February 17, 2017
By Olivene Godfrey
I had an appointment with my pain management doctor this week and he gave me a cortisone shot for my knees. Barry did some research and it can take several days to be effective. I think they are some better but I still have pain. The doctor has scheduled the procedure for my arthritic spine for March 7th. The spine procedure can't be done at his office, it will be done at Hamilton Memorial Hospital in Dalton as an outpatient. The patient is suppose to be alert enough to answer any questions. I hope and pray it will be effective.
As I write this, on Thursday afternoon, I am having a bad day with quite a bit of pain. A number of years ago, I had a vertigo fall in my kitchen one morning which changed my life. I have never had anything like it before. After that, I was afraid to be alone in the kitchen. I had been preparing meals for myself and Barry and taking care of myself.
My sister, Jeanette, told me about a lady that had been doing some work for her that she really liked. She talked with Tam to see if she would be interested, and set up an appointment for her and I to meet. We hit it off right away, and that's how Tam came into mine and Barry's life.
Tam was hired to sit with me and keep me company and prepare my lunch. One day, she asked if I had anything she could do for me. I told her to do whatever she wanted to do. As time went on she told me she could type if I ever needed help. That was when she became indispensable to me. I had typed a few novels and non-fiction work for many years and typing had become a tiresome chore. So, she became my typist and editor along with being my caregiver. I don't care how many credentials a writer has, he or she needs a good editor.
Tam said I gave her a job when the economy was bad and she really needed it and she has promised to stay with me to the end. We have grown to love each other like mother and daughter and she has also became a good friend to Barry. I know she could get a better job with benefits now, but she chooses to stay with me. I am grateful she's still with me. I have told her when my next novel is finally ready for publication and by a miracle becomes a best seller, I'll share the wealth with her.
Wednesday night I had an experience in the middle of the night that was similar to the vertigo fall. (Barry says he thinks it was a dream.) I suddenly woke up and the room was spinning. My first thought was I had been in a serious car accident. I was hurting all over. It was 5:30 and time for Barry to get up to get ready for work. He consoled me and gave me my morning meds. I went back to bed until Tam arrived at 9:00 am. I have felt bad all day. Prayers are appreciated.
See you next time. Comments welcome. (Edited and typed by Tam.)