Editor's Note: Readers of The Kentucky Explorer have been introduced to the Rev. John J. Dickey in past issues. Remember that he was a traveling preacher throughout the eastern part of the state during the years between 1880 and 1925. He helped to establish numerous churches and at least two colleges. He was also a teacher and a newspaper editor. However, his most enduring gift to us today may well be his diary that he kept faithfully during some 50 years of his later life beginning in the 1880s. In all, over 6,000 pages written in his own hand make up this interesting digest.
February 20, 1898
I have been in my room unable to walk for five days. My ankle has improved and is about free of pain, but I still cannot put my weight on my right foot. I have sat in my chair all this time, with my foot lying on a pillow before me, the leg being elevated on a level with the hip joint. The doctor lanced the rising yesterday afternoon. The swelling extended from knee to toes, but most of that was gone down. I have been otherwise perfectly well. I have read and written almost constantly. There have been but few in to see me, so I have had the time to myself, as usual, when in my room.
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