I was sick most of the past sick weeks. I had a viral infection the first week in May during which I ran a fever of 102 or higher for days, followed by viral bronchitis. Over Memorial Day weekend, I ended up in the hospital with “post-viral encephalitis.” The doctors said that the encephalitis was not caused by the virus, but was an immune system reaction to the virus. (At least, that’s what I think they said.) I was released only to end up in the hospital a few days later with complications. I ended up in the hospital for ten days (although the last few of those was so that they could change around my meds under supervision).
The encephalitis has (hopefully temporarily) damaged my memory. It’s getting better, and the cognition problems (I could not read at all well) which scared the crap out of me are mostly gone. (If your entire self-identity is tied into how smart you are, cognitive problems threaten your entire sense of who you are.)
One of the downsides is that I have not been writing as much as I want to. I did manage two or three substantive posts in that time, but I had intended to start writing much more. (Also, those posts were difficult to write. This one is a bit easier, but still hard.) I have a lot of issues that I wanted to write about (the Germanwings tragedy and the Nebraska decision to ban the death penalty to name but two), but between illness and just plain forgetting, I didn’t get to them. I may write about them anyway, as writing exercises.
So, that’s what’s been up with me.
One thing I do want to say, though…..
You guys, and Oakland, deserve that championship.
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