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Bryson City Seasons — Distant Thunder

This blog is from the forty-fifth and final chapter from my best-selling book, Bryson City Seasons, which is the sequel to Bryson City TalesI hope that you’ll enjoy going back to Bryson City with me each week and that if you do, you’ll be sure to invite your friends and family to join us.

That night, after the Hartmans had turned in for the evening, I walked out back to sit on the bench behind our home.

A full moon lit up Deep Creek Valley all the way to the dis- tant ridge lines, over fifteen miles away, which separated North Carolina and Tennessee.

As I sat there, just reflecting and contemplating, my mind thought back over my time in Bryson City. Barb and I had arrived as strangers—more unwelcome and unwanted by many than we ever could have imagined. Yet this small town served as the form- ative setting for my first medical practice experiences.

My marriage was maturing here. I was deeply in love with the wonderful woman God had given to be my wife-for-life. Kate was growing and doing so much better with her cerebral palsy. For a child who had been predicted never to walk or talk, she was doing just fine with both, thank you. Her surgery had permanently changed her physically and me professionally. Scott, despite his strong-willed and independent nature, was developing into a fine young boy—one who was molding his environment and his parents by his energy, enthusiasm, and exuberance. Although the day I “lost” him was still an embarrassment, it sure did remind me of how incredibly important he was to me and his mom.

I had a wonderful family, and my memories of spending time with them along Deep Creek and during our mountain drives and hikes were especially vivid.

I had grown so very much, not only as a person, a husband, and a father but also as a physician. I had learned how bitterness, anger, and loneliness could kill—and had seen firsthand the healing salve of friendship and laughter. I smiled as I remembered Carl and his friends.

Katherine had gone out of her way to help us feel welcome— as had the rescue squad, the Park Service rangers, Pastor Hicks, and, especially, Doc John and Becky. John and Ella Jo Shell at the Hemlock Inn had become special friends, as had the Douthits and the Jenkinses.

I practiced medicine with my best friend—an incredibly skilled physician with our patients and my family. Thankfully, Mitch and Ray had given us a practice home in which to start—and then allowed our staff to train under the experienced eyes of their staff. Dr. Bacon’s vote had helped us survive an attempted coup, and my relationship with him was both warming and maturing. Mitch and Ray had become both professors and friends.

Peggy taught me about the importance of women attending women in labor and delivery—women who would two decades later be called “doulas.” I had also been taught much by the granny midwives, the Cherokee people, and my patients.

Most of the nurses at the hospital seemed to be comfortable with Rick and me—despite our many ways that were new to them—and Louise, in particular, had made me feel welcome. I had developed a fond affection for her.

I had seen my first patients with HIV/AIDS, toxic shock syndrome, and flesh-eating bacteria before those diseases were even described in the medical literature. I also had experienced the dramatic impact of sensitively, and with permission, integrating spirituality into my medical practice. It was exhilarating and inspiring to see some of my patients’ medical problems become the foundation and initiation of their own spiritual growth. And to be at the bedside of a patient who began a new life spiritually on the day he died physically had been a profound experience.

I sighed and then bowed my head to thank the Lord for my many blessings.

Most of all, I was thankful for a God who would call me into a personal relationship with himself—a Creator who desired to know me, One who deeply and unconditionally loved me. I simply could not imagine my life without his presence and peace. I was immeasurably thankful for his blessing, for my practice, and for my family.

As I looked up and across the silvery mountains, I felt the cool summer breeze blowing across my face. I knew I could be satisfied here in Bryson City—for many years to come. Barb and I desired a large family, and I knew this would be a great place to grow a practice and raise a family.

After what seemed to be an eternity of education—college, medical school, fellowship, and residency—not to mention the not-so-easy initiation into the private practice of medicine in a small, somewhat closed mountain town, it finally seemed to me that life had a rhythm and a meaning, a deeply satisfying and rewarding cadence.

Yet I sensed a deep, nagging disquiet. To have two couples suggest a move to Kissimmee in the same week seemed to me more than a coincidence. I had come to believe that apparent coincidences were only God’s way of staying anonymous. I wondered if a change in my plans for myself and my family’s life wasn’t looming.

As I looked across Deep Creek Valley, I could see dark clouds and lightning on the horizon. Then the distant sound of thunder echoed across the valley. I didn’t realize that the storm gathering on the horizon was symbolic of one on the horizon of the Larimores’ life. I had no idea that within a month I would receive some terrible news—news that would shatter me, my family, and my future.

But for the moment, I decided I was finally at home—at least as at home as I could be on this planet. By the end of my quiet time, I had pushed Kissimmee out of my mind and was sensing a deep tranquility and harmony—despite the unforeseen storms that were coming.

I was convinced that although I did not and could not know what the future was to hold, I could be and was utterly certain of the One who did hold it—and me—in his hands. For now, that was all I needed to know. It was enough.

As I stood to go inside, a loud clap of thunder boomed across Bryson City. I looked over my shoulder.

A storm was moving toward me faster than I could have imagined.

TO BE CONTINUED

PAST STORIES FROM BRYSON CITY SEASONS

  1. Dead Man Standing (Part 1) (Part 2)(Part 3)
  2. Eyes Wide Open (Part 1)(Part 2)
  3. Auspicious Accidents (Part 1)(Part 2)
  4. Answered Prayers (Part 1), (Part 2), (Part 3), (Part 4)
  5. Rotary Luncheon
  6. Death by Emotion (Part 1)(Part 2)(Part 3)(Part 4)
  7. The Invitation (Part 1)(Part 2)
  8. Barbecue and Bacon (Part 1)(Part 2)
  9. A Touchy Subject
  10. Family Time (Part 1)(Part 2)
  11. Chicken Pops(Part 1)(Part 2)
  12. Swain County Football (Part 1)(Part 2)
  13. Hospital Politics (Part 1)(Part 2)(Part 3)
  14. The Bobcat Attacks (Part 1)(Part 2)
  15. Dungeons and Apples
  16. A Tale of Two Surgeons (Part 1)(Part 2)(Part 3)
  17. Tanned Feets (Part 1)(Part 2)(Part 3)
  18. Wise Counsel (Part 1)(Part 2)
  19. An Anniversary to Remember (Part 1)(Part 2)
  20. Mrs. Black Fox (Part 1)(Part 2)
  21. The Littlest Cherokee (Part 1)(Part 2)
  22. Christmas Firsts (Part 1)(Part 2)
  23. The Silver Torpedo
  24. Another New Year’s Catch
  25. Turned Tables
  26. Doctor Dad (Part 1)(Part 2)(Part 3)
  27. The Phone Tap (Part 1), (Part 2)
  28. Labor Pains (Part 1), (Part 2)
  29. Staph and Staff (Part 1), (Part 2)
  30. The Ribbon Cutting
  31. Mountain Breakfast
  32. Walkingstick (Part 1), (Part 2)
  33. One Big Fish
  34. Memorial Day (Part 1); (Part 2)
  35. The Parade of the Century (Part 1)
  36. Lost Boy (Part 1); (Part 2)
  37. Facing the Music
  38. Flesh-Eating Bacteria (Part 1); (Part 2)
  39. The Best Medicine
  40. The Blessing
  41. The Runaways
  42. Great Scott
  43. Miss Flame (Part 1), (Part 2)
  44. The Summons (Part 1), (Part 2)
  45. Distant Thunder

