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Heart says go, stomach says stay home

Southern Ohio

Bertha Turner is enjoying a visit from her daughter Glenda Tolliver.

Bertha Turner is enjoying a visit from her daughter Glenda Tolliver.

Hello again everyone. As I start this column I look across the hayfield in front of my house and the fog is as thick as pea soup.

I had planned to be heading for the mountains I call home this morning, however heart and feet say yes, stomach says no way, not today.

For the past few days I haven’t felt well. For me not to hit the road, you can believe I’m not in good shape.

When I see a post of someone that has gastroparesis, where they have had multiple surgeries, are on feeding tubes and not in half as condition as I am, I really thank God I didn’t go the route of the feeding tube.

This is more common than you would believe. I’d rather go without food, take a chance of eating knowing I will sick, carry a bag with me in case I get nauseated while driving, than to go through what so many have chosen.

The only thing is I have is the problem of sugar dropping. Now that does worry me more than anything. Again, there isn’t anything that can be done, as I can’t keep enough nourishment to keep sugar stabilized. I carry glucose in one pocket, candy in the other, plus I try to keep peanut butter and crackers with me at all times.

Katie Nottingham eats a slice of pizza while taking a tour of West Point in New York. Katie is a daughter of Scott and Anna Nottingham and granddaughter of Rose Ballard. Anna and Katie went from Toledo, Oh. to New York, then on to Maryland. They also took a hike on the Appalachian Trail.

Katie Nottingham eats a slice of pizza while taking a tour of West Point in New York. Katie is a daughter of Scott and Anna Nottingham and granddaughter of Rose Ballard. Anna and Katie went from Toledo, Oh. to New York, then on to Maryland. They also took a hike on the Appalachian Trail.

I’ve been asked how do I still do the things I do if I am so sick. All I have to say is, walk a mile in my shoes and you will find out.

Then there’s the problem of getting dehydrated because there are times I can’t keep enough water down.

I am back on iron to give me some energy, so who knows where I will turn up in a few days?

With my immune system being weak, I chose to get the vaccine. I will get the flu shot at my next doctor’s visit.

My daughter, Ann Nottingham, and Katie have taken a tour to visit West Point in New York and the United States Naval Academy in Maryland, as Katie has applied to both. Katie wants to train to be a nurse.

With all the bad publicity that the military service is getting with rapes and abuse, I truly wish Katie would use another venue. She is a very intelligent young woman.

After you are raped it is too late, and from what I hear there isn’t much punishment

While I was taking a shower the memories of childhood came drifting through my brain. How many recall taking a bath in a washtub?

As I reached for my special shampoo I prefer, along with a certain body wash, then a prescribed lotion for my body, and another lotion for my face, I started thinking of the luxuries I take for granted.

Mommy would heat water in a dishpan on the stove plus a teakettle, then pour water from a bucket, to cool it down. I was the oldest so I would bathe first, which meant the others followed. We used the same washrag to bathe and towel to dry with.

Mom kept a bar of soap in a saucer on the table beside a washpan to wash our hands in. We used the bar of soap to wash our hair with and to bathe.

I don’t remember the name but I do remember one time Daddy bought a coral-colored soap. Oh how I loved it. Not that it was any better, I just loved the color.

When I read things on Facebook, someone ask if you remember a certain television program that brings a smile to my face, along with do you remember your first telephone number?

I sure do as I still have a landline and I’ve had the same number over 50 years.

George and Minnie Whitaker had the first telephone I remember seeing. Jr. and Bernice Adams had one in the Amburgey Grocery Store in Roxana. When I would visit Hessie Whitaker, I could hear when her phone would ring. It was many years after I was married and had children before Daddy and Mommy got a telephone.

Mommy never knew what it was to even go to the store. Her life consisted of cooking, cleaning the house, washing, ironing, plus tending a garden, in spring, summer and fall, never stopping from morning to night.

Mommy would be so ashamed of my slap hazard way of housekeeping. I am a good house cleaner for other people, a mess for myself. I’d rather grab a suitcase and hit the road than stay home and clean.

While visiting with Ann Calihan, as Ann was checking for messages on her tablet. I started laughing, asking Ann if she ever thought she would be fooling with a tablet. Ann replied in between laughter that no, she never dreamed she would be fooling with such a thing.

Now I must confess I don’t know how to turn a tablet on, know nothing about an iPad, and very little about a laptop computer. I use my desktop computer. I wish I knew how to copy things to put on the computer. Since I had to get a different printer I don’t know how to use it, except to print.

As long as I can purchase a flip phone I will not have a smart phone.

My niece Sue Hall said you can put someone’s location in and track where they are at. Well it looks like that would be a handy gadget to check on your spouse.

Ann Calihan sure has come a long way with her physical therapy that she is receiving at home. Johnny is still enjoying sitting on the porch. I hate to see cold weather come as Johnny won’t be able to sit outside.

Marcia Caudill gave me shucky beans so I fixed one pack. I am taking that to Ann for her birthday, along with a small pone of cornbread.

Johnny might have lost his taste for shucky beans, but I know he will enjoy cornbread and milk. It is a shame what you go through as you reach old age. You work for years thinking you have a nest egg.

There are programs saying how much help you can get. That is a bunch of hogwash. Oh they will help you, for $30 an hour if there are two of you.

If you own your home, even with health insurance, if you have Medicare and Medicaid, whatever Medicaid helps, you can lose your home.

I sort of feel bad that I turned down staying with someone. I have to remind myself that I am also older and it is my turn to enjoy my life, to look out for me, as my health is deteriorating also.

Each Monday morning I wait to hear the phone ring to see if the man I cleaned for and did home health with, is changing the date. I don’t want to get attached to anyone anymore.

Hello Tommy Tindell, I hope this virus is slowing down and you are alright.

Buddy and Bernice Grubb, maybe the Hazard VA will open up so you can be close to home.

What is happening too, is you can’t find restaurants open as they can’t get enough people to work. If the government shut off food stamps I bet people would work.

Mike and Marcia Caudill, the apples sure are tasting good.

Until next time.

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