Still kickin around in sunny Arizona

 It always seems hard to muster up a update while sitting still at our winter location in fear of just repeating the same old thing over and over again. You know, got up, went to the Pickleball courts, went for a bike ride, went for a walk, went to the gym, played Mah Jong, played Mexican Train, went out for wing night, went to happy hour and on and on. We are sure it just turns into blah blah blah on your end LOL!!! But it really does not feel that way on our end, we are having a great time, well I am anyway.

A great evening out with friends.

A great evening out with friends.

A few brand new people trying out a orientation class on Pickleball.

A few brand new people trying out a orientation class on Pickleball.

After a few hours of Pickleball this is where I go to get 30 minutes or so of cardio in.

After a few hours of Pickleball this is where I go to get 30 minutes or so of cardio in.

 Diane on the other hand is still dealing with her arm issue and it just gets worse instead of better. We have written about the 4 or 5 appointments we have already had between the orthopedic surgeon and the neurologist and the run around with different tests and the length of time between the tests and how for some reason what we are being told just doesn’t settle well in our heads. Well, we decided to get a second opinion.

Diane, are you thinking about fish tonight for dinner?

Diane, are you thinking about fish tonight for dinner?

 After a little research and by asking around we learned about an organization in the Phoenix area called the “Core Institute”.  They are recognized as the number one orthopedic group six years and running and are chocked full of orthopedic and neurosciences specialists.

 The Core has 20 different locations in Arizona so for us the location in Mesa works best so Diane gathered up her x-ray and MRI information along with whatever other information was gathered from her previous appointments and made an appointment to get the ball rolling.

We will need to go back and check this one out again.

We will need to go back and check this one out again.

 When it came time for the appointment the Core seemed very efficient, we arrived ½ hour early for her 1:30 appointment so Diane could fill out whatever new patient paperwork there would be and amazingly we were ushered into an exam room by 1:40 and a nurse was with us doing her initial routine within minutes soon followed by the Dr. who I’m sure was reviewing the MRI and x-ray before coming into the room. Pretty darn impressive from what we have been going through lately and what usually happens at doctor offices.

 The doc asked a few questions, had Diane move her arm the best she could on her own, touched different areas on her shoulder as she moved (at times with his help) her shoulder and with a very short time said without hesitation that she does in fact have bone spurs but more importantly she has Adhesive Capsulitis of the shoulder, better known as Frozen Shoulder. (I told her if she kept giving me the cold shoulder something bad would happen, you know like when your mom would say “if you keep making that face it will stay that way” or “if you keep doing that you will go blind” oh wait, forget I said that LOL!!!)

people are getting into the spirit around here.

people are getting into the spirit around here.

 At that point he suggested a steroid injection and asked if it was ok if his sidekick could give it (a nice young lady obviously going through training) to which Diane answered yes. Once I saw that long ars needle I think I would have changed my mind but Diane hung right in there as the girl in training stuck that sucker into her joint and started moving it around as if having a hard time finding the correct spot.

A great place to catch a meal and enjoy a little down time. So we hear anyway, we have not eaten here yet this year.

A great place to catch a meal and enjoy a little down time. So we hear anyway, we have not eaten here yet this year.

 After a few seconds I saw Diane’s eyebrows raise a little and I’m sure the doctor did as well because he calmly took control of the needle and completed the injection.

 He then said he would like to set her up for physical therapy and wants to see her again in 6 weeks. If he is correct in his diagnosis he told us and did more in that 1 short visit than the original doctor did in all the visits combined. Time will tell.

Old farts practicing for a game because you know once we reach 55 and older we just lay around the pool and drink beer right?.

Old farts practicing for a game because you know once we reach 55 and older we just lay around the pool and drink beer right?.

Just how some of the old farts spend a afternoon.

Just how some of the old farts spend a afternoon.

A good spot to get a burger and watch a baseball game.

A good spot to get a burger and watch a baseball game.

 Other than what we have already mentioned we also spent an evening with our friends and neighbors Dave & Jenny at the 23rd annual Casa Grande Electric Light Parade.