PAST STORIES FROM BRYSON CITY TALES

  1. The Murder (Part 1)(Part 2)(Part 3)
  2. The Arrival (Part 1)(Part 2)
  3. The Hemlock Inn (Part 1)(Part 2)
  4. The Grand Tour (Part 1)(Part 2)
  5. The Interview (Part 1)(Part 2)(Part 3)
  6. Settling In (Part 1)(Part 2)
  7. First-Day Jitters (Part 1)(Part 2)
  8. Emergency (Part 1)(Part 2)
  9. The Delivery (Part 1)(Part 2)
  10. The “Expert” (Part 1)(Part 2)
  11. The Trial (Part 1)(Part 2)
  12. Shiitake Sam (Part 1)(Part 2)
  13. Wet Behind the Ears (Part 1)(Part 2)(Part 3)
  14. Lessons in Daily Practice (Part 1) — Anal Angina(Part 2)(Part 3)(Part 4)
  15. White Lies
  16. The Epiphany (Part 1)(Part 2)
  17. Becoming Part of the Team (Part 1)(Part 2)
  18. Monuments (Part 1)(Part 2)
  19. My First Home Victory (Part 1)(Part 2)
  20. Fisher of Men (Part 1)(Part 2)
  21. Fly-Fishing (Part 1); (Part 2)
  22. Something Fishy (Part 1)(Part 2)
  23. A Good Day at the Office
  24. An Evening to Remember
  25. Another New Doc Comes to Town
  26. ‘Twas the Night Before Christmas (Part 1)(Part 2)
  27. A Surprising Gift
  28. The New Year (Part 1)(Part 2)
  29. The Home Birth (Part1)(Part 2)(Part 3)
  30. The Showdown (Part1)(Part 2)(Part 3)
  31. The Initiation (Part 1)(Part 2)(Part 3)
  32. Home at Last (Part 1)(Part 2)(Part 3)  

© Copyright WLL, INC. 2019. This blog provides a wide variety of general health information only and is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment from your regular physician. If you are concerned about your health, take what you learn from this blog and meet with your personal doctor to discuss your concerns.

Bryson City Seasons — The Summons (Part 2)

This blog is from the forty-fourth chapter from my best-selling book, Bryson City Seasons, which is the sequel to Bryson City TalesI hope that you’ll enjoy going back to Bryson City with me each week and that if you do, you’ll be sure to invite your friends and family to join us.

THE SUMMONS (PART 2)

Also, I’m delighted to say, Barb left town before Pete Lawson’s coverage of the Fireman’s Day in the weekly Smoky Mountain Times, which came out on Thursdays. His coverage of the day was excellent, with one glaring and conspicuous flaw—his poor choice to place a picture of one Miss Waltina Larina Bustmoore in the paper!

I knew I could not put this awful “triumph” into my past—at least not yet. But I did have the consolation of knowing that Barb wasn’t there to collect copies of the article and its pictures to mail to family across the nation. Maybe, I mistakenly thought, we can keep the news of this so-called marvelous event confined to the general vicinity of the southern Smoky Mountains!

So I found myself deserted by my family and my partner to endure the seemingly endless ridicule of physicians, hospital staff, our office staff, and my patients. The most insufferable comments flowed from Louise and Vernel, who’d incessantly ask for my makeup and hair-styling suggestions—and then laugh hysterically as I muttered and mumbled in consternation. I wondered if my life would ever return to normal!

The only good news I received that week was that my good friend and mentor during my internship, Dr. John Hartman, and his wife, Cleta, would be coming through the area that weekend and had called to express their interest in visiting Bryson City for a night. My hope was that they’d at least be able to come and go without being exposed to the local gossip tabloid—as I now called the Smoky Mountain Times.

The Hartmans arrived in town late Friday afternoon while I was seeing patients. Dean took them over to the house and showed them the guest room. After they had gotten settled, they came over to the office to take a look around. Although there were only two of us practicing in the office, it was designed to easily expand to hold additional staff and physicians—although we weren’t sure if that might ever happen.

After they toured the office, I took them on a very brief tour of the hospital. Fortunately, Louise was off that night, and equally for- tunately, the hospital was busy enough that none of the staff had any time to mention the events of the week. The Hartmans seemed impressed by the scope of staff and services available at our small, forty-bed hospital. I realized how proud I was of our small facility.

When it came time for supper, I knew that a visit to the Hemlock Inn or the Fryemont Inn would invariably produce comments about the Fireman’s Day activities. I thought about escaping to the Jarrett House in a neighboring community or to Mabel’s Table at the Holiday Inn in nearby Cherokee, but it seemed too much trouble, especially given the fact that the some- what more decorous and much smaller Frye-Randolph House was available.

Since the Frye-Randolph House was normally fully occupied by tourists, the chance of a “safe” visit and private conversation were vastly increased. I called Bill Adams, the proprietor, and he indicated he would gladly provide a private table for me and my guests.

The house was located just below the Fryemont Inn and could easily be accessed without being seen at the inn.

I parked the car at the house, and we walked up to the gracious manor where we were to dine. What was then known as the Frye-Randolph House was initially a small Victorian lodge built in 1895 by Captain Amos Frye.The captain later expanded it to an L-shaped plan, complete with lovely gables and a stone-pillared porch.

Captain Frye and his wife, Lillian, lived in the house while the captain’s palatial Fryemont Inn was being constructed just up the hill. After the captain’s death, Lillian, by then the first practicing female attorney in western North Carolina, continued to practice law and run the inn until her death in 1957.

We sat outside in the courtyard until the dinner bell was rung and then were escorted into the beautifully kept home. Only the tourist brochures on one wall distracted from what appeared to be a very comfortable and luxurious private home.

We were shown into a private dining room where linens covered the table and candles glowed warmly. Our five-course meal was highlighted by light, friendly conversation. Bill and Ruth, the proprietors, were in and out of the room and were, as was their habit, always present when needed and absent when not.

After dinner, Ruth escorted us to the sitting room. A small fire was burning in the fireplace, which, given the coolness of the evening, was warming and comfortable. Our conversation turned to the future.

“Walt,” John began, “I’m finishing my commitment in the Navy next year. Cleta and I are beginning to consider practice options.”

I nodded and took a sip of my after-dinner coffee.

John continued. “This seems like such a lovely little town. Any chance we might be able to settle here?”

I thought for a moment before replying. John was a wonderful friend. We had become very close during my internship year at Duke University Medical Center when he was a senior resident.

“John,” I responded, “practicing medicine with you would be a dream come true—especially since you, Rick, and I were such good friends at Duke.” I paused, as there was a check in my spirit, and then continued. “But I’m not sure there’s room for another physician here. This town has about a thousand residents, and our referral area has about 25,000 folks. But there are two surgeons here who both practice general medicine and another five GPs if you include Rick and me. I’d absolutely love for you to come here, but I’d be somewhat concerned about whether our practice would be busy enough for all of us.”

“When you came here, weren’t you told that some of the older physicians were planning to retire? Any retirements in the future here?”

