As many of you know, we have been fighting with blog issues for weeks now. Sometimes it takes me four, or five, or six more times to get the blog to post, if at all. And when it does post, sometimes readers can’t get to it. Occasionally if they are using something like Microsoft Edge or Safari and they switch to Google Chrome or some other browser they can get to the blog. Other times they can’t. Sometimes if they clear their cache, they can get to it. Other times they can’t.
When people tried to access the blog the last couple of days, they got a pop-up saying they needed to download Adobe Flash. I got that message, Terry got that message, Greg White got that message, and over a hundred other blog readers got it. And those are just the ones who told me about it. A couple of people clicked the link (NEVER click a pop-up link!) and their antivirus software kicked in and told them it was a dangerous site. I called Go Daddy and I reported it to Go Daddy online, and after telling me it must be something I was doing wrong (as were all of those other people, I assume) I badgered them until they finally said they would look into it. So here we go. Let’s try again. Please do me a favor and leave a blog comment or send me an email or Facebook message and let me know if you have any problems with today’s blog.
Okay, with that out of the way, let’s play catch up. After Terry’s temporary implant on the 2nd she felt immediate relief from the constant pain she has been in and we were elated. Unfortunately, after a couple of days she had a setback and things went back to how they had been. We were dejected. Then they turned around a bit and now she has good days and bad days. But since they did the trial implant, her good days seem to be increasing. We went back to Mayo Monday for her one week evaluation, and based upon what they saw there they gave the go ahead for the permanent implant, which will be next Monday, the 16th.
They tell us it will be about a three-hour procedure, give or take, and she will be sedated for it. They also said that over time the implant will continue to decrease her symptoms and improve her quality of life. We are so looking forward to that.
As for me, my back is still hurting quite a bit. I received a series of four injections in my SI joints at the hospital in DeLand yesterday afternoon, and I’m hoping they will do me some good. The first time I had them they worked for several months, and while I wasn’t completely out of pain, it was quite minimized. The headaches and neck pain are about the same and we will be addressing that next week This getting old crap is not all fun and games.
But enough with the dreary pain report, let’s talk about something fun, like the Civil War. After my blog about the signing of the peace treaty that ended that terrible conflict at Appomattox Court House in Virginia a few days ago, my friend Jim O’Briant, CEO and Administrator at www.OvernightRVParking.com sent me an interesting link from History.com about Wilmer McLean, in whose house the surrender was signed. McLean had previously lived outside Manassas, Virginia, along a creek known as Bull Run. It became the site of the first major battle of the Civil War. After a second battle took place on his property, McLean packed up his family and moved inland to a nice, quiet place, where they would be safe from the war ever bothering them again. And of course, the place he chose was Appomattox Court House. After the war was over, he would tell people that the war began in his front yard and ended in his parlor. You can read all about it at this link.
We have a few days to kill before we go back to Mayo, and I hope to spend it writing. My new Big Lake book, which I had planned to bring out this month, is way behind schedule. What’s that old saying, Man plans and God laughs? I’m sure my planning skills have given him more than a few chuckles over the years.
Thought For The Day – Fine. I’ll rush you to the hospital, but then we’re doing what I want.