Wednesday, January 3, 2018

A whole new year!

I was talking to someone recently who asked me why I haven't posted in a while. I figure I really need to get back to doing this, and I think that everyone needs to know why I haven't been living up to my ideal for sharing.

Harley waiting on his
Bailey to come home.

There are several reasons. As you can see it was near the end of February 2017 that I stopped posting. The root cause was that I was distracted by an event that rocked our house and took all of my attention for quite a while. My daughter, a bright 25 year old woman, who still lives with us, was stricken down with a sudden seizure. From the morning of March 8th to  the evening March 12th she was placed on a ventilator, and kept in a medically induced coma. The doctors were certain that it was a case of Meningitis. However, all the testing came back negative. Reluctantly, they admitted that she had a very serious case of Lupus Cerebritis which also affected both her kidneys and eventually her vocal chords. After nearly a month in the ICU, two surgeries to put in a tracheotomy, and to stop it from bleeding out, along with countless bags of plasma, whole blood and a myriad of medications, she was released. We spent the next two months caring and supporting her through the side effects of the illness. Namely the inter spacing of fluid in her body. Next came six months of Chemotherapy to beat the immune system back. Thankfully, she was young and healthy and has recovered well.

I was about to write something about 2 full years on my Rush Foot, but I had got out of the habit of sharing and my work kept getting in the way. The holidays and trucking don't really mix to well. A lot of work and no time to do it.

The bottom line is I am getting back to it. My motivation and activity level has decreased over the last year and I am going to do something about it. Time to get back on track. A lot of the social activism that I started will be resumed, especially since the government is bent on making life difficult for amputees, diabetics and other people with chronic conditions.

I began this blog as a way to deal with the changes in my life caused by my illness and amputation. It gave me a vent to share my feelings and show my motivation I have come a long way from when I was so sick that I could barely stand up until I achieved my goal. I need it again so that I can get back to a level of confidence and health. I invite you to continue to share my journey. Let's hope that 2018 is an amazing year for us all.

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