I smiled. “You’re right about our being told there were physicians who wanted to retire. But it doesn’t appear to be true. And to tell you the truth, I don’t see any in the foreseeable future.”

John nodded. “Any chance you’d ever leave here?”

I smiled. “I haven’t given it a thought. Why?”

“Another option we’re considering is joining a couple of my Navy colleagues. They’re FPs who are finishing their commitment about the same time I am. We all work together in the Family Medicine residency program at the Pensacola Navy Station. They are really good doctors, and we’re looking at working together in a small town in central Florida.”

“Where?” I asked, suddenly curious.

“Oh, it’s just a small town. I doubt you’ve ever heard of it.”

“Try me.”

“It’s a small town near Disney World called Kissimmee.”

I laughed out loud.

“What’s so funny?” Cleta asked.

“You won’t believe this, but a couple from Kissimmee came into my office just this week. And they tried to encourage me to move my practice to Florida.”

“Would you?” she asked.

“Cleta,” I responded, “I think Barb and I would be so happy to practice with you guys. But central Florida would be the lastplace in the world we’d want to set up a practice!”

She smiled at me. “Walt, you should never say never. The area is gorgeous and has big lakes surrounded by majestic oak trees covered with Spanish moss. The people are wonderful, and the pace is slow. They also have good schools and churches.”

Cleta sounded just like Boots Autrey. And I did not consider it a mere coincidence that two people had mentioned the same town in the same week.

Was I being summoned to another path— another place?

TO BE CONTINUED

PAST STORIES FROM BRYSON CITY SEASONS

  1. Dead Man Standing (Part 1) (Part 2)(Part 3)
  2. Eyes Wide Open (Part 1)(Part 2)
  3. Auspicious Accidents (Part 1)(Part 2)
  4. Answered Prayers (Part 1), (Part 2), (Part 3), (Part 4)
  5. Rotary Luncheon
  6. Death by Emotion (Part 1)(Part 2)(Part 3)(Part 4)
  7. The Invitation (Part 1)(Part 2)
  8. Barbecue and Bacon (Part 1)(Part 2)
  9. A Touchy Subject
  10. Family Time (Part 1)(Part 2)
  11. Chicken Pops(Part 1)(Part 2)
  12. Swain County Football (Part 1)(Part 2)
  13. Hospital Politics (Part 1)(Part 2)(Part 3)
  14. The Bobcat Attacks (Part 1)(Part 2)
  15. Dungeons and Apples
  16. A Tale of Two Surgeons (Part 1)(Part 2)(Part 3)
  17. Tanned Feets (Part 1)(Part 2)(Part 3)
  18. Wise Counsel (Part 1)(Part 2)
  19. An Anniversary to Remember (Part 1)(Part 2)
  20. Mrs. Black Fox (Part 1)(Part 2)
  21. The Littlest Cherokee (Part 1)(Part 2)
  22. Christmas Firsts (Part 1)(Part 2)
  23. The Silver Torpedo
  24. Another New Year’s Catch
  25. Turned Tables
  26. Doctor Dad (Part 1)(Part 2)(Part 3)
  27. The Phone Tap (Part 1), (Part 2)
  28. Labor Pains (Part 1), (Part 2)
  29. Staph and Staff (Part 1), (Part 2)
  30. The Ribbon Cutting
  31. Mountain Breakfast
  32. Walkingstick (Part 1), (Part 2)
  33. One Big Fish
  34. Memorial Day (Part 1); (Part 2)
  35. The Parade of the Century (Part 1)
  36. Lost Boy (Part 1); (Part 2)
  37. Facing the Music
  38. Flesh-Eating Bacteria (Part 1); (Part 2)
  39. The Best Medicine
  40. The Blessing
  41. The Runaways
  42. Great Scott
  43. Miss Flame (Part 1), (Part 2)
  44. The Summons (Part 1), (Part 2)

PAST STORIES FROM BRYSON CITY TALES

  1. The Murder (Part 1)(Part 2)(Part 3)
  2. The Arrival (Part 1)(Part 2)
  3. The Hemlock Inn (Part 1)(Part 2)
  4. The Grand Tour (Part 1)(Part 2)
  5. The Interview (Part 1)(Part 2)(Part 3)
  6. Settling In (Part 1)(Part 2)
  7. First-Day Jitters (Part 1)(Part 2)
  8. Emergency (Part 1)(Part 2)
  9. The Delivery (Part 1)(Part 2)
  10. The “Expert” (Part 1)(Part 2)
  11. The Trial (Part 1)(Part 2)
  12. Shiitake Sam (Part 1)(Part 2)
  13. Wet Behind the Ears (Part 1)(Part 2)(Part 3)
  14. Lessons in Daily Practice (Part 1) — Anal Angina(Part 2)(Part 3)(Part 4)
  15. White Lies
  16. The Epiphany (Part 1)(Part 2)
  17. Becoming Part of the Team (Part 1)(Part 2)
  18. Monuments (Part 1)(Part 2)
  19. My First Home Victory (Part 1)(Part 2)
  20. Fisher of Men (Part 1)(Part 2)
  21. Fly-Fishing (Part 1); (Part 2)
  22. Something Fishy (Part 1)(Part 2)
  23. A Good Day at the Office
  24. An Evening to Remember
  25. Another New Doc Comes to Town
  26. ‘Twas the Night Before Christmas (Part 1)(Part 2)
  27. A Surprising Gift
  28. The New Year (Part 1)(Part 2)
  29. The Home Birth (Part1)(Part 2)(Part 3)
  30. The Showdown (Part1)(Part 2)(Part 3)
  31. The Initiation (Part 1)(Part 2)(Part 3)
  32. Home at Last (Part 1)(Part 2)(Part 3)  

© Copyright WLL, INC. 2019. This blog provides a wide variety of general health information only and is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment from your regular physician. If you are concerned about your health, take what you learn from this blog and meet with your personal doctor to discuss your concerns.

Bryson City Seasons — The Summons (Part 1)

This blog is from the forty-fourth chapter from my best-selling book, Bryson City Seasons, which is the sequel to Bryson City TalesI hope that you’ll enjoy going back to Bryson City with me each week and that if you do, you’ll be sure to invite your friends and family to join us.

THE SUMMMONS (PART 1)

Beth walked quickly into my office. “Dr. Larimore, I need you in the treatment room. Now!”

I threw down the chart I was reading and quickly followed her down the hall and into our procedure room. Inside the room, Patty was placing a blood pressure cuff on a distinguished-looking gentleman with beautiful gray hair and a tanned face—but he was ashen. I instinctively felt his forehead, which was cold and clammy. His lungs were clear, and his heart and abdomen sounded normal to a quick check with the stethoscope.

As I examined him, Beth gave me some history. “His name is Dan Autrey. He lives in a development above the Nantahala Outdoor Center. He was working in his yard, clearing some brush, when he was stung on the head and neck by several yellow jackets. His wife said he began to get welts and then began itching all over. She drove him down here to the office after giving him a 50- milligram Benadryl capsule.”

Patty finished taking his blood pressure. “His BP is only 60 systolic!” she exclaimed, indicating an abnormally low blood pres- sure. “Pulse is 100 and thready. Respirations 32.”

“Patty,” I barked, “let’s get an IV started. Lactated ringers wide open.”

