November 19, 2013

An Explanation For Radio Silence And A Request

You may have noticed that my blogging has been erratic in recent months, sporadic in recent weeks, and non-existent in recent days. There are a number of reasons for this change, my friends, and I think I should explain.

Over the summer, I just decided spend some time on other things besides blogging. This included some time doing education-related stuff both teaching and testing, on both the high school and college level), more reading (both for pleasure and for professional purposes), some needed things around the house, and a bit of revitalizing my relationship with my wife. The last was particularly important to me, given that between August of 2012 and the spring of 2013 my Darling Democrat had dealt with skin cancer, a fractured knee and a broken hip. My shortcomings as a spouse had become quite apparent during this time, and I wanted to make sure that I did all I could to see what could be done to work on the single most important relationship in my life. Frankly, the blog had to take a back seat. because I recognized that it isn't that important in the grand scheme of things.

As August rolled around I began looking forward to the new school year -- and then the two of us were blind-sided. During a one-year check-up with the dermatologist, several suspicious spots were noted and biopsies conducted. Only one turned out to be cancerous, and fortunately it was so small that the biopsy removed the entire cancer and its margins. Having reached our out-of-pocket max for the year on our insurance (and having only a few days before our benefit year ended), we asked the neurologist if it would be possible to schedule MRIs on her back and neck because of increased pain in both areas.

What came next was a shock. The day after one of the MRIs, I got a phone call from my dear wife telling me to come straight home because we had been summoned to the neurologists office. The news was grim -- the MRI of the cervical spine had turned up serious issues that would require surgery as soon as was feasible. We began the process of finding a neurosurgeon, scheduling appointments, and determining exactly what would be entailed in dealing with this latest bombshell. In the midst all this my wife was sidelined with a case of bronchitis that threatened to turn to pneumonia. When she recovered we got with first one and then a second expert in spinal surgery (since we live in Houston we are blessed with great doctors and great hospitals) and she was offered the alternative between surgery now or paralysis in the future. My wife decided which surgeon and surgery she was more comfortable with and began what we thought would be a rapid move towards surgery.

Unfortunately, our expectations were not met. The surgeon insisted upon a visit to a cardiologist for clearance before surgery. There were concerns after the first test, which led to still more tests. In mid-October my wife had to undergo a cardiac catheterization to rule out a cardiac problem which might have to be addressed before the spinal surgery. Here we encountered a blessing -- no problems were found and she was cleared to move forward with the surgery.

The surgery happened last week. I'll spare you the details, sand will just say that the surgery involved work on five of my wife's seven cervical vertebrae and the associated discs. She came home at the end of last week and is recuperating. There will be therapy and, we expect, surgery on the back in the spring.

Needless to day, the past 15 months have placed my blogging in its appropriate perspective. I hope you understand why this has necessitated the fluctuation in my blogging that you have experienced -- and if you can't understand, I hope you never have to go through the sort of experience that gives you such perspective firsthand. Some things just matter more than putting thoughts and opinions out on the internet.

One last thing -- please indulge me as I make a request that I find a bit uncomfortable, one that I hope you will understand and respond to. Could you hit the tip jar?

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