Appalachia Blog

What Happened to the Comments

More than a few of you have commented or emailed wondering if something is wrong with the comments on the blog. I wish there was some internet glitch causing an issue with the comments, but it’s me.

I’ve been under the weather.

I’ve actually not been feeling well since about May. In the beginning, other than a low grade fever and general feeling of tiredness there wasn’t much to complain about.

In June my symptoms took a turn for the worse with a high fever and aches and pains. The docs thought I might have a sinus infection. This is said to be one of the worst years ever for allergies. I didn’t care what they thought I had as long as they gave me something to make me feel better. A round of antibiotics had me feeling much better…until the symptoms returned.

About two weeks ago the real culprit, or what I hope is the real culprit, was found: a urinary tract infection.

A variety of antibiotics and a short stay in the hospital have me feeling better, but still not back to normal. As Granny would say I’ve been weak as water and hardly moved from the couch.

I usually post the comments you leave throughout the day, hence the reason you can read them any time you check in on the blog. I’ve been feeling so puny that I haven’t been checking the blog nor publishing the comments till late in the day or night.

I started to let you know I was feeling bad three or four times, but you’ve probably guessed I don’t like to complain about much and I can be real backward about some things. I’m hoping I’ll be back to the usual boundless energy Tipper before long and when I am the Blind Pig and The Acorn will return to it’s usual business comments and all.

If you have an an extra prayer I’d appreciate you saying one for me. Now that I’ve told you I’m sick I realize I should have asked for your prayers a long time ago-I’d probably be better because I know you all helped heal Pap more than once.



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    Paul Certo
    August 15, 2017 at 7:14 pm

    Hope you’re better soon, Tipper!

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    August 14, 2017 at 9:28 am

    Prayers for sure. MAke sure they check you for Lyme . Neighboor had it this year cause of all the skeders. Same syptoms

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    Marg Mackall
    August 13, 2017 at 7:19 pm

    Take care of yourself! Closed mouth does not get fed! Prayers are sent.

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    Susie Swanson
    August 13, 2017 at 1:42 pm

    Prayers going up for you and hope you get better soon. I know how you feel and just about abandoned my Blog in late months. Been the sickest I’ve ever been in my life and can’t sem to get on the right track. Take care God Bless !!

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    Cheryl A
    August 13, 2017 at 7:56 am

    Prayers for you Tipper and your full recovery. With your fingertips look at all the prayers you now have. Rest and take care of yourself. Just from following your blog I can tell you are a busy Lady and have wondered how you do all that you do. Blessings to you and your family.

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    Suzi Phillips
    August 13, 2017 at 1:07 am

    Tipper, I’m sorry to hear you’ve not been well. Sending thoughts and prayers for the recovery of body and spirit. Along with a big hug-

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    David Templeton
    August 12, 2017 at 10:30 pm

    My prayers are for you tonight, Tipper. Praying that you get well right away.

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    Phyllis Schmitz
    August 12, 2017 at 9:10 pm

    Sending good thoughts and get well wishes!

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    Larry Griffith
    August 12, 2017 at 8:30 pm

    I get cut off so quick I have to be brief. Prayers will be sent.

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    Larry Griffith
    August 12, 2017 at 8:30 pm

    I get cut off so quick I have to be brief. Prayers will be sent.

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    Larry Griffith
    August 12, 2017 at 8:30 pm

    I get cut off so quick I have to be brief. Prayers will be sent.

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    Larry Griffith
    August 12, 2017 at 8:30 pm

    I get cut off so quick I have to be brief. Prayers will be sent.

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    August 12, 2017 at 8:17 pm

    Gracious!!! Sending love and prayers, and sharing with our prayer group so they will cover you with prayers too.
    And lady, if you don’t let us know when you’re in need, how can we possibly help you?
    Praying you’ll be back to normal real soon.
    God bless.

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    Jeffrey Ray HArdin
    August 12, 2017 at 5:40 pm

    Our hearts thoughts and prayers are with you, and ask our Abba Father to send over you His healing words and ministering spirits to look over you. We ask that it be His will done, that you are fully restored to health and back on your feet doing what you love best in serving Him…
    In Jesus precious name we come in agreement of your healing. Amen.
    Gods speed and Get Well Soon Sister.

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    August 12, 2017 at 5:09 pm

    The first thing that came to my mind was tick fever. I think it gets better then can come back. Hope you feel better soon!

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    Mike McLain
    August 12, 2017 at 4:39 pm

    Tipper, you are right. You should have asked for prayer early on. It is never too late, though. You are on my list.