Yes sir!” Patty responded as she turned to the supply cabinet. “Beth, get an EpiPen and give one dose sub-q, stat.”

I turned my attention to the patient. “Mr. Autrey, can you hear me?” He nodded. “Can you say anything?”

He appeared to try, but he could only whisper. I could not understand his words.

“Beth’s going to give you a shot in a second. It should help.”

He nodded again.

Although reactions to insect stings were not uncommon in the mountains, the more severe variety, such as this one, were, fortu nately, less common. I knew that with the treatment, he’d likely be better in just a few moments.

Patty had the IV started quickly. I always admired how well and how quickly she and Beth worked under pressure. It was probably their experience in the hospital that had helped the most.

Beth took the cover off the epinephrine syringe, wiped the patient’s skin with an alcohol swab, and then plunged the short needle through the skin and into the subcutaneous tissue.

I stood back, waiting for the inevitable response, which happened within just a few seconds. Dan’s color improved and his breathing slowed down. He blinked his eyes a few times, and I nodded to Patty to take his vital signs again.

“Blood pressure’s up to 90 over 60, pulse 90, respirations 22.” I felt Dan’s forehead. It was warmer.

“Feeling better?” I asked.

He smiled. “I am.”

It was my turn to smile. “Mind if your wife comes back to sit with you?”

“That would be fine,” he said.

I turned to Beth. “Let’s give him another 50 milligrams of oral Benadryl. Okay?”

She nodded, and I left to go see another patient.

When I returned to the treatment room, Dan was sitting up on the procedure table. He looked much better. At his side, holding his hand, was a beautiful woman who appeared to be somewhat younger than Dan.

As she stood, I introduced myself.

“And,” she replied, “I’m Boots Autrey.”

“Where are you from?” I inquired. I was fairly certain they weren’t from Swain County, and the development in which they lived was reportedly inhabited—some locals said infested—with Floridians.

“We’re from a small town in central Florida called Kissimmee. It’s near Disney World.”
I smiled. “My wife and I honeymooned at Disney World, and we celebrated our tenth anniversary there last fall.”

This comment seemed to spark Boots’ interest. “Did you like it?”

I nodded. “We did—both times!”

She looked at me. “Then why don’t you come to practice in our little town? We need some new doctors down there. And I can tell you, you’d have no problem building a practice down there.”

I chuckled to myself. Floridians! I thought. They come up here in the good weather, buy up our land, and run up our prices. Then they leave in winter. And what’s more, I thought, they don’t know how to drive on mountain roads. Nothing worse than needing to get somewhere and getting stuck behind a Floridian!

“Mrs. Autrey,” I responded, “I think central Florida would be the last place in the United States I’d want to set up a practice!”

She smiled at me. “Could those be what are called ‘famous last words’? It’s awfully beautiful country down in Osceola County. Big lakes with big ole bass and great fishing. Oak trees and Spanish moss. Wonderful people. No snow or ice. Good schools and churches. Great place to raise a family and build a practice. You’d love it!”

I cocked my head at her. “Do you work for the Chamber of Commerce down there?”

It was Dan’s turn to laugh. “She should, Dr. Larimore. She should!”

I smiled. “Tell you what. If the Lord ever leads us away from here, I’ll give you all a call. Sound okay?”

“It’s a deal!” Boots responded.

I finished my visit with them and gave Boots instructions on how to care for Dan and the bites. I handed her a prescription of an antihistamine for him to take over the next three days, and I also gave her a prescription for an Epinephrine Pen to keep at the house.

I had Beth explain to them how to use the EpiPen in the event of future bites that resulted in a severe reaction, and I had her suggest they take the prescriptions down to Doc John to get them filled. I knew he’d give them other potions for the bites, instructions on avoiding future bites, and an abundance of other advice they probably neither wanted nor needed but would certainly be entertained by!

I felt fairly certain they couldn’t get his type of service in Kissimmee, Florida.

TO BE CONTINUED

PAST STORIES FROM BRYSON CITY SEASONS

  1. Dead Man Standing (Part 1) (Part 2)(Part 3)
  2. Eyes Wide Open (Part 1)(Part 2)
  3. Auspicious Accidents (Part 1)(Part 2)
  4. Answered Prayers (Part 1), (Part 2), (Part 3), (Part 4)
  5. Rotary Luncheon
  6. Death by Emotion (Part 1)(Part 2)(Part 3)(Part 4)
  7. The Invitation (Part 1)(Part 2)
  8. Barbecue and Bacon (Part 1)(Part 2)
  9. A Touchy Subject
  10. Family Time (Part 1)(Part 2)
  11. Chicken Pops(Part 1)(Part 2)
  12. Swain County Football (Part 1)(Part 2)
  13. Hospital Politics (Part 1)(Part 2)(Part 3)
  14. The Bobcat Attacks (Part 1)(Part 2)
  15. Dungeons and Apples
  16. A Tale of Two Surgeons (Part 1)(Part 2)(Part 3)
  17. Tanned Feets (Part 1)(Part 2)(Part 3)
  18. Wise Counsel (Part 1)(Part 2)
  19. An Anniversary to Remember (Part 1)(Part 2)
  20. Mrs. Black Fox (Part 1)(Part 2)
  21. The Littlest Cherokee (Part 1)(Part 2)
  22. Christmas Firsts (Part 1)(Part 2)
  23. The Silver Torpedo
  24. Another New Year’s Catch
  25. Turned Tables
  26. Doctor Dad (Part 1)(Part 2)(Part 3)
  27. The Phone Tap (Part 1), (Part 2)
  28. Labor Pains (Part 1), (Part 2)
  29. Staph and Staff (Part 1), (Part 2)
  30. The Ribbon Cutting
  31. Mountain Breakfast
  32. Walkingstick (Part 1), (Part 2)
  33. One Big Fish
  34. Memorial Day (Part 1); (Part 2)
  35. The Parade of the Century (Part 1)
  36. Lost Boy (Part 1); (Part 2)
  37. Facing the Music
  38. Flesh-Eating Bacteria (Part 1); (Part 2)
  39. The Best Medicine
  40. The Blessing
  41. The Runaways
  42. Great Scott
  43. Miss Flame (Part 1), (Part 2)
  44. The Summons (Part 1), (Part 2)

PAST STORIES FROM BRYSON CITY TALES

  1. The Murder (Part 1)(Part 2)(Part 3)
  2. The Arrival (Part 1)(Part 2)
  3. The Hemlock Inn (Part 1)(Part 2)
  4. The Grand Tour (Part 1)(Part 2)
  5. The Interview (Part 1)(Part 2)(Part 3)
  6. Settling In (Part 1)(Part 2)
  7. First-Day Jitters (Part 1)(Part 2)
  8. Emergency (Part 1)(Part 2)
  9. The Delivery (Part 1)(Part 2)
  10. The “Expert” (Part 1)(Part 2)
  11. The Trial (Part 1)(Part 2)
  12. Shiitake Sam (Part 1)(Part 2)
  13. Wet Behind the Ears (Part 1)(Part 2)(Part 3)
  14. Lessons in Daily Practice (Part 1) — Anal Angina(Part 2)(Part 3)(Part 4)
  15. White Lies
  16. The Epiphany (Part 1)(Part 2)
  17. Becoming Part of the Team (Part 1)(Part 2)
  18. Monuments (Part 1)(Part 2)
  19. My First Home Victory (Part 1)(Part 2)
  20. Fisher of Men (Part 1)(Part 2)
  21. Fly-Fishing (Part 1); (Part 2)
  22. Something Fishy (Part 1)(Part 2)
  23. A Good Day at the Office
  24. An Evening to Remember
  25. Another New Doc Comes to Town
  26. ‘Twas the Night Before Christmas (Part 1)(Part 2)
  27. A Surprising Gift
  28. The New Year (Part 1)(Part 2)
  29. The Home Birth (Part1)(Part 2)(Part 3)
  30. The Showdown (Part1)(Part 2)(Part 3)
  31. The Initiation (Part 1)(Part 2)(Part 3)
  32. Home at Last (Part 1)(Part 2)(Part 3)  

