March update #2

I knew there were issue a week ago but I’ll just start with Tuesday; that’s the regular blood draw day.
We started in the door (auto sliding) and made one step inside.
A man was coming from our right – the direction we needed to go.
Nancy started to pivot that direction, and I took another step forward. Oops!
Her feet tangled and she went down – I had her hand and kept it from being a hard fall. With the man’s help we got her up, and the receptionist rushed over with one of the tall chairs. A rest, and then on into the real waiting room.
I told Kim (phlebotomist) she need not draw a vial for the clotting index INR but could use a finger-prick. She did better, taking a drop from the vial being sent to the lab. INR this way is immediate.
We had little to do in town, so went home and had lunch.
Not long after our “doc” Chelsea called and reported the Potassium level had spiked into critical level and we should think about going to the ER. I questioned whether or not we could just walk in. So she called the ER, then called us back to say they were expecting us.
Indeed, they were – so no waiting. The ER doctor and about 6 or 7 others fussed around Nancy, and the hospital doctor of the day came in also. He came to talk serious stuff with me, and then arranged the transfer from ER to the Critical Care Unit (CCU).

To digress some – Nancy was mentally confused – this I knew, but also knew I was going to talk to Chelsea on Tuesday, so did not call her Monday. Nancy’s “sleep study” was scheduled for Wednesday at 8 PM, and I was sure that would be disaster in her condition. On the way to the ER (about 17 minutes), I called the Sleep place and cancelled.

The ER doctor asked Nancy about name, time, date and where she was. She knew all the answers. Then in an instant she would say something very odd. She heard the conversation when we cancelled the sleep study but then told a nurse she needed to get out for the study. At some point she told me someone in the hospital was going to take all my clothes and I would have to walk the streets of Ellensburg naked. (That happened the next morning, I guess; but she was behaving strangely.) She was trying to remember the words to the “doxology” song and wanted nurses and aides to sing with her.

At this point her Potassium was recorded at 6.5.
According to the Mayo Clinic, a normal range of Potassium is between 3.6 and 5.2 millimoles per liter (mmol/L) of blood. A potassium level higher than 5.5 mmol/L is critically high, and a potassium level over 6 mmol/L can be life-threatening. {Last year, mine was just 4.0.}
They gave her a cocktail of chemicals to bring that down while still in the ER. By Wednesday Noonish it was down to 5.5, and Thursday to 5.1. That’s good. Not so good is that she has retained a weight gain of 20 pounds since early December, and that hasn’t responded. With weak muscles from a year of inactivity, this complicates simple movements, such as getting on and off of a regular chair (think commode). I’m trying to locate a high and wide bedside unit.
As that dropped, her mental condition improved. To me the result was stunning. For the time we were there the CCU doctor was a retired man but working at least a few days a month at regional hospitals. He too (along with nurses and aides) were impressed with the rapidly changing (improving) mental state. I was told on Thursday to expect a discharge on Friday.
Had a short visit with a Physical Therapist and a long visit with a Social worker, Polly. They were (did) to set in motion actions to get help at home with in-home things. On discharge, I was told folks would be in touch Monday. Polly also arranged for Nancy’s 2nd Covid shot to be brought out to the house.
On Thursday I ordered a powered hospital bed for home, and borrowed a walker from Hospice Friends. The bed was to arrive at 11 am Friday, so I visited Nancy at breakfast, then went home.
A young man named Dylan came with the bed. This is his #2 job. Number 1 is with the EBRG Fire and Rescue folks, where friend Sara is an EMT. The bed has 3 small electric motors and the gear to (1) raise the entire frame, (2) put a kink under the knees and (3) raise the head & shoulders section.
#3 was dead on arrival. A metal piece had been drilled with two holes too close to the end that attached to the drive shaft from the motor. Those holes (metal) tore, leaving a sharp edge like on the lip of a just opened tomato can. Dylan and I tried to fix this, but could not make it work.
Otherwise the bed was fine, so he left it and will bring a new one Monday. My work-around is shown in this photo.

