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Living out in the country, where Reggie takes care of his property and raises chickens and other farm animals, he realized his pain was becoming a problem. It was difficult to perform his daily chores, and in time, even getting up and caring for himself became painful. Walking any distance was a challenge, because the pain in his legs was so intense. Out of necessity, he traded some equipment for a golf cart so he could get around the property to care for the animals. At night, it was impossible to lie flat in his bed comfortably. Instead, he settled for a recliner where he could sleep short periods of time with less pain.
Thanksgiving week, Kathleen Cloud had intense pain in her side and felt nauseated. She knew something was seriously wrong. She went to two different emergency rooms for care over the course of a week and learned that her problem had to do with her gallbladder. The medicines prescribed did not seem to work, and that’s when Kathleen turned to Natchitoches Regional Medical Center.
I’ll never forget the night of January 24th. At the age of 80, I slipped and fell on a patch of ice outside our carport door. I can still remember the ice cracking and popping as I hit the concrete. Being 5:30 in the late afternoon, darkness was fast approaching with no one in sight. I began to scream and holler for help as loudly as I could. My two little Chihuahua puppies heard me from inside of our house, and soon their barking brought my husband to the door.