© Copyright WLL, INC. 2019. This blog provides a wide variety of general health information only and is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment from your regular physician. If you are concerned about your health, take what you learn from this blog and meet with your personal doctor to discuss your concerns.

Monthly Family Update – May 2019

Here are the contents of this month’s newsletter:

  1. Walk for Life
  2. Publishing Update – “Fit over 50”
  3. Publishing Update – “War Horses”
  4. Today’s Christian Living “Ask Dr. Walt” column
  5. Last Month’s Events
  6. Next Month’s Events
  7. Past Issues

1) Walk for Life

On Saturday, June 1, Barb and I will be “Walking for Life” for Life Networkhere in Colorado Springs. If you’d like to support our walk of this amazing life-affirming ministry, and every single dollar makes a difference, click hereand scroll down to “Online Donation.” Thanks for considering supporting our Walk for Life.

2) Publishing Update – “Fit over 50”

My next book, “Fit over 50: Make Simple Choices Today for a Healthier, Happier You,” is scheduled for release on August 6. You can learn more about the book and pre-order it here. Feel free to share this information with family and friends.

Since last month, we’ve received even more amazing endorsements for the book. Here are a few. But first is the quote for the cover of the book:

  • Practical steps that will fashion our bodies and spirits into the best possible shape to enjoy our health.
    • Al Weir, MD, President, Christian Medical Association

Now some other amazing endorsements: 

  • This book is a “lifestyle” tour de force. Whether you’re trying to figure out which diet to follow, what kind of exercise is best for you, the skinny on dietary supplements, whether to lift weights, how to increase flexibility, how to get the most out of sleep, or which vaccines to get, and dozens of similar questions—you now have an authoritative, comprehensive, holistic and medically sound handbook for your health. The 32 practical ideas are exactly what I needed to know!
    • Patrick Morley, PhD, Executive Chairman, Man in the Mirror, and best-selling author of 21 books including “The Man in the Mirror” and “The Christian Man.”
  • I am the target audience for this book. I am over 50 and have a strong desire to make simple choices today for a healthier, happier way of life. I have read the book, but I will be keeping it by my side as a go-to reference to keep me on track to be the best me I can be.
    • Randy Frazee, Lead Pastor, Westside Family Church Lenexa, Kansas and author of “Real Simplicity: Making Room for Life”
  • If you are over 50 and are longing to become healthy and stay fit, then this book is for you. Walter Larimore and Phillip Bishop use the latest evidenced based-research and medically reliable information along with tips from the eternal truth from God’s word to share practical life-saving, life-prolonging, and life-enhancing options for a healthier body and happier existence.”
    • Gary DeSalvo, Senior Pastor, Temple Bible Church, Temple, Texas, and Bev DeSalvo, author “Return to Joy”
  • “Fit over 50” gives us biblical, practical, and proven wisdom on living well. Read and apply the help and hope Walt teaches and give your special loved ones the gift of a healthier and more vibrant you.”
    • Tim Clinton, EdD, President, American Association of Christian Counselors
  • Walt Larimore and Phillip Bishop have given us a detailed and clear instruction manual for giving the best care to the bodies or “temples” that God has entrusted to us, in which His Spirit can also dwell.  Their whole person fitness approach, addressing the four critical pillars of physical, spiritual, emotional/mental, and relationship health will likely resonate with anyone approaching or living in the second half of a century of life. I believe you will be impressed with the many free on-line resource and assessment tools that the authors reference. These tools facilitate a deeper dive to assess personal fitness in each of the four major areas of health. Thank you, Walt and Phil, for an excellent road map toward the destination of comprehensive fitness so that we can better honor God with our bodies.  
    • Mike Chupp, MD, CEO Elect, Christian Medical Association
  • God does care about our health, not only for our comfort, but for His service. With clear and well-researched advice, Dr. Larimore has fashioned a remarkable guide. With his insightful, whole person understanding of health, he describes practical steps that will fashion our bodies and spirits into the best possible shape to enjoy our health and to serve our King.
    • Al Weir, MD, Professor of Medicine UTHSC, President Christian Medical Association

3) Publishing Update – “War Horses: A World War II Hero’s Stories of Savagery, Stallions, and Saving the Lipizzaners”

Just received another rejection, this one from Kensington Publishers:

I’ve decided to pass on WAR HORSES.  There’s a lot about this that I like.  I do like the horses theme, although it gets really buried.  And of course Philip B. Larimore is such an incredible American hero. I hate to say this, since it’s his son doing the writing—and the son is such an accomplished nonfiction author–but I think this probably needs a different kind of writer to really make this work as a compelling, coherent narrative.  Just my 2 cents. In any case, I don’t feel this is something I can take on, but I really appreciate the chance to consider it—thank you.

My agent is still very optimistic, saying, after he read the latest version, “Okay, I got this read. Wow. Truly … fantastic. I WILL sell this puppy! … Very well done.” I thought you might be interested he what he wrote to the publishers:

If my author was not so painstakingly honest and thorough in his research, the book I’d like you to consider could likely be considered too good to be true. WAR HORSES: A WORLD WAR II HERO’S STORIES OF SAVAGERY, STALLIONS, AND SAVING THE LIPIZZANERSis a completed manuscript that delivers from start to finish.

This is a tale of daring, defiance, persistence, ingenuity, and the ferocious will of an amazing young man whose character blossomed during savage struggles and inspiring interactions with many “war horses”—both human and equine. It is the story of the author’s father, Philip B. Larimore. The book took more than ten years to research. It’s truly one of those stories that must be told.

I understand the title is the nearly the same as a movie, but don’t let a working title hold you back from giving this a look. I rank this story alongside two other New York Times bestsellers I’ve represented: A HIGHER CALL, and ALL THE GALLANT MEN. May I send you the proposal/chapters for your review?

