Wahela's Blog

Spring is finally here!
May 12, 2013, 10:33 am
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I’ve been away and lazy.  The winter weather was horrible,  it was snowing last week,  and cold.  This winter has been miserable.  I haven’t felt good,  the weather was cold,  the snow, then melting caused mud season with the dogs, over and over again.  So glad spring is finally here.

Its Winter!!
January 21, 2012, 4:27 am
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6″ of snow last night and this morning.  -3 deg F. too.  My driveway is plowed,  its nice and warm in the house.  and we have to go out in this weather to go over to my daughter’s house for supper.  but its for green chili burritos,  so I certainly don’t mind.  This is our first real snowfall this year,  January 20, 2012. A very unusual winter so far.  Warm, no snow, occasional rain,  and lots of wind.  this IS NW Iowa.  We usually have winter starting in November, sometimes October.  We need the snow tho.  However, this is almost the end of January and it will begin to turn into spring about mid to late March.  I love it.  I wish it would do this every year.

Still moving.
January 21, 2012, 4:23 am
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In my last post,  I had two doggies and my kitty.  About three weeks ago,  my big Lab,  Abby, started having difficulty breathing.  I knew that she had cancer in her neck,  the vet said it didn’t seem to hurt her, so let it go until it hurts her.  It was so intertwined with her muscles, etc. that the vet said they couldn’t get try to get it out.  She was snoring as she walked around,  and she didn’t look comfortable.  so I called the vet and told her that I was bringing her in.  Driving to the vet,  she was struggling to breathe so much,  I kept trying to get her to lay down,  but she wouldn’t.  If she collapsed,  she’d fall on the shift knob or get in the way of the steering wheel.  taking her into the vet’s office,  the vet took one look and said, “bring her in here now.”  I held her head and talked to her,  the vet put the medicine in,  and about 20 seconds,  they helped her to lay down. She was gone that fast.  I sure don’t want to do that again for a long while.  My little dog is 3 years old.  If I get another dog, I hope to get another young one.  Its too hard to take them in for that shot, even if it is for the best.

Its been awhile.
December 15, 2011, 10:46 am
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Hi there.  I have been absent for quite awhile.  I was reading through my older posts and realized that I complained about the same thing two years ago that I feel the same about now.  I guess its an ongoing thing.

I was terminated from my job two months ago,  and I have filed for social security disability.  I know it will take awhile,  and I will do allright if I’m careful about my finances.  I have to pay for COBRA insurance,  and I am sure hoping that I can get disability within 18 months.

Still have my two doggies and my kitty.  I’m thinking about getting another kitty, but don’t need another dog.  Abby was very sick about two weeks ago.  I thought she was going to have to be put down,  but after taking antibiotics for 14 days,  she seems to be allright.  I imagine she will be here for another year or two at the most.  She’s starting to act old,  and she is getting more gray.  Bye.

I’m back!
June 3, 2011, 4:01 am
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I went to someone’s blog and needed a blog so I chose this one.  While going through my profile I realized that I had not been here in over a year!  What have I been doing this year that caused me to forget  to post here.  I had such big hopes to blog every day and have such wonderful info for everyone.  ah well,  I had good intentions.  Let’s just start over.

This year,  we had a fairly average winter.  We had several big blizzards, leaving a foot or more of snow, closing schools, roads, etc.  Since I work at the hospital, I can get a ride whether by four wheel drive or snowmobile (if its really desperate).  Then I just call them up for a ride home.  they take me home,  while picking up the next group.

I am granddog sitting my daughter’s dog because they got the vacation of a lifetime–a free Disneyworld vacation supplied by my ex, her father.  They are having a wonderful time.  a full week in Orlando.  But they come home tomorrow, and i can detect in their texts that they are all getting pretty exhausted.

New business?
February 5, 2010, 10:44 pm
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I haven’t been on here very often, due to the fact that I’ve been busy working, and also setting up the beginnings of a new business in my little town.  We aren’t planning on making a fortune, (this is a small town, ya know).   A friend and I are planning on opening a home health, home companion, home medical service business.  In these dying small towns in Iowa, and other Midwest states,  the young are moving away.  The children live in Sioux Falls, Des Moines,  Minneapolis, etc.  Their parents are living at home, isolated,  with medical problems, and the next step is the nursing home.  If they had a home health aide or a home maker companion come to their home every day, or a couple of days a week, assist with bathing , or cooking a good meal, or checking blood sugar for insulin, etc.  they could continue to live at home for a longer period of time.  Our town has a hospital based home health, but after a certain period of time,  they discontinue home health.  Then the option for the family is bring Mom to the cities, or visit her several times a week to assist with meal planning, shopping, bathing, medicine dosing for each day, etc.  We can provide with with a human touch/

