News, updates, and happenings with the Kragnes family: Phil, our Seeing Eye Dogs, and (me) Rebecca.

battle and bike

First the bad news. Phil is back in the hospital for the third time in three months. His fistula clotted again. They were hoping to take care of it outpatient but got a particularly high reading on the potassium. A temporary catheter had to be inserted to dialyze him tonight. Tomorrow he has the procedure, and they hope to do it early enough that he’ll come home. I know a certain German Shepherd who will be glad to see him. Phil thinks this might have something to do with some test done at dialysis, as it has clotted after both of them. Doctors seem pretty confident they can get it unclotted and ready to go.

Before he discovered he wouldn’t hear his fistula last night as he was getting into bed, he’d been on his second bike ride in a week. He has a 29 year old captain — the person who sits on the front of a tandem bike. Last Monday they went 12 miles, and something in the bike made them wipe out on a hill. No one was hurt. they left Garron home both last week and this week, because they want to get this thing fixed before hooking up the trailer. Phil purchased an eight speed hub, and a wheel is going to have to be rebuilt to put this thing on the bike. I don’t completely understand, but it’s going to make the bike safer. Phil got on a web site for Schwinn Twinn bikes after getting a reader to find the serial number. The site had a chart which showed a range of serial numbers of Schwinn Twinn tandem bikes made on each day of many years. the tandem was made on February 23, 1966.

nothing terribly new with me, except I look forward to getting off of a board and having more time to devote to music. I tested something out at church last weekend and got some positive reactions. I’m reading biographies of musicians, and they have the mind churning a little. I also am working on getting music and books more organized and CD’s properly ripped and labeled. I’m also battling one of my doctors, because he’s charging a tax the insurance company says he can’t charge, and Phil’s really pushing me to fight it not only for me but for all of his patients. He says he’s doing this with all of his patients, and at least those using our insurance company should be charged according to the contract. It’s not fun fighting this, but I hope it turns out OK. this and another battle brought about the music I tested this weekend.
Rebecca Kragnes and Zane (Black Labrador and Seeing Eye Dog)
E-Mail: rebeccak
Twitter: RebeccaKragnes


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