4) Today’s Christian Living “Ask Dr. Walt” column

I enjoy being able to answer questions from the readers of Today’s Christian Living magazine in my “Ask Dr. Walt” column. Here are the Q&A’s from the May 2019 issue that I forgot to post in last month’s newsletter. You can click on any you’re interested in reading. I hope you’ll consider getting a subscription:

  • Chocolate or Cocoa—Healthful or Dangerous?
    • Dear Dr. Walt, some reports say that dark chocolate or cocoa can help combat diabetes. Is this true? I’ve also heard there may be dangers to these foods. What? Is that possible?—Hopeful in Maine
  • The Truth about Detoxing
    • Dear Dr. Walt, I hear about “detoxing” all the time. Is it helpful, or is it just a moneymaking scam? If it is helpful, what are the best ways to detox?—Cleaning Up in North Carolina 
  • Melatonin Helps Put Cancer to Sleep
    • Dear Dr. Walt, I read your advice about melatonin for sleep in Today’s Christian Living. My 67-year-old husband has a very slow growing cancer in two out of 12 biopsies of his prostate. If melatonin is a hormone, is there a danger of his taking low dose melatonin?—Considering Melatonin in Massachusetts

5) Last Month’s Events

  • Mar 31: Barb and I flew to Dallas and spent some time with my spiritual father, Rich McGee. I’m so grateful for Rich’s investment in me and how the Lord used him to open my eyes to spiritual reality. Our time with he and his wife, Bonnie, was wonderful.
  • Apr 1-4: Barb and I joined staff from our church, Academy Christian Church, at the Watermark Community Churchin Dallas, for several days of training to bring a wonderful marriage ministry called “Re-Engage” to our church this fall. We’re excited for the potential of this ministry.
  • Apr 23-28: We flew to Chicago where I’ll attend an AMA RUC meeting. This may well be, given the agenda, one of the most important I’ve ever attended in my 20’ish years as a RUC member.
  • Apr 30-May 5: We’ll be in Asheville, NC, to attend and speak at the Christian Medical and Dental Association’s National Conventionat the Ridgecrest Conference Center. I’ll be doing a two-hour intensive on “Becoming an Everyday Missionary Wherever God Plants You: Spiritual Interventions in Clinical Practice,” while Barb and I will present a session on “The ABCDs of Raising Healthy, Happy Children.”

6) Upcoming Events

  • May 7-14: Barb will be in Baton Rouge to visit family. Her Aunt Kitty, the last of her mother’s siblings is in hospice care. Please pray for a fruitful and blessed visit. It may be there last.
  • May 31: I’ll be attending the International Board of Director’s meeting of Morning Star Development. Please pray for wisdom during our critical discussions.
  • June 1: Barb and I will be “Walking for Life” for Life Networkhere in Colorado Springs. If you’d like to support our walk (every dollar makes a difference), click hereand scroll down to “Online Donation.” Thanks for considering supporting our Walk for Life.

7) Past Issues of our family newsletter

  • April 2019
    • “Fit After 50” Cover Released
    • #BlessedMySocksOff
    • He Found My Quote in Cracker Barrel
    • Publishing Update – “Fit Over 50”
    • Publishing Update – “War Horses: A World War II Hero’s Stories of Savagery, Stallions, and Saving the Lipizzaners”
    • Publishing Update – New Books
    • Today’s Christian Living “Ask Dr. Walt” column
  • March 2019
    • Publishing Update – “Fit Over 50”
    • Publishing Update – “War Horses”
    • Publishing Update – Three New Books
    • Today’s Christian Living “Ask Dr. Walt” column
  • February 2019
    • Writing Update—Fit Over 50
    • Writing Update—New Books
    • Writing Update—Columns and Blogs

You can get more information on many of our upcoming events here.

Monthly Family Update – April 2019

Here are the contents of this month’s newsletter:

  1. #BlessedMySocksOff
  2. He Found My Quote in Cracker Barrel
  3. Publishing Update – “Fit Over 50”
  4. Publishing Update – “Horse Stories: A World War II Hero’s Stories of Savagery, Stallions, and Saving the Lipizzaners”
  5. Publishing Update – New Books
  6. Today’s Christian Living “Ask Dr. Walt” column
  7. Last Month’s EventsUpcoming Events

1) #BlessedMySocksOff

I received a note from my son, Scott, saying, “Thanks for always being the ‘gospel’ version to me.” Attached was a picture with this quote:

  • Religion: “I messed up. My Dad is gonna kill me!”
  • Gospel: “I messed up. I need to call my Dad.”

I replied, “Scott, you just blessed my socks off. I’m so privileged to be your Dad. And I could say, “Just substitute ‘Dad’ for ‘Son,’ and you can appreciate how I feel about you, also. You are a blessing, encouragement, and affirmation to me!”


2) He Found My Quote in Cracker Barrel

An old friend, Jay Wetzel, wrote, “Did you know you are quoted in the ‘Strength for The Day’ devotional that I purchased at Cracker Barrell? That’s great that you are serving the Lord daily with your words and encouraging others!”

I did not know this. Thanks, Jay!


3) Publishing Update – “Fit Over 50”

My next book, “Fit Over 50: Make Simple Choices Today for a Healthier, Happier You,” is scheduled for release on August 6. You can learn more about the book and pre-order it here.

Since last month, we’ve received some amazing endorsements for the book. Here are a few:

  • For those who are interested in a fitness book that deals with the total person: physical, mental, emotional, relational, and spiritual this is a must read. Fit Over 50 is filled with research based, and biblically sound practical tips for all who want to live life to the fullest. I really enjoyed the book—much good information.
    • Gary D. Chapman, PhD. Author of “The 5 Love Languages,” Winston-Salem, NC
  • Wait! Don’t let the title fool you. Fit Over 50 is not fiction. This volume is so chock-full of helpful (not to mention up-to-date) advice that I expect it to inform my life for the rest of my days. Drs. Larimore and Bishop manage to keep the cookies on the lower shelf where even we laypeople can reach them. Thoroughly engrossing.
    • Jerry Jenkins, multiple New-York Times best-selling author, Colorado Springs, CO
  • God really does care about our health, not only for our comfort, but for His service. With clear and well-researched advice, Dr. Larimore has fashioned a remarkable guide. With his insightful, whole person understanding of health, he describes practical steps that will fashion our bodies and spirits into the best possible shape to enjoy our health and to serve our King.
    • Al Weir, MD, Professor of Medicine UTHSC, President Christian Medical & Dental Associations, Memphis, TN
  • My friend Dr. Walt Larimore has written a wonderfully practical and easily understood compendium on how to maximize your health and happiness.  Even though the title says Fit Over 50, the information in this book can easily be applied by anyone at any age. That’s the beauty of this book … it anticipates what we all can use at some point in our lives! And helps us prepare for it. And as stewards of our bodies, he addresses the clearly spiritual context for achieving better health and fitness, as well. This is a timely book. Pick it up and keep it handy!
    • Joe Battaglia. Broadcaster, Executive Producer of the “Keep the Faith” nationally syndicated radio show, Author of “The Politically Incorrect Jesus” and “Unfriended,” Wyckoff, NJ
  • I am the target audience for this book. I am over 50 and have a strong desire to make simple choices today for a healthier, happier way of life. I have read the book, but will be keeping it by my side as a “go to” reference to keep me on track to be the best me I can be.
    • Randy Frazee, Pastor & Author of “Real Simplicity: Making Room for Life,” San Antonio, TX
  • What a wonderful resource! It is well-rounded in perspective and grounded in research. Fit over 50 is an informative read that you will want to keep on your bookshelf for reference long after you’ve read it. Buy a copy for yourself and one for your friends. They will thank you!
    • Juli Slattery, PsyD, President and Co-founder of Authentic Intimacy, host of the weekly podcast “Java with Juli,” Akron, OH
  • The Bible speaks in many places about living healthy lives, but have you tried and failed countless “programs” and now feel that it’s too hard to change your lifestyle? If you are over 50 and are longing to become healthy and stay fit, then this book is for you. In Fit Over 50, Walter Larimore and Phillip Bishop use the latest evidenced based-research and medically reliable information along with tips from the eternal truth from God’s word to share practical lifesaving, life-prolonging and life-enhancing options for a healthier body and happier existence.  By focusing on ways to improve these four aspects of life: physical, emotional/mental, relational/social and spiritual/religious, readers will be able to enjoy the highest degree of a healthy lifestyle. Applying the rich nuggets in this book will help increase the quantity and quality of your life, living with the ultimate hope of eternal life in the end.
    • Gary DeSalvo, Senior Pastor, and Bev DeSalvo, author of “Return to Joy,” Temple Bible Church, Temple, TX

