PT at noon today for my knee. As my clever friend Big Al says, our social life has become a round of medical visits. I won’t moan, however.
I spoke with my “baby” sister yesterday, and she continues to suffer with the fallout from chemo as well as lifelong epilepsy, which has caused her extensive nerve damage.
Michelle is wearing hearing aids because the nerves in her ears are damaged, and braces on her legs so she can walk. She also has nerve damage in her hands which makes many tasks very difficult. To top it off, she lives in Louisiana, and the flood waters are all around and lapping at the edge of her development. Thank goodness, her son Wayne lives with her.
Meanwhile, we have damaging heat here and a dearth of rain. If anybody says we humans are not despoiling the planet and global warming is a myth, you can hit them upside the head for me.
My sister Michelle and me at Myrtle Beach ,South Carolina in 1947 when we lived there and the ocean was at our front door.
Meanwhile, over the weekend, I finished Gateway to Freedom: the Hidden History of the Underground Railroad, by historian Eric Foner. I also finished reading the most recent Masie Dobbs mystery, Journey to Munich last evening. It took me two days to read the history and two years to read the mystery (most of it yesterday).
Actually, I listened to the mystery on my Kindle. It was just like listening to Mom read a bedtime story. And not as scary as the story of the “three little pigs.” Well, actually it was, mainly because I know a heck of a lot about “Brown Shirts.”
Foner’s book got me down a bit, because the escape from slavery is a true and painful story. Foner is an excellent and “honest-to-God” historian and not a FNS reporter or right-wing hack like some I could name. I’ve lined up two more books by Foner, one on the early Republican Party, to which my father’s ancestors belonged until he shifted to the Democrat Party in 1970, and another book about Lincoln and the Civil War. In September, I will get Foner’s book on Reconstruction. Yes, he’s that great.