Once Nancy was in the bed, she thought it needed tilted more. I rotated the plank. I’d already taken the photo; a new one seemed unnecessary, but the height is now about double what you see.

Diet instructions were given to me. That is, a list of high, medium, and low K foods is provided. I managed to dress up a mushroom soup, with a side of pears. I will only note that this is going to be a problem. For example, when on the blood thinner Coumadin there are things one is to avoid. Of course these seem to be low in Potassium. Also, there are a few things Nancy will not eat – Watermelon! Butternut squash (she likes) is a no. Summer squash (sorta doesn’t like) is fine.

I guess that is it for now –

Remember to change clocks this weekend!

John

March post #1

I’m going to combine the 3 things we have been doing into just one.
Health news will be first up.
Other interesting stuff will follow, and indicated.

Current health & related situation:

Serious issues here; briefly . . . (for those recently learning of this)

Many know that Nancy is having a life-changing health episode. Some may not know that she had Rheumatic fever as a child and years later needed a Mitral Valve replacement. That was done in December, 2009. She also needed a bypass at Thanksgiving that year, and had heart damage. Then the blood thinner Heparin almost killed her.
You can search up Heparin – HIT.

2020 has been unkind and Nancy’s heart disease has progressed. Other issues, maybe related, include declining mind-hand coordination. She has used multiple e-mail accounts for the earth science jobs list and a few other things. I need to figure that stuff out and shut them down.

We have avoided Covid-19, but not Panic20. Many functions in Washington State were closed, including the Senior Center and the eldercare facilities where she & others played music. These kept Nancy busy, interested, and doing soft exercise. There is evidence of a linkage between these things and elderly health. Nancy’s health was already compromised, but Panic20 didn’t help.

We have had the first of the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine. The second doze is set for 3/18 (John) and 3/19 (Nancy).
Tomorrow (Sunday) she is to have pre-sleep study Covid test. Then she goes for the sleep study Wednesday at 8PM, and I pick her up the next morning a 6AM. The place is 50 miles away, so that’s a bummer.
The cardiologist wants her to get more Oxygen at night, that requires some form of breathing assist. That may mean a CPAP unit.
She doesn’t have the serious apnea issues, but apparently does have {assumption from expert knowledge} shallow breathing during sleep.
She went through this years ago, then lost a lot of weight, and stopped using CPAP.
A weight loss of over 10% triggers a “new test requirement” – apparently so the proper sort of apparatus can be prescribed – and likely the health providers meet legal norms. By the time the test is done, and so on, about 6 weeks will have gone by since the cardiologist said she needed to up the night time Oxygen in her blood (SpO2).

As her heart function declined (and maybe something else unknown), sometime in late December her legs swelled. Also the Potassium level spiked. Doc took her off one medication and doubled the other water pill – Lasix. We were introduced to compression socks. We wish for you, dear reader, to never encounter this need.

Newest wrinkle is finding an in-home hospital bed designed to allow raising her feet and legs above her heart. The idea is to ease the burden on the heart. Friend Elise (New Jersey) has been helpful in sparking this and providing information. A Monday chore.

Check back next Sunday for updates.
Thanks,
John

A less than exciting week

John writing:
Not a lot to write about this week.

Nancy is having problems with her lap top. Sometimes I can help, mostly not. She uses a Dell touch screen. I am almost cured of touching the screen unintenionaly. Also, it is not a large screen. I have 2 monitors and about 4 times the amount of screen space. She uses programs about which I haven’t a clue.
She appears to need to do something about the Jacquie Lawson ecards site, while my advice is to sign off and sign out.
Our small county is well into vaccinating folks and our experience, recounted below, seems to be much different from other states. It really was the only episode, this week, worth a report. I am just going to copy what I wrote for the Saturday update. Here it is:

Tuesday was a blood draw with INR and K both within range.
Getting a plump vein to tap has been a problem. Conversations with others suggest diet and fluid intake need an increase. Looking back, I think she drastically cut Powerade (sports drink) along with total removal of Ensure protein drink (about the highest Vit K item in her diet – still not real high).