4) Publishing Update – “Horse Stories: A World War II Hero’s Stories of Savagery, Stallions, and Saving the Lipizzaners”

Just received another rejection, this one from St. Martin’s Press:

I’m very sorry to send regrets on War Horses, which I read and also shared with (another editor), who has published a number of WWII and other military books here and is a great reader for this kind of book. In the end, I think we both felt the same way: read with interest, but finally weren’t as taken by the material as we wanted to be, and just can’t see our way forward to an offer. I know you’ll have other interest and given the author’s track and past publications you’ll easily place this one elsewhere.  Many thanks for the opportunity.


5) Publishing Update – New Books

I also have other exciting news on the writing front. Cindy Lambert, the editor for several of my books when I was writing for Zondervan, is offering me a three-book deal with her new publisher Baker/Revell. 

Two of the books will be tentatively titled, Tales of a Country Doctorand will contain stories from my 16 years of practice in Kissimmee (1985-2001).

The third book is tentatively titled, Natural Medications for Common Conditions.

The “Tales” books will be published in the Fall of 2020 and the Fall of 2021, while the “Natural Medicines” book is scheduled for release in the Spring of 2021. 

So, I’ll be a busy boy with writing projects. I love to write and am so blessed to have the opportunity. 


6) Today’s Christian Living “Ask Dr. Walt” column

I enjoy being able to answer questions from the readers ofToday’s Christian Livingmagazine in my “Ask Dr. Walt” column. Here are the Q&A’s from the January 2019 issue that I forgot to post in than month’s newsletter. You can click on any you’re interested reading. I hope you’ll consider getting a subscription:

  • Give an Ear to Ear Wax Advice
    • How do I prevent (or treat) the problem of ear wax building up and keep my ears clean? — Earful in Ohio
  • Take Great Pains to Avoid Opioid Addiction
    • I’m facing some low back surgery in the next few weeks. I’m concerned about becoming addicted to opioid pain medications after the surgery. But, I don’t want to suffer unnecessary pain. How can I manage my pain without worrying about becoming “hooked”? — Anxious in Arkansas
  • Are Essential Oils Really Essential?
    • All my friends are into essential oils for this, that, and most every other thing. I think it’s just a bunch of good smelling nothing. But they seem convinced. What’s the truth? — Skeptical in Virginia

7) Last Month’s Events

  • Mar 7-9: For my birthday, my dear friend, Bill Peel, DMin, and I were teaching a Grace Prescriptions Conference in Birmingham, AL. The faculty, staff, and residents from two Family Medicine Residency programs who attended were attentive and we believe we were able to equip and enable them to be active in bringing their faith to their patient care each day. It was a ton of fun.

8) Upcoming Events

  • Mar 31: Barb and I will fly to Dallas and spend some time with my spiritual father, Rich McGee. I’m so grateful for Rich’s investment in me and how the Lord used him to open my eyes to spiritual reality.
  • Apr 1-4: Barb and I will be joining staff from our church, Academy Christian Church, at the Watermark Community Church in Dallas, for several days of training to bring a wonderful marriage ministry called “Re-Engage” to our church this fall. We’re excited for the potential of this ministry.
  • Apr 23-28: We fly to Chicago where I’ll attend an AMA RUC meeting. This may well be, given the agenda, one of the most important I’ve ever attended in my 20’ish years as a RUC member.
  • Apr 30-May 5: We’ll be in Asheville to attend and speak at the Christian Medical and Dental Association’s National Convention at the Ridgecrest Conference Center.

9) Past Issues of our family newsletter

  • March 2019
    • Publishing Update – “Fit Over 50”
    • Publishing Update – “Horse Stories: A World War II Hero’s Stories of Savagery, Stallions, and Saving the Lipizzaners”
    • Publishing Update – Three New Books
    • Today’s Christian Living “Ask Dr. Walt” column
  • February 2019
    • Writing Update—Fit Over 50
    • Writing Update—New Books
    • Writing Update—Columns and Blogs
  • January 2019
    • “How to have a crazy good marriage” webinar
    • Lifetime Achievement Award
    •  “Fit After 50” Cover Released

You can get more information on many of our upcoming events here.

Wednesday’s Ask Dr. Walt — Vegan Diet

Dear Dr. Walt,

My son and his fiancé have gone vegan and are very into this. They tell me that God doesn’t want us to kill animals and that vegan people live longer, healthier lives. I study God’s Word and don’t see any place where He tells us to not kill and eat animals. Also, I don’t believe that vegans necessarily live longer. Can you please weigh in on this subject for me?

— Very Concerned in Vermont

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Monday Memo — “10 Essential of Highly Healthy People” ON SALE!

One of my best-selling health books, “10 Essentials of Happy, Healthy People: Becoming and Staying Highly Healthy,” is now available on sale at Kindle for $3.99 (75% off) for a limited time. You can find it here.

Here are some nice endorsements:

This is the best book on healthy living I’ve ever read. Its holistic yet practical approach will transform your life.
—DAVID STEVENS, M.D., M.A. (Ethics) Executive director, Christian Medical & Dental Associations

There are so many people in our society who feel sick because they lack balance and peace in their lives. Dr. Walt offers advice to show all of us the way back to highly healthy living.
—BRUCE BAGLEY, M.D. Past president, American Academy of Family Physicians

There are so many people in our society who feel sick because they lack balance and peace in their lives. Dr. Walt offers advice to show all of us the way back to highly healthy living.
—BRUCE BAGLEY, M.D. Past president, American Academy of Family Physicians

Walt Larimore, M.D., has been considered for many years to be “America’s Doctor” because of his national television and radio call-in programs. Walt is a brilliant and loving physician who does his research and has immense common sense as well. I personally found this book extremely helpful and practical. I’m convinced that anyone who reads it and applies it will greatly enhance his or her own quality of life and be given tools to benefit the lives of those they love.
—PAUL MEIER, M.D. Founder, Meier New Life Clinics

Wednesday’s Ask Dr. Walt — Is Gardasil (HPV Vaccine) Safe?

Is Gardasil Safe?

Dear Dr. Walt,

I just saw a post on Facebook that Gardasil is killing some youngsters and causing autoimmune disease in many others. I know Facebook isn’t exactly a repository of authoritative scientific data, but it did arouse my curiosity because I have heard the same rumors again and again over the years. What are your thoughts about this?

