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Kids are enjoying snowy weather

Blair Branch

Hello all! I want to apologize for the fact that my weekly piece has been missing in action for so long. I just haven’t had a chance to write. I have had good intentions, however it seems something always comes up. That is just life, I suppose. It’s good to be back.

I hope each of you is staying nice and warm inside your home during all this crazy winter weather. I keep trying to remind myself that God does everything exactly right. There is a reason for all this snow and freezing temperatures, even if we don’t understand it. Although I’m not enjoying the white stuff, the kids sure are. We are never in short supply of wet and dripping snowsuits, coats, hats, gloves, and boots around here. I suspect they won’t be excited when they have to go to school all summer. Oh well, we will cross that bridge when we get there.

Now on to the news. My grandma, Lucy Halcomb- Blair, is in the hospital again. She suffers from congestive heart failure and is having problems with her kidneys as well. The CHF is causing her lungs to fill with fluid. At one point this week one of her lungs was filled with two gallons of fluid and the other was almost as bad. The doctor said there was a complete white-out on the chest x-ray. He had to pull some of the fluid out with a needle. After the procedures she is doing a little better, however she still isn’t doing well. She keeps an upset stomach and that makes it hard for her to eat and keep anything down. She did sit up in a chair for a couple hours today. We will take any improvement we can get.

Mom, Sylvania Whitaker, is doing okay. She has her good days and bad days. The bad days are usually when she has dialysis. It takes a lot out of her. Sometimes she is so weak she can barely go. Still, no matter how bad she feels, she takes the time to call and go to the hospital to be with Grandma.

Dad, Allen Whitaker, went to the doctor a while back for a checkup and ended up having to do a number of extra tests. Apparently something is going on with his thyroid. He had a nuclear scan and ultrasound. They said he has a cyst of some kind on his thyroid, and want him to go to Pikeville to see a specialist. However, being the thick-skulled man he is, he hasn’t decided if he is going to go or not. I told Mom to tell Daddy that he would go to that doctor or I would make him go, even if we ended up in a hostage situation. I’m pretty sure he just laughed at me.

Daddy’s brother, Rulah ‘Root’ Whitaker, has been sick as well. He had what the doctor thought was a mass in his head and had to have surgery in Lexington. When they did the procedure, they found out that it was just infection. Last I heard he was still having to take it easy and was in pain but was recovering.

Uncle Rod, Roger Whitaker, has been having some problems with his stomach. I know he had a bunch of tests run, but I don’t believe they have heard the results yet. Like his wife Deb said, the Whitakers are falling apart.

Johnny Roy Whitaker, the youngest of the brothers, has an appointment in Lexington soon. I believe Opal said he has a cyst on his kidney. I hope it is nothing serious.

I spoke with Jamie Collins on the phone today and she said her mom and dad, Wilma and Jake Halcomb, are doing well other than Jake having some occasional headaches. That’s such good news with all that has been going on with them lately.

My niece, Lexi Fields, was really sick yesterday. She had a stomach virus and just felt awful. Thankfully, she is feeling some better now.

Opal was telling me that Keith Adams had bypass surgery and is in the hospital at Hazard. Also, Ella Mae Wagner is at Whitesburg ARH with infection in her leg.

Joyce Ison is scheduled to have knee surgery on the first of February. I hope she is able to go through with it this time. She had to reschedule once already. Hopefully the surgery goes well and she recovers quickly.

This past week, Jocelyn Adams-Watts had to have an emergency appendectomy. She is at home now and recovering. Get well soon, Dob!

Mom and Dad lost a good friend from church recently. Roy Dixon died Dec. 27. He was 69 years old. Roy was the son of the late John D. and Malva Fields Dixon. Surviving are his wife, Lena Faye Dixon; a son, Craig (Deb) Dixon of Jeremiah; two daughter,: Gwen (Leonard) Begley of Campbranch and Angie ( John) Swisher of Smoot Creek; a brother, Carlos ( Joann) Dixon of Ulvah; three sisters, Dana Palmer of Lexington, Vesteen (Paul) Back of Middletown, Ohio, and Shelby (Henry) Back of Middletown, Ohio; and two grandchildren, Amanda (Edwin) Evans and Tiffany Dixon. Everyone please keep his sweet little wife, Lena, as well as the rest of his family and friends in your prayers as they struggle through this tough time in their lives.

James and Amber Blair will be welcoming their baby girl, Julee Lynn, sometime this month. I am so excited for them. Babies are such blessings.

Speaking of babies, Mom and Dad will be welcoming two great-granddaughters this year. Along with Allen and Jessica (Jent), Deidra, and her husband Sammy (Gibson) just found out the other day that their baby is going to be a girl. I think they have decided to name her Kylee Faith, but if Deidra is anything like I was with my boys, she will have changed her mind 20 times before the baby gets here around the first of June. No word yet on what Al and Jess plan to name their little one.

I am so far behind on birthdays. There is no way I could back up and name everyone, so I will just start with January and go from there. Happy birthday to all those I haven’t had a chance to mention the past month or so. I am sorry I missed you.

Morgan Helton celebrated his birthday on Jan. 2, Dennis Blair, Jan. 6, and Karli Blair on Jan. 8. Billy Gene Blair Jr. will celebrate his birthday on Jan. 16, Stuart Hensley, Jan. 18, Tonya Fields, Jan. 21, and also Larry Dean Blair and Tanner Blair, Jan. 22. Happy birthday to each of you. I hope your day was filled with all the love and happiness in the world.

Heather and Frank Phillips celebrate their wedding anniversary Jan. 21. I hope you have a wonderful day together.

If I have left anyone or anything out, just let me know and I will be glad you get you next time. I hope everyone has a healthy and happy week. If you would like to contact me, feel free to give me a call or you may email me at alanacouch@hotmail.com.



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