2011-01-26 / Opinion

Up The Creek Without A Paddle

Driving Miss Betty Jo, Tammy and Uva
by Terry Toole

How has your new year been going so far?

The transfer from 2010 to 2011 was about as roll and tumble as the stock market has been.

I was taught to share, so to teach my folks the same, we share one restroom, bathroom (no bath) between the newspaper and the Bride & Gift. It saves a water and sewage bill, which is a lot, but a one-holer gets us in a tight at times.

With seven to 10 women, plus the public, that is one popular spot. On top of that Tammy, my daughter, over at the store uses it for a dressing room to fit tuxs. Now that can really get you in a tight.

When things really get in a tight, I have hidden a potty seat in a special spot that I can use. I haven't told the girls about it.

I got off track about how things are, or were going. On New Year’s Eve, I went into our much used bathroom and got a smell that I hadn't detected before. I started checking and found that our 15 cu. ft. chest freezer had died, and most of the food in it had spoiled.

Yes, we had a freezer in the bathroom.

Everyone was gone, but Wanda. She helped me dump the entire contents before she left. I pulled the empty freezer outside and washed it out. It would make a good storage bin or casket. It already has a quaint smell.

Yes, it was full of lots of good stuff, and some older frozen goods that dated in the 1980s. If the smell didn’t make you sick, the loss of that much partially frozen food made you want to throw up.

That is not a good way to end the old year and start the new one.

We have lost several freezers in our 55 years of marriage. Betty Jo has helped me get rid of most the other losses. This time she was staying in the hospital with her mother from one year to the other and missed the event.

I think that is my first New Year's alone at home. That is not a good way to start the new year.

Other than that, everything has gone well for us, except the day we got Uva out of the hospital, she fell and ripped her skin on her arm.

Last week Uva had a procedure over in Dothan. The surgeon stuck a tube in her groin and blew up a balloon in her artery going down to her foot. She didn't have circulation to her foot.

The young doctor came in after the procedure and said everything went well, and she should get good circulation. On the way home that same night, she said her foot was warm. That was the first time I've heard that in five years or more.

All of her vital signs and blood work are better than either mine or my first wife’s. Not bad for a lady of 97 years young, going on 98.

Her biggest problem is still with her. She worries about who will take care of her when we are dead.

It seems that on our calendars, the most prominent items are doctor's appointments. Most people have a problem getting an appointment with a doctor. We have a problem finding a day that is not already filled.

This week is no exception. The girls, Betty Jo and Tammy, are heading for Atlanta by the time most of you read this edition. Tammy's cancer doctor moved from Tallahassee to Atlanta, and it's time for her checkup. I thought she ought to change doctors, but she said she was going to follow him. Betty Jo is going to get the muscles in her eyelids fixed.

I was told Monday that I will be driving Miss Betty Jo and Miss Tammy to the city.

I am always happy to be able to help my girls in any way needed. Prior to Monday, I was told I would be working, helping tend to a 97-year-old. Uva and I have a great time together, but I guess they got someone else to drive Miss Uva. I'll get to go back to the city to see how good the doctor did, next week.

Come to think of it, this year hasn't been too bad so far; in fact, it's starting off right good. Don't know of too many changes I would make if I could - no dirt in my face and still above ground.

God is good, all the time. All the time God is good, in spite of us.

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