When pain is your life partner

The offers of condolences and sympathy for my current — and so far, losing — battle with severe back pain are appreciated. So are the suggestions of cure. Even the gentle and not-so-gentle lectures for (1) trying to drive while in pain and taking medication or (2) not seeking help are welcome. But the tone […]

Carilion, we have a problem

From the time my mother’s housekeeper found her unconscious on the floor of her home, a team of medical professionals moved quickly to save her life. The Floyd County Rescue Squad responded swiftly and stabilized her. They were concerned about an erratic heartbeat and sky-high blood pressure and got her to the Carilion New River […]

Down for the count

Beautiful weekend out there. At least that’s what others said. Spent most of this weekend in bed, brought down by what first appeared to be allergies and may have morphed into full-fledged flu. Flu? In March? Yep. Had a shot for the swine strain but never got around to the other. On Thursday, sinuses filled […]