A New Christmas Tradition?

According to my son-in-law, it is our family tradition to not let a Christmas season go by without a hospital visit by someone. He is exaggerating, of course, but this year it was me. As a matter of fact, I had a kidney removal the December after he joined our family. He also had to escort my niece to the emergency room on another Christmas.

This year, on Christmas Eve at one o’clock in the afternoon, I drove myself to the local hospital emergency room for treatment. For the second time in my life I had contracted Bell’s palsy, a malady which manifests itself as an attack on the nerves that control the facial muscles. In a few hours I went from being a relatively handsome, distinguished man to looking like the latest iteration of Frankenstein.

With Bell’s palsy, exactly one-half of the muscles in your face go limp. The disease strikes one side of the face or the other, and it looks like half your face is sliding off, giving one’s visage a grim, sneering look. It ain’t pretty.

After an examination by Dr Malcolm, and a CT Scan to make sure I had not had a stroke, I was released into the wild with a couple of prescriptions. It seems that corticosteroids are the primary treatment for the palsy, and that is to relieve the inflammation.

That’s all they gave me for a multi-thousand dollar emergency room visit. So, I endeavored to assist the medical profession by adding to the effort, and stopped by a local liquor store.

That’s when I discovered Popcorn Sutton’s Tennessee White Whiskey. Those of you who keep up with the Moonshiners program on the History Channel know of whom I speak. Popcorn Sutton was a (almost) world-famous moonshiner in Tennessee. He swore he would never go to prison, and when the Federal revenuers finally got him, he committed suicide rather than spend most of the rest of his life in jail.

Popcorn’s whiskey was reputed to be some of the best moonshine, ever, and after his death was put into commercial production.

I was anxious to try the 93 proof nector of the cornstalk, and was rewarded with something totally unexpected. The stuff is as clear as water (White Whiskey), very little aroma, and a delicate, lingering taste reminiscent of Johnson’s Floor Wax. I had to read the label, again, to make sure I had the right stuff.

Between my diligence in going to the emergency room, and Popcorn Sutton, I think I am going to beat this Bell’s palsy thing. I just hope that neither emergency rooms or moonshine will become a Christmas tradition.

8 thoughts on “A New Christmas Tradition?”

  1. Oh, my! Stricken with such a misery as Bell’s Palsy on Christmas Eve! Mr. AOW had a touch of Bell’s Palsy following his 1993 surgery for acoustic neuroma.

    I hope that you are better now.

    Merry Christmas! Or, at least, as merry a Christmas as you can have under the circumstances.

  2. AOW: ThanksOor the good word. I appreciate it, and will endeavor to do more blogging and commenting this new year. Hi to Mr AOW. I wish you the best, and will do a better job of keeping people in my prayers. I just looked up the Mr AOW’s nerve problem. thanks for bringing this to my attention. I will be seeing a neurolgist and will appraise him of any family events and possible genetic problems.

    COF: I haven’t been to your place very often, lately, what with my acute bronchitis, flunked cardio stress tests, Bell’s Palsy, and other health problems. It is funny. When you don’t think you are doing well, it is easy to sit back and let things happen. It turns out that I am pretty healthy, although I am a bit concerned that the Bell’s attacked me for the second time in seven years. It is a virul thing, and anti-biotics don’t work.

  3. Ed: Merry Christmas to you and your family. I want you to know that I appreciated your comment over on Z’s blog with the references to Isaiah. Have a good and prosperous new year.

  4. Let me just say that the people HERE, the blogger and his commenters today, up above, are some of my VERY favorite “know them through the blogs” people EVER. Ed, your comment about the other side and moonshine cracked me up.
    Bob, I am SO SO sorry you had to go thru this again! And so grateful thinks will “Pick up” soon (so to speak!)…how awful.
    My very best wishes; please keep us appraised of how you are.
    Love and hugs to you and yours and Ed, BOB, AOW and Conson Fire! 🙂 Z

  5. Z: Thanks. I am OK, and have a follow up appointment with a neurologist tomorrow morning. Hopefully, I will keep improving with no permanent damage. I am getting tired of drinking through straws, and taking tiny bites of food with only one side of my mouth.

    All the folks here are some of those I read regularly. Of coursed, I found all these good folks on you blog!

    Keep doing what you are doing, and when you make the million selling record, you can fly us all to the Left Coast for tea one afternoon.

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