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IMAGE ©SMALLTOWNPAPERS, INC. ALL CONTENT COPYRIGHTED• ALL RIGHTS RESERVED• USE SUBJECT TO LICENSE AGREEMENT. REPRODUCTION, DISSEMINATION, STORAGE, DISTRIBUTION PROHIBITED. Page 12 News Of Interest by Merle Woodham Christmas Came Early The Woodhams .. In The Form Of 'A Rolling Stone' I was a sick mama Tuesday of last week when Dr. W. D. Potter came in Cindy's room at Florala Memorial Hospital to tell us that that stubborn old kidney stone that practically had her right kidney completely blocked was still right where it had been since her initial , attack on Saturday. He had come to tell us he was sending Cindy to eurologist, Dr. Dan Beraha, who would meet us at General Hospital in Fort Walton for possible surgery. He looked at Cindy's x-rays and had the radiologist there to make another. He came to our room later that day to say he was going to give it another day or two to pass, scheduling surgery for Thursday. He told Cindy to walk a lot and drink everything she could get her hands on to try to push that stone out. Cindy and 1 took him at his word. We were on third floor so we trapsed up and down those flights of stairs twice that night before retiring. We arose bright and early Wednesday morning and still no kidney stone, so we called one of the nurses in and asked if we could resume our flight by way of stairs. She said - What do you mean? I found out pretty quick that we weren't supposed to leave third floor without special permission or on doctors orders. So, she wouldn't let us go up and down the stairs again. She was afraid we would fall and break something. After that, Cindy started jogging in between commercials on TV. It could have been the ride down there, the jogging, running up and down stairs, the flow of liquids or yours and my prayers. I just don't know what the magic formula was but the important thing is that she passed that stone about 4:00 p.m., Wednesday afternoon, thus eliminatin~ the necessity of surgery. That 'passing' sure did cause a flurry of activity on third floor. I didn't take time to push the button to advise the nurses. I struck out down the hall to tell them in person. They in turn took the stone and took off to find Dr. Beraha who was making rounds at the time. It was his day off and he was in the hospital early. They were all nearly as happy as Cindy and I. It was hard for me to believe that anything that small could be the source of so much pain. It was the third attack she had had with the devilish things. But when Beraha examined it, he said it was pretty big for a kidney stone. It was abo~t the size of a black-eyed pea with horns on it. The doctor said he would send it off and have it analyzed and in the mean time, to go easy on the dairy products. With that bit of advise, he dismissed us and told Cindy to come to see him before she went back to AU for winter quarter. General Hospital in Fort Walton was nice but, believe me, there ain't nothing like Florala Memorial Hospital and good old home folks you know. They are just wonderful and I appreciate them so very much. Cindy does too. We all appreciated so much your concern, your cards, flowers and most of all your prayers. The finest people in the world are right here in Flora!a, Alabama. If you don't believe it --just ask mel WE EXTEND SEASON'S GREETINGS AND .BEST WISHES TO THE WHOCE TOWN. Sixth Avenue Cleaner Phone 858-35g0 A jolly salute to ell and a hatful of cheery greet- ings for Christmas! May we extend our thanks and say, once again it's been a pleasure to serve you. Madolyn & Martelle dohnston Electric & Plumbing H I • ?!::f! ~i¸ ~i::i i; sounds of Santa's sleigh- bells till the air with music, and every home is kindled with the warmth of good cheer. May you and your family enjoy all the blessings of this happy holiday season. Heartfelt thanks tor your trust and support. We greatly enjoy the privilege of serving you. i!!ii~i!::~i!i:i!i!!!i!: We Just Thought We Had Trouble If you ever get to thinking you're having a hard time -- just visit the hospitals around and you will pretty quick find your problems are small, compared to some, The first person I saw when Cindy and I entered the emergency entrance at General Hospital in Fort WMton was Mr. T. Ivey Powell, former District 3 Commissioner for a number of years. Ivey was walking the floor with tears in his eyes and I knew right away his problem was serious. Much to my surprise, he told me that his youngest son, Paul, was entering surgery for the third time due to complications following an appendectomy on Friday before. This was last Tuesday. The second time they went back into the incision was for the removal of an abcess that had formed. His condition grew progressively worse so he was in surgery for the third time Tuesday morning about 11:00 a.m. As soon as I got Cindy checked into the hospital, she and Sherry insisted that I go back to emergency and check on Paul's condition. He had taught Sherry when she was at Florala High School. All four of our children took drivers education from Paul's brother, Carious, at FHS. They all have a special place in their hearts for the Powell brothers. When I went back to the waiting room for surgery patients, I found Paul's wife, Margaret and others of the family awaiting departure for Gainsville, Florida where Paul was being flown, packed in ice, suffering from gangrene that set up, resulting from all the infection, etc. His chances for survival at this time were slim and his condition critical. Gainsville had the very latest equipment for treating this type of infection and doctor specialists. I checked with members of the family today (Tuesday) and found that his condition is much improved, and the infection is under control, though they have not yet been able to close the incision. It is still draining and he will be hospitalized for several weeks yet. But, most important, he is alive. Though his recovery will be slow, he will be returning to his wife and three darling little girls before too much longer, we hope. Paul's wife, Margaret, is a crackerjack math teacher at Paxton and we know those youngsters hope she, too, will soon resume her duties at dear old PHS. We all send our love and prayers for a speedy and complete recovery to Paul. We take sincere pleasure in extending to you our BEST WISHES for a HAPPY HOLIDAY SEASON! Vanity uty She Merle Norman Studios Happy Christmas To All! I have already had my Christmas. Here is hoping you all have a very merry Christmas and a Happy New Year. God bless you and remember -- we love youl Want Ads Do Work Wonders Remember reading that letter to Santa from Ewin Moody in last week's issue of the Want Ads? Who ever it was that borrowed knows there is a Santa Claus and promptly returned the ladder. He wasnt about to take any chances on not getting any toys. I told Moody I sure was glad he came in this morning and filled me in on this little bit of news. Morn has been telling me if I would put me a want ad in thepaper, I would probably find my rain coat that has been missing for several months. It is the only raincoat I ever owned that would turn the rain. It is black, with a wet look, real full with a gathered yoke, the best I remember. It has been so long, I have almost forgotten myself. If you have found a raincoat answering that description and wonder who the dummy is that left it in your store, please call and let me check it out. I will ask Santa to be especially nice to YOU! AND BEST WISHES FOR THE Christmas Season The FIorala New8 staff Kersey' Termite Times and styles cbange, but our Cbristmas wisbes ! to you are timeless. orala Store ck Located Mile South Of I=lorala On Highway 85 i1~11 signs show thot it's time for t us to express our best wishes and thanks to our good friends. Opp, Alabama ompany