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Monthly Family Update – February 2019

Here are the contents of this month’s newsletter:

  1. Writing Update–Fit Over 50
  2. Writing Update–New Books
  3. Writing Update–Columns and Blogs
  4. Last Month’s Events
  5. Upcoming Events

1) Writing Update–Fit Over 50

I’m so blessed to be able to still do the things professionally I enjoy most: see patients as a family physician and write. Who would have thought when my first book, Alternative Medicine: The Christian Handbook, came out in 2001, that I would be preparing for the release of my 32ndbook, Fit Over 50: Make Simple Choices Today for a Healthier, Happier You?

I’m expecting to receive the final edits in early February. To my surprise and utter delight, David Stevens, MD, MA (Ethics), who is the CEO for the Christian Medical Association, has agreed to write the foreword, while quite a number of nationally recognized folks have agreed to review the book and to consider an endorsement, including, but not limited to:

  1. John Eldridge, President and CEO, Ransomed Heart Ministry, and New York Times Best Selling Author, Colorado Springs, CO
  2. Josh McDowell, Best Selling Author and Founder of Josh McDowell Ministries, Dallas, TX
  3. David Satcher, MD, PhD, Former U.S. Surgeon General
  4. Regina Benjamin, MD, Former U.S. Surgeon General
  5. Les Parrot, PhD, New York Times Best-Selling Author
  6. Gary Chapman, New York Times Best-Selling Author
  7. Pat Williams, Best Selling Author and former General Manager, the Orlando Magic
  8. Philip Yancey, Editor-at-Large, Christianity Today, a New York Times Best Selling Author and one of the best-selling evangelical Christian authors, Evergreen, CO.
  9. Randy Frazee, Senior Pastor, Oak Hills Church, San Antonio, TX (he took the pulpit of Max Lucado and before that was former teaching pastor at Willow Creek)
  10. Jim Daly, President and CEO, Focus on the Family, Colorado Springs, CO
  11. Nancy Dickey, MD, Former President, American Medical Association
  12. Jerry Jenkins, a New York Times Best Selling Author and also one of the best-selling evangelical Christian authors, Colorado Springs, CO
  13. Patrick Morley, PhD, Executive Chairman, Man in the Mirror, Casselberry, FL
  14. Greg and Erin Smalley, Vice President of Marriage and Family Formation, Focus on the Family, Colorado Springs, CO
  15. Chris Fabry, Award-winning author and radio personality who hosts the daily program Chris Fabry Live on Moody Radio, Chicago, IL
  16. Dave Dravecky, Former Major League Baseball Star and Founder, Outreach of Hope, Colorado Springs, CO
  17. David J. Weldon, Jr., MD, FACP, Former U.S. Congressman for 14 years, Malabar, FL
  18. Pastor Jim Henry, MDiv, four honorary doctorates in Divinity, Sacred Theology, and Humane Letters, Pastor Emeritus of First Baptist Church, Orlando, and Past President of the SBC, Orlando, FL.
  19. Tim Clinton, EdD, LPC, LMFT, President, American Association of Christian Counselors (AACC), Executive Director of the James Dobson Family Institute
  20. Al Weir, MD, FACP, President, Christian Medical Association, Medical Oncologist and Hematologist, West Cancer Center, Memphis, TN
  21. Juli Slattery, PhD, President and Co-Founder, Authentic Intimacy
  22. J. Nick Pitts, PhD, Author, The Daily Briefing, Dallas Baptist University, Dallas, TX
  23. Joe Battaglia, Founder and President of Renaissance Communications
  24. Senior Pastor, Gary DeSalvo, ThM, and Bev DeSalvo, Temple Bible Church, Temple, TX
  25. John Crouch, MD, DABFM, Former President, Christian Medical Association, Tulsa, OK.

2) Writing Update–New Books in Process

This week I’m sending my wonderful agent, Greg Johnson, President and Founder of WordServe Literary, five (yes, five) proposals for new books that he’ll be sending to various publishers. What’s great is that four of the five have been requested by publishers:

  • War Horses: A World War II Hero’s Stories of Savagery, Stallions, and Saving the Lipizzaners.
  • Forgotten No Longer: World War II Stories of a Front-Line Dogface Soldier and the 30th Infantry Regiment from the Anguish of Anzio to the Bliss at Berchtesgaden.
  • Bryson City Christmas: A Young Physician’s Stories of Christmas Miracles in the Smoky Mountains.
  • Tales of a Country Doctor: Stories of a Young Physician’s Practice in Rural Florida (which will be a two-book series—similar to my Bryson City books, but with stories from my 16 years of practice in Kissimmee, FL).
  • Natural Medications: The Truth about the Most Common Herbs, Vitamins, and Supplements.

Long time readers of this newsletter know that the first two books above were originally written and shopped to publishers as a single book. A number of influential acquisition editors recommended the book be cut into two books. I’ve completed that work and am praying for publishers for both and for publication in 2020, the 75thanniversary of the end of WWII. In addition, I’m preparing proposals for three new books:

  • Bryson City Christmas: A Young Physician’s Stories of Christmas Miracles in the Smoky Mountains.
  • Tales of a Country Doctor: Stories of a Young Physician’s Practice in Rural Florida (which will be a two-book series—similar to my Bryson City books, but with stories from my 16 years of practice in Kissimmee, FL).
  • Natural Medications: The Truth about the Most Common Herbs, Vitamins, and Supplements.

3) Writing Update–Columns and Blogs

I’ll also keep writing:

  1. my bi-monthly column, Ask Dr. Walt, for Today’s Christian Living, 
  2. co-authoring the quarterly column, Vaccine News You Can Usefor Colorado Family Physician, with my dear friend Reg Finger, MD, MPH,
  3. publishing 1-3 blogs a week at www.DrWalt.com/blog, including excerpts from my best-selling Bryson City books, and
  4. publishing a twice-a-day devotional, Morning Glory, Evening Graceat www.Devotional.DrWalt.com.

4)  Last Month’s Events

  • Jan 15-20: Barb and I were in Fort Myers, FL, where I attended an AMA RUC meeting. We were looking forward to some beach and shell hunting time on Sanibel and Captiva Islands, but unfortunately, the weather did not cooperate. However, the food and fellowship we shared with several dear friends kept the atmosphere warm and festive.
  • Jan 25-26: I was called to attend and speak at the Winter Cluster of the American Academy of Family Physicians in Kansas City, MO. I joined a couple of other experts to speak to the AAFP leadership about a number of technical changes in physician coding practices that are being suggested. Most of all I enjoyed an evening with old friends Doug and Mary Henley. Doug is the CEO of the AAFP, and we’ve been dear friends since our residency days in North Carolina in the late 1970’s.

5) Upcoming Events

6) Past Issues of our family newsletter

  1.  “How to have a crazy good marriage” webinar
  2. Lifetime Achievement Award
  3. “Fit After 50” Cover Released
  1. Wonderful Encouragement
  2. Snowflake Babies
  1. Update on WWII Book
  2. Today’s Christian Living “Ask Dr. Walt” column

You can get more information on many of our upcoming events here.