Sunday, June 21, 2020

Dear Kids,
        Happy Fathers Day to all you fine sons and sons-in-law of ours!  I appreciate the good examples you’re setting for your families, and all you do for them.  The world absolutely needs good dads!
        I thought my life would be practically perfect now that the DI’s have opened up again, and since we were in Centerville Tuesday, that was the perfect place to start.  Hey, everybody knows the Centerville DI is the best!  When we got there, I really needed to use the restroom, but when I went to that corner of the store, there were shopping baskets piled up against the entrance, and a sign that said, “For your protection, these restrooms have been closed.” I know a lot of  people go crazy trying to protect themselves and others from Covid 19, but I can’t imagine how not letting people relieve themselves is any kind of protection.  Meanwhile, Dad sat down on one of the couches to wait while I shopped, and he was immediately told to get up.  They wouldn’t even let him sit on a chair!  Needless to say, we weren’t in there very long.  Oh, well, I’m sure things will get better.
        That same day, I had an appointment with a podiatrist to see about my big toenails, which are full of fungus.  The one on the right was even loose, and tipped to the side.  The nice podiatrist just lifted it off with a mini pry bar.  He had more trouble with the left one, though, and really had to tug.  Luckily he had deadened my foot.  It’s been really hurting since then, and now it’s infected.  I soak it three times a day in epsom salt, and that seems to be helping a little bit.  I have to spend a lot of time with my foot up, and about all I can do is read and watch movies.  Not such a bad life! 
        Dad’s been having his health problems, too!  On Friday he felt some pain near his heart, the same place he had it when they ended up putting in the two stents, five years ago.  He called his doctor, and they told him to go to the Park City ER, since it was nearest.   He was there about 4 hours, and they did every possible test.  Luckily, everything looks fine.  I’m sure glad we have health insurance!  Now that we’re old, we use lots of it. 
        This was going to be our year to have the Allen family reunion at Riverwoods park, but Bonnie and Barbara have cancelled it because of the virus.  Not to worry, they said; we’ll have it next summer.  Everybody feels like you can’t be too careful.  Except me.  (And a few of you guys, too.)  Well, eventually things will all get back to normal. 
        Lots of love, Mom