Mar 152015

Did anybody else NOT give a damn that yesterday was Pi Day? I got e-mails and Facebook posts about Pi Day all day long. A million idiots all jazzed up because it won’t happen again in our lifetime. So what? Last Monday won’t happen again either.

We had hoped to spend the week after Escapade getting caught up on rest and paperwork, but every day has been busy with medical stuff and other commitments. Maybe we’ll get that downtime once we get up to Apache Junction next week. No wait, that will be family time with Terry’s parents and sisters. We’ll do it when we leave there. Oh, that’s right, from there we will go to Show Low to spend time with my daughter and her family. Hmmm… well, someday we’re going to go someplace and sleep for a week.

In other news, the CAT scan of my head did not reveal anything abnormal in there. Yeah, that surprised me too. I know what’s in there and trust me, there is nothing normal about it! I’m thinking that I may want to get a second opinion.

While I was at the VA on Friday I got a shingles vaccine. Everything I had heard about shingles said that anyone over age 50 who had had chicken pox as a kid should get the shot, but my doctor said the latest thinking is that anyone age 60 and over should get the vaccination. It won’t necessarily prevent you from getting shingles, but if you do, it will lessen the severity and duration of the outbreak.

After reading the handout my doctor gave me, Miss Terry decided to get one, too. Mine was free at the VA hospital, but Terry’s was $225 at WalMart. It’s well worth it to spare her from the misery of shingles. That stuff is nothing to mess with. No prescription was required at WalMart, and neither of us felt any discomfort or ill effects from the shots.

I’ve been getting a lot of good feedback on our Overlooked America series, in which we feature attractions to visit in your travels around the country. Several people have asked if I could do one on a state they plan on visiting soon, but I’m doing the series alphabetically on a state by state basis. I’m not going to jump around or I’ll lose track of which states have been done yet and which are waiting. Sorry, I’m just not that organized (or smart).

So far, over 280 readers have entered this week’s Free Drawing for an autographed copy of Terry’s popular cookbook, Miss Terry’s Kitchen. To enter, all you have to do is click on this Free Drawing link or the tab at the top of this page and enter your name in the comments section at the bottom of that page (not this one). Only one entry per person per drawing please, and you must enter with your real name. To prevent spam or multiple entries, the names of cartoon or movie characters are not allowed. The winner will be drawn this evening.


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  6 Responses to “Pi, CATs, & Shingles, Too.”

  1. Thanks for the info about your empty head and shingles shots! I’m hoping my head is empty too … well actually it is now since I have this terrible cold stuff again and I’ve sneezed out any brains I had. I never had chicken pox as a kid … only measles … but I suppose the shingles shot would be worthwhile. Glad you experience no side effects!!

  2. shingles is very much a serious debilitating disease. The musician that leads the large music sessions at breezy oaks campground here in Florida has been attacked and has been advised that he will be disabled for 6 to 8 weeks and require ice baths multiple daily as the numbing effects of ice is the only relief he can get. I had a case contained under my left eyelid and had to take a series of pills 4 per day experimental at a cost to me of $45 each for the 5 day duration. it emptied my wallet but saved my eye. Luckily the eye surgeon to whom I was referred was a college professor who had access through a CVS phamacy to the meds. everyone should protect themselves.

  3. I was one of those “million idiots” 🙂

  4. I am one of the folks who have suffered from the shingles and believe me if I had known about the shots before hand I would have paid the price of it. It is very painful as everyone states and the after effects can last for years with flare ups. Just remember that it is true what they say shots only minimize the illness not prevent them. This is why I get the flu shot every year now that I am in my 60’s

  5. My husband came down with the shingles about 12 days ago. Most of his rash
    is scabbing over and the pain hasn’t been unbearable – yet. Needless to say,
    the next day I went and got a shingles shot. With Part D prescription coverage
    thru medicare I paid $40.00 at Sam’s Club. Without ins. it would have been
    $214.00. Hope everyone that reads your blog and has had chicken pox will get
    the shot ASAP.

  6. Pi day?!?

    Heck, I didn’t even know there was such a thing. I had some homemade coconut creme at the local cafe this afternoon…. Does that still count?

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