And a couple other things from while I was offline

While I was offline the past several weeks, I also had my mind on some other things. In December, Jerry was having trouble with more kidney stones and not feeling well. Back in January-April 2019, he’d spent a whopping six times in the hospital because of kidney stones. And the flu. It was a crazy, stressful time for us. His urologist did lithotripsy surgery on his right kidney twice. Jerry was so weak and his usual chronic pain was intensified by what his kidney had gone through. Anyway, all of December, Jerry just fought the new stones. He did not want to go back into the hospital. I don’t blame him. But if anything would have gotten really bad, I’d have gotten him to the hospital. As the new year came around, he finally began seeing things were going to be all right and that worry became less. Me, however … well, I’ve not been well for a number of years. (Or my whole life, depending on what we’re talking about.) Among my more concerning medical issues, I have untreated chronic kidney disease (CKD), lowered liver function, and bowel problems (IBS that has probably turned into something else). The nephrologist

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Full stop

Jerry and I always said we would’ve liked to live back during the pioneer and homesteading days. We used to go camping, hiking, fishing, backpacking all the time before medical problems took over. Most of the time, we would do that when my boys spent time with their dad and stepmom out-of-state. Many times, we spent up to a couple weeks roughing it. One time we had a whole month free and spent that in the great outdoors. Catching or gathering our own food, chopping firewood, living in a tent (yes, even in the cold weather)… no, we did not go to any stores. We did, however, visit roadside farmstands for fruits and veggies and other items. Boiled our own water. Of course, we had to resort to the use of the car in lieu of a horse and wagon since those weren’t available. I had a tiny little faded green 1981 Mazda GLC when we met and even for the first year when we got married … cost me all of $100 back then. The trunk latch no longer worked so I’d rigged a chain and heavy bolt-lock. Sometimes, Jerry had to push-start it while I pumped the gas

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