As a substitute I’ve been making what I call “blurpies”. If you put fruit, ice cream, and yogurt in a blender the first sound produced sounds like “blurp.” Well, it does to me.
She uses Almond Water (COSTCO brand) to dilute coffee, so we also add that to the Blurpy.
So, we are working in this.

COVID SHOTS
Friday at 3:30 we went for the 1st dose of the Pfizer vaccine. We were met in the parking lot and handed a 2-sided survey – filled out in the car. I took those to the greeting table. We were escorted inside and passed off to person #3. We asked for a high chair for Nancy. Most chairs were of the folding metal type, and 10 inches lower. (More of the higher chairs are needed in this world.)
Because Nancy is on a blood thinner (question was on the survey) we were visited by a Nurse (#4), who explained possible bruising from a shot. Nancy showed her a few, and she was satisfied we would not be startled if such happened at the site of the poke. (Without a mirror we can’t see that spot.) The nurse summoned #5 who led us to a table (with a high chair) where #6 was waiting.
We wore short sleeve shirts and warm vests without sleeves; and a warm winter coat. Remove the coat, and there is the bare arm ready for the shot. Next we were off with person #6 to the waiting area. Chest tag had the time 1551 (24 hour clock) at which we could leave. About five minutes into the wait, person #7 arrived with a computer on a high rolling cart. For maybe the forth time we gave names, birth date, address, phone number, e-mail.
Person #8 appeared and we asked to short-circuit the longer exit route, pass through curtains, and exited where we came in, about 30 feet from the car.

Our 2nd dose was scheduled, but she could not alter the 21 day period. We want to stagger those by 3 days. Some folks can feel a bit off (symptoms vary) as the body’s immune system ramps up after the 2nd dose. It is not likely that both of us would be impacted, but that is possible, and easily prevented. We just have to call the County Health folks and reschedule. I had to call to get us in the same time slot on Friday. The computer system tossed me out when I tried to fill a second slot from my computer. {End Copy}

Saturday morning and into the evening we could feel where the shot was given, only if we put a hand on the arm. Otherwise, it was not noticeable. Now Sunday evening and still no reaction.
Sunny and cool here today. 53°F was the high at the airport.

From me and Nancy, that’s it for now.
Still on the Naneum Fan

Not so Nasty News February 26th

Item #1: Parma Street Clouds

Left photo by my sister in NE Ohio.
Right image from here: Cloud Streets

Various sites claim that “cloud streets” typically form fairly straight lines over large flat areas such as the ocean. Ohio isn’t an ocean but the area next to Lake Erie (or parts of) is flatter than an ocean under a good breeze.

While in the region, there are some nice photos of Niagara Falls at this site: Ice is nice

Item #2: Vaccine
We went for the 1st dose of the Pfizer Covid vaccine on Friday afternoon. Two hours later I cannot (feel) tell where the needle poke was. I was talking to one of the volunteers and not looking. Maybe I got just a skin-pinch for some sort of test.
Our entry was at 3:30 and the folks had give over 400 shots.
There is a second site in the County. Hope the Saturday morning paper will provide information. We ought to be near half vaccinated.

Somewhat related is the number of times we keep having to give our e-mail, phone #, address, and more in a county where we have a “medical portal” that’s is supposed to keep track of health records. If this sort of stuff is what is being designed into self-driving cars – the lack of connectivity and intelligence, I mean – such cars should have a bright orange, with black skulls, paint job. We’d know to pull to the side when one is spotted.

