Thursday, May 4, 2017

Return to Moab from Grand Junction

The trip to Grand Junction was fortuitous.  Upon our arrival at the GJ KOA, I spied a mobile RV tech on the roof of a travel trailer.  We asked if he could work us into his schedule to replace the seven pin and he said sure.  He sent us off to buy one, and by the time we returned he was ready to install it for us.  He's a competent tech, did nice work, taped everything off and was very pleasant to boot.  Best of all, we did not have to take the RV in to the dealership.  Their yard opens directly on to Hwy 50 and we were not looking forward to making that turn across heavy traffic.  So, if you're in Grand Junction with a wonky RV, call him.

It was really good that I resisted the urge to just take antibiotics for the ear, and sought medical treatment.  I have a mycotic infection on the eardrum.  The ENT was able to suck most of the offending material out.  He then painted it with gentian violet, which was developed in the 1880s.  It's making a come back as an anti-fungal.  It also stains everything it touches.  There is already a purple blotch on my bath towel.  I have to go back in two weeks.  After the remaining cells die, they, too, must be vacuumed off the eardrum.
Why, you wonder does she have fungus growing on her eardrum?  It's because of the narrowness of my ear canal.  The ENT said its shaped like an Erlenmeyer flask, with the eardrum being the bottom of the flask.  So, even though we've been in low humidity, the ear continues to be the gift that keeps on giving.

Other things we saw in Grand Junction included a trailer full of long horn steers.  Look at that horn!

This is a locomotive grave yard.  There are over 60 of them sitting on sidings.  It's sad, seeing that much machinery rusting with their wheels covered in tumble weeds.  Some may go back into service, others will not.

This is Crescent Junction.  It's at the corner of I70 and UT191. This is where the contaminated mine tailings are being taken and buried.  There were many train cars.  On the right, you can see a mobile crane heading towards a car to pick it up.  There's nothing out there, so I suppose it's as good a place as any to make radioactive.

So that was the last two days.  We'll uproot the schedule to accommodate a return to Grand Junction.  There are very few medical specialists in this part of the country.

Speaking of medical stuff - the house passed the ACA replacement today.  They made rape, pregnancy, domestic violence (not true, 45 to 48 states have laws forbidding this practice, article here) and C section deliveries pre-exisisting conditions.  I wonder if all of those college educated white women who voted for that man are still happy with their decision.
Several days ago Rep. Mo Brooks, R-Ala., said this during an interview on CNN:
My understanding is that [the new proposal] will allow insurance companies to require people who have higher health care costs to contribute more to the insurance pool. That helps offset all these costs, thereby reducing the cost to those people who lead good lives, they’re healthy, they’ve done the things to keep their bodies healthy. And right now, those are the people — who’ve done things the right way — that are seeing their costs skyrocketing.
The italics are mine.  It's interesting to see how their minds work.  It you're sick, clearly it's your fault.  Ah lah, they've all gone back to the White House for a beer bash to celebrate a good day's work.  I can't stand it.  Call your Senators, tell them to stop this now.

It hit the 90s today in Moab.  Looks like we'll be getting up early for hike/bike.  We're up and out for Jensen, UT on Sunday.

1 comment:

  1. Been looking forward to an update from you. Glad you got your RV repair done without having to go to the dealer. Good stuff. Sorry about the ear, but at least you know the problem now and hopefully the follow-up visit will be the last for awhile. The health care stuff is crazy. I am glad I had my accident this year since I have my ACA plan. If the Senate passes this bill, I have no idea what I'll have to pay next year if I want to be insured. :-(