Wednesday, September 30, 2009

"I Get Knocked Down, But I Get Up Again.....

... You're NEVER keep me down!"

Ah, God, if I ever needed a "theme song", this one sent by my friend, Johnny L.A. is it!

Just click on the title line above and sing along with Bill. :D

For the last 6 months, my chin and ass have been draggin' like y'all wouldn't believe, but luckily, there are some folks who care about "The German Boy", and this past weekend (and this whole week) they haven't let me forget it!

(I just re-read that "chin and ass" sentence up there, and it sounds like I'm sayin' the two might have actually met had it not been for mah "Kiddos"! *Whew*! Glad that didn't happen!)

I am totally blessed and loved by my "Doper Kids" and my family "here" and "near", and believe me, "Ich weiß daß zu schätzen!" ("I know to treasure that!")

Now, some news about why we're all here:

The Alzheimer's "Memory Walk" is coming up here in Georgia (and elswhere in the US) in 17 days, and I still think that people aren't "getting it"!

So here are a few facts, courtesy of Suzette:
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Alzheimer's Breakthrough Act

Friday, July 24, 2009 at 9:09am

For the more than 5 million people living with Alzheimer's disease today and the projected 16 million who may have it by mid-century, The Alzheimer's Breakthrough Act of 2009 (S. 1492 & H.R. 3286) is a tremendous step in the fight against Alzheimer's. The bipartisan legislation, offered in the Senate by Sens. Barbara Mikulski (D-Md.) and Christopher Bond (R-Mo.) and by Reps. Edward Markey (D-Mass.) and Christopher Smith (R-N.J.) in the House, offers great promise for someday having a world without Alzheimer's disease.

With an aging baby boomer population at the epicenter of an escalating Alzheimer crisis, the disease is quickly becoming the country's biggest, broadest and most expensive problem — to individuals, families and the healthcare system. According to the Alzheimer's Association's 2009 Alzheimer's Disease Facts and Figures report, total healthcare costs are more than three times higher for people with Alzheimer's and other dementias than for other people the same age without the disease. For the last six years, federal funding for Alzheimer research has declined in real terms. In fact, for every dollar the government spends on the costs of Alzheimer care, it invests less than a penny in research to find a cure. This is all while the loss of lives and costs to Medicare and Medicaid continue to soar.

By calling for a significant increase of funding for Alzheimer's at the National Institutes of Health (NIH) to $2 billion, this legislation authorizes the necessary resources to restore momentum in the pursuit of better diagnosis, prevention and treatment. Advances and progress in the various areas of Alzheimer research have the potential to save millions of lives and save billions of dollars to the nation's public health programs. The Alzheimer's Association enthusiastically supports this legislation and sees it as a necessary vehicle to change the paradigm as we know it today.

Equally important as investing in the research that can yield breakthroughs in the near future, is helping the nearly 10 million Alzheimer caregivers today who wrestle with the financial and emotional challenges of caring for a loved one with this disease. The Alzheimer's Breakthrough Act seeks to provide them with vital resources and tools to assist them in this demanding role. It also calls for a National Summit on Alzheimer's to look at promising research avenues and programs that are important in fighting this disease and supporting those who are struggling with it.

Alzheimer's disease poses tremendous human, social and economic burdens on the nation as a whole and is a challenge to us all. The Alzheimer's Study Group, an independent group of national leaders led by co-chairs former House Speaker Newt Gingrich and former Nebraska Sen. Bob Kerrey, revealed in its report, A National Alzheimer's Strategic Plan, that the government is on track to spend nearly $20 trillion on Alzheimer's between today and the middle of the century. The co-sponsors of this legislation understand there must be a commitment to ending Alzheimer's that matches the magnitude of the disease.

The Alzheimer's Association commends the following congressional members for their leadership in championing this bill: Sen. Susan Collins (R-Maine), Robert Menendez (D-N.J.), Richard Burr (R-N.C.), and Kristen Gillibrand (D-N.Y.). In the House, we thank Reps. Gene Green (D-Texas), Steven LaTourette (R-Ohio), Henry Waxman (D-Calif.), Todd Platts (R-Pa.), Ron Kind (D-Wis.), Frank LoBiondo (R-N.J.), Christopher Murphy (D-Conn.), Betty Sutton (D-Ohio), Russ Carnahan (D-Mo.), Zoe Lofgren (D-Calif.), Nick Rahall (D-W.Va.), Bobby Rush (D-Ill.), Jan Schakowsky (D-Ill.), Louise Slaughter (D-N.Y.), John Tierney (D-Mass.), Robert Wexler (D-Fla.) and John Yarmuth (D-Ky.).

