Oh Ye Of Little Faith!

 Posted by at 12:03 am  Nick's Blog
Dec 012018

Some blog readers have asked how it’s possible for a guy my size to fit into a small car like a Mustang. A couple of people have said I should have bought a convertible because with the top down it would be much easier. One smart Alec suggested the only way I was going to get in and out of the car was with a shoehorn and a coating of 30 weight oil to lubricate the way. And a few skeptics said it couldn’t be done.

Oh yeah? Well, where there’s a will there’s a way, right? Even with my bad back and the 150 pounds of extra weight I don’t need to be carrying, I’m able to get in and out just fine. And if you don’t believe me, here’s a YouTube video I posted to prove it! See? Told you so!

I have had over 100 cars in my life, so even though I really wanted the Mustang, I wasn’t hopping up and down excited about it while we were in the purchasing process. By the time I drove it home from the dealership Tuesday evening I was getting excited, and the more I drive it the more I like it. Unfortunately, I may not be able to keep it for very much longer. That’s a bummer.

When I first looked at the car, I asked Miss Terry for her opinion of it and all she would say is that “It’s pretty, and if you want you should get it.” She had no interest in getting behind the wheel during the two or three test drives we took in it, always saying “It’s your car, I don’t need to drive it.” But the other day we went out for dinner and the restaurant was pretty crowded. By the time we were finished eating it was dark, and my night vision is not very good, so Terry drove home. Within about two blocks she said, “Gee, this drives really nice.” By the end of the third block she was saying, “This is a real sweet ride!” We got on US Highway 1 and away from traffic and I told her to give it a little extra throttle. When she did she said, “Oh yeah, I like this a lot!” So don’t be surprised if I’m back to driving the Explorer or the pickup.

In other news, I had an appointment with a neurologist on Tuesday, and after going over my MRI and examining me himself, he came up with not just one, but several issues with my back that included arthritis, facet arthropathy in a couple of places, lumbar spinal stenosis, and lumbar spondylosis. I spent a lot of time playing doctor with a pretty redheaded girl that lived next door when I was a kid, but that’s about as far as my medical education goes, so I had to look up all that stuff. In layman’s terms it means exactly what I knew all along – my back is trashed.

While the medical marijuana has given me some relief, probably as much as I was getting from the opioids, without all of their side effects and dangers, I still have some pretty rough days. The doctor said he wanted to take a conservative approach to things, so we started out with a series of facet injections, three of them at once. He said I should feel some relief within a day or so if they were going to help, and I have an appointment to go back on the 12th to determine what the next step will be. I’m not sure the first injections did much good at all so we’ll have to see what Plan B is going to be.

Meanwhile, I’m still doing my mile a day on the treadmill and have increased the speed and the incline. It’s helping a bit, I’ve dropped off a few pounds, and I guess it’s beginning to show because the other day when I was that the chiropractor’s office, I was teasing the pretty girls who work there, and as I was walking away I heard one of them say, “What an ass!” So I guess I’m looking pretty good for an old guy.

And in closing, here’s a chuckle to start your day, from the collection of funny signs we see in our travels and that our readers share with us. Now you know what to do with all that leftover Thanksgiving turkey.

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Thought For The Day – All you have to know about celery is that it’s made up of 95% water, and it’s 100% not pizza.

Nick Russell

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  7 Responses to “Oh Ye Of Little Faith!”

  1. “What an ass”… Hahahaha!

  2. Earlier this morning, I thought about Nick’s proffered video in which a fat man (by his own admission) gets into and out of a Mustang. Nope, couldn’t watch it; it was just too early, and I hadn’t had my breakfast yet. Well, now it’s a couple hours later, and — Nope, just can’t watch it now either.

  3. Fred: Irs safe since Nick was in his standard outfit of a t-shirt and jeans.

  4. Gee … I wonder if those medical terms are just printed out somewhere to be read to all sufferers of back pain? It is EXACTLY the same diagnosis that my Mr Wonderful has received and was treated for. (You can look all of the medical terms up on Google and you will know little more than you did before that effort.) I Mr Wonderful’s case, the preliminary injections helped briefly, but they were more a preliminary step to justify to Medicare that he was a proper candidate for a nerve ablation procedure. That is where they cauterize the offending nerve with a heated wire and, after it gets done dying, the pain is largely gone. It has worked pretty well for him in 2 locations and we hope for relief for some years. Good Luck with your procedures!! And congrats on the Mustang!

  5. That video is the first time I’ve seen you in several years. You are definitely looking slimmer – good work!

  6. That was cool to hear your voice. I’ve read the blog and your books for so long. I’ve heard your voice in my head daily. To hear the real thing was kind of weird.

  7. Watched the youtube video. And since you and the Mustang are both low to the ground you seem a perfect fit. Congrats. And BOTH you and Terry can enjoy the Mustang, it’s call sharing. On the “What a ass” remark – I just had to laugh!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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