Item #3: Snow

Washington is having a snow season. Snoqualmie Pass, 70 miles west of us has an accumulation of about 33 feet. There is 37 feet at the pass north of that. Farther north the road has been closed since last November 13th.
Many people are pleased with this. Others, not so much. Spring melt will have some flooding, so that is already being discussed; in the local paper early in the week. There has been 2 or 3 feet of new snow since then. We got about 5 inches.

To prevent snow coming down on traffic the roads are often closed, say from 4 AM to 6 AM. Various means are used to bring the snow down, then they clear what hits the road. Travelers need to stay informed and prepared.

And that, for this week, is the not so nasty news.
John

Cold and snow starting to go

Nancy’s health & medical issues are discussed here:

http://rocknXXXponderosa.com/?p=11858
Copy and delete the 3 Xs. The ‘ XXX ‘

That takes care of Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday.

Otherwise, all that is going on is continuation of construction work.
Our deal is that workers come here when weather or other circumstances mean it is better here than elsewhere.
The stone and siding is now finished under the car port. Painting will wait for warmer temperature. The north end (old 2 car garage) siding is about 95% finished. All the beams and wood for the patio+ cover on the back side is there and the 3 posts are up (on concrete footings and form tubes).

The horizontal timber beams are up, connected to the house, to each other, and squared.
The inside wall, with sliding glass door that opens onto that soon to be covered area,has been paneled similar to the room that was the garage. More to do inside, so no photo yet.

We have had cold mornings, but most of the work time has been above freezing. The 10 inches of snow has been slowly melting so moving around is a bit of a mess out there. An old-old bale of hay may find a home there for this coming week.

Saturday night rain came and there was a drizzle all day Sunday.
Except for brief trips outside, John cleaned, sorted, and tossed things like old Christmas cards and materials from trips to geography meetings. There is much more equally useless stuff we never tossed. A load of dirty clothes got washed and dried.

Nancy slept a lot.
Hope your week was fine.

Nancy and John
Still on the Naneum Fan

Not so Nasty News February 19th

North from our driveway and Naneum Road. Hills were covered with fire and smoke during August, 2014. {2/19/2021; by John}

Item #1: A new national zoo

A wise owl wrote about all the odd things our nationally elected politicians do when they are not busy taking our money. Seems they put some fencing up. Where or how much, or how much it cost, I have no idea. Then the person connected the dots – – odd behavior + fence = Zoo.Item #2: A weather rhyme

Some wag said that history doesn’t repeat, but it sometimes rhymes. Search for “River Thames frost fairs” for stories and images. Painters made nice works, as the one below left shows. Ice on canals; one of many reports:
the Netherlands 2021

Item #3: Into the snowbank

The Washington Department of Transportation moves quickly to close the State’s important highway (I-90). After the first half-dozen vehicles spin into the snow, barricades stop traffic at Ellensburg and North Bend. After conditions improve, the traffic can move again.
Last week in other parts of the country, snow, ice, and fog brought a couple of massive (100+) piles of vehicles. I don’t want to discount the injuries, but I also wonder about the total costs accumulated from such an episode. I considered making a list of things but decided there were more than I had time to bother with. Hint: I see guardrails being replaced frequently. They are not cheap.
Anyway, regardless of the truth shown in the photos below, I got a chuckle.
Item #4: What heat wave? This is the January 19th look-ahead forecast for Feb. 2021 on the Weather Channel (see small box, upper right).
Grade: FAIL !

Item #5: Back in the real world

We have managed to get scheduled for Pfizer 1st Dose vaccine.
County Health opened the web page for next week with appointments for three people every 10 minutes during each day.
My attempt got me scheduled for Thursday afternoon. I tried to schedule Nancy for the same time slot, but the software would not allow a second name using the same e-mail address. So I called the phone number they gave, and after about 5 attempts (every 10 minutes) got to talk to Joe. By then all the Thursday slots were filled.
We went to Friday and Joe entered Nancy and me for 3:30 at the County Event Center – Teanaway Hall, in EBRG. Same place I took neighbor Kenny last week. Then Joe cancelled my Thursday appointment, so someone else can get in there.