The Association urges all members of Congress to support and pass this meaningful legislation.

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That is straight and accurate information. Please pay close attention to the bolded/italicised areas. Those are the ones Suzette wants you to know about.

In upcoming entries, I will be focusing more on AD research and less on me.

While I am still able, I want to do everything possible to bring about a cure to this horrible disease.

My "Kids" on "The Dope" just helped me bring the message to everyone a little "easier", and they know what I mean!

Hey? Do me a favor?

Scroll back up to the title and click on it, and rock out with me and "The Murph"!



Murph asks: "Y'all are gonna click to feed and then vote right? SORRY to 'get in y'all's face', but we could use a little "help from our 2-legged friends!"

Klicken Sie und Voten Sie! (Paulding Humane!)


The Animal Rescue Site


Thanks!

Bill

Ever Had Your Home "Staged/Organized"?

Staging/Organization is when you hire someone to organize your home so that things are easily found and accessible. An example can be found by clicking on the title of this blog entry.

In the early days of my diagnosis, my counsellor Suzette, concerned about my short-term memory loss and resultant rages, recommended such a service to come out and set up my then-apartment where I could find things easier (and calmer!)

I think they also do that "Kung-Fooie" (or whatever it's called) where they place everything so that it provides the person with a sense of well-being. Gives you a better ying-yang, which I think is near the ol' wazoo.

So anyway, I was kinda thinking of learning how to do that for myself rather than hire someone to do it, but I think I better make notes where I put stuff and then study them so I can find that stuff again, huh?

Quick update on the CBT: It's gonna be a bit tougher to do that on a daily (or three times a week) basis, since the big hospitals want that co-pay every time, and then if I stay near there (in a lodge), then that has to be factored in as well.

So we're gonna stay right here in Carrollton and do it that way, and my therapist will use a "sliding scale" so it won't be so expensive.

Now. I wanna file a "complaint". J/K!

So far, this blog has been pretty much an "All About Me and My Day" - kinda thang, but y'all aren't asking me any questions, and I feel like Johnny Carson or Jay Leno having to come up with a "monologue" every time I write here.

Some days I just don't feel all that interesting, so how about "youse" guys give some feedback/questions or ask me my opinions on stuff, okay?

In return, I PROMISE honest answers, and if I don't know an answer, I will look it up, and THEN form an opinion.

Deal?



That's Suzette's "Murphy", and Murphy sez: "Please don't forget to click to feed and then vote for your favorite shelter ( Shhhhhh....Paulding Humane!)"

RUFF! ("Please")

The Animal Rescue Site



This one is one of the first songs I ever learned to play in my first band called "The Lighthouse Tavern".

RIP, Doug Sahm, you "Tejano Tornado"



Thanks!

Bill

Sunday, September 27, 2009

DOPERS TO THE RESCUE!

Y'all have read my comments about my "Doper" friends (http://boards.straightdope.com/sdmb/index.php) before, but what I'm about to relate to you now is a prime example of how "close-knit" a family we are.

I haven't written too much about this, but since this past March, things ain't been too rosy for the "German Boy" as far as finances go. Still waiting on the SSDI to start, so with my pension and what D makes, we are barely scraping by.

People who know me personally know that in addition to being a smart-ass and yes, arrogant, I am also proud to a fault and find it very difficult to ask anyone for a favor.

Well, that all changed last Friday morning when I asked my "Doper Kids" if they could help me out in getting some way past-due bills paid, and boy-howdy if they didn't just take that ball and run with it!

Due to their kindness and generosity, we are able to pay off some credit cards in addition to keeping the IRS "at bay".

This isn't the first time that the Dopers have come to someone's rescue, and will surely not be the last. As an international message board, it's truly remarkable how we all come together and "take care of our own" this way!

With our economy in the "toilet" and no relief in sight, it was extremely kind to help us out in this way and D and I are VERY grateful indeed.

So what else is happenin'?

An update on the leg: saw my doctor last week and he informed us that it wasn't my ankle I broke, but the fibula, and I am having to wear "Das Boot" ;) for another couple of weeks, at which time he will determine if he needs to put in a "plate", which I hope will not be necessary.