I have worked for home health before in Colorado.  I was the pager, call the aides to get replacements, etc.  person.  And if I couldn’t find an aide,  I went myself.  Its kind of fun, after being a nurse in a large facility, to go into someone’s home, help them get a bath,  cook them a nice supper, talk to them through the meal about their life and families,  assist  them into their jammies and tuck them in to bed.  Knowing that another aide would come in in the morning to assist again.  I’d throw a load of clothes in the dryer,  put the dishes in the dishwasher, turn it on and leave.  The client is very appreciative, and we make such a difference in their family’s peace of mind.  I know it ‘ll take awhile to get started,  but we are planning on staying small and family oriented.  Any ideas?

Democrats have a resolution to get out of Afghanistan
November 17, 2009, 6:20 am
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I encourage everyone who believes that this now seven year war in Afghanistan is a hopeless military event to write your Senators, Congressmen and the White House.  There are only 100 Al Qaeda left,  I have read,  and we are spending billions of dollars there, fighting in a tribal area that is never going to become an industrialized civilized country.  We could do more helping them build hospitals and schools, helping them to join the 21st Century. 

The Nation — The California Democratic Party speaks with an loud voice in national politics.

It is, by any reasonable measure, the biggest party in the biggest state in the nation.

And it is a well-organized, forward-looking organization that since the 1950s has had a tradition of delivering vital messages from the base to national Democratic leaders. Indeed, in the 1960s, California Democrats were among the first and loudest critics of President Lyndon Johnson’s decision to expand the war in Vietnam. They were not merely opposed to the war; they were worried, wisely, that committing resources, governing energy and political capital to an unwise and unnecessary war would undermine the ability of an otherwise popular Democratic president to deliver on his ambitious domestic agenda.

With their history and their heft in mind, it is reasonable to say that when California Democrats take a strong stand on a contentious issues, it matters — both as a signal with regard to popular sentiment within the party and as an indicator of the issues that could cause political headaches for a Democratic president.


Palin refused to shake hands with Oliver Stone
November 16, 2009, 10:17 am
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That shows a major lack of respect for another human being.  She seems to think he is “Anti American” because of his liberal views. (oh Lordy,  I wonder if she’d drag out the garlic and the cross if she met me!).    She didn’t, I would assume,  know that Oliver Stone has a Medal of Honor from the Vietnam War.  He was a hero!  She met him while on the set at SNL,  and walked away, would not even shake his hand and say “hello”.   I believe she is nothing more than a Fundamentalist Right Wing Christian Dominionist Taliban.  Any extremist is dangerous.  I’m just thanking God that she isn’t sitting in the Oval Office with her finger on the button,  thinking that Rapture will occur within her lifetime.

Abby has an owie (and a neck collar)
November 16, 2009, 10:12 am
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The Collar of Shame


My lab Abby went to the vet a few days ago to have surgery to remove a cyst or large hard growth on the right cheek.  20 staples and $160. later,  she comes home with a neck collar on so she cannot scratch those staples out.  I knew she wasn’t the smartest of the smart, no Einstein is she.  But when that big plastic collar gets stuck on a wall, she just stands there and waits for someone to help her out.  She couldn’t drink water unless I held the bowl, until I finally showed her that if she got the bowl within the confines of the collar,  she could eat or drink whatever she wanted.  Poor doggy.

October 30, 2009, 2:38 am
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They have made a big “to do” over the House presenting their health reform bill.  It doesn’t sound too bad.  At least they will get rid of preexisting conditions,  place a cap on out of pocket expenses,  will have no copay for certain tests, such as mammograms, etc.  The public option is not really strong,  but it doesn’t really sound too bad.  They are allowing for negotiation between the public health option and physicians.  So they will not be paying medicare type fees,  they will negotiate between certain areas of the country.  In Iowa,  it just isn’t as expensive as in New York City.  A physician in NYC should not get the same amount of pay for service as a physician in Spencer or Orange City, Iowa, etc. 

This house bill will be examined and reexamined.  Argued over,  fought over, and finally hopefully a compromise will happen.  The part of “No” better turn into compromisers or this will just be a giant fiasco.