Larry & Lee Ann's Journey travel blog

It was a beautiful drive to Hot Springs today...

The doc, beginning the process...

My honey is a happy camper here!

Well the front side didn't get it, let's work on the back...

Success, new shoe for two more weeks along with crutches we thought,...

A brief stop on our way home...

Boy it's pretty in this area...

Where the Wind Blows...

A faint rainbow, just beginning to show as we prepare to move...

See the little prairie dog in the lower right corner?

Love how the rocks are lit behind the Custer Mountain Campground sign...

It's a cool mixture of light & dark off to our left...

Onyx is glad it has stopped & there's a bit of sunshine...

Even Larry's checking things out...

Chatting with our neighbor Doug...

I'm still snapping pics behind us & off to our left...

It's nice & bright behind us...

It looks pretty cool out there in the trees, the small white...

Happy 4th & God Bless America!


Well, Larry woke up pretty excited that the day had finally arrived for his cast to be removed. We drove the 40 miles to Hot Springs & found the VA hospital without too much difficulty. Unfortunately, even though he had called ahead of time to find out the exact procedure needed for them to see him, they had not followed through with his pre-registration. Oh well, they were very friendly and helpful & got that portion completed within an hour. Then back to the Emergency Room where the nurse there was completely puzzled as to why they had sent him there. She kept insisting that 'my doctor' is not going to remove that cast. You need an orthopedic doctor for that. She finally ordered an x-ray be taken & said she'd see what she could do but it didn't look promising. After taking 3 x-rays they sent us back to the Emergency Room. Three hours had now passed!

It didn't take long before they called us to the back & a different doctor arrived with an electric saw prepared to remove the cast. (A new shift had arrived so the original doctor was now gone). It actually was pretty funny how much effort that required! He first cut the front but couldn't budge it. Then he moved to the back & sawed and tried again. Then he pulled & tugged with both Larry & I trying to assist, lol! At one point, while he was bent over & we were all tugging he commented that this was 'a do it yourself hospital'. Too funny!

Of course, it eventually came free much to Larry's delight. He said he'd be right back with some paperwork for us & when he returned to the room with bad news. The x-rays showed absolutely no improvement in Larry's foot. In fact, the bone looks even more separated then it did 6 weeks ago! Oh no, now what? Talk about two disappointed people. So, we now are waiting for a call on Tuesday with an appointment in Sturgis at the VA Hospital with an orthopedic surgeon. Don't know if we're looking at surgery or another cast although we can't see where that would accomplish much. The bones are not even in alignment so how they could possibly grow back together unless they are screwed or wired that way for the healing process. We left the hospital with the orthopedic shoe on & orders to stay on the crutches with no weight bearing activity. The one plus was Larry got to take a 'real shower' this morning & he was really looking forward to that!

We hung out at home today. It was a good day to stay inside as we had one heck of a storm for an hour or two. I believe the news said we got about 1/2 inch of rain & there was a bit of dime sized hail thrown in to boot. I have a trash can under one corner of our awning catching rain & I had to go out 4 times to empty it as it filled! But it helps prevent a big puddle from forming in front of our front door. It's a bit low there & I think we're going to get some gravel later this week to level it out a bit. After the storm passed the sun came out & it was so pretty behind us as the rain dripped from the trees with the light streaming through. I tried to capture it in a few pics. Our neighbor Doug's EZ-Up didn't fair too well but our awnings made it through this one ok. Thank goodness, they are brand new & we'd like them to stay looking that way for awhile, lol.

Tomorrow we plan to attend church in the morning & then check out the Old Time Country Fair downtown where local vendors show their wares. There's plenty of entertainment & good food too! We're invited to a party on Monday, the 4th & our two favorite bands, the Ramblin' Rangers & Pleasant Valley Sunday are playing from 6-9pm with fireworks to follow on Pageant Hill. Hope the rain stays away, there's a 20% chance of precipitation. We hope you all enjoy this holiday weekend and if you are on the road, safe travels!



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