Tuesday, March 23, 2010

Hi, I'm Joke.

Remember me?

Well, here is an update of sorts. I'll leave -- inadvertently, and with the very bestest intentions -- lots of items behind. Normally I shrink away from posting anything that sounds even remotely "down" or as if I am throwing a pity-party, and I'll try not to do so now, but I make no guarantees. Here goes:

My dad is STILL not home. When he fell and broke his shoulder we foolishly took him to one hospital (the one that was good for bones, to oversimplify) but that wasn't the one where his personal neurologist practices. So his combination of Alzheimer's and Parkinson's really got out of hand and the sheer volume of sedation, to say nothing of the rollercoaster of prescription dosages have taken a severe toll on him. A toll, I fear, from which he will probably never recover fully, if at all.

It's very jarring when the doctors ask you to decide for him what to do in terms of "heroic measures." It's one thing for you to decide what you want done or not done, quite another to decide on someone else's behalf.

So that's been that.

In the interim, the very dim light at the far end of the ridiculously long tunnel is slightly less dim, and the tunnel is marginally shorter. Unrelated to that light, another (dimmer) light has also popped up. I shan't jinx anything, but suffice it to say I have not worked this hard or traveled this often since I was a young newlywed husband. I am wildly exhausted. In the last 5 weeks, I have traveled far afield for three of those, with redeye flights littering my schedule.

Irony: I finally got comped to first class and a raging sinus headache laid me low so as not to enjoy the edible food and acceptable beverages. Not happy.

That's all I'll blog about this for now, lest jinxery overtake what passes for my good fortune these days.

Poppy and Badger, you guys need to email me because the 1st light at the end of the tunnel could be VERY good for you.

For those of you who are sticking with this blog...thanks.

-J.

P.S. I think I know what jinxed me way back when. It was starting down the road of building my own brick oven. Everything has collapsed in its wake.

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