Speaking of "plates", I know of a Mexican orthopedic surgeon, who, as he was installing a plate in someone's leg, said "Careful, this plate is hot"

*Ahem*

Next Sunday, D and I have been invited to see the musical Hair, by my niece, Lisa who works the stage lighting for the cast. The musical plays until October 10th, at the Seven Stages theatre in Little Five Points (a suburb of Atlanta, where "guess who" used to hang out in his "hippie days?"

D and I haven't been able to get out much lately, so we're very excited and are looking forward to the play and having lunch with Lisa beforehand. Lisa is a daughter of Wayne and our dear Betty, and is the "family celebrity".

This is a "replay", but I couldn't think of a better way to express my thanks to my "Doper Kids" than this song:



Don't forget the furbabies! Click to feed and vote for Paulding Humane Society!

The Animal Rescue Site


Thanks,

Bill

Saturday, September 26, 2009

Today's Guest Columnist: BECKS

A few days ago I wrote a blog entitled "Are we Being Sucked Into A Black Hole?", and although Becky wrote this in the comments section, sometimes someone says something so profound and meaningful that you just wanna share it and that's what I'm doing here, with her permission:

You may wish to re-read the Black Hole blog entry and then come back here

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First off, I think some of us have felt we have been sucked into some sort of a black hole and trying to climb out most of our lives.

How many times have we heard or been told that the end is coming over many generations?

Yes the world has and still is going to hell in a hand basket, most of it, out of our control, nuthin much we can do, except do our own tiny part in our own lives.

Higher power? I WANT to believe that, BUT, to what extreme do we have to be tested? Hasn't it been proven, in all ultimate ways, that we as humans have done a pretty f@&%d up job at caring for ourselves and the earth? We do need something to happen, and NOW. The suicide rate is higher than ever and still rising. There just isn't enough faith left for some persons to tolerate this life.

I would book my ticket and flight to anywhere but here right now.

Unconditional love. That's what we're supposed to have, right?

One really BAD thing, can be forgiven BUT maybe never forgotten. IF the forgiven PERSON, does not learn from that bad thing and isn't truly remorseful, and insults your love and forgiveness, and continues in their bad way, you have to call it quits, to preserve your dignity, self-respect and sanity.

In my own experience of loving and lost, shattered dreams, I love fast, hard and selfless. Once loving someone or something becomes part of my life, heart, mind and very soul, especially over a long period of time, it never goes away completely. It just sits there, like an empty space, A BLACK HOLE, needing to be replaced by true love, real, honest, unconditional love.

I wish that kind of love and persons for each of us.

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Courtesy of my friend Johnny L.A. from the Straight Dope: Another one about whippin' it!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Xbt30UnzRWw

Can't embed this one, sorry!


The Animal Rescue Site


Thanks, and enjoy your weekend! We're "fixin'" to get soggy again!

B~

PS: Hey to my WoW "In-game-Gurua" Amberale and avunqar, my newest blog followers! Almost to thirty!

Friday, September 25, 2009

This Just In!

Didn't have to be admitted to psych/rehab center, since I'm not gonna kill myself and am not abusing any substances.

So what we're gonna do instead is have me go for intensive cognitive behavior therapy on an out-patient basis from 9-3 beginning next week.

Admittedly, I don't know what it all entails, but I am envisioning a black latex clad nurse with a swastika armband striking me repeatedly with a whip, and yelling:

Nurse: "Das ist ein Vipp!

Now (slap) was ist dass???"

Bill: "Ein Vipp, Ein Vipp!"

Nurse: "Ist das not ein gooter Vipp?"

Bill: "Ja das ist ein gooter Vipp!"

Nurse: "Vipp-Vipp-Vipp"?

Bill: "Ach ja! Vipp-Vipp-Vipp!"

I wonder if her name will be (Nurse) "Diesel" or "Ratched"?

*Sigh*

One can only hope!

Heh-Heh!

Now my next job will be to get all the Hustler and Playboy mags secretly hidden under the liner of my gym bag back to their hiding place before D sees 'em!

So since the tone seems to be "whips", here's one that was recorded in Germany sometime in the 70's.



The Animal Rescue Site


Thanks

Bill

If You Don't Hear From Me For A While.....

..... it will be because I've been admitted somewhere for some extra help with the depression/dementia.

Today (this am) is my appointment, but I'm not 100% sure what he'll do. Since I haven't been sleeping, he may just prescribe a sleep aid and/or change some more meds.

Don't forget to click to feed and vote, thanks!

The Animal Rescue Site




Well doesn't THAT one just "fit the Bill?) ;)

Wednesday, September 23, 2009

Dementia Update on Me

Click on the title of the entry to learn more, but the meds just aren't doing "the job", and I am tired of being a burden on D, so when I go to see my "shrink" this Friday, I'm just going to ask him to admit me somewhere so I can get some intensive Cognitive Behavorial Therapy.

