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Loretta Church comes through surgery well

Southern Ohio


Hello again, everyone!

Once again I had to borrow someone’s computer to write a column. My computer guy brought the part for mine home but he could have saved some gas since it went kapoop on me when I tried to use it. So here I am at my friend, Nancy Dierkes’s. I thought about not even writing a column this week. I wonder if I would be missed.

Sunday, July 29, around 9:30 a.m. I left my daughter, Anna Nottingham’s, house at Fort Mitchell. Since it was my little granddaughter, Sarah Nottingham’s, ninth birthday, I had to take her a card.

At 1:30 p.m. I was enjoying a custard at Halcomb’s Custard Stand. This is the best soft ice cream that I have ever tasted no matter how far I go.

A little before 2 p.m. I walked into my sister, Loretta Church’s, room at Letcher Manor. Meantime my brother, Richie, and Wanda had called to see if I had made it in all right.

I had told Richie I was leaving early. As it turned out, I had a half dozen things to do before I got out of this area. I am sure lots of you know that feeling.

After a couple of hours, I went on to Ingram’s Creek to spend some time with Richie and Wanda. Later Wanda and I went back to the nursing home to see Loretta again.

The next morning I got to the Letcher Manor at 7:30. I told Richie I wanted to spend some time with Loretta before she was due to be at the hospital at the hospital at 9:30. My younger brother laughed and said I would get to spend all the time I needed, as they wouldn’t get around to taking her to surgery until about 1:30. Richie missed it about five hours as it was 6 p.m. when they came to the surgical part of the hospital to get Loretta. I was about ready to say let me lie down and take a nap!

Loretta had gone all day without a bite to eat and nothing to drink since before midnight the night before. This woman has the patience of a saint. She never complained except about the pain she was having in her foot. Loretta accepted the fact she was losing her leg better than I did. It is so heartbreaking not to be able to do anything for her.

I want to say how wonderful every nurse, doctor and anyone connected to the hospital and Letcher Manor has been to Loretta. My friend, Betty Ison’s, sister, Bessie Shepherd, is a nurse in the surgical department and came in to speak to us. She sure is a sweet person.

My brother, Richie Hall; Jerry and Mattie Hall, and Loretta’s friend, Ron Sublet, were at the hospital for a long time. Ron lives in Virginia so he went home before it got too late. It hurts Richie to sit very long, plus he had some things to do. Jerry. Mattie and I stayed for the duration. Wanda had to work so she couldn’t be there. Loretta’s daughter, Sue, and Mart Hall came by the hospital before she went to surgery. Loretta’s granddaughter, April, and her husband, James Brown, and little Brooke were there too.

Loretta came through the surgery great. During her surgery there was a storm at Whitesburg and there was a power outage just for a few minutes.

I met a neighbor of Richie and Wanda at the hospital, Brenda Fields. As we were leaving the hospital she was kind enough to ask if we needed a way home. I ended up parking my car at Jerry and Mattie’s and riding with her to Rich and Wanda’s. It was a pleasure meeting her. I hope her daughter is better. This family sure has had their share of heartaches. too.

Tuesday morning Richie took me back to Jerry and Mattie’s to pick up my car. We went to check on Loretta at the hospital and she was awake and very alert. We stayed for a while then we went to visit Wallace Lee and Georgia. Then it was time for me to head back Ohio way. When I crossed the bridge from Kentucky to Indiana and a few seconds later you are in Ohio, I thought of what Jerry said a few years ago as Clayton and I were taking them home. He rolled the window down and said he could smell Whitesburg as he was getting closer to home. I could smell the Harrison, Ohio air almost! It is good to go, and good to get back home, too. This was the first time I had traveled by myself in several years; it was a good trip.

I have really been missing Gwen Huff Farmer and Shirley since I haven’t been on the computer. Maybe in a few days it will get fixed.

Gwen sent me some pictures of her vegetables. They are beautiful.

Bruce Jones, I fully intended on stopping to see if you had some chicken and dumplings. It seems there just wasn’t enough time. I am sorry to hear that Bruce’s son, Rick Jones, hasn’t been feeling well.

My sincere sympathy goes out to the family of Colon Cornett in the loss of his mother. There were two more sudden deaths in the area also.

I didn’t get to visit our little mountain mama Alma Whitaker either. As I said, there wasn’t enough time. I will be heading back to the mountains before too long.

I had an email from Leanna Sparkman Dixon, who says she always enjoys my column. Leanna, it is folks like you that keep me writing. I am looking forward to Letcher County Day in Harrison, Ohio. I hope to see you there. Don’t forget Sept. 29.

Ann and Johnny Calihan had a scare. Their oldest daughter, Carol, got a bad report from her doctor. It turned out that everything is fine. I am very glad it was a false alarm.

I stopped in to see Junior Calihan at Letcher Manor. He was asleep so I didn’t disturb him.

Thanks to the couple who stopped by with a copy of Claude Ely’s CD.

Since I am using someone’s computer I better get this sent down the way, so until next time, Rose Ballard Durham, 9110 Lawrenceburg Road, Harrison, Ohio 45030, email Bluegrassmama4@aol.com.


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