Clam digging excursion cut short by medical emergency

full moon over trees

Norman loves the night sky, stars, Northern Lights, and the moon.

Wednesday, August 18, 1982—hurried around all morning getting ready to go to Anchorage and Homer later. We plan to go clam digging and silver fishing and Halibut fishing. Had a flat tire on the way to town. Stayed at Andy’s and Bob’s camper. It was a nice day.

Thursday, August 19, 1982—did business and shopping around town. Bought new tires for the pickup. Met Clarence W. and his wife in the afternoon. Nice day, went to Birdie’s at mile 142.5, which is south of Ninilchek—got there at 10:00 p.m.

Friday, August 20, 1982—up early to catch the tide. Birdie went with us to dig clams at mile 144. I dug eight big clams and we had a big clam feed—others got clams too. We tried for silvers at Ninilchek but didn’t have any luck. It was very nice weather, went looking for fossils too.

Saturday, August 21, 1982—got some clams far down on the Ninilchek beach. Jeff and Birdie were there, Bob and Kahren Rudbeck fished. I’m passing blood in my urine—I got real sick and went to the Soldotna hospital. Then I got even more sick at Homer and went to the hospital there.

Sunday, August 22, 1982—still very sick and in intensive care at the Homer Hospital. I had lost a lot of blood. I got several blood transfusions and so forth that goes with this.

Monday, August 23, 1982—still very sick. Doctor Sayer looked in my stomach. He sees where the blood is coming from. He recommends no more alcohol for me. I took his advice. (As of August 2008, it has been 26 years since I last took a drink.)

Tuesday, August 24, 1982—got out of the hospital at noon and went to Anchorage and stayed at Andy’s and Connie’s.

Wednesday, August 25, 1982—shopped all day in Anchorage, got some new tires on the truck, I like them. Got home at 10:30 p.m.

Thursday, August 26, 1982—went to visit the Hoffmans and also visited Sandy Farmer. It’s a nice day and I rested a lot.

Friday, August 27, 1982—took some garbage to the dump near KROA and then went to Billman’s and worked on the swamp buggy. It’s been a nice day, but a little cool. Had a bad setback with my stomach.

Sunday, August 29, 1982—woke up early, pretty sick. Tom and Lisa and everyone else convinced me to go to Anchorage to get checked out. Darrel took the swamp buggy to pull phone poles out at Gunsight. Stopped to see how they were doing. It was raining in Palmer when I got there. Saw the doctor and stayed overnight with Andy.

Monday, August 30, 1982—rained all day, shopped all day. Went to hospital at 4:00 p.m. Test was okay, got home at 8:30 p.m. and fed Tom’s dog.

Wednesday, September 1, 1982—it was a nice day with a few showers again. Mailed a lease to Rodney B. Bob and I went up Lake Louise Road hunting moose and caribou then went flying with Dan and flew over the trapper cabin. Saw caribou there.

Thursday, September 2, 1982—Rhynell brings milk every morning—goat milk, for my stomach. Worked around here till mid-afternoon, stopped at Hoffman’s and on to a movie at Glennallen.

Saturday, September 4, 1982—up early, washed three of my winter jackets and tried to get the water pump for the swamp buggy fixed. It broke. Sylvia sewed a tarp for me. Very nice day, pretty, full moon and cool this evening.

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