Friday, April 29, 2011

You've heard about identity theft. How about identity mixup? I received bills from a critical care transport company, $25 each way to and from a cardiac diagnostic clinic on the 26th. I called the transport company and was told that Robert Murphy, DOB 4/24/20, SS number 268 etc (my number) was indeed transported to that place on that date. I said I wasn't transported anywhere on that date or any other date. Ashley, the young woman at the transport company, called Summit's Trace and a nurse said yes, I was taken from the G unit and returned on that date. (The G unit in the care center is like 200 in assisted living.) I went there, but that nurse wasn't there at the time. I told an RA I was Robert Murphy. She told me another Robert Murphy was a relatively new resident. She took me to his room, but he was in therapy at the time. That helped explain part of the mystery, but not all of it. Turns out my "face sheet" they call it, was picked up, copied and put with the new resident's records. So, record-wise, I was living a double life for a while. I'm told that has now been corrected. Don't know if any other meaningful stuff happened in the meantime. If it did, say the billing from the cardiac outfit, I may have to get it corrected.
Also FYI, I've been having trouble not getting incoming telephone calls. Some have said they've heard repeated ringing and no response from me or the answering machine. I had Mary, the RA in 200, call me last evening and the machine worked OK. Today a call from the woman at the transport company was picked up by the answering machine, so maybe the problem is fixed. I guess others have had problems - probably weather related.

Saturday, April 23, 2011

St. Louis

I'm sure you've all seen the news reports and footage from the tornado damage in St. Louis, and specifically the airport. Steve and I flew into that airport about 55 minutes before the tornado hit. We had planned on taking the MetroLink train to Whitney's apartment, but decided to take a taxi instead, because of the rain. By the time we got our luggage we left the airport at about 7:45, and the tornado hit at 8:15. Whitney's neighborhood and school weren't in the path of the tornado's, but there's quite a bit of damage around town.
Now the question is whether the airport will be opened tomorrow so that Steve can fly out, and Luis can fly in. I'm staying here this week to help Luis with his apartment search.

Friday, April 15, 2011


A day after I was diagnosed with cancer, I contacted my travel agent and had them book a cruise to Bermuda on a big ship in the biggest suite available. We left last Saturday and returned yesterday. It was a wonderful break from the chemo-therapy, and Maureen called it Chemo-cation.

We almost didn't get to go because on last Friday, I noticed that my right arm was twice the size of my left arm, so I went to the ER to find out that I had 2 blood clots in my upper right arm. They put me on a blood thinner that Maureen has to inject into my abdomen twice a day and then cleared me to go on the cruise.

Katie will be here on Monday for my next round of chemo.



Wednesday, April 13, 2011


Well, I don't know any Murphy's law truisms right now but I have some chicken pictures to share! We got baby chicks 6 weeks ago and we are finally putting these 2 acres we have to work! Dad came and built a coop for us. Therefore we named it "Pop's Perch" (also a take-off on how we all love perch at Lakeside! :)

Tuesday, April 12, 2011

It's been almost a month since anyone posted a message. I'll revive it some by starting to post a little bit of this and a little bit of that selected from stuff in my files that I've saved for one reason or another over the years. Murphy's Law - If anything can go wrong, it will. Said to be a principle that guided a reliability engineer named Murphy to look for ways a product could fail and include design changes to prevent such a failure. The term has been used to describe countless versions, some very true and some just funny, that have nothing to do with reliability engineering. Friendly fire - isn't. True. Never play leapfrog with a unicorn. Just funny. All bleeding stops. . . eventually. True. I know you know some like this. Post them.

Thursday, April 7, 2011

Update from the Borns

Just wanted to give you all an update on our family. Adelaide Marie is doing great, her hemoglobin levels have finally leveled out and she has a clear bill of health!
We just finished visiting my Mom and Dad in Key West, it was a great time for all!