May 312024

The temperature and humidity have been up in the uncomfortable range for several days now, but yesterday I don’t think it got much above 80° and the humidity was not too bad. A perfect day to get some mowing and bush hogging done. So wouldn’t you know it? We both had doctor’s appointments in the middle of the afternoon and then needed to go to the grocery store. Today it’s only going to be about 88° which is more than I want to deal with, but if it cools down enough in the late afternoon or early evening, I still might get something done outside.

I’m not the only one with back issues. Terry also has some of her own. She was born with double scoliosis, though it was not found until she was almost 30, and she’s got arthritis in her back and neck. Yesterday, we both had appointments at the Spine Center in Tuscaloosa. It was our first time at this facility, which comes very well recommended, and we were each referred by our own doctors. The check-in went well, and in no time at all they took us to the back to ask a series of questions about our medical history and such. Then we got to meet Doctor Thomason, who impressed both of us because he’s one of those doctors that doesn’t talk over your head, and takes the time to listen to you and address concerns and answer your questions.

It looks like I’m headed for another set of RF nerve ablations like I had a few years ago in Florida. But, of course, before they can do that, we have to jump through all the hoops of nerve blocks and things like that, which we already agree will not solve the problem or ease the pain for very long, if at all, before Medicare will cover it.

Terry can’t have an MRI because of her Interstim implant, so they are scheduling her for a CT scan next week, then they will decide the best course of action for her.

We had not eaten all day, so when we left the doctor’s office we went to McAlister’s Deli for a late lunch/early dinner (linner). I usually order a Cuban sandwich and Terry orders a New Yorker, and then we each have half of both. However, when we got there, we found out that they no longer have the Cuban on their menu. That’s a bummer because I really like them. I’ll have to find another place locally where I can get one.

With our tummies full, we stopped at Publix and filled a shopping cart. Actually, because I live in the South, I guess I should call it a buggy, which is the Southern name for it. Does that make me bilingual? Last week I couldn’t spell linguist and today I is one. 😊

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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 – I’m excited today to tell you that I completed the first item on my bucket list. I now have a bucket.

Nick Russell

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

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