Friday, May 1, 2009


May 1 - Just a quick update. Ken’s surgery went well and his recovery is right on schedule.

In fact, going home tomorrow (Saturday), ready or not!!

Thursday, April 30, 2009


April 29-30 – We woke at 4:15 a.m. on Wednesday and drove from TT Chesapeake Bay to Richmond. We had to be at St. Mary’s Hospital at 6:30 a.m. Ken’s knee surgery was at 9 o’clock. We talked with Dr. McGlynn later in day and he assured us that the surgery had gone well and everything was looking great. However, Ken had a reaction to the anesthesia and felt pretty lousy the rest of the day. I'm staying with him at the hospital. Neither of us got much sleep last night.

This is the scene outside the waiting room at the hospital, as I waited for news about Ken's surgery.

Today, Thursday, Ken was looking and feeling much better. The bandage was removed this morning and replaced with a smaller patch. Thought you’d like to see how it looks. The dark lines were drawn by the doctor as a “road map”. All the stitches are internal. Very professional job, don’t you think??

Ken was able to get up a couple of times during the day, using a walker and the help of PT personnel. His appetite is pretty good and he ate about half of his meals – I ate the other half!! His major problem now is the pain in the back of his surgical knee. So many people have told us that is where they experienced the most trouble. It seems to be true.

Dr. McGlynn said we can look at going home on either Saturday or Sunday, depending on how things go. I think, with not going to rehab and living in the motor home as we do, we would be smart to wait until Sunday. That would give Ken one more day to recoup and get stronger.

The staff here is wonderful and have been very attentive. Mike and Diane have been wonderful, too, with all their help and visits!! Thank you everybody!!


April 28 – Every now and then some friends we’ve met in the past (mostly Pickleball friends) come to TT Chesapeake Bay while we are there. It is always great to see them again!!

Think we met Dawn and Carl out west – probably at Verde Valley. They are from Allentown, PA. We run into them here and there around the country. Carl weaves beautiful pine needle baskets and carves. Dawn makes a mean Shoo Fly Pie!! Ken loves it!!

Met Bruce and Cheryl at TT Peace River. Bruce is an excellent horse shoe pitcher and Pickleball player. He didn’t play at Chesapeake Bay because he cut his big toe in the River!!

Met Art and Deborah, guess where?? On the Pickleball court right here at Chesapeake Bay a couple of years ago. They have an RV with a “garage” in the back for carrying their Trike, etc. Note their beautiful pets!!

Sunday, April 26, 2009


We are now staying at TT Chesapeake Bay, about 65 miles from Richmond, VA where Ken will have knee surgery on Wednesday. We expect he will be in the hospital only two or three days, and will be back at the RV to recuperate. We are so appreciative that the Park Manager, Terry, agreed to let us "bridge" our week out so we do not have to move.

Won’t be long now.


Ken thought he needed SOMETHING to help him recoup from his knee surgery. The choice was easy – a new Wii game!!! I think he has gotten more exercise since installing that game than he has in months!! It is more FUN!!

So far, I’m the tennis champ, but Ken is the pro bowler!!


April 18 –Our Great Grandson, Little Michael, celebrated his 2nd birthday on Saturday. Little Michael is Diane’s son, Chris and his wife Michelle’s child. He is named for his Grand Papa, Mike (Ken’s son).

Here is the Birthday Boy with his Dad, Chris.

And with his Mom, Michelle

He loved this card with Bob the Builder!! Can he read already???

He received sooooo many presents!!!

Here is Little Michael going for a touchdown with his new football (part of our gift to him).