I wanted to give to you an update regarding My Beloved. On the first day of our vacation to Disneyland with our grandson, his parents, and our adult daughter Stephanie, Heidi’s left leg was invaded by a super-aggressive infection. I took her to urgent care and despite a cocktail of three aggressive antibiotics, including some administered via IV, her leg from ankle to knee was completely affected and unrecognizable, and the massive infection was taking over her leg at a rate of about six to eight inches per day.

It turns out she is also allergic to one or more of the antibiotics, and the rest of her body (except her face) is now completely covered in huge welts and lumps. When they tried taking her off of some of the antibiotics the healing stopped but the allergic reaction didn’t.  She’s been seen by five doctors and two nurse practitioners, including related specialists, in SoCal and NorCal.  I believe there is no longer much risk of Heidi losing her leg, but we’re closely monitoring the situation.

With Love,


About russtowne

I'm awed by the beauty of nature and the power of love and gratitude. Some of my favorite sensory experiences include waves crashing on rocky shores, waterways in ancient redwood and fern-filled forests, and rain. My wife and I have been married since 1979. We have 3 adult children and 5 grandchildren. I manage a wealth management firm that I founded in 2003. My Beloved is a Special Education teacher for Kindergartners and First Graders. I'm a published author of approximately 60 books in a variety of genres for grownups and children.
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  1. Mrs. P says:

    Oh my…Russ, I am so sorry to hear of Heidi’s condition. I am encouraged that she probably won’t lose her leg but understand she is still in a serious state. My prayers are with you and your family. Thank you for the update…looking forward to some improvements in the future. Hang in there, Heidi! ❤ ❤

  2. quiall says:

    My prayers are with you!

  3. Oh, dear God! Angels attend!

  4. Wow that’s scary Russ. My thoughts and prayers are with you both. ❤
    Diana xo

  5. ksbeth says:

    that is so awful and sudden. my thoughts and prayers are with you all.

  6. Thank goodness the danger of Heidi losing her leg is no longer a worry. Still. Not fun. Ouch.
    Prayer and more prayers sent your way. ❤ ❤

  7. Oh my this is terrible news, I so hope she will be ok in the long run

  8. Russ I am so sorry to hear this! Please keep us posted. I just said a prayer before writing this, for her, and her continued healing. I hope you are holding up okay too!!!!

  9. strokedtolife says:

    Oh Russ, I am so sorry to hear about your beloved! Thoughts and prayers for answers and a speedy recovery as well as peace and comfort!

  10. JanBeek says:

    Can’t click “like” on this one. Very concerned. Keeping you and your Beloved in prayer. Yikes! How scary!! Good thing God is in control and He is a good and gracious God. All will be well. Trust!

  11. Val Boyko says:

    How unnerving and painful Russ! I hope she finds relief and the infection is resolved very soon. That’s quite a scare. Sending hugs your way 💛

  12. lovern2012 says:

    Wishing Heidi a continued healing in spirit, mind and body. Unforeseen occurrences befall us all, a noted biblical message. It helps to be able to be with and have our loved ones support.

  13. kmabarrett says:

    Hi Russ,
    Your wife (and you and you’re family) are in my prayers.

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