“Don’t worry, Dougy…I’m coming back before kitty food time!” He marked me just in case some other kitty tried to take me in the meantime…!
Not to fret! There are kitties at the end! In the meantime, this is an ambitious look at a typical trip to the dialysis unit, featuring local landmarks, a view of the streets of Alliance, what I do when I go into the dialysis unit, and a trip home past two of the places the kitties go in their only outdoor times. Oh yes, the kitties! You get to see what I see every time I come home!
Home! Gotta leave you now, but I’ll be back!
Woo hoo! Hope the police aren’t around because Black Beauty and I love, love, love, to zip around this intersection of Third and Flack!
Have to mail some letters, so I’m taking the Third Street route to dialysis.
Third and Box Butte Avenue. Turn right here to get to the post office…
Fourth and Box Butte Avenue. Turn right and the drop boxes for mail are right on the left. (Hee! Hee!)
I’ve posted a ton of paper into these over the years. Now I mostly e-mail. The building is the Alliance Times-Herald building. I get the paper by Internet now…. Can it still be called a “paper”? Danged if I know!
Fourth and Niobrara Avenue. I turn north here to head to 10th Street. Lots of streets in Alliance are named after rivers. I started life on Missouri, spent most of my life on Mississippi.
Tenth and Niobrara. There’s the iconic fountain in the Alliance Central Park. The display is more elaborate than what you see in the photo, and after dark it has colored lights. Neat!
Tenth and Box Butte Avenue. There aren’t too many stop lights in Alliance, but I hit all but two following this route, and three stop signs. There isn’t that much traffic in town most of the day…! There’s the hospital sign!
“Nebraska is flat.” But Alliance is hilly. The north end of Box Butte Avenue is a long, steep hill. That’s Laing Park on the left.
There’s Box Butte General Hospital! This is the new part that’s just recently been opened. Very nice! I turn right again here.
Black Beauty will wait patiently in this stall reserved for dialysis patients. I’ll be back BB!
I go in this door. Since the area was torn up for construction, the grass hasn’t been dealt with yet, but it will be very nice once they replace the grass. Don’t think those benches aren’t appreciated!
Fear not! Angels in smocks await thee! Never mind. I still have to weigh myself and tell them the result. Ick!
Patients weigh themselves, then take their temperatures with that gizmo on the right edge of the photo.
Sooey! I seem to have put on some weight since the last time…. (“It’s fluid weight,” I tell myself. Probably is! yeah, sure! Yep! Fluid weight! Righto!)
R2D2 awaits me, all freshened up and blood free for me! (I joke about the blood. Or do I??? Mwawhahahhaha!)
Behind the curtain, I am transformed into…
Moi, the dialysis patient! Yet another four hours to go. I have the television or can sleep, read a book, or mess around with my smart phone, taking selfies. Life is grand! (Like the shirt? I have three more just as wild.)
Four hours passed fast. The slowest time is those ten minutes you apply pressure to your vampire pricks to staunch the flow of blood. Come on! Those ten minutes never end!
That was fast! Didn’t whine (much), cry, or fuss, and the session went rather fast, I thought! Black Beauty awaits.
Black Beauty and I like to drive past the main entrance to the new part of the hospital because there is a curvy island to drive around. Zip! (At a slow speed, of course! >wink wink< )
So I take the highway home since it becomes Flack Avenue at the town limits. Flack takes me almost all the way home.
Hey, there’s the Alliance Animal Clinic. Andy and Dougy’s veterinarian works there. Hi, Dr. Y!
And there’s Murphy’s Grooming Boutique! Every other month, the kitty brothers get a day at this spa. Hi, everyone!
Ugh! One more light and there’s a slew of vehicles to wait to pass before I can make my left turn onto East Sixth Street, then home.
East Sixth Street. The houses are on my lane, Lane Two. Almost home.
Be it ever so humble, here’s good old Lane 2! My place is in that white stucco building way down past the lady.
Woo hoo! Back home and parked. Wonder what’s behind the front door….?
“Come on, Dougy! You know he expects us to greet him at the door!”
Here they come! My little furbuddies never disappoint! Dougy beats Andy to me. He’ll want to mark me fast!
Whew! You made it! I promise not to post anything this long again since it must have taken an hour to upload onto your PC or whatever. I decided to try this extravaganza post today as a test to see if a huge number of photos would upload onto my WordPress.
Obviously, they all did. I had to wait some time to do the deed. In fact, I went grocery shopping, put things away, and went out for breakfast at a local restaurant since I didn’t feel like making it for myself. When I came back, the upload was done. It finished sometime while I was gone.