Those of you who have been following my work for a while know that I have had prosthetic hips for almost twenty years now. I dislocated the left hip about a month ago (you can read the account here) and had to endure a six-hour trip to the emergency room. Indirectly, the hip incident resulted in the prospect of a new joint replacement ordeal, and the old concerns and fears are cropping up once again.
A few days ago I experienced one of the most painful episodes in the entire tenure of my life with Rheumatoid Arthritis. I had to be rushed to the hospital in the back of an ambulance, and then spent six hours in the ER while I was “repaired.” As I was lying on the gurney, I began to think about what life would be like if I could not count on the support structure I have availed myself of for years. Sitting in that hospital, I realized that having people you can rely on when you need help is probably the single most important asset in Continue reading “The Import Of Support” »
As I was sitting and wondering what exactly I was going to write about this time around, I looked at my inbox and it hit me. The mountain of paperwork that was now forming its own “leaning tower of paper” was only one-fourth of the phone calls, letters, and bills I had to take care of. The reason that I will be tied up for weeks? Simple. My disease left me blowin’ in the wind for a little over a month.
As you all know, I recently had several consecutive long hospital stays for what amounted to a small case of pneumonia and then weeks of Continue reading “Lifeus Interruptus” »