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Hello everyone, it’s Son Jim filling in again this week, hopefully the last one for a while… Life in the newspaper business can be a funny thing, especially when you are working on a weekly schedule in a time when social media can be instantaneous.
Not long after I submitted my writing for “Betty’s Week” last week Monday and said Mother was doing fine, she had a bit of a setback and ended up making a return visit to Memphis at Baptist East. She developed a post-operative infection, and it was starting to get rather serious, so they kept her in the emergency room for over 24 hours, as a regular hospital bed was not available.
I’ll spare you all the details, which she might fill you in on during the coming weeks, but the short story is they did a great job, got her on the right antibiotics, and she’s back home and resting comfortably. It did slow her recovery a bit, but she is, once again, doing fine now and well on her way back to health.
As those of you who have been through a cancer journey yourself well know, or if you’ve supported a family member or friend who has gone through this sort of thing, you quickly learn that you take it day by day, and you make the best of every day, trying always to maintain as positive an attitude as possible.
Growing up at the newspaper, I always remember my grandfather supporting the American Cancer Society, which he wrote about and did outreach work for on a regular basis. Although now that he’s long gone, I think it was mostly Mother behind the scenes doing the actual work.
Granddaddy was a great “front man,” but he wasn’t always so strong on the follow-through. I think she did most of the actual bookkeeping and correspondence that needed to take place. Now, on the other side of things, I value that work more than ever, as I’ve seen firsthand, through Mother’s great care and the amazing care of several close friends who have had serious battles with cancer, how far treatment has progressed, just in my lifetime. Do consider supporting the American Cancer Society or any of several other great charities who specialize in various types of cancer research and support. It all makes a difference, and you never know whose life you might touch.