I hate this about myself, and I hate being a burden on my wife and family, so this will be a "last gasp" effort to get "The German Boy" back on track, so to speak.

I'm bereft.

EVERYTHING has been taken away.

It's all gone.

Bill

Monday, September 21, 2009

How About A Little More From My "Cousin" Ray?

This guy's animation is fantastic and you will be seeing some more of his videos.

I hope you enjoy this, and a great big "THANK YOU" to Lurkmeister from The Straight Dope for helping me find it!



The Animal Rescue Site


Please remember to click to feed and vote every day, y'all!

Paulding Humane is in 12th place today. I'd like to see them win this time.

Thanks!

Bill

35 Million People With Dementia

The title will take you to the Alzheimer's website.

Also please remember The Memory Walk. In Carrollton and Atlanta it's on 10.17.09

You can also do a "Virtual Walk". Click on the box on the site.

Remember, every 70 seconds someone is diagnosed with Dementia and chances are you know of someone with the disease.

The US is way behind other countries (Australia for example) in dealing with it, and we call ourselves a "world leader"?

I was gonna replay you "Old Friends" by Simon and Garfunkel, but when I did a search, I found this one instead. Hope you like it. First time I ever heard it.



Also, please remember the four-legged ones. It's not their fault our world is so effed up, and we domesticated them! Please also vote for Paulding Humane after clicking to feed.

Thanks!

Bill

The Animal Rescue Site

Sunday, September 20, 2009

Sometimes, I Just Need To Make Folks LAFF!



That's me in the studio, recording "M for Maggie".









So this time, I ain't got nuttin' on mah mind, but hopefully making y'all smile or laff!

BTW: Ray Stevens? Down here in West Georgia, EVERYBODY'S his "cousin" (I don't care HOW many times removed!) Ray's "Family Tree" must not have any branches on it, is all I can figger!

Please don't forget the fur-babies, okay?

The Animal Rescue Site


Thanks and have a GREAT week comin' up, y'all!

B~

Saturday, September 19, 2009

THESE Are My "Doper" Friends.......

(Click on the title and scroll UP!)

....... and they hurt and bleed just as much as you and I do.

Even from a "distance".



In case I don't say it enough,

I love you.

Bill

Friday, September 18, 2009

More Pot Pourri: Are We Being Sucked Into A Black Hole?

Y'all know what those, are right?

If not, click on the title of this entry and it will take you to a wiki definition.

"Well, what a question, Bill!"

Yeah, well... watched the History Channel lately? Some serious apocalyptic stuff on there.

Learned a lot about the Mayans while on vacation recently.

I found a novel: "01-01-00" by RJ Pineiro, which while copyrighted 1999 , and relates to Y2K does mention the accurate Mayans who predict that 12.10.2012 is the day we bite the big one.

"You're being a defeatist, Bill"

No, I'm not. And neither am I being a fanatic believer in "rescue comets", and y'all know where I stand on religion. Big question mark there, even though my sweet D believes, and I just marvel at her devoutness.

Let's just say I'm being a realist with an open, humorous (and yes) sarcastic mind.

What I'm saying is, there doesn't seem to be a "magic bullet".

The US is trillions in debt, and keeps acting like King Shit of Turd Mountain.

Our own people can't agree on a health-care plan which would help demented people like me, who barely have insurance (mine runs out in November), can't get SSDI without hiring friggin' lawyers who are gonna want their "bite of the cake" when I do get it.

Global warming?

"Ya gotta be kiddin' me! That Al Gore's just tryin' to cash in!"

Yeah right.

Tell that to the polar bear who has suddenly started looking for food in man's habitat.

The grizzlies finding their way down to Georgia, because we're subdividing their world out from under them.

The alligators that just can't seem to stop getting bigger and more dangerous.

Our over-fished waters.

And I haven't even mentioned our homeless. Our jobless. Our homeless because they're jobless.

And the "Eastern World?"

It keeps explodin'.

And our kids over there right along with it.

It's the proverbial "slippery slope", dear readers, and I don't know what's gonna save us, unless we can colonize elsewhere in the galaxy.

If so, hey! I'm outta here!


That's pot pourri item #1.


Here's #2:

Ever told anyone you love him/her?

And really did? And you MEANT it with all your heart?

And then something bad happened (I don't care HOW bad - just ANYTHING bad)

Did you then stop loving them?

