I wrote in yesterday’s blog that after being at the hospital the last few days with our friends Sharleen and Jim, we planned to stay home and play catch up, after we slept in. Yeah, well that didn’t work out exactly as planned!
I had a restless night because of the burning itch all over my face, and by 7 a.m. I was awake and putting Aquaphor on it to try to get some relief. I have one week to go with the Fluorouracil cream and I am really looking forward to getting this treatment over with. Terry’s sister Dani, who is a physician’s assistant and an emergency air evac nurse, described the process as barbaric, and I can’t think of a better word for it.
After the usual morning routine of answering e-mails, I worked on the new issue of the Gypsy Journal between bouts of holding an ice pack on my face to keep the swelling down, while Terry logged in some orders, and then we got a call that my son-in-law Scot was headed our way. When we arrived here at Santa Fe RV Park last week we discovered that we were leaking diesel fuel when the engine was running, and suspected the problem might be the water drain on our fuel filter. Scott was down from Show Low to take a required test for his job and when he finished he came by to see if he could find the leak.
As it turned out, the problem was our lift pump, which seems to be a common failure on Cummins ISC engines of our vintage. Some internet research said the new ultra low sulfur diesel fuel dries out the internal gaskets and seals and creates the leaking problem, and that Cummins no longer carries a seal replacement kit. Comments on RV forums quoted prices of $700 to over $1500 for replacing the lift pump. Ouch! I might need to float a loan.
But after looking things over, Scott said he could replace it so we drove to Rocky Mountain Cummins in Mesa to pick up a new filter. The quoted price was $295, but the parts manager asked if I was a veteran, and when I said yes, he gave me a discount so we were out the door for about $250. Very nice! Back home it was getting dark but Scott, with Miss Terry holding a flashlight and passing tools when needed, got everything put back together in an hour or so, and when I fired the rig up there were no leaks! We thanked Scott profusely and after a round of hugs, he jumped in his truck for the 160 mile drive home.
While all that was going on, I got an e-mail informing me that the audiobook version of Crazy Days in Big Lake is now available on Amazon, Audible.com, and iTunes, just in time for Christmas.
Another book project I’m very proud of is the anthology 9 Killer Thrillers, which features nine full length novels by nine bestselling authors including myself, Russell Blake, MJ Rose, Michael Wallace, CJ Lyons, Melissa Foster, John L. Betcher, Claude Bouchard, and Luke Romyn. The anthology is currently rated at #3 in all of Amazon Kindle books for mysteries & thrillers, and is just 99¢. How can you go wrong with a deal like that? But hurry, because it is a limited time promotion and all ends this month.
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Thought For The Day – In dog years, I’m dead.