3 thoughts on “Tallulah Gorge, Tallulah Falls, Georgia to Big Creek, Great Smoky Mountains National Park

  1. Susan Sprague May 2, 2018 / 10:38 pm

    Hi Dinata,

    I’ve had quite a roller coaster ride these past three months. In late February Roy and I both got what we thought was the flu. Roy healed up, I didn’t. On March 3 I became comatose, Roy called 911 and they put me on a helicopter and off we went to Albuquerque. I was at Presbyterian Hospital in ABQ for 4 weeks, then at the “Medical Resort” rehab facility for just over 4 weeks. A total of 8-1/2 weeks. The diagnosis was Meningitis and Encephalitis, and oh, by the way, colon cancer and unidentified diseases going on in the lungs and small bowel. Another fine mess I’ve gotten myself into. The rabies (er, I mean the brain stuff) was so bad that my life expectancy was in days. They pumped “every antibiotic known to man” into me just so I would live long enough to get through the colon surgery. Obviously I did – I was in a coma for about 11 days, and after that I had to reconnect all the dots from my first 70 years. I’m a lot better mentally now but there is still a ways to go. That has been a lot more work than I would have thought.

    Physically I lost 30 pounds in 2 months and went from robust to frail and feeble. I had to get strong enough to be able to walk again. I also had to re-learn the finer points of hand – eye coordination. I can now do some limited walking on my own, and less food is ending up on the floor after I eat.

    I thought of you because about 1½ week into re-hab I got c-diff and they put me into isolation. For a little over a week. Those were dark days for me, but fortunately the isolation lasted only about 10 days.

    I don’t envy you but I enjoy living vicariously through your blogs, so keep ‘em coming!

    Love, Susan


    • Dinata Misovec May 11, 2018 / 11:16 pm

      Oh, my gosh Susan!!! I just got around to reading comments tonight and saw this. I am so glad you made it through all that. I have always said that aging is not linear; it knocks you down in chunks. Something happens and, BAM!, you are ten years older than you were last month. Hang in there girlfriend. I hope to stop in and see you (healthy) this year. How did you get so many bad things going on all of a sudden? I do hope you are all over it now and on your way back.


  2. cas olverson May 3, 2018 / 2:32 pm



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