REALLY?

How were you able to do that, if you did?

Okay, enough "brain-fodder"!

Have a great weekend, don't forget to click and feed AND VOTE!

The Animal Rescue Site




Love,

B~ & D

Wednesday, September 16, 2009

"What I Did On My Vacation" By "Billy" Craig, Third Grade. Ms. Becky's Room

First, I didn't really wanna come.

Then, I got made to.....come. *smirk*

Then, we got here and I have a broke leg.

Next, we opened up the balcony door and listened to the oshun (sp?)

Then, all the wimmen and my brother-in-law, Wayne, got in their swim-suits (in diffr'nt rooms!)

I didn't bring my trunks, on accounta I knew I'd get stuck in the sand with this boot on, and wouldn't be able to do nothing but pivot in one place with my good leg while gettin' laughed at!

So, I stayed in this room and worked on the pooter writing this blog.

Then, the next thing what happened, was I talked to Wayne in our bedroom about how much he misses his Betty and how glad the rest of us were that he decided to come with us, even though "Bett" wasn't here.

Unbeknownded to me, this trip has been made (off and on) for 20(!) years, and the trip always began and ended with a prayer by "Bett" for God to keep them all safe.

So when we got down here, we figgered "Bett" was watching over us in SPIRIT, if not in person.

Anyway, these night-time just before-bed talks with Wayne continued every night, and he talked about his "Bett" and how she used to be with him at drag races, and how they won many, MANY trophies roller-skate dancing.

I wisht I coulda seen that, I bet they were graceful as heck! And I am glad they had a great marriage and raised 3 beautiful daughters: Gwen, Susan and Lisa.

Next, today, (Wendsday), Pat (my "niece-in-law") and our friend Carol (which I will describe by name in one of the pitchers I brought for show'n tell) left to go back home, on accounta Pat fixes people's hair for a ing and her cliants would be sad if they missed their 'pointments on accounta Pat didn't come home to work on their head every Thursday, Fryday and Saturday.

So, the rest of us: Me, Wayne, Ramnona and Dondra (the last 3 being brothels and sistren) are still here and will be leaving on Fryday, and D has to work Fryday night which means she is gonna be tired 'n stuff.

But, I wanted to turne this report in now, on accounta I don't know if I'll 'member everything when we get home on Fryday or not.

Here's the pitchers: (Courtesy of my steady girlfriend, "D")



That's me.



This is the "crew"

(seated on left is me, Billy. Seated on right is Wayne. In back, from left to right, are D., Pat, Carol and Ramona.



Waves and seagle: D named him "Jonathan Livingston".

And that's what I did (am doing) on my vacation.

"Billy"

For Wayne:



For the animals and "The Shelter Challenge":

The Animal Rescue Site


Thanks!

Love,

B~

Tuesday, September 15, 2009

"To Sleep, Perchance To Dream....."

One of the many meds I take, Primadon, really knocks me out, so I take only half a dose twice during the day, and a full dose at night.

But, it really makes me have some very vivid dreams, and they aren't all nightmares. Some of them are quite pleasant, and some are....."sequential" - by which I mean, something will happen in one sleep cycle, I'll wake up, go back to sleep and it will continue in the next.

In some of my dreams, I have had such pleasurable experiences as meeting my late parents again. My Mom beautiful in her evening gown, dancing with my Dad, looking very handsome and regal in his Army "dress blues".

My Mom, who was, in my opinion, bipolar, would speak to me and tell me that "everything's fine, Billy", while my Dad would look at her with love in his eyes - which rarely happened in real life.

I have also "met" old girlfriends again, and, even though they are still very much alive, in my dreams we are able to "resolve" some of the differences that caused us to disagree and part ways.

I know what you're thinking: "You're sleeping too much, B~! That's a sure sign of depression and it's not good!", and I agree with you. It is symptomatic of depression, but we already knew that, didn't we?

I just really enjoy these little "journeys" and hate to come back from them

Got lots more to tell you about the trip (including my "cathartic" talks with Wayne, our late Betty's husband), and pictures to share.

EDITED TO ADD: Sometimes my dreams stay with me long enough to write them down, and this I have done - many times. If I can keep my sanity long enough, maybe I can turn them into stories.......



Don't forget the new "Shelter Challenge" and to vote for Paulding Humane!

The Animal Rescue Site


Thanks!

Love,

B~

Monday, September 14, 2009

**SIGH**

Raining here, and will be for the next week.