And that, for this week, is the not so nasty news.
John

Winter lingers

Nancy Hultquist’s Health Report Link Continuing Update by John on weekend, Saturdays.
Trying to get this to folks — about my health issues
Note the ‘XXX’ in the link. Copy – delete the XXX and paste and go.

http://rocknXXXponderosa.com/?p=11858
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Monday, Feb 8

Uneventful, unless I report on trips along the hall to the potty.

Tuesday, Feb 9

Same as Monday.

Wednesday, Feb 10

Our annual Culligan under sink 4-filter replacement was today. The tech checked the tank and lines, replaced one of the filters with one that would process water faster, and replaced the other 3 with new units. A small improvement for just the two of us, but nice that they update things. He realized that our main softener had a glitch, called back to Earth-base or wherever, and made an adjustment.
We should be able to tell how many gallons we use, but the little whirligig failed, so after consultation with John, we now recharge every 22 days. He was here almost two hours.
{A new flow meter cost about $350, and a full service on the unit is $150. John quizzed the person that called about our rating of the service, after giving a glowing report. We will consider replacing the 10 year old unit with a new one when they next have a sale.}

Thursday, Feb 11

Chelsea removed the wrapping and hard cast today. The X-ray confirmed healing. After 3 weeks, my arm was less than stellar looking. After a bit of lotion and a day, it is looking better. I’m to put the hard cast on if I go somewhere. [Next outing is Monday for a haircut.] Otherwise, treat in gently.
A new insight is that medical offices should have higher chairs and higher commodes – especially for people on Lasix and with casts.
We came home and then John carried neighbor Kenny back to the Fairgrounds in EBRG for a shot of vaccine.

Friday, Feb 12

Same day for me as was Monday.
John made a trip to BiMart. Over the last 5 years I’ve lost enough weight (intended) that most of my form-fitting panties no longer fit the form. BiMart was having a sale and held a package for John to pick up. He bought other things there, then went of the grocery store nearby.
It snowed about 4 inches. More on the way.
Neighbor Allen cleared the driveway; John cleaned up the edges. Doing so, he broke the pushbroom handle. Bought a new one at BiMart.

Saturday, Feb 13

By mid-morning there was about 9 inches of snow. Allen was back with the tractor and cleared it all. Our temperature went to 20°F., the sun shone weakly, and the light snow stopped for nearly 4 hours.

Sunday, Feb 14

Uneventful, unless the 2 inches of new snow counts.
John took a chocolate cake out of the freezer to celebrate Valentine’s Day. We each searched for a card or image on the web. Results below.
Nancy’s card to John . . . . . . . . . John’s gift to Nancy

Hope your week was fine…
Nancy and John
Still on the Naneum Fan

Not so Nasty News February 12th

Item #1: Big Cold

The map below is available here: http://wxmaps.org/pix/curtmp.png
The time is from London, so 01Z is 1 AM there and here in WA we are 8 hours behind. As I write, 6 PM has just passed. Parts of Canada and the United States are shown. The dashed line across Texas is where it is freezing, to the north. Austin is 30°. Ask in search for a conversion from Zulu (Z) time for your location. The nasty news – there is the clash between Gulf air (moist) and the cold air from the North. That brought icy roads, a major multi-vehicle pile-up, and at least five deaths.
In central Washington, it is colder, there is little moisture in the air, and not a lot of snow at our elevation. Even at the elevations of the major highway passes, there is just normal winter driving conditions.
Higher elevations will get more snow as winds shift and begin coming from the west. Monday will be a transition day to temperatures 10 to 15 degrees warmer. Hallelujah or maybe just Yaa’HOO!

