Journal entry, 12-03-06
Just after the last journal entry I came down with a very bad case of the flu. I have been in bed now for about 5 days.
Cheryl being a nurse is giving me excellent care. My Doctor has got me on some medicine that should bring me back
to my normal self. On one side I am a little confused. I have been walking across America for 9 months and almost
froze to death 2 times last winter. But never once did I even get a sniffle. I guess being around people again, the
virus found me as fresh meat.
This morning I feel a little better. I still have a real strong urge to cough. My throat is so sore. My sinuses run like a
river. I would much rather be walking than laying around suffering like this. But I am thankful for the much better
health I am in and am much better off than I would have been a year ago.
I am afraid that this delay will hinder me getting home by Christmas. I guess as long as I make it by the 15th of
February I will be happy. That is the original date I thought I would make it. But I am certain I only have about 4 or 5
weeks left of walking. So this delay will not be that bad.
I hope that all of you had a wonderful Thanksgiving. I know I did. To see everyone was so great. It will make the rest
of the journey go smooth for me. I am looking forward to finishing this journey. I plan on getting all the wonderful
stories into this journal that I haven't gotten to yet. It may take a month or 2 after this journey is over, but I kept great
records of everything. Getting them into the journal just takes a little time.
I hope everyone has a wonderful Christmas. I don't know where I will be on that day, but I assure everyone that I will
have a wonderful Christmas where ever I may be. Take care all, Gary, "Keep on Walking, one foot in front of the
Journal entry, 12-5-06
Today I received a phone call from Dr. Judi Herring. She has been very busy since she returned to her family and
home. She shared with me about her and Bert's continuing effort to educate people about the Fast-5 lifestyle.
I am so proud of Judi and Bert for their efforts. I consider myself to be the luckiest man alive to have met and known
them. They did more to save my life than I could possibly give enough credit to by merely writing about it. I stated in
the "About Me" page of my website that I have known two real life heroes in my life. I now can say I know four. Bert
and Judi rank up there with the best.
Judi did an article in the University of Virginia magazine back in September this year while we were walking in
California. I thought it was a wonderful article about her reasons for doing the walk. I am adding the link here if you
would like to read it.
I am still sick. I cough nearly all night with little rest. I run chills and a little fever from time to time. I get tired and a
little dizziness when I am up for very long. I do feel a little better now than I did a few days ago. I can't wait for this
illness to get over. It is no doubt the worse case of flu I have ever had. When I breath you can hear the rasping
noise coming from my lungs. The urge to cough is unbelievable. I do 4 packs of cough drops a day. I am on
antibiotics and many other medications to help me get over this dreadful illness. I do not go around others because I
don't want it to spread. I am starting to get lonely and wish I could mingle with folks and talk to folks other than only on
the phone. But this will pass. I will be well and back on the road soon.
Take care all, Gary, "Keep on Walking, one foot in front of the other."