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    marshall reagan
    August 12, 2017 at 4:21 pm

    Tipper Don,t feel bad because I have been having mini seizures since November 2016 . they have done 2 mri,s & 2 cat scans but can not find anything. they said there is usually a tumor , blood clot or blockage causing them but they have not found anything at all. I have been having a lot of inner ear problems the last year but the doctors say that won,t cause them but I wonder. this past Wednesday morning I had 3-4 short term memory losses lasting from just a few seconds to 3-4 minutes. when I had a seizure it would last up to 1 hour. when I have one I can not remember anything that is going on during that time. I am trying to clear up my inner ear problem myself to see if that is the cause. I can not drive for 6 months to see if I have any side effects from the anti-seizure medicine or not. PRAY that I find out what is causing them.

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    August 12, 2017 at 3:59 pm

    You certainly have our prayers. Give yourself time to heal. Urinary tract infections are the pits!!

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    August 12, 2017 at 3:25 pm

    Wishing you a quick, full recovery. I really appreciate what you’re doing to preserve the heritage and traditions of our region.

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    August 12, 2017 at 3:24 pm

    Tipper, you’re in my prayers. When I’m not feeling well, I don’t feel like doing anything, either.

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    Bill Burnett
    August 12, 2017 at 3:07 pm

    So sorry you’re “Under the Weather”, hope they have finally diagnosed the real problem and the antibiotics will clear it up. You have our prayers and good wishes.

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    Ed Ammons
    August 12, 2017 at 1:51 pm

    Did they check you for Lyme Disease?

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    Ed Ammons
    August 12, 2017 at 1:27 pm

    Your words above hurt my heart. When someone I care about hurts then I hurt too. I’ve been knowing something ain’t right but just couldn’t put my finger on it. I was hoping you had gone on vacation or was really busy gardening and canning and stuff.
    Willie’s words are not exact replacements for my own feelings but you can get the idea. Maybe they should say:
    You are always in my heart
    You are always on my mind
    You are always in my prayers
    Always, til the end of time.
    “You” applies to you Tipper of course but to you plural. Matt, the Girls, Granny, Paul and Steve. And all the spouses, aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews and cousins.

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    August 12, 2017 at 1:25 pm

    Dear Tipper,
    I know we are all very sorry you haven’t been well. Mostly, I’m sorry it took so long for the Drs. to find the cause, and like you, I hope they have. Certainly, I pray for your continued healing. And please don’t over-exert yourself!
    Love and thanks for all you do…

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    August 12, 2017 at 12:56 pm

    Don’t you ever do that again, Go to your room and think about what you’ve done and don’t come out until your Sorry !!!! Just kidden, Sure will send up a prayer, hope ya fill better soon, drink lots of cranberry juice for urinary tract infections.

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    Gayle Larson
    August 12, 2017 at 12:37 pm

    Prayers are on the way.

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    August 12, 2017 at 12:19 pm

    Oh, dear friend! I am SO sorry! Your dear girls told us of your troubles, and I want you to know that I am praying for you. I have been so concerned for you. I have tried to leave comments SO many times, and for some reason, our crazy computer won’t let me. I will get it all typed out, and then when I go to hit publish, it comes up with a red circle with a line through it. Sometimes, I let it sit for a while, then go back and try again, all to no avail. I am hoping this will go through. We love you and your family so much, and we do trust Jesus to heal you and make you whole and back like your old self again. Keep encouraged, my friend. Will continue to pray!

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    August 12, 2017 at 12:06 pm

    Sending prayers of comfort and healing. Hope you are up and around again real soon!

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    August 12, 2017 at 11:51 am

    Extra prayers, for sure, Tipper. Glad they finally found out a cause — sorry it took so long and has worn you down so much! Feel better and take care of yourself first — your health is #1!

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    August 12, 2017 at 11:12 am

    Well, my gosh girl, let us know when a prayer is needed! You have lots of them coming from your fans and internet family. I hope that you are on the mend, but don’t hurry it along. Some recoveries take a little longer to build back your strength and vitality. You have my prayers and best thoughts every day. God Bless.

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    August 12, 2017 at 10:47 am

    I’m glad you finally told everyone about your sickness, so we can all lift prayers for your recovery. Cindy partly told me about you being sick, but she didn’t say much. This has been a bad year for sickness or allergy or whatever it is. But a new day is coming!
    I recon everyone has problems, I know I sure have with this heat and humidity. Be glad when cool and cold weather gets here. Hope you’re better soon, cause we care for our Tipper. …Ken

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    August 12, 2017 at 10:46 am

    Nothing can make you feel more worn out than a UTI or sometimes those sinus infections can leave us vulnerable to Pneumonia. Wanting to rest or sleep all the time is a major symptom of UTI while it seems Pneumonia’s first symptom may be loss of appetite from a person who normally has too much appetite. Also, I know very few people who drink adequate water. I know this from years of watching patients show symptoms the books don’t always tell us about. Also all of Appalachia is familiar with the old “backset.” This is when you must coddle yourself a bit or end up with a worse case of whatever you had. Tsk Tsk Tsk, now I must shush because I have gone on and on!
    Dear Tipper, we have your best interest at heart, and I do hope you take time to get some rest. We will remember you in our prayers along with thanking God we have such an uplifting blog each day.