Item #2: Confusion

Thursday: Neighbor Kenny was scheduled for a vaccine, with a brother planning to drive him to town. Brother’s daughter has a water issue about 70 miles east, so I took him.
While in the building (fairgrounds) I had a greeter find a person that could answer my questions about getting an appointment. Interestingly, the person – Trinity – knew Nancy from years ago at one of the summer fiddle camps. Her mother and Nancy were in the same class for about 8 years in a row. Trinity, then just a youngster, would come and play with the older group when she wasn’t with her own age-class.

I explained to her about me getting on a web site and getting an “eligibility card”, but she said that was a State thing and not really useful. We needed to be on the County Wait List. She took our names, phone #, and e-mail info, and signed us up. She said we might have to wait a few weeks, but if people didn’t show up and they had vaccine thawed out we could get a call any time. From call to getting there had to be fairly quick – I said it will take an hour, and she thought that would be fine.
I’m going to guess it will be the first week in March.

Item #3: moving snow

I usually use a push broom to get pathways cleared, and often the driveway. Our snow is mostly light-weight so 3 or 4 inches is easily moved.
This morning, with about 5 inches and more on the way, I guessed there would soon be a big John Deere tractor working on the driveway. (There was – neighbor Allen.)
After feeding horses and quail, I pushed snow away from things and into the edges of the driveway. I anticipated doing more, but on the back side of the house I broke the handle. It was like on the left here.I think the attachment is cast Aluminum and there is no support to keep from twisting. 14° temperature might have contributed. I had a couple of things to do in EBRG today, so I bought one that is similar to the right image.
I have another nice pushbroom that has a glued-on handle. I left it in the pickup with the load of “composting” horse manure. I think the heat expanded the metal-tube handle and it came off of the attachment fixed into the horizontal piece. If I can fix those two broken ones, then I’ll have 3 good ones (and a 4th not so good).

And that, for this week, is the not so nasty news.
John

Still not cold here


Here is a link to Nancy’s health issues:
http://rocknponderosaXXX.com/?p=11858
Copy and delete the 3 XXXs; then paste in your URL line.
(It’s a word press thing! #%&$@)

The original (first) text follows the update of Saturday, the 6th.

Monday, Feb 1

Late afternoon. 17 minute phone call from Brisbane, Australia from friend made starting March 17 via Nick Zentner’s livestreaming geology lectures from his home 5 days/week. This generated world-wide comradery. Panic2020 shut most campus instruction and Nick responded.

Tuesday, Feb 2

A consultation with a sleep specialist occurred today. Lead-up involved several e-mail messages. Example:

Dr. Allison Morgan is inviting you to a scheduled Zoom meeting.
Topic: Hultquist – MSS NP (10:20)
Time: Feb 2, 2021 10:20 AM Pacific Time (US and Canada)
Join Zoom Meeting
Meeting ID: 851 0538 9375
Passcode: 394396

This meeting is reported by John on the page about my health at the link above.

Started hailing at 11:57 AM, then quickly switched to snow. We got an inch that soon melted. We were headed to town later and saw no evidence of the event just a few miles south.

I sent thanks to photographers who took photos we posted last week. Following that, I completed the weekly chore of putting medications in the dispenser box. This takes a surprisingly long time because of the number of different pills, and that there are changes based on the latest blood exam.

Wednesday, Feb 3

A great local sighting of an Owl. Jeanne actually took it at her boy’s school on Chestnut at 12:30 on January 21st and posted on the Kittitas County Visual Delights site February 4. She was kind of embarrassed it wasn’t out in the woods somewhere but it was so cool. It hung out for a whole day in the school yard, while the kids ran around playing. It was so close too!

