Monthly Archives: May 2019

Happy 50th Birthday, Steve!! – Tues, May 28, 2019

Today is Steve Haas’ 50th birthday.

Paco, Steve, and Tommy at their birthday eve celebration of Steve’s 50th.
Kirsten made the berry cheesecake. It was ricotta and cream cheese with almond crust from the Once Upon a Chef cookbook.

They will continue the festivities this Sat. when all of the Traverse City Haases travel to Grand Rapids to meet up with Steve’s twin sister Debbie and her family for late lunch and her son’s soccer game.


Clark had 2 teeth pulled – Tues. May 21, 2019

Clark is delighted to report that after 3 weeks of trying, he finally got his 2 bothersome teeth pulled. He had been very anxious about it because he was afraid that the oral surgeon might not be willing to pull them. But, all went smoothly. They connected him to an EKG to monitor his heart and his blood pressure remained normal. Dr. Gallia had the teeth out in no time.

Clark feels fine. For dinner he had a can of luke warm tomato bisque soup, some mashed potatoes, lemon pudding and later some ice cream. He is supposed to keep the area iced, but he thinks that there is no swelling and it has stopped bleeding.

Clark is supposed to put an ice pack on his jaw for 20 min every hour.

Clark is so happy to have the extraction over with. Next is the cardioversion a week from Thursday, May 30th, at 7:45 am at Sutter General Hospital.

Barbara Wheeler

Tommy’s Soccer and Paco’s Baseball Games – Tues. May 14, 2019

I was so busy reporting about Clark last week that I did not post these pictures which Kirsten and Steve sent about Tommy’s playing soccer and Paco’s playing baseball.

Here are some pictures from Tommy’s games a week ago Saturday in Sutton’s Bay (22 miles /25 mins north of Traverse City:

Tommy is throwing in the ball from out of bounds.

That is Tommy in the center of the photo.

That is Tommy on the left trapping the ball.
It is nice to see Tommy so active in a sport.

Tommy kicking the ball.

A bit grainy, but good action.

The Team Chilé very Chilly Cheerleaders – Mike and Judy Haas (Steve’s parents) and Kelli (Kirsten’s) sister.

Here are some pictures from Paco’s game last Tuesday night. The Petrosky Northmen were a tough team.

Paco at bat.

Paco headed to 1st Base.

Paco walked, but it was fun to hear the crowd over the wind.
Kirsten said not to let the blue skies fool you. She had on a jean jacket, a spring jacket, and a down jacket, and she was still cold.

A couple of these photos were videos. Wish I knew how to post a video!


Happy Mother’s Day – Sun. May 12, 2019

Brandon and Lisa took me and Joleen (Lisa’s Mom) to dinner at Zócalo in University Village. I had their ceviche with shrimp and white fish which is my favorite dish there. Beckett gave his mom and both grandmothers Mother’s Day cards.

Beck, Brandon, Joleen, Clark, Barb and Lisa at Zócalo for Mother’s Day dinner.

Beckett with Mom Lisa and Grandmothers Joleen and Barbara at the Menchie’s, the nearby yogurt shop.

Happy Mother’s Day!!


Visit from Dave Smith – Sat. May 11, 2019

Dave Smith, oldest of my sister Joan’s 5 children visited us tonight. He is the oldest of our 20 grandchildren. He was on his way from his sister Janet’s cabin at Tahoe-Donner to pick up Muffy (his partner) at the Sacramento airport. (They live in Portland, OR).They are spending the night at Janet’s in Lodi, then are headed for Yosemite in the morning.

Dave, a runner and cyclist, had a heart attack in his early 50s and had a 4 or 5 way bypass. So, he and Clark had lots to talk about. Dave has an Apple Watch. Clark put his finger on the watch band and Clark’s recent EKG showed up! It also said he likely had AFib.

Dave’s cardiologist put him on a paleo diet. So, we compared notes between paleo and keto. Paleo allows fruit and honey and maple syrup which the keto diet does not. Keto allows lots of whole fat dairy, which paleo does not. Keto restricts carbs much more than paleo.

When Dave was backing out of the driveway, I realized I hadn’t taken a picture. So I ran out to his car and he came back in and took this selfie of the 3 of us:

Clark, Dave Smith, Barb – Sat. May 11, 2019

Clark and Dave enjoyed lively political discussions. Dave was great company.

Thanks for the visit, Dave!


Clark saw Cardiologist, Richard Ericson, MD – Fri. May 10, 2019

This afternoon we went to see Richard Ericson, MD, cardiologist for Clark’s son Jim, whom Jim’s wife Deb highly recommended. He was excellent. Much younger than I expected.

Richard P. Ericson, MD, Cardiologist

He said that when Dr. Allison listened to Clark’s heart in Dec. 2018, it did not show AFib. So, the Afib has been going on for less than 5 months. He asked Clark if he had been more tired in the past few months, and Clark decided that he had. Otherwise, he has shown no symptoms of AFib.

It is best to try to get the heart back into its normal rhythm as soon as possible. He suggested that Clark get the teeth pulled soon. And then within 3 weeks Dr. Ericson will do an Electrical Cardioconversion in the hospital. Cardioconversion is the delivery of a jolt of electricity to change the rhythm of the heart back to normal. At the same time he will do an exam of the heart through the esophagus to make sure there isn’t a blood clot there.

The doctor’s aid tried to schedule the procedures before we left his office today. But, the scheduler on the hospital end was off for the day.

Clark’s blood pressure was high 151/81, pulse 60. So, the doctor put him back on Amlodopine, one of the blood pressure medicines. Clark will continue on Eliquis, the blood thinner. Clark just has to not take the thinner the night before or the morning of the tooth extractions.

Clark still feels fine.

Thanks for the recommendation, Deb!!

Barbara Wheeler

Clark Played Bridge Tonight – Thurs. May 9, 2019

I am happy to report that Clark returned to the bridge table tonight for our regular Thursday night game at the Sacramento Bridge Club. We didn’t do particularly well. Our 48% put us in 8th place of the 12 pairs.

Clark received a call from the scheduling office for the cardiologist that we requested. So, he will see the cardiologist tomorrow afternoon.

He still feels fine.