Juggling Schedules

 Posted by at 12:33 am  Nick's Blog
Mar 142020

There is a saying that we lived by during our 18+ years as fulltime RVers – that we always made our plans in Jello so anytime we wanted to we could shake it up and rewrite them as needed. And even though we hung up the keys over three years ago, we are still shaking the Jello more often than we ever expected. But it’s usually because of medical issues, not anything fun. It looks like we will be doing some more of it, but hopefully, it will be worth it for the results.

I finally got a call the other day from the doctor that my pain management doctor referred me to about my nerve ablation procedure. I guess I should say procedures, because if all goes as planned they are going to do it in more than one location. My consult with that doctor will be on Wednesday, the 25th, down in Orlando. Hopefully, the procedure will be scheduled not long after that. Several people have asked me if I am nervous about having the ablations done, but after living in so much pain that only gets worse year after year, I’m excited about the possibility of getting at least some relief.

In the meantime, we started the morning yesterday with a visit from a technician from Davis Brothers air conditioning, the company that installed our large AC/heat pump a couple of years ago. We have an extended service contract and they come by twice a year to check it out, make any adjustments that might be needed, clean the coils and other regular preventive maintenance like that. Davis Brothers is a top-notch outfit and they have always taken very good care of us. I would highly recommend them to anyone.

When he was finished we went to DeLand for Terry’s first consult with her new physical therapist, and we both liked her a lot. Terry will be going to her every Monday and Friday for several weeks. The doctors at Mayo seem to think that extensive physical therapy will help speed the progress of improvement she has seen since receiving her Medtronics implant back in December. They originally talked about having her come in on Mondays and Wednesdays, but with my upcoming appointment on the 25th, at least that Wednesday would be out. Mondays and Fridays just work better for us.

On the way home from DeLand we stopped at Publix and picked up a few items we needed, and though the store was busy, we didn’t see row after row of empty shelves like my daughter is dealing with back in Arizona, which I showed a picture of in yesterday’s blog. Then we stopped at Gary’s Choice Meats, a small family-owned meat market that we patronize. It probably costs a few bucks more to shop there than at a big supermarket, but the quality of the meat is outstanding. Having run small businesses ourselves, we believe in supporting small businesses like that whenever we can.

The other day I had an excellent day writing (actually narrating) and knocked out 10,300 words on my newest John Lee Quarrels mystery. Today I’ll finish making corrections to that, then hopefully get another few thousand done.

And finally, 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.

So far over 70 people have entered our latest Free Drawing. This week’s prize is an autographed copy of my pal Donna McNicol’s Not a Whisper, the first book in her Klondike mystery series about a small Pennsylvania town with some big secrets. To enter, click on this Free Drawing link or the tab at the top of this page and enter your name (first and last) 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 Sunday evening.

Thought For The Day – Sometimes you meet someone and you know from the first moment that you want to spend your whole life without them.

Nick Russell

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

  One Response to “Juggling Schedules”

  1. Nick,

    I will be quite interested in how your nerve ablation procedure goes. I have much of the pain you describe, plus 24/7 pain from postherpetic neuralgia caused by shingles marching across one side of my head.

    Finally, I hope you looked up at least the back cover of my book War Babies in a Small Town. There you can read “What is a War Baby,” and “About the Author.” I would like to offer an autographed copy for one of your “Free Drawings.”

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