivered in person and not faxed to the pharmacy (because of controlled substances). It is Oxycodone.

Not knowing whether we had electricity, and starving from no breakfast, we took a gift card and ourselves for a brunch at IHOP. We both had a special off the spring fling menu – a platter with 3 sausage links, 3 pieces of bacon, hashed brown potatoes and 2 eggs over medium. With it was a special double pancake stack. John had his with strawberries and whipped cream (the waitress told us that they were out of blackberries – I’m sure he’d have preferred that); I had praline pecans, peaches, and ice cream on mine. We brought away a sausage link, hash browns and some of the pancakes for later. We simply added our own eggs & cheese.
From there we went to the grocery.

Once home, we found the power had returned 3 hours prior, so off about 3.5 hours. That was nice. John had talked to a crew looking for the problem. So before we left, they did not know why the power was gone.
Then finally, we both were tired and laid down. I slept for 2.5 hours. Think I needed it after a short night’s sleep.

Tuesday, May 2

For May 1 CPAP. Reported figures. AHI=0.14. Events: 1 H, 1 PP, 14 RERA. Time on 6 hrs 58 min with (max = 23 L/min). I BOTCHED my Oximetry for tonight, because I accidentally hit record and not upload. It erased all last night’s data. Rats.

I had called the PUD early this morning to see what the story was on our power outage yesterday. Found out some interesting information. Naneum Road runs from the Vantage highway north only about 9 miles. Yet, that road is served by 3 different lines (the PUD calls it phases, A, B, and C). We are in phase B, and all the houses along that transmission line went dark. Neither A nor C were affected. Some of our nearest neighbors had no interruption. Interesting. The technician told me they had a map and he would have it sent to my email. I have not received it.

Music all day, with final prep of the master. Finally left at 2:40 for town to copy the music. Didn’t get back until after 4:00. John and I visited a little and I worked on organization of the song sets I had run. I need to finish. But I do have 3 to take to the Food Bank to hand off to a some people ahead of time so they can put their music in books and review songs on line they do not know. I still have to have John’s help in removing staples from 17 old copies for the audience, replacing the front cover playlist, and adding 3 new songs at the end.

I went over to my neighbors to pick up a Nioxin shampoo and conditioner set. John picked her some asparagus to thank her for making the effort to get the stuff at her discount, and I covered her cost.

We had a message on Facebook about our Brittany in California.Daisy retrieving (crop of the photo) on the right, to trainer, Scott Azevedo, 5-2-17. Photo by Deanna Azevedo.

Wednesday, May 3

For May 2 CPAP. Reported figures. AHI=0.62. Events: 4 H, 20 RERA. Time on 6 hrs 30 min with (max = 11 L/min). Oximetry: SpO2 low 87, 1 event <88% with overall avg., 92.3%. Pulse avg. 55.0, low 50.

I attended the Food bank and SAIL but my friend Gloria is sick (shingles) and wasn’t able to come along with me. Pretty much a usual day, otherwise. I was given a lovely western shirt (see below on Friday) by my friend, Joanie Taylor. She brought her Viola today and added richness to the group’s music, especially on the waltzes.

I was tired and took a 20-minute power nap that went to more!

Whoopee – I got all the music together for tomorrow’s play date at the Prestige Rehab. I had run 7 copies of the new audience copies, so I still have yet to get John’s help putting the other leftovers together properly.

Thursday, May 4

For May 3 CPAP. Reported figures. AHI=0.16. Events: 1 H, 13 RERA. Time on 6 hrs 14 min with (max = 9 L/min). Oximetry: SpO2 low 88, 0 events <88% with overall avg., 91 7%. Pulse avg. 60.6, low 50. Oximeter battery died at 4:53 a.m., but most of the night was on it, so I still had useful information to report.

I finished posting my BP records.

I went by the hospital with Daffodils for the front desk folks and to get my lab records printout. Then I went on to the Rehab to play music. We had 9 folks there and a good time with our new music for May/June. Afterwards, I went to say goodbye to Mae Opperman, who is declining dramatically. Four of her family were with her. She was my first roommate at the Rehab in 2010, and I have always called her my ray of sunshine because her positive attitude and assurances that I would walk again gave me the power to try and the confidence that she had been there and survived to be able to make it around on her own. She is now 96. She was breathing but unable to respond, yet I held her hand and thanked her for being my sunshine. I used to always dedicate that song to her, when she came to the park or to where we were performing in an assisted living home, so I just had a conversation at her bedside about those memories I would keep always. I am confident that it is possible for people to hear and understand when they are nearing death, and I’m positive my words were comforting to her daughter and the 3 grandchildren.
Birthday gal, Raychel, 2nd from right with her family. From the left is the enchiladas table, me (in the new western shirt) at the first table for utensils, tomatoes, seasoned asparagus, chips & dip, and John with the cooks at the grill (pork, fish, and shrimp). Nice party. Chocolate Kahlua cake for dessert and a double rainbow as we left for home, ~ 3 miles east and north. A few drops of rain fell as we left.

