Old And On The Go

 Posted by at 1:18 am  Nick's Blog
Aug 252023

We hit the ground running yesterday morning and it felt like we didn’t stop all day long. I guess that’s because we didn’t stop all day long.

Our day started with a visit from Scott and Alan from Banks Construction, the father and son team that built our deck last month. This time they were here for a couple of much smaller projects, installing a second all-weather outlet on the outside of the house on the deck, and then replacing the ceiling fan in our office. The fan that was here when we moved in was ancient and used a dim halogen light that made it hard to see. We had picked up a newer, larger fan that came with an LED light, which is much brighter and also cooler. We visited with them while they were doing the job and told them about a couple of other projects we want to do down the road.

When they left we drove twelve miles to Pickens County Primary Care in Reform for our regular three month check up and to get all of our prescriptions changed to the CVS in Gordo so we don’t have to drive all the way to the Walgreens in Northport.

I guess we must be officially old now, because there’s some kind of Medicare thing they wanted to have us do, that included filling out forms asking if we had trouble with everyday tasks like dressing ourselves, bathing, and such, and if we felt like we needed help with anything like that. Other questions were about things like have we been falling, our emotional state, and if we ever felt helpless.

We answered in the negative to all of those questions, and then they had us do a memory test, where they told us three words each and asked us to remember them, then had us draw a clock face on a circle and put the hands at a certain time. With that out of the way they then asked us to write down the three words we had each been given in order. I guess we did okay because I didn’t have anybody with white uniforms and big nets coming to take us away. We got some blood work and our COVID booster shots and they sent us on our way.

Our next stop was in Carrollton, the county seat, which was another ten miles or so. We renewed the license plates on our three vehicles and two trailers, and then I went next door to the post office to send off a book order. I love dealing with the folks in the small town government offices here because they are all friendly and you’re in and out in a hurry.

With that out of the way, we drove back to Gordo to pick up our prescriptions at CVS. We had to wait a while for those, but not too long. We hadn’t eaten all day and we were very hungry by then so we went to Tasty Wraps, one of the few restaurants in Gordo. My bacon cheeseburger was delicious and Terry had a Mexican plate that she said was also good.

By the time we got home we were both pretty well worn out and didn’t do much except watch a little bit of television and the news. Then I took the trash cans out to the street to be picked up this morning, wrote the blog and Terry proofread it. Once that was posted we were more than ready for bed.

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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 Normal is whatever we grew up with.

Nick Russell

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

  4 Responses to “Old And On The Go”

  1. Two days in a row, my Chrome bookmark (https://www.gypsyjournalrv.com/category/nicksblog/) takes me to the previous day. So I go down to the day before, delete the address back to /2023/08 and then that works. Happened last week as well. I know you love hearing about this old problem creeping back in. NOT!

  2. We use Express Script for our meds. They mail them directly to us and if our prescription is about to expire they contact our doctor to get it renewed. Your days seem really interesting and usually fun, all except watching the news. What a downer to finish each day. Not our way anymore, too much political crap.

  3. Those word tests are part of Medicare’s annual wellness visit. The words are different each year but the time on the clock stays the same. 🙂

  4. Our doctor used to give us that Alzheimers test every year, but then she stopped. Maybe she gave up?!

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