It is a family tradition, raking the leaves in our front yard. This year our neighbor Daisy jumped in to help. All I can do is take pictures.
Wow. That was the first thing I said, after the scream.
I couldn’t figure out where I was. Maybe an hour earlier I had brushed my teeth and gone to bed. Cameron was asleep. It was a little after 11.
Now I was laying somewhere in a great deal of pain. There were two or three guys looking down at me. They seemed to be in a hurry.
My back was making me scream.
“Wow, where am I?”
“We’re taking you to the hospital bud.”
“You’ve had a seizure”.
Wow. Did he say a seizure? Then my back reminded me of the pain.
It was a long 15 minute ride to the hospital.
The doctors explained that I had had a grand mal seizure, or at least that’s what they thought it was. We were fortunate that my in-laws had come to town earlier that day and my father-in-law could stay at home with the kids, who, by this time, were scared to death at what was happening to daddy.
Funny thing was, I was alert and talking by the time my wife and mother-in-law showed up in the emergency room. We talked and talked and talked. Other than my back, I had never felt better, or at least more normal. At 4 am they admitted me to a hospital room where I would stay two nights and find out that I was going to be all right.
For the past nearly 4 weeks I’ve been out of commission. I can’t drive, can’t stand up for very long, can’t sit in a chair for very long, and can’t lift anything heavier than a big cup of coffee. I broke my L1 and T12 vertebrae which are side by side on my spine and basically hold my body up.
But I keep finding myself saying “Wow”. Cameron posted something about it on her Facebook page when she got back home that morning around 6. By the time she brought my laptop back to the hospital and I opened my page, I must have had 200 messages and notes from friends. Some from friends I haven’t seen or even heard from in 20 years. Wow.
I can’t say enough good things about the folks I work for and with. I missed election night and the CMA awards and much of the November book. But my boss keeps telling me to come back only when I can work and not before my back heals. Wow.
And then last weekend, four of my co-workers came to the house and prepped our basement floor for the acid stain I was planning to put on it. We had talked about my basement project before the seizure and they knew how much I wanted to get it done. So after a busy week at work, they showed up Saturday morning and got the adhesive gunk up and then cleansed the concrete. Big Wow.
I go back to the doctor tomorow and I’m hoping he’ll give me the okay to get back to work. My back still aches after standing or sitting for very long but I hope I can be somewhat productive. It’s awfully boring sitting at home day after day after day after day.
A sleep study shows that I have severe sleep apnea so I’ve got a dandy little CPAP machine to keep me breathing at night. I haven’t gotten used to it yet but have been able to take an afternoon nap with it once.
Thanks for the good thoughts and prayers. I should be back on my feet soon.
Sometimes I hear a song that perfectly explains a point in my life or a feeling or an emotion or a memory. That’s what I found in this video of a performance by Paul Thorn.
Introducing the song he talks about breaking up with someone and how you thought you’d never be able to get along with them. And then later, years later, if you see them in Wal-Mart you’ll duck down on another aisle so you won’t have to talk to them.
I’m changing the theme in this here space, preparing for what comes Friday.
For those familiar with Twitter, this theme interface will make perfect sense. The theme is designed to work with mobile phones and texting so an author, or multiple authors can update the blog from a cellphone.
updated: that didn’t last long. I hated that theme. this one isn’t Twitterific but it’ll do.
Specifically, this twