Tuesday, January 01, 2008

2007 in Review

Wow, 2007 was an interesting and sometimes scary year for us. It started quietly with a quiet New Years eve at home which is our usual. Work was slower since we were done our inspections but I was preparing for my turn in the sandbox. Then on Jan 12th Vicki had pain in her jaws that wouldn’t go away. Finally we called 911 and the paramedics advised us that she should go to Christiana Hospital. So off she went by ambulance to the hospital. The doctors there quickly checked things over, confirmed a heart attack and whisked her off to the cardiac cath lab within 45 minutes of our arrival. They ended up putting several stents in her heart and keeping her for a few days. Then after she was sent home we had a few appointments with various doctors but she recovered well.
April Fool’s day found me leaving home and heading to Baltimore Washington Airport to catch the “Patriot Express” to Manas AB in Bishkek Kyrgyzstan. We stopped in Germany and Turkey along the way before arriving at Manas. There we got more gear and awaited for military transportation to Afghanistan. Our first leg took us to Bagram AB then finally to my final destination, Kandahar Air Base in Southern Afghanistan. This would be my home for 30 days. It was a very different world than the one I had left just a few days prior, we carried our rifles everywhere, at night we were required to don body armor and Kevlar helmet if we were outside, and it was dusty, very dusty. My job was to take care of the computer network along with several other folks, mostly active air force with a couple of other guard people. Our commander was from the ANG in Pittsburgh PA so that was interesting. We survived several rocket attacks on the base and were kept on our toes by our Explosive Ordinance Disposal (EOD) folks who had a bad habit of forgetting to warn everyone when they were going to blow stuff up! The trip home was eventful with stops in several countries, break downs, and even smoke in the cockpit which required an emergency landing complete with fire trucks in Turkey. I met some great people along the way though and was finally home on May 11th, and was able to celebrate our anniversary on the 15th.
May found Vicki back in the hospital, this time at Chester County, a routine trip to the cardiologist for an echo cardiogram became a bit more. She told him she had been having chest pains so he advised her that he wanted her checked out. So because he is affiliated with Chester County Hospital we went over there to the ER. We waited forever and she finally got a room later in the evening. The next day they did a cardiac cath and found that her stents had blocked up. They wanted to do a bypass but we said NO WAY! We had her transported to Christiana again and they were able to restent her. During this period though they found that she had some blockages in her legs. So on Oct 26th she had stents put in both legs and they found the aorta was blocked but they didn’t have the correct stent for it. So on Dec 18th they went back in again but found that the blockage had mostly disappeared which they attribute to the legs being opened and helping the flow. So now she is feeling a bit better and walking better.
The summer found us busy around the house, working around the pool and other places to do a few things we had wanted to do to make it more functional and to make it look much better. We made a couple trips to Roots Market in Lancaster, made it to the Cecil County Fair, the PA German Festival, and the PA Renaissance Faire. We found some good stuff on Freecycle and we able to have several yard sales to rid ourselves of some of our accumulated junk.
For Halloween we once again made our way to The Bates Motel, this time we brought my parents, my step sister, and her son with us for a good scare. They are great folks and offered a military appreciation night so we were all able to get in for ½ price. Thanksgiving found us hosting the family and my parents were here too which is a big change, normally they are in warmer climates by the end of Oct. Christmas was at my step sisters and they were there too, then they left for Florida on the 26th. Our new years eve was once again a quiet one.
We hope the new year brings you and your family a blessed time and all of your hopes and dreams are fulfilled. This will be another interesting year for us I am sure.

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