 After a good chili feed at Dave & Jenny’s we all jumped in their truck and headed downtown with our lawn chairs and blankets to take in the festivities. 

 This year if I heard correctly there were right at 100 floats involved and to our surprise not one from Palm Creek Golf & RV Resort, the largest RV Resort in the area even though there were floats entered by much smaller resorts.

 Not to fear, even though the huge and powerful resort owners don’t seem to feel the need to have a float in the parade the Palm Creek Pickleball Club announced that next year they themselves would put a float together to have it in the parade!! That’s the spirit!!

 

 On another note along with my Pickleball partner John we entered a tournament in Tucson. Even though we didn’t medal we made it into the 4th round before getting knocked out which in my mind wasn’t bad for our first tournament together and it being the 2nd tournament either of us had ever been in (the 1st real USAPA Sanctioned tournament).

 Even though I think we could have put on a better showing we left with high hopes of doing better in the 3 “possibly 4” upcoming tournaments we plan to play in between now and April.

 And our new truck is completed and will be stored for us until we make our way to Indiana to pick it up in April.

 I’m sure we will do a update on her once we pick it up and spend a little time with it so you truck people might look forward to that, or maybe not LOL!!

 As far as our 5th wheel, all of the decisions have been made and signed off on and we were told it should start in the frame shop next week. That will give them just over 3 months to get it built in order to stay within our original plans of picking it up the 1st week of April. Time will tell.

 In reality if we leave Arizona April 1st as planned it will take 3 days to get to Kansas pulling a U-Haul trailer and then it will probably take us 6 days or so to get to Indiana and back with the new truck without pushing it to hard so mid-April would work for us. As long as we can get it and make it to a rally 700 miles south in Texas by May 4th we are all good with pretty much whatever happens.

 That’s it for now, stay warm if you are one of those crazy people tromping around in the snow and don’t forget your sun block if you are enjoying the sunny areas.

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11 Responses to Still kickin around in sunny Arizona

  1. Steve & Dianne Colibaba says:

    Glad to hear they may have a handle on Diane’s shoulder issue. Loved the cold shoulder comment… LOL! Great shots of the Xmas light parade. The truck looks awesome. Merry Christmas! 🎄🎁

    • Dave & Diane says:

      Thanks, we are sure hoping we have a handle on it. It sounds like time, a lot of time might be required to fully recover. And Merry Christmas to you both and have fun up there with the family.

  2. janaplum says:

    I so enjoy following your blog (and those same stories are always refreshing to me and not boring!). We are in Lake Havasu and have heard so much that I am hoping to stop by for a night or two at this fabulous RV resort on our way to Florida. If there is availability near the EOM, we might seek you out and introduce ourselves! Oh, I once had a frozen shoulder and PT and that shot was the answer for me. Jana and Mike

  3. exploRVistas says:

    Wow…for a boring, mid-winter post, that was fun! Well, except for that big needle. Have the shop put LoJack on that beauty of a truck. You don’t want that disappearing on you.

  4. Jim and Barb says:

    Good to see that you are still getting out and having some fun. Hopefully the injections help releive some of Diane’s pain. The truck is looking great!

  5. Susan Anderson says:

    WOW, BIG LONG needles, Christmas lights, a new truck……nothing boring in your life for sure!
    Congratulations on the new truck it sure is a beauty.
    Now that Diane has a diagnosis hoping she can find some relief. I suffered from frozen shoulder and it was so painful I actually thought I had cancer! The PT did wonders and I still use the exercises to this day when it flairs up. Frozen shoulder is debilitating, it affects your sleep, your everyday life, wishing her some speedy relief.
    In the meantime it sure likes you are at a nice RV Resort. Hope to explore Arizona next winter ourselves.

    • Dave & Diane says:

      Thanks Susan, we are looking forward to our first meeting with the PT. No call from them yet to set up a appointment but I’m sure we will hear something this week.
      And yes, this is certainly one of the nicer resorts we have stayed at and has everything we could ever want to stay occupied.

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