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    Ann Applegarth
    August 12, 2017 at 10:34 am

    Oh, dear Tipper, this is such unwelcome news. I certainly will pray hard that you are completely well and feeling like yourself SOON.

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    Eva Nell Mull Wike, PhD
    August 12, 2017 at 10:29 am

    You are NOT BACKWARD! You are none of the negatives I know! You have everybody’s respect and total dependence on what to do first thing in the morning! i.e. READ TIPPER’S POST! Now thar!
    Eva Nell

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    Dwight Pearson
    August 12, 2017 at 10:13 am

    We will join others in covering you in prayer.
    Grace and Peace

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    Sue Crane
    August 12, 2017 at 10:12 am

    Take care of yourself. UTI’s are no fun. Sending healing prayers.

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    Paula Rhodarmer
    August 12, 2017 at 10:09 am

    Dear Tipper, I am so sorry you have been feeling badly. I totally understand. You can be sure prayers are being uplifted for you right this very minute. The Lord is so good to us, but we do live in a fallen world and inhabit a fallen body, and it is few or none of us that escape some form of physical ailment at times. One of my favorite songs to remember when I am going through a trial like this is “Amazing Grace.” Especially the verse that says, “through many dangers, toils and snares I have already come, tis grace that brought me safe thus far, and grace will lead me home.” Then I concentrate on the word “through.” God brings us through these times. Looking forward to hearing you are completely well and strong again and helping us document our beautiful Appalachian heritage.

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    wanda Devers
    August 12, 2017 at 10:00 am

    Tipper, I hope you’re soon much better. Please just heal & don’t worry about posting the comments. Praying for you right now.

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    August 12, 2017 at 9:56 am

    Tipper, will you put something on your blog regarding longstanding campgrounds that are safe for an old lady (70+) and a 6 inch tall, 3 pound dog? My heart longs for the mountains but I’m hesitant to go alone.

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    Kathy Poteet Dubree
    August 12, 2017 at 9:52 am

    Prayers are with you. Hope you feel better soon. I love your blog because my father was from your area and it brings back good memories of visiting my grandparents farm

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    Pam Danner
    August 12, 2017 at 9:43 am

    Well bless your heart Tipper, I’m so sorry to hear the you have been feeling so bad! I happy the Doctor diagnosed the true culprit and you are on your way back to your old self. Just rest and get better. Sending prayers your way.

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    Barbara L Belt
    August 12, 2017 at 9:38 am

    I send prayers your way. Recover soon so you can feel like yourself again. I would miss the blog. Grew up in Ohio and many of the things you write about brings back memories. Thank you for all the hard work. God Bless.

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    August 12, 2017 at 9:32 am

    So sorry to hear of your health problem. Will certainly keep you in thoughts and prayers. I was glad to read your post this summer about the good things that were happening. Guess you were counting your blessings. Don’t know how you have managed to keep up with blog while dealing with such illness. Don’t worry about daily posts or comments update. Your health and well being has top priority.

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    Paulette Tonielli
    August 12, 2017 at 9:25 am

    I’m sorry to hear you’ve been sick, but glad to hear you are recovering. I hope they’ve nailed the diagnosis this time. Your symptoms reminded me of Josh a few years ago – he turned out to have Lyme disease.Feel well soon, Tipper!

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    Stephen Ammons
    August 12, 2017 at 9:19 am

    Tipper I am so sorry that you are feeling bad and will certainly keep you in my prayers .

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    August 12, 2017 at 9:14 am

    So sorry to hear you’ve been poorly, Tipper! I’ll be keeping you in my thoughts and sending good wishes for “back up to snuff”-edness 🙂

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    August 12, 2017 at 9:11 am

    Praying for you Tipper! Take care of yourself and get to feeling better! Get back to Blind Pig and Acorn when you can!

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    August 12, 2017 at 9:09 am

    Sometimes I get tired just reading about all you do. Hopefully, it’s nothing more than that boundless energy has finally caught up with you and your body is saying, “slow down.” Your request for prayers tells us you know where to find a cure. At least one prayer has already been said for you.

