A Change Of Plans

 Posted by at 12:52 am  Nick's Blog
Sep 212022

After telling you in yesterday’s blog about our upcoming trip to Alabama to visit our son Travis and his wife Geli, we got a call yesterday morning that changed all of that. Travis came down with a bad headache the day before, and by yesterday morning he had all the signs of COVID. Geli, who is the clinical director at a hospital in Birmingham, had him take one of the in-home tests the night before and again yesterday morning, both of which were negative. But the results of those tests leave a lot to be desired.

Later in the afternoon yesterday I heard from Travis and then Geli that she had started feeling bad, too, and they had both spent a lot of time sleeping. She said he was feeling terrible and could not taste anything but salty foods, and had a fever. As for herself, she told me she had some nasal congestion and an irritated throat.

Fortunately, both have had their COVID shots and boosters, although not the latest booster that just came out. We are obviously very worried about them, and we are keeping our fingers crossed and hoping that if they do test positive, which I have no doubt of, they will be mild cases and hopefully, they will start to feel better soon.

Travis was very apologetic about us having to cancel the trip, but we assured him that all that really matters is them being healthy. At our age, even vaxxed and boosted, we don’t want to be up there and take a chance of catching it ourselves. We told them that our schedule is always flexible except for an occasional medical appointment, so we will be up for a visit whenever they are back on their feet.

Aside from that, yesterday was another busy writing day for me, and I got another 5,300 words under my belt by the end of the day. I’m not at the halfway point for this new book yet, but I’m approaching it.

Terry’s eyes have finally settled down from her cataract surgery, and with the help of off-the-shelf 125 power reading glasses, she is getting back to normal. So while I was doing that, she was busy editing and proofreading the first ten chapters of the book. She got them done and today I will go through and make the changes she suggested so I can get it off to my other proofreaders.

However, that won’t be until late in the day because I have an appointment with my sleep doctor this afternoon to go over the automatic reports that my CPAP machine sends to his office and to discuss how I am adapting to it.

After reading about the scallop linguine that Terry made for dinner the other day, several readers wanted to know if they could have the recipe. Terry sent it to me, and I have it available as a PDF file for anyone who wants it. Just send me an e-mail at editor@gypsyjournal.net and I will get it off to you.

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.

Thought For The Day – I know I’m in the right place when the sound of the ocean is louder than the noise of my thoughts.

Nick Russell

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

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