Jul 022018

One year ago today we were scrambling, trying to find a flight on a holiday weekend to take us to Arizona, where my daughter Tiffany had collapsed and gone into full code cardiac arrest. The paramedics got her heart started again and transported her to the hospital, where she coded again. They were able to revive her a second time and put her on a ventilator in a medically induced coma. At that time the medical staff treating her did not think she would survive, and if she did, they did not know how much of her would come back to us.

But my kid’s a fighter and she still had a lot of living to do, so she beat all the odds and today she is recovered and going on with her life with the assistance of a defibulator implanted in her chest. We are so glad she is still with us and doing so much better. I love you Tiffany. Thank you for hanging in there.

Yesterday our friend Jim Lewis came over and we threw darts for a while, and Terry and I each managed to win a game. That doesn’t happen very often when we are playing against Jim. He’s really good.

Then we went to Dustin’s Bar-B-Q for an early dinner. I usually have their baby back ribs, but I noticed they have a combo on the menu with baby back ribs and shrimp, your choice of fried or Cajun garlic. I really like shrimp, so I ordered the combo with the Cajun Garlic. It was delicious! So good, in fact, that it may be my new favorite when we eat there.

Back at home, I did some work on the computer while Terry worked on a rug she’s trying to get finished for my office. Around 7:30 I took a break and we played a couple more games of darts, just the two of us. That way at least one of us was going to win, right? It was close both times around, but Lady Luck was smiling on me and I won both games. That doesn’t happen very often. I’m sure Terry will clean my clock next time.

Today I have one or two appointments at the VA Medical Center in Daytona Beach. I say one or two because they sent me a card canceling one of the appointments, then followed up with one of those automatic telephone calls on Friday, reminding me that I have both appointments scheduled for tomorrow. One is right after the other, so I will check in at both places and see what’s happening.

As I said, I’m trying to wean myself away from the VA and use private doctors, and I want to talk to my primary care provider and find out what’s involved in getting my medical records from them. The civilian doctor I’m seeing tells me that it’s very hard to get the VA to release any information, even with patient consent. So we will just have to wait and see how that goes.

Congratulations Barry Gilkey, winner of our drawing for an RV camping journal donated by Barbara House. Barbara makes several variations of these, and they all have pages where you can list the date, weather, where you traveled to and from that day, beginning and ending mileage, campground information including amenities at RV sites, a place for a campground rating, room to record activities, people met along the way, reminders of places to see and things to do the next time you’re in the area, and a page for notes for each day. We had 96 entries this time around. Stay tuned, a new contest starts soon.

Thought For The Day – A fun thing about being a realist is getting labeled a pessimist by delusionalists who claim to be optimists.


Nick Russell

World-Famous, New York Times Best Selling Author, and All-Around Nice Guy!

  3 Responses to “What A Difference A Year Makes”

  1. VA care seems to be extremely inconsistent. Friend’s hubby in NY uses them all the time. Non-existent here.

  2. What a victory for Tiffany and the rest of your family!

  3. Next time you visit the VA clinic… use your VA Card at the Kiosk machine and order all of your medical records, be sure to check all the options i.e., progress notes, X-rays, etc…. VA sends them you, and its recommended you make a copy, give the copy to the civilian docs…. easy peasy…

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