It’s nice to have good news to tell! Things at Golden Bell are mostly going pretty well and the weather has been beautiful, although we’d love to see RAIN. More of our volunteer cronies are showing up regularly. It’s so much fun to reconnect with people we’ve known for several years now as they come from all over the country. The camp nurse and her husband, former Coloradans, live in Alabama now. One couple who just arrived came here from their winter stay in Florida after a medical treatment delayed them. Another fellow came in this week from California and his wife will follow later. Still more Kansans will be on their way this week. They just got back from a trip to Europe and a close friend passed away before they got headed this way. We look forward to all of them!
Raymond has good news, too. When we left New Mexico, he was still in ICU at Memorial Hospital but they thought they were going to transfer him to a regular room. That didn’t happen as soon as they thought, but he did (eventually) make his way to a regular room. Try as they might, the social services group there could not find a single facility that would accept Raymond after discharge, even the nursing home he had just come from in T or C! We’re not sure what strings they had to pull, but he is now on the 6th floor of the hospital and they are taking him across the parking lot for radiation 5 days a week and chemo one day. We’re not asking any questions! We’re just grateful that he isn’t having to endure many hours driving each week. When we talk to him, he says he’s “hanging in there” and we’re glad for that, too.
We also had good news from granddaughter Jordan this week about baby Rae. She weighs 4 lbs. 4 oz. now and even after receiving four vaccinations this week, she’s still breathing on her own. Still on oxygen, but I’m sure they’ll be weaning her off that soon. She was 2 months old on the 25th and Jordan says she may be moved to the less intensive care part of NICU very soon. We pray that will happen!
There is a bit of “bad” along with the good news this week, though. There is a very active forest fire within about 20 miles of us, just a few miles from the Florissant Fossil Beds, one of our favorite places in the area. At present, it is not contained but we are not in immediate danger. Believe me, if the sheriff tells us to evacuate, we’ll be building air to do so as quickly as possible! The campground here is under burn restrictions and as of yesterday noon, absolutely no outdoor burning is permitted, even camp stoves and grills. That’s no problem for those of us in RVs, but the tent campers who arrive planning to cook their meals outside are having to regroup. I haven’t heard of cancellations, but I expect them this week since more than half of our sites are usually filled with tent campers and this is 4th of July week.
Happy Independence Day to all!