Storms were brewing and we all were able to view a beautiful double rainbow. The food was exceptional and the crowd was appreciative. Panorama across the top was taken from Bar 14 Ranch, 3 on bottom left, are there of the house, barn, and main home, 4th is at our home on Naneum Road, with the Ponderosa pine on the right, two stacked bottom right, are taken on Brooklane St. by Amy Davison.

Friday, May 5

For May 4 CPAP. Reported figures. AHI=0.16. Events: 1 H, 13 RERA. Time on 6 hrs 25 min with (max = 10 L/min). Oximetry: SpO2 low 86, 5 events <88% with overall avg., 90.4.x%. Pulse avg. 57.1, low 50.

Awakened at 1:30 a.m. by a raging thunderstorm. It kept us awake for 1/2 hour, and provided quite a fireworks show. We seldom have thunderstorms in our area, unlike living other places as we have over the years. The previous one here several years ago (but in the summer) ignited 17 wildfires and scorched the hills north of us. Thankfully, none were started this year. We are still very wet and very cool for May.

At 9:00 a.m., we had a call from the Yakima Heart Center scheduler that my cardiologist’s appointment needed changed to June 7, from June 5. It was not today !!! I had written on the calendar May 5 and not June 5! We were only 2 hours from leaving and luckily, the phone call came today. We went anyway to Yakima, because we needed things for us and for our neighbor from Costco.

We stopped first at Carl’s Jr. in Yakima for what we expected was to be a nice baby back rib sandwich w/coupon of buy one (combo), get one “thickburger” of equal or lesser value free. Once I saw the price, with tax, was over $12, I decided against it, and we left for Costco where we had a nice meal with dessert for >$5 less.
We had a Polish dog, drink, chicken Caesar salad, and a “very berry” sundae using frozen vanilla yogurt with strawberries.

Between our neighbor and us, we spent $344. We filled the cargo space in the blue Crosstrek without buying any large bags of dry cat or dog food or toilet paper (all large packages that hog space). There was room for more stuff on the backseat, but not a lot of room.

I turned around after an hour home, and went back to town for a Hootenanny. I was 5 minutes late getting there because of a stop at Safeway to pick up meds for me and soft drinks for John.

The performance was free and people from the community were encouraged to come sing along and bring instruments. I was the only fiddler in the audience, and there were none on stage (just 3 guitars) and all six people sang. One person was off stage handling percussion and the computer projection screen with the lyrics for the audience. I sat behind her.
The Folk Music group is called Woody’s Weavers with Hollie Caskey, Don Gallagher, Jan Jaffe, Carol Ritzenhaler, Dan Shissler, and Liz Smith. They were quite good.

I saw several friends there, and met the wife of a former student (we figure from 1989 or a year later). She was sitting beside me, and has a very nice voice. I sang with her, occasionally harmonizing.

It was fun and I came out to a gorgeous sunset.Woody’s Weavers on stage, another member (Liz Smith) to my left, percussion and computer/mic controller, and me in the audience fiddling with us all of us singing, Waltzin’ Matilda. Thanks to Amy Davison for taking the photos.

As we were leaving, we experienced a beautiful sunset.Sunset -Top left to right: Safeway parking lot from 4th St., Poplar St. view from Craig Hill, right looking toward campus and Barge Hall. Bottom left to right: Water tower on top of Craig Hill, zoom; long shot from Pfenning Rd., and to the right as well.

Saturday, May 6

For May 5 CPAP. Reported figures. AHI=0.93. Events: 1 CSR, 5 H, 11 RERA. Time on 5 hrs 23 min with (max = 13 L/min). Oximetry: SpO2 low 86, 2 events <88% with overall avg., 92.5%. Pulse avg. 53.9, low 50.

Sad wake-up call that my neighbor, Lorene Swedberg, passed away early this morning in the Yakima Memorial Hospital. She has been failing health-wise for a couple of years, but this was not expected at this time. So, it is a bit of a shock for the family and friends.

John left at 5:45 this morning and will do the same tomorrow morning for Crew Leader College required by Washington Trails Association for Crew Leaders and Assistant Crew Leaders. Trail building skills are handed down by the experienced ones to the new and less experienced ones. For these days the emphasis is on training and not just getting a job done. Some folks do management training and learn about regulations and emergency response – varies by location. Crews need to know how to use hand-held radios, and where is the nearest hospital from each work site, and much more.

Hope your week was fine.

Nancy and John
Still on the Naneum Fan