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Down but not out

Posted by on November 8, 2012

My, oh, my, how interesting the last few days have been. Besides meeting a lot of really great people in Wewahitchka, I also became acquainted with their medical facilities. I had been having trouble with a knee for a few weeks, and last Friday, I started to notice some signs of internal infection. Saturday through Monday were marked by nightly fever and increasing signs of infection, so I finally broke down and called the VA. A triage nurse told me to get to medical help within 24 hours. Unbeknownst to me, not long after that, others at the VA started trying to locate me to urge me to go to an emergency room. I really like those folks at the VA. I did get my new friend Charlie to come pick me up Tuesday morning, and he took me by boat and truck to a clinic in Wewahitchka, where I learned that some infection that I picked up in wounds from the river below Atlanta had gotten into my knee and then spread from there. I started antibiotics Tuesday morning and felt okay enough to get back on the river the Wednesday morning, although I may have still run a little fever that night. I’m better yet today, and already well into a four-day rest with Kathy here on St. George Island.

This event has just further solidified my respect for and trust in the VA medical community. A third person from the VA tracked me down by cellphone today just to check on me. And then there’s Ms. Ann Rubin, P.A.-C at Wewahitchka Medical Center. Not only did I feel very confident in the diagnosis and treatment that I received, but this dear lady gave me her card, instructed me to call her if I wasn’t better in two days, and advised me where I might go in Apalachicola if I was still having problems.

I found Charlie at the city commission meeting that he had told me he had to attend, and ended up being introduced to the entire governing structure of the community. When I left, I had phone numbers and promises of help anytime, anywhere from no less than four people. What a bunch of great folks!

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