As for anything else, I suppose the old adage, "You can dress him up, but you can't take him out", applies to me, since D informed me I made an inappropriate comment at dinner last night when I asked everyone, if they had any dollar bills in their wallets or purses?

All of them answered in the affirmative, whereupon I asked "Well have you ever wodered if they've been in the butt-crack of some stripper?" (I read that on some web-site and thought it was hilariously funny)

Silence followed by a little "nervous" laughter, and a chastising BILL! from D.

I think she later explained and apologized for me, but this is happening a lot lately and I think it is one of the symtoms of the dementia.

It also begs the question: Why can I remember jokes, and dialogue from favorite movies, and even (if I were to go back to acting in little theatre) scripted lines, but yet I can't remember where, only seconds ago, I laid the keys?

Also, one of my "Doper" friends ("Typo Knig") wrote me that the animal rescue folks have started another shelter challenge, so may I ask y'alls help to once again vote for Paulding Humane? Thanks!

I am having trouble loading the "button" from the the animal rescue site, so please, if you don't have it bookmarked, go to a previous blog entry and click there, okay?
Remember to click to feed FIRST, and then go to the top of the page to vote.

Thanks

Love,

B~

Tuesday, September 8, 2009

I'm Not Dead Yet!

Sorry I haven't posted to the blog in a few days, y'all, but I just really haven't felt like even being on the computer, plus, there are some pictures I'd like for y'all to see and I can't upload them, because me and D keep forgetting to buy new batteries!

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Here is what my sweet friend "Becks" wrote, Sorry y'all have to copy and paste, but I forgot how to create links (sucks to be me ah reckon! :)

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We, me, are very limited in our area for specialist in the field of dementia and have been disappointed that we can't get the best of care.

Also here is a site that you can locate different clinical trials going on for various things. Not specifically for any one trial -- but for the sake of locating offices/doc's who are at least actively looking for something more than what they already have to prescribe.

http://clinicaltrials.gov/

Info on Alzheimer's studies and research. Just wish they would post the dates for these studies. Some are current, some out of date. You have to go to each one and see if it's still ongoing or not and location.

http://clinicaltrials.gov/ct2/results?term=alzheimer%27s

Also, can't remember if or who I sent this too, but I'm sending again. These are videos of an interview with Dr. Mary Stewart and her husband Steve about their use and progress with MCT and coconut oil.

http://web.me.com/grownmanfred/NaturesApproved/home.html

OK, I guess that's enough for you to ponder over for now.

I truly hope that most of us, won't have to go through this body functioning eating disease, but it's good to be prepared, just in case.

Sending good vibes, best wishes, love and concern for all of us, Becky

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So here's a little something in keeping with the title of this entry. Enjoy and try to stay with it till the last line, if you can.

Love ya'!

Bill



The Animal Rescue Site

Tuesday, September 1, 2009

Pot Pourri Day


Every now and then, you'll see one of these blog entries: Not on any one particular subject. just "stuff" that's rolling around in my brain.....


First off, there's a little feller who's had a tough time of it recently. His name is Murphy, and he's Suzette's "baby" and that's him up top, there.

Suzette tells me that Murphy got a hold of some plastic, ate it, needed surgery and then the sutures burst internally, so it was "touch and go" for a while, but she says the worst is over and he's on the road to recovery.

He'll be with her at the Alzeimer's Memory Walk in October wearing a purple collar, and there's gonna be some more pics of him between now and then....

Second, I'm slowly going crazy (ier) up here in the bedroom with nothing to do but read, surf, blog, eat and go to the bathroom.

I was using the cane, but then opted for the crutches and then just one crutch, because it's so "close quarters" up here, I'm so unsteady on my feet and can't navigate worth a shit, knock things over and fly into a rage because of it, so just one crutch and I'm a happy boy.

Tomorrow, Wednesday, is Orthopedist day, so I hope to get some better kind of cast, then.

What am I reading?

"The Alexandria Link" by Steve Berry. A very historically accurate author who weaves actual events into his stories. It's like having one's own history professor, and he and I have been in touch via e-mail because some of The Alexandria Link takes place in my hometown, Rothenburg ob der Tauber, and I just wanted to compliment him on his accuracy, so we write back and forth and I hope to make it to a book-signing one day, since he lives here in Georgia.

I MISS MY PATIENTS!

The one thing I could do a decent job with and now it's been taken away!

That is the most frustrating thing to me!

Anyway, enough ranting and raving.

Get well, soon Murphy!

The Animal Rescue Site




Thanks,

Bill