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DOUG IS HOME

Excerpt from today’s email:

I got home yesterday afternoon, thanks to [REDACTED]. The boys were happy to see me, as was I to see them. Andy decided my walker is his perch. Dougy rubbed me every way he could to make sure Andy knew Dougy claimed me as his human. 

I’m having to use my laptop because my PC won’t connect to the internet for some reason: MADDENING! I have so much mail and [REDACTED]  have changed so much in my apartment I’m not home or comfortable yet. Things are all stacked and rearranged. 
Didn’t sleep a wink last night in that bigger, more comfortable bed [REDACTED] decided I need to start sleeping in. Of course, as someone who doesn’t have cats, she doesn’t know that you don’t shut doors on cats (or dogs), and the boys wanted to get some quality time with me again…all night! 

Dougy was especially tenacious, walking on me, kneading me, rubbing on me, sticking his face in my face. Andy was content (mostly!) to hop on the window sill behind my headboard and check out the night scene outside the window, though he also perched on the walker, which was by my bed. 

I don’t know how fast I will get back to blogging. I am buried in things that have to be done, and I’m having a hard time getting organized. For one thing, I need to get some groceries if I’m eating anytime soon. 

DOUG IS HOME
 

Note: I redacted the names of the folks Doug mentioned in his email for privacy. I’ll let him mention them in his blog if he wishes to.

Welcome home Doug.

Interview with the umpire

Did I say umpire, I meant vampire, and by vampire I meant Doug.

Doug is sort of like a reverse vampire. Every other day or so his blood is sucked out of him*. As you can imagine, having the blood sucked out of you is exhausting. This is the state I discovered him in yesterday when I finally got a hold of him after several days incommunicado. But we agreed to resume-establish contact today and sure enough Doug called me mid-afternoon.

He was feeling much better today having had a good day’s night’s sleep on the soil of his homeland a nice soft bed. I already knew that he had gotten a hair cut and a shave several days ago – it’s hard to shave when you can’t see yourself in the mirror. Oh and he finally got the correct glasses so he was finally able to see himself in the mirror.

He is still being held in a castle rehab facility in Transylvania Scottsbluff, but everyday he is getting stronger and the goal of getting home to Alliance is getting nearer. For two undead old guys with nothing much to say we sure talked for a long time.

 
BRING DOUG HOME

  

* sucked out our him, filtered, and put back into him. Dialysis.

AOS

Acquisition Of Signal

Contacted Doug last night in Scottsbluff. Doug is in good spirits, all things considered. He is still … with good reason … pissed off.

Doug gave me cell the phone number of his friend in Alliance. I contacted friend today. Friend hopes to see Doug on Tuesday, deliver cell phone and clothes. As we need a secure channel, Doug’s cell phone will not be released. You may leave messages for him on this blog, Maggie’s blog, or his blog.

Doug’s sister, Maggie’s mom, Doug’s friend in Alliance, and I are all in contact by email and phone. 

WE WILL

  

Long range scanner report …

One of our remote stations in the Pacific Northwest (Doug’s sister) reports:

Doug is at Golden Living Center (in ScottsBluff). Called this morning but he is in dialysis. He is in room 117, but doesn’t have a phone. They told me that they will take a phone into him when he receives calls. The staff I talked to seemed very nice and helpful.  

Our intelligence wing confirms the existence of

Golden Living Center

111 W. 36th St.

Scottsbluff, NE 69361

308-635-2019

Will attempt an audio uplink later this evening.

  

Dark Side of the Moon

LOS (Loss Of Signal) … a term first popularized during the Apollo lunar missions when the astronauts were behind the Moon and out of line-of-sight radio communication with the Earth. Also refers to loss of signal during re-entry when the ionized atmosphere enveloping a returning spacecraft blocks all radio transmissions.

Dark Side of the Moon … that side of the Moon that always faces away from the Earth and is never seen. The side the Apollo astronauts saw during LOS.

“Doug, this is Houston. Do you read? Over?”

” ”

“Doug, this is Houston. Do you read? Over?”

” ”

“Houston, this is Scottsbluff. Doug is confirmed LOS.”

“Roger that, Scottsbuff. LOS.”

“Houston, this is Alliance. We concur with Scottsbluff. Doug has definitely gone Dark Side of the Moon.”

“Roger that, Alliance.”

  

Doug is pissed off

For someone with kidney failure, Doug (aka weggieboy) is well and truly pissed off. 

As I write this Doug is STILL in Denver. What’s that you say, “Wasn’t he supposed to be home in Alliance?”

Yes, yes he was. But for reasons not yet clear, Doug’s release from Amberwood Court Care Center in Denver was delayed a day. To make matters worse he now has to pay $160 to stay an extra day, because he has exceeded the time limit for 100% Medicare coverage. Even better (and not in a good way) he didn’t even get physical therapy today so he just hung around “like a mushroom”*.

The new plan is for him to leave tomorrow, driven by an old friend from Denver who is going back to see family in Alliance. 

“Well at least he his FINALLY going home to see his kitties,” you say.

Well just hold on there one minute bucko! 

Doug isn’t going home to Alliance. He is going to Scottsbluff – on the way to Alliance. AND … his friend won’t have the time to take Doug to Alliance, then back to Scottsbluff to drop Doug off, then go back to Alliance. 

Doug is pissed off. So am I. So is Maggie’s mom, Liz. You should be too! I would hate to think that Amberwood Court Care Center purposely dragged its heals to get every penny of Doug’s Medicare money (and then some). That never happens. And I would also hate to think that Doug is being sent to Scottsbluff due to some financial accrual to Amberwood, because stuff like that never happens either.

On a positive note – seriously – Doug has been able to contact the people caring for the boys and even heard one of them meow. And another friend in Alliance is going to bring him clothes, keys, wallet, cellphone, and laptop computer.

Still I am thinking of hiring GRAVICKGROUP to pay Doug a visit in Scottsbluff. 

Stay tuned …

* “like a mushroom” – kept in the dark and fed $h1t