Jul 032024

Between the two nerve block shots I received recently, and Terry getting her second one yesterday, the Spine Care Center in Tuscaloosa is starting to feel like home. Medicare requires two of the nerve blocks, done at least two weeks apart, before they will approve the RF ablation to sever the nerve and stop the back pain. Well, back pain in my case. Terry has both back and neck pain, and so far they’ve just done her neck.

As regular blog readers might remember, I had this process done a couple of times when we lived in Florida. The first time was fantastic and I went two years without any noticeable pain. The second time around really didn’t do me much good at all. Even with all the technology they have, it’s kind of a hit or miss procedure.

Anyway, that’s what we did yesterday. It’s really a pretty simple procedure. It takes longer to get the patient prepped than it does to do the nerve block shots. Here’s Terry getting ready to go in before the procedure yesterday.

When she was done, which took about 40 minutes including recovery, we went to Jalapeños Mexican Grill for a late lunch/early dinner. It was early enough that the place wasn’t very crowded yet, and as we were leaving a young African American couple sitting nearby said they had been watching us and it was obvious we had a good marriage. He asked us how long we had been married and Terry told him we’re working on our 27th year. The gentleman asked for any advice, saying they’ve been married four years so far.

I told him what my father told me when I was a young man – always treat your lady like you did on the very first date. I also told him that even if we’ve had the worst fight of our marriage, I still open doors for Terry every time, and that the first thing we say to each other in the morning is “I love you” and it’s the last thing we say at night. Terry added that communication and respect help make it successful. They both thanked us, and I hope they took our advice to heart.

From there we went to Publix to stock up on groceries, made a quick stop at the post office to drop a couple of things off, and headed home. It was miserably hot, and by the time we had everything unloaded from the van, the only thing we wanted to do was sit in our recliners and drink some iced tea.

In other news I’ve finished several more chapters of my new Tinder Street book, and today I will print them out for Terry to edit and proofread before sending them on to Judy and Roberta. I’m getting very close to wrapping this one up, folks. 😊

Speaking of Tinder Street, it’s Thursday and time for a new Free Drawing. This week’s prize is an autographed copy of Tinder Street, the first book in my Tinder Street saga. Chronicling the days leading up to World War I and the events that followed, Tinder Street is the first book in a saga that will take readers from rural farms to a major industrial city in the Midwest, across an ocean where German U-boats lurk waiting for a target to come within range of their deadly torpedoes, to the bloody trench warfare of France, and home again. And of how, back at home, the soldiers of a victorious Army try to put their experiences behind them and pick up the pieces of the lives they once had, to look toward a future bright with promise. Lucas Morgan was one of those soldiers, a man who hated the thought of killing, but did his duty. A duty that would haunt him long after the last shots were fired.

This is also the story of the simple working class people who built America. Farmers, factory workers, streetcar conductors, midwives, and public servants. Their joys and sorrows, their wins and losses, and how these people who struggled together to build a better life for themselves and their children changed a place named Tinder Street to Tender Street, a reflection of one family’s devotion to their neighbors. This series is one I have wanted to write and have researched for years.

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. Note: Due to the high shipping cost of printed books and Amazon restrictions on e-books to foreign countries, only entries with US addresses and e-mail addresses are allowed. After 30 days, unclaimed prizes revert back to the drawing pool for a future contest.

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 – If you saw a heat wave, would you wave back?

Nick Russell

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

  3 Responses to “Starting To Feel Like Home”

  1. I understand you’re in the central time zone but here in South Carolina, the Eastern time zone it’s only Wednesday … so you’ve done it again … I think you need a nap Nick

  2. Did I sleep through Wednesday again?!?


  3. I am calendar challanged and I need a nap 🙂

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