Sep 132023

A couple of times in the last few days Terry has said she feels almost halfway human again, but then she seems to relapse. Monday night she had another fever and when it broke sometime in the middle of the night the sheets were wet from her sweating.

Tomorrow makes three weeks of this and we are obviously both very concerned. She had a follow up appointment at Pickens County Primary Care yesterday, then after going over what’s been done so far they ran a bunch of new blood tests, looking for everything from Lyme disease to Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever, and a bunch of other maladies that I can’t even remember the names of. They also took a chest X-ray, which came back clear. They prescribed another round of even heavier antibiotics than she’s had before, along with some other meds. They said it could take two to three weeks to get all of the results of the tests back.

After a stop at CVS in Gordo to pick up her prescriptions we went next door to Subway and had sandwiches and got home a little before 4 PM. Soon after, Terry went to bed and slept for close to four hours, which is unheard of for her during the daytime. I checked in on her frequently while she was sleeping, but I figured rest was the best thing for her at this point. We’re keeping our fingers crossed and hoping for some news soon.

It had been pretty warm during the day but cooled down quite a bit in the afternoon, so while Terry was sleeping I spent a couple of hours trying to load some of the barn debris into the dumpster. It’s a hard job for one person to do, even with the help of the tractor. This morning Travis and Geli are coming over to give me a hand.

While we are doing that we need to be very careful for snakes. Our neighbors reported killing a huge rattlesnake at the end of their driveway, right across the street from our place, as well as a smaller one, in the last few days.

On another note, besides shedding a lot of hair, which all German shepherds do, every time Alli drank out of her big water bowl it made a mess. So I found an Upsky dog bowl on Amazon and ordered one of them. These are very cool because they have a floating centerpiece over the water, which eliminates the great majority of drips. An RVing friend of ours said that they use one in their motorhome and they never have any spills or messes even when driving down the highway.

It took Alli a few minutes to figure it out because she has to put her tongue down against the centerpiece to access the water, but after figuring that out it was easy for her. I’ve even seen Terry’s kittens drinking out of it with no problem.

It seems like we can never have enough knives around for different things we need to do, so at the same time I ordered the dog bowl, I also ordered a couple of DeWalt folding knives, one for the big toolbox in the garage and another for the smaller toolbox out in the barn. They are lightweight, super sharp and strong, and very affordable.

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 – At this point I’ve ordered so much from Amazon that I don’t even know what’s happening anymore. If UPS shows up with a llama tomorrow, it is what it is.

Nick Russell

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

  5 Responses to “More Tests, More Meds, No Answers”

  1. I’m so sorry that Miss Terry isn’t feeling so good. She is a terrific lady and I admire her so much from what you’ve written about her, and her cookbook is a wonder, too! Thank her for her recipes for me if you think of it. I hope she is feeling better real soon.

    On a happier note, I am so glad to see that you have adopted Alli! I LOVE dogs, and especially her breed. I do so wish we could have one but at 87 years old, we aren’t able to take care of one. All I can do is appreciate others’.

    We retired permanently to Florida about the same time you did, and my husband loves it…….. me, not so, but whither thou goest……… It’s been so terribly hot here this year… thank goodness for air conditioning. I suspected Alabama wouldn’t be much better for you, but it’s worth sooooooo much to be near family! Best wishes for a happy life! You give so much pleasure to the rest of us with your writing,,,,, books and daily blogs. Thank you! ….. and best wishes for better health for Miss Terry.

  2. Praying for Terry, hope she feels better soon.

  3. I hope you’re considering a trip back to the Mayo Clinic. It’s great to live near family, but healthcare is better in Jacksonville. With Miss Terry’s history, there’s no place better to be.

  4. Wishing all the best for Terry …

  5. So sorry to hear Miss Terry is under the weather. Jerry and I both have had a year of Doctors trying to figure out what is causing our bodies to have problems. Maybe it’s that we have up RVing this year and our warranty on our bodies expired!!
    You and Miss Terry are in our prayers!

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