Beginning Spring Break 2013

Trip Start Oct 20, 2012
Trip End Jul 11, 2013

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Monday, March 4, 2013

    Arrangements were made for Mallery and Riley and Travis and Laura to fly into Ft Lauderdale for spring break. We thought the Odyssey would have us in South Florida by the time they arrived, but all of the coastal campgrounds are totally booked this time of year and the demand has driven the prices up to the same cost as a nice hotel room. So Pete and Diane have graciously welcomed us all to stay in Orlando, where we can make day trips to Cocoa Beach. Mary couldn't change the tickets, and she couldn't stand to wait the additional 3 hours it would take them to drive up from Lauderdale, so she rented a car and drove down to pick them up. This probably doesn't surprise most of you !


    We had a great, albeit short week with the kids [ it's getting hard to call them kids anymore ]. The beach was practically empty the week they were here - spring break for most schools would be the following 2-3 weeks - and the weather was somewhat chilly, if you consider 60's chilly, but undaunted, they still ventured out into the ocean. No other humans were in the ocean, although they did have the priviledge of swimming with a shark, or so they thought. I, of course, in my infinite wisdom informed them that the water was too cold for sharks and it must have been a dolphin, only to find out on the evening news that a migration of 1500 sharks was seen working up the coast. Like I said ....


    They spent their last night in a hotel on the beach in Ft Lauderdale before returning to the freeze. I cannot relate any details of that final day and night, nor do I wish to know any of those details.

    Mary has had numerous visits to an Emergi-Care doctor - these are walk-in clinics that seem to be on every corner around here - to try and figure out what is wrong with her hip. She's pretty tough, and I have seen her endure a lot of pain for the past few years with the RA, but when she says the pain in her hip is 100 times more intense than all of the others ..... yikes ! We've had x-rays taken, which were inconclusive, and so we had an MRI done late last friday and are awaiting the results as I write. The remainder of the Odyssey will have to be determined by the diagnosis and treatment. Once again, we can't thank Pete and Diane enough for taking us in and for not letting us feel like a burden, like the damn family that just won't leave.


    OK, the MRI report is in - unfortunately we don't understand what it says exactly, but all indications  point towards a total hip replacement, an " abnormal morphology of the left femoral head ... compatible with advanced Stage lV avascular necrosis. " She has an appointment with an orthopaedic Doc tomorrow who happens to be the main hip guy for the Orlando Magic and some other teams. Mare will be back on the court tossing in those double pumps in no time. Stay tuned.
    After receiving the diagnosis and recomended treatment, we'll hopefully be able to have the procedure and recuperation coincide with some work in the same place, then resume the Odyssey.


    Oh yeah, Ole Red had a heart attack. Had to have him towed back to Pete and Diane's driveway, where surgery was sucessfully undertaken to replace a fuel pump, thanks to some youtube videos that showed me how. Managed to get the whole job done for about $150. I'm looking for the youtube video on hip replacements now !
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Mallery on

so much fun:)

Jim Martin on

I wasn't ready for the Billy "pin up model" picture. BTW, do you have some Italian blood in you? Getting mighty dark.

Dennis Minemyer on

As I sit here trying to justify why I ever became a number cruncher who cannot reliably any longer crunch accurate numbers, working dark to dark under intense pressure to finish the returns of those who retired long before me, and look at how you two are struggling through your days on the road, I question my intelligence and marvel at yours. Get well Mary! Get a tan Bill! Go Griz!

Denny Sabo on

Looks like "no fun at all", guys. Spring Break with the family in Florida. Will we ever see you guys back in "Big Sky" country? I hope your feeling better Mare. I have two titanium hips, so if that's the course that you take, it was the best thing I ever did for my health. Denny

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