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SURGERY!

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Here I am.  The image was taken at the Grandaughters Graduation in West Virginia State University a few weeks ago.

Now, on to what’s been going on here.  On the morning of June 4th, my Wife had major knee surgery to replace her bad knee on her left leg.  She had been suffering from pain for just under a year.  Her joint was bone on bone.  Not good.  The surgery process went very good.  The Sergon did a great job.  He was so very pleasant & comforting to her.  After the surgery was done, she stayed in the Reading Hospital for 2 days after to recover.  The Nursing Staff had her up & walking not but an hour after surgery, if you can believe that!  She did very well.  However, that was because the drugs & medication did not quite wear off yet.  The painful time is yet to come.

Brought her Home here and had to help her in just about everything she tried to do.  The second day she was home, is a very painful time.  It was a very trying time for us both.  We were told that the 1st week will be nasty.  They were right.  Eileen had to take pain meds every 4 hours to keep the painful incision from hurting more than what it did.  Me, being her caregiver, had to help her keep ice on her knee to keep the swelling down.  Change the ice most every hour & a half.  It’s a lot of work.  She did not sleep well, nor did I for the 1st week.

The 2nd week started to get better.  Not quite as much pain, but it was still there.  She had to start some Rehab at Mountain Lake Rehab where certified people help her along the road to recovery.  Every other day, she had to go.  Her knee did get better & better, but it’s no picnic quite yet.  Learning to put weight on a leg & knee that had a major operation is no fun!  Learning to walk is another obstacle to overcome.

Now, into the 3rd week, it’s much, much better.  She can walk with a cane, but still needs attention so there is no falling!  Eileen can do much more now, and the incision is healing very nicely.  Very soon she will be up and walking just like she did before.  Like nothing happened.

It has been rough on us both.  I can’t really go anywhere for long periods of time.  About 2 hrs. is the max.  I’m more than sure that she does not want to go thru this again!  Me, either!

 

Thanks for reading.

Les

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HISTORIC READING

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Since my Hometown of Reading, PA is a very Historic area they should have more of these placed around the City to show what once was there long ago.

There is a McDonalds Fast Food in it’s place off to the left of this Image.

Thanks for reading.

Les

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RETURN TO BETHELHEM STEEL

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I tend to enjoy going back to this very historic area just because so much has happened here from years gone bye.  Bethelhem Steel was once the largest Steel producers on the East Coast.  However, due to corporate greed over time and compitation from foreign steel producers, the place just did not keep up with the changing market.  Years ago, the once mighty steel producer, stopped it’s production never to make steel again.  Today, the place is a Historic reminder of what used to be.  The buildings that are still standing retain the color from the blast furnace’s that once roared here.  Some of the buildings have been torn down, but many still stand.

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Here looking down one of the area’s, are buildings that still remain.  On the right is what used to be Machine Shop #2 where gun barrels for battleships were turned on huge lathe’s that are no longer there.  These lathe’s were so big that the operator could sit on the carriage while turning the barrel.  Would have loved to see that.  On the left is the Blower Room that once supplied air to the Mill.  In the distance is the Crane Repair Building where huge Cranes lifted gun barrels onto waiting flat bed cars.

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A Plaque showing the ships that were made from the Steel Plant.

Thanks for reading.

Les