We often hear owls near our home NE of Ellensburg. Sightings are often at dusk because the hoots are frequent, so triangulation is easy. John has taken a few photos but it requires going during daylight to where he has heard the birds (Great Horned) and inspecting lots of trees. Most of the time they seem comfortable with the observation. The bird in the photo below seems oblivious to the attention. Barred Owl photographed by Jeanne Malinosky

Started at 4:00 am taking pills, tried going back to sleep; couldn’t so had John put my computer on a pad in my lap until I fell asleep at some point, maybe 6:30 – so not a restful night. Again, tried sleeping in until 9:30. Up, called Doctor’s nurse in Cle Elum with swelling problems on cast in sling. They returned call with options for wrap and cast. He did take the lower 4 inches or so of the wrap off and released my thumb. We will reassess tomorrow, hoping the swelling in my fingers improves.

Thursday, Feb 4

Slept in late. Setup Alarms for day. Took morning pills. Added pain pills at 9:45.
Hand in cast has less swollen fingers, so we are not doing more.
Zoom on AAC Game Noon day

The laptop fan arrived at the repair shop, ComputAbility. They wanted the computer about 1:20. John delivered it and then made stops at other stores. He picked it up and made it home about 3:40. The new fan is silent. Double Rainbow at Fairgrounds photographed by Tamie Schaut. Saving the story for next week’s blog.

Friday, Feb 5

A dull day. We did the things we had to do, and not much more. John moved a few buckets of rounded rocks to under the drip line of the walkway. There are also some additional landscape rocks, specifically some with noticeable growths of lichens. He can put a phone handset near where he is working and I can “beep” the intercom function if I need help.
He does the “Not So Nasty News” on Fridays. He has also worked on the “health update.” I’m struggling to get computer stuff done with my left hand. Two-handed chores are on hiatus.

Saturday, Feb 6

Slept-in till 8:00AM after windy night. John hoped to get “Nancy’s Health Report” out to the web by Noon. That was delayed some because Pat Jenkins wanted to come and get the remaining logs. John had to take a break and show him what to cut and take.
The link to the health update can be found above, just below the heading.

Sunday, Feb 7

We are watching the cold air move south, out of Canada, and slowly covering most of the two nations. Back east, where it is now Monday, the freeze line is at Georgia’s north border, and covers the north one-third of Alabama. Sister Peggy, near Cleveland is down to 9°F.
Earlier in the day we talked with her for over half an hour. Like us, she is eligible for the Covid vaccine – and like us there is none to be had. We are “cool” with the situation, but others around the nation are showing various degrees of anxiety.

Hope your week was fine,

Nancy and John
Still on the Naneum Fan

Not so Nasty News February 5th

Item #1: Little bottles

Years ago we visited the Corning Museum of Glass (CMOG), assuming that is what it is was called then. The pieces of carved and blown, and all the rest is worth a look. The web site is
CMOG

The photo here is of a worker inspecting a small glass bottle or vial. If you have just guessed this has something to do with the millions of doses of vaccine being shipped around the world, you get a gold star.
Corning’s Valor glass

Item #2: What is going on?

Assume you have been in a coma since 1995. Now you wake and look at the woman. What would you think?
Correct. Society has gone kooky.

Item #3: From great to cranky

Last week our county was highlighted on news reports. Why? Because Kittitas County was doing better than any place in the USA with respect to its vaccination roll out. This past Monday there was a glitch. There was a surge of registrations reaching 100,000. The County’s population is about 50,000. The wait-list is temporarily closed. There was not a bunch of folks from other counties. There was an error in the system. Apparently there were a few other problems, thus they will use this opportunity to conduct additional troubleshooting before re-opening.

Item #4: We are eligible

While we can’t register for an appointment we can still get a cute form saying we are eligible.
There are no checks on one’s answers, so this seems pointless. Note, it uses the word “now.” We can’t get the shot now, but we are eligible now.
As of Friday, the shut down is still in effect.
I think the person that designed the message has a financial interest in an ink supplier. I’ve snipped about a third of the blue, and Nancy and I each have of one of these messages.

Item #5: Seattle

Sometime I’d like to show good news from Seattle. However, all the news from Seattle is nasty, but I have hope.

And that, for this week, is the not so nasty news.
John