Thursday, November 24, 2016

November Highlights

Casper, our Washington DC Granddog, out on the town...
Cameron, Casper, and Elise, the DC motorcycle gang!!!

Stella and Colby enjoying Fall in VT!

Stella and her new boots!

Kari and Curtis in front of their new home in Chuckey, TN...

Residing the new house....nice Fall colors

Curtis, Kari and Lucy, an evening out in Big Stone Gap...
Clementine, Kari and Curtis's new dog....

Thanksgiving Day in Burlington, VT....winter is in the air!

Monday, November 07, 2016

Halloween in Burlington, VT

Cameron and Elise visited the Baker Clan for the Halloween festivities in Burlington, VT.... the clan theme was animals:  owl(Elise), kangaroo(Colby+one), dog(Stella), penguin(Joe) and tiger(Cameron  

Colby, Stella, Joe and Baby Boy Baker makes four!!!!

Party at Stella's day care...

Stella and Casper became great friends....

Friday, October 28, 2016

Winnebago Aspect 30j

We have down sized our rig! Said good bye to our 40 ft Tour this week and welcomed a 2017 Winnebago Aspect into the family. The model 30j has 3 slides and measure 32 ft.  This class of rig is considered a low profile class C or a super B.

With the health issues that Ted experienced this summer he is not able to drive. Since neither one of us wanted to give up our nomadic life style we down sized to a rig Jan is comfortable driving. 

Of course, the storage is much less on the new rig.  We spent 7 days moving items from the old rig at the storage lot to the house....a car load at a time. Then parts of 3 days at the dealership moving the rest of the items over to the new rig. Boy! do we have a lot of junk.

The moving is done, but the rig is still at the dealer getting a satellite TV dish on the roof, roof vent covers, and a permanently mounted surge protector for the electrical system. 

The motor is a Ford 450 (gas), but with enough power to still tow our VW Jetta. We are looking forward to our 1st trip, which will probably be to the FL Keys.

Sunday, October 23, 2016

Our Six Week Stay at Buckley Air Force Base, Aurora, CO

Ted was released from St Anthony Hospital in the Denver area August 25th.  The doctors wanted him to stay in the area for a month to 6 wks to gain his strength and make sure he was stable before heading home to FL. There is not a lot of campgrounds in the Denver area, but the AF base said come on over and we will make sure you have a spot. Thanks to our brother-in-law Gerry and my sister, Jean, for getting our rig down from Elk Creek CG in Grand Lake to the AF base just outside of Denver.  This was our spot for Ted recovery for almost 6 weeks.

The first Monday we were at the famcamp the lawn mowers through up a stone and broke the side window of the motor home.  Neighbors across the street secured the window with duck tape until the repair was completed. 

The mowing company at the base had the window replaced for us. Glad their insurance covered the replacement, since was told that it would have been about $1500.

Job well done...

Dr Fabian, Ted's kidney doctor...part of Western Nephrology.

Dr Wieland, infectious disease doctor, with WIDC

Chelsea, Ted's great PT person came twice a week to get him moving...

Anna came weekly to take his blood and change his pick line dressing...

Wendy, also was a frequent visitor to help take Ted's blood and change the pick line dressing.
 What a great group of people we had to help Ted with his recovery. Thanks to all of you!!!

Breakfast at the bases Burger King became a tradition.

Ramon, with Horizon Transport, was sent by Sky Med to transport our rig back home to FL. Jan and Ramon did a walk around of the motor home before transport....Ramon picked the rig up on a Wed afternoon and had it in Ocala Saturday afternoon. Even hurricane Matthew didn't slow him down! 

Saturday, October 22, 2016

Catching Up

Since my last post, which was of Ted being in St Anthony Hospital, Lakewood, CO and his return to Grand Lake for recovery from open heart surgery, we have had a lot happen. Shortly after returning to Grand Lake Ted had complications and was sent back to the hospital. He suffered several strokes and developed an infection as a result of his operation.  The following photos were taken turning his 2nd stay in St Anthony's rehab unit. 

Kari and Curtis did get up to Elk Creek Campground for a camp out during one of Jan's short return trips for clean clothes.

Thursday, July 14, 2016

St Anthony Hospital Metro Denver and Ted's Stay

Ted leaving Middle Park Medical Center heading for St Anthony Hospital in Lakewood, CO. Ted had gone to Middle Park MC several times during our first week in Grand Lake thinking he was having a hard time adjusting to the altitude this year. However, symptoms were showing something much more serious.

Ambulance leaving Granby, CO with Ted aboard.....

St Anthony's Hospital, Lakewood, CO, where Ted started his stay on the 4th floor.

Ted in his pre-operation room with his new dance partner. Diagnosis:  Ted needs a new heart value and a bypass. In other words, open heart surgery.  Remember Ted's on going cough(5+ years)...well that was a symptom of his heart problem. Thanks to the Colorado Doctors for finally figuring out his problem. Having visited Doctors across the country trying to find out why he was coughing, thank heavens we were in the right place at the right time. 

View from Ted's 4th floor room....

Ted's nursing angels!

Joshua Cross, PA-C of Cardiac & Thoracic Surgery Associates was Ted's helping hand after surgery. Ted's Cardiothoracic Surgeon was Patrick Rudersdorf, MD and team. (never did get Dr Rudersdorf's photo)

Jonathan Degner, PA-C and Lanette Bringham, Heart Nurse guided Ted's recovery and followup treatment.
Thanks to the whole team at Cardiac and Thoracic Surgery Associates in Lakewood, CO! 

Ted is now continuing his recovery at our favorite summer location Elk Creek Campground, Grand Lake, CO. It will be a very slow process and no golf for at least 6 mos.