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Thursday, July 16, 2009

100 Degrees and Walmart

Two things I hate are Texas summer heat and a trip to Walmart! Today we are settled in our new room at another one of the WE CARE houses. It is much better than the last room we had and left because of mothball odors. This house does not have private entrances but it is very nice and plush and comfortable. Our room is like a motel room in a nice hotel and the common areas are very comfortable and nicely decorated. Carol, who owns these houses and runs them has done an outstanding job. Right now we are sharing the house with "Mike" (a lady) and her sick husband who we have not seen yet. He was not feeling well yesterday and today they left before we got up. I am guessing he had to go in for chemo treatments today. Sheila and I splurged and went out to breakfast at Cracker Barrel Restaurant (since the doctor said she did not have to wear a mask anymore). It was a nice treat except the overweight lady who sat at the table next to us had enough perfume on to make me feel like I was back in the mothball fumigated house! We had a good breakfast and Sheila ate more than she had in days! After breakfast we got directions to the nearest Super Walmart and went and bought food, drinks and snacks for the house. Our plan is to just sit back and rest up as we have no doctors, nurses or anything to do till Monday when she starts round two of chemo. She still has five prescriptions (mostly antibiotics) to take and we have to change the dressing on her arm from her surgery. It still beats the hell out of staying in the hospital! That's about it...nothing new and exciting but that's OK with us for now.

P.S. The above picture was taken when we hiked and camped at Palo Duro Canyon in west Texas a couple of years ago. It shows Sheila looking out at Capital Reef. It was 26 degrees at night and about 85 during the day. We slept under the stars and had coyotes howling not 100 feet from our sleeping bags! We were just starting to get into ULTRA light backpacking and were testing our first lightweight kit. It was a great trip!

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