Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Master Bath Remodeling

Our master bath has been mostly unchanged since November 1988.  Although everything still works, it shows both age and wear.  And frankly, we're just tired of it.

So today the remodelers will take out the entire shower down to the wall, including the glass doors and frame.  Also, the floor pan will come up and be replaced.  They will also take up all the carpet and the ceramic tile flooring in the potty area. 

Tomorrow they return to do the plumbing for the new shower fixtures and replace the tub and sink faucets.  It will probably be Thursday when they return to install the new tile floor and shower.  Then most of the heavy work will be done.  Another day of grouting and cleaning and we can then call the shower door people to come measure for a frameless glass fixture.  That takes about ten days to order and return for the install.

All of this should greatly update the bathroom and hopefully last out our remaining years here.

Meanwhile, one of the workers is going to refurbish our wood and cut glass front door.  A lot of sanding and cleaning, followed by new stain and multiple coats of urethane.  We also purchased a new brushed nickle door latch kit.  It should look good.

I'll be posting photos of the progress.

Thursday, October 21, 2010

So That's a Gallbladder

It started with a slight pain on my right side just under the ribs.  Not all the time, but sometimes it would hurt enough for me to press on it for relief.  Actually, it was more annoying than painful.

Finally I asked my doctor about it and within three days and a few scans I was scheduled for laparoscopic gallbladder surgery (cholecystectomy) to remove the gallbladder and a bunch of gallstones through several small incisions in my abdomen.

That was last Thursday afternoon and I was home the following day.  Pretty amazing what doctors can do these days.

Anyway, I didn't know what a gallbladder was and started asking around.  It turns out that humans have known for over four centuries that the gallbladder isn't necessary for humans to lead a normal life.  I'll know if that's true on Saturday when I see the surgeon.  I feel great and I'm not leaking anywhere so I'm pretty sure he will say I can resume my normal life.