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    Ron Banks
    August 12, 2017 at 9:06 am

    So sorry to hear you are not feeling well.
    We will be praying for you and asking the Lord to heal you from whatever it is making you ill. Much love from the Banks family!!

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    August 12, 2017 at 9:02 am

    Gosh, Tipper, that is a long time to be feeling awful! Glad you have gotten answers so that you can recover. I am praying for you.

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    August 12, 2017 at 8:44 am

    I’ll add you to my list of sick folks that I pray for daily. (Most days more than once) We all feel better knowing someone else cares about us and is aware of our aches and pains. Chocolate usually helps also. I carry fudge or chocolate brownies to neighbors quite often when I hear of their needs or when I don’t see them out for a couple of days.

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    Ed Karshner
    August 12, 2017 at 8:38 am

    You get better. My family will keep you and yours in our prayers. Your music keeps you often in our thoughts and words.
    I appreciate all you do for the region and our culture. Take care of your self so you can do it for a long time.

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    David Wilson
    August 12, 2017 at 8:37 am

    Take the time that you need to let yourself get better from the multiple problems. I know that this year sinus infections are really bad. It is easy to push too much and get even worse. In this hot weather and rainy outbreaks other infections love to grab on while you are still weak. I will keep you in my prayers. Thanks for keeping us in the loop.

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    August 12, 2017 at 8:32 am

    Tipper- So sorry you have been feeling so poorly for so long. Things like that can wear you down very quickly. Hey Girl, you shouldn’t feel shy about saying you are having problems healthwise. Now that you have told us, I’m sure that our loving Heavenly Father will be overrun with prayers being sent up in your name. I think I can say assuredly that we all love you and wish you the best of good health. I pray that doctors have found the real reason and that you are feeling ‘Tipper’ again soon. Now keep us up-to-date. Holding you up in our prayers-Bob & Inez jones

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    Ron Stephens
    August 12, 2017 at 8:31 am

    I have not been able to post for about a week but I’ll try again.
    I’m sad you are struggling. I will certainty ask the good Lord for your speedy recovery. There are a lot of people who rely on you.

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    Ruth Binder
    August 12, 2017 at 8:24 am

    Best wishes for God to grant you a speedy and complete recovery, Tipper.
    Love and prayers,
    Ruth B. (Ohio)

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    August 12, 2017 at 8:24 am

    Praying for you, girlie, girl. Get well soon.

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    Maggie Boineau
    August 12, 2017 at 8:24 am

    Hope you feel better soon!

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    Mike Tarnowsky
    August 12, 2017 at 8:18 am

    Hi Tipper,
    Sorry to hear you are not feeling well. I am a prayer warrior so I will certainly pray for your healing. I have had a few urinary tract infections so I know exactly how you feel. Antibiotics help but it is just as important to rest and do NOTHING plus drink water contsantly. I know life goes on but the antibiotics work better when the body is at rest and the water will flush the bacteria from your body. I made your chocolate zuccini bread the other day and it was delicious. Hope you feel better soon.

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    Miss Cindy
    August 12, 2017 at 7:51 am

    Tip, I sure am glad you finally told every body. They’re all family and need to know and,yes, they can certainly help you with prayers and good thoughts.
    I am very glad that you are feeling some better and I’m counting on a full mend very soon!

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    Candy Davis
    August 12, 2017 at 7:15 am

    So sorry you are not feeling well. Rest and take care of yourself. Hope you are back to normal real soon. I’m going to say a little prayer each time I read the blog.

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    b. Ruth
    August 12, 2017 at 6:35 am

    I’m so sorry that you have been sick. Somehow I knew something was not quite the norm. Hope you bounce back quickly now that the culprit has been discovered. Praying for you and your family always.
    I think rest and relaxation would do you a world of good. I really don’t know how you have done all that you do…We all appreciate all your efforts to keep our heritage alive and well. Now rest and take care of yourself. Remember we are all mountain strong. We will have your back as you recover. We’ll be here when and until you are able to return full steam. As you are always lifting us up, It is our turn to help you up!
    Thanks Tipper

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    Sue W.
    August 12, 2017 at 6:32 am

    Sending along my healing thoughts and prayers. I am a relative “short timer” here, but I do enjoy your blog posts. Hope you get to feeling better soon.

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    Jeff Edmonds
    August 12, 2017 at 5:49 am

    Praying for you and the family Tipper. Get well soon!

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    August 12, 2017 at 5:44 am

    so sorry to hear this and will pray for you. I have trouble commenting on your blog and can not figure it out. when I try to publish it gives me a round circle with a slash and will not let me. I am trying again on another computer…so sorry you have been ill.

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