Larry & Lee Ann's Journey travel blog

My new Ariat's! Love them :)

It's been a busy past couple of weeks. And way too cold, which makes it harder for me to get out and about. Throw in the wind with the 30* temps and I just want to curl up with a good book, make a cup of hot tea and hibernate! Unfortunately, that's not always possible!

Larry's been busy servicing his existing insurance client base and has been blessed to be writing quite a bit of new business as well. In fact, he's on an appointment right now. After 30+ years in the industry he still loves it as much as he ever did. Although he is 'technically' retired, or at least semi-retired, he maintains his license's and keeps up with the industry changes so that he can always 'service' his clients. Life insurance stays pretty consistent but the health insurance industry is rapidly changing with the new laws so that is a challenge. Of course, with his knowledge, trustworthiness and charming personality his clients stay with him for life! LOL Just kidding Well, not really. Seriously, Larry is the guy I would want for my agent if I weren't married to him. Oh, wait a minute...he is my agent!!!

Monday we visited the Boot Barn and were finally successful in finding the cowboy boots we've been shopping for. I bought short Ariat's and Larry got the softest pair of Dan Post's I've ever seen. The toe is a bit more pointed than he would have liked but the leather and the color sold him. After all, isn't comfort what it's all about? We did purchase Ariat insoles to make them even more comfortable. Bottom line, we're both happy!

Yesterday was my much anticipated appointment with the Orthopedic surgeon for my left wrist. It's been very uncomfortable for the past 2 months and this was the first available appointment. You might remember I was diagnosed and treated with de Quervain's disease, a painful inflammation of tendons in the thumb that extend to the wrist. The swollen tendons and their coverings rub against the narrow tunnel through which they pass. The result is pain at the base of the thumb and extending into the lower arm. Treatment usually involves wearing a splint 24 hours a day for four to six weeks to immobilize the affected area and refraining from any activities that aggravate the condition after an injection of steroids which decrease pain and swelling. When I got my first injection last July it took close to two weeks for the med to 'kick in' and I developed a ganglion at the injection site. I got relief for about 4 months but the throbbing then came back with a vengeance. It's been increasingly difficult to do everyday tasks like combing my hair, housecleaning etc. Anyway, the doc aspirated the ganglion yesterday, gave me another steroid shot and put me in a splint for 4 weeks. If that doesn't take care of it, surgery is recommended. I'm hopeful that this course of action will be all it takes. So, a little prayer for me please!

The kids are here, visiting from Alaska. Jim's attending a big 'show' at the convention center so we really haven't seem them much. They are grateful for the 'warm weather' we're having. Ha! I don't consider highs in the 40's and lows in the 20's 'warm'! But they think it's wonderful, lol. We are supposed to move back into the 50's beginning today and through the weekend. They want to play golf on Saturday so I hope it warms up and the winds stay down.

Well, I guess I've babbled on long enough. And besides, it's really hard typing with this darn splint on! In fact, it's nearly impossible, lol. Just know that I plan to milk it for all it's worth over the next 4 weeks! After all, I was a great caregiver when Larry broke his foot and was casted for 6 weeks. Turn around is fair play, right ????

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