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By Carol Perkins

"Your phone's been dinging." Guy stood in the bedroom doorway holding my cell phone. I was not fully awake. "I think it's Connie."

She would never call this early. I assumed it was a "butt" dial (as it's called) or a "sleeping pill" dial, but I had to be sure. Rather than saying, "Hello," she said, "Did you call me?" Her tone was one of panic.

"No, you're the one who called me!" I replied. "What's wrong?"

"I didn't call you. You called me." This went back and forth.

Her phone had rung while she was sleeping. "I reached for it, knocked if off the table, and missed the call. I could have sworn it was your number."

"It wasn't me, but I thought something was wrong when you called so early." (It was seven-thirty.) Neither of us is likely to be dialing anyone before nine o'clock. We are night owls rather than early birds! "Go back to sleep," I told her. "All is well in Edmonton."

As most readers know, our friendship goes back to the cradle. For the last few years, we have compared notes on various health issues and offered "second opinions." She's had a shoulder replaced; I need a knee replacement. She can't hear without her hearing aids (and not too well with them), and I need a pair. Every six months, she has blood work and so do I. Because she is constantly fatigued, I suggested she have a total blood screening (whatever it's called). "You may be anemic." Her appointment was the next day. She called afterward. "I just got back from the doctor. The nurse took blood, but I forgot what I was supposed to tell her to check for. I go back Monday for the results, so talk to him about how tired I am." Now I have to worry about her memory!

"You need to take someone with you," I suggested. I wanted to suggest someone who could hear!

"Then you drive three hours and hold my hand!"

"On second thought, I'll mail some notecards!"

As for her tests, she was extremely low in Vitamin D. Maybe she'll have more energy once she takes her new vitamin. Does anyone need a second opinion?

Carol's most recent book, based on a true story, The Case of the Missing Ring, is available through Amazon, both paperback and ebook. You can contact her at

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