Whitesburg KY

Never know what Mother Nature has in store

Hello everyone! I hope each of you are doing well and avoiding all the sickness that has been floating around lately. Unfortunately my little family has failed miserably when it comes to avoiding it. We have been sick for so long that I have forgotten what a normal day in this house is like.

We passed the stomach virus around the family twice, then the boys had strep, and now the dreaded flu is making its rounds. Every time we have been to the store in the last month our shopping list has included Clorox, Lysol, and hand sanitizer. Not to mention that I have reminded my boys to wash their hands so many times a day that now they just roll their eyes and say “We know, we know.”

I had really been enjoying the weather we have had lately. With temperatures holding steady in the 50s and 60s, I was fairly certain spring was around the corner.

Imagine my surprise Sunday morning when I woke up to see everything snow covered again. We went from walking around in t-shirts to sporting parkas overnight. I guess we can never be certain to what Mother Nature has in store for us from day to day. I suppose we should just learn to go with the flow and deal with what is handed to us.

Our family has faced a rollercoaster of emotions this week. My great-aunt Stella Mae Blair died at Pikeville Medical Center on Tuesday, March 1. Mae was the daughter of the late John Riley and Polly Watts Blair. She was born Aug. 15, 1931, being 79 years old at the time of her death. Surviving are a son, Riley Ed Blair of Jeremiah; a daughter, Elvenia Blair of Jeremiah; a brother, Lovell Blair of Jeremiah; two sisters, Minnie Blair and Ila Adams, both of Jeremiah; and a grandson, Luke Blair. Mae was preceded in death by three brothers, Shade Blair, Allen B. Blair, and Ben D. Blair, and three sisters Ella Blair, Nella Blair, and Lizzie Campbell. Blair Branch

She was buried at the Blair family cemetery at Jeremiah. Mae’s illness and death were so sudden, it just doesn’t seem real. Please pray for her family and friends as they struggle through this tough time.

Though our family faced this great sadness we have also been blessed. My nephew Gardner Allen Jent and his wife Jessica Hall Jent, graced our family with a beautiful new addition.

Alissa Sylvia Anne Jent was born at Pikeville Medical Center on Tuesday, March 1, at 11:36 a.m. Alissa was a whopping 9 pounds, 2 ounces, and 22 inches long. She is absolutely gorgeous and looks a lot like her big brother Hayden Alexander. Opal and David are ecstatic to have a new grandbaby.

Mom, Sylvania Whitaker, is doing fair. She has her good days and bad day, the bad days mainly being the days she has dialysis. She sure has a rough time with it.

One day this past week her blood pressure dropped really low on her again. They say it happens because they have to take so much fluid off of her. I imagine that, along with making her feel poorly, it is very scary.

Dad, Allen Whitaker, is just as stubborn as ever. He is doing fair as well. He has a lot of sinus problems and a rough sounding cough, but getting him to the doctor is nearly impossible. The last time he was at the doctor they found a cyst on his thyroid. He was suppose to see a specialist in Pikeville about it, but hasn’t done so yet.

Grandma, Lucy Halcomb Blair, was admitted to Whitesburg ARH on Saturday. The doctor seems to think she had a mini stroke. It looked as if she has some drawing on one side of her mouth, was unable to use her left arm or leg and couldn’t answer us when we would ask her a question. Now she is able to move her left side but is unable to hold onto anything with that hand.

She is talking now but sometimes has a delayed response. She has been able to eat regular food, but has had difficulty getting it into her mouth without assistance. Her lungs are filled with fluid again and she is congested. We are so worried about her and would appreciate any prayers you are willing to send up.

Jake Halcomb was admitted to Hazard ARH on Saturday. He is suffering with congestive heart failure and has an infection in his leg.

Jake’s daughter, Jamie Collins, was recently hospitalized at Pikeville Medical Center. She had a lupus flare-up and needed blood. She is home now, but is still advised to take it easy for a while.

I would like to send out birthday wishes to all those I have missed since I last wrote. I am sorry I missed you.

Happy birthday to John Lynch, who celebrated his birthday March 1; Alexis Fields, March 2; myself and Maryia Lepou, March 5; and Van Blair, March 6. Becky Halcomb, will celebrate her birthday March 11; and Dandie Walters, March 15. I hope your day is filled with all the love and happiness in the world.

I would like to say happy anniversary to Joan and Jody Watts on March 10. You two are such wonderful people and I love you dearly. I hope you have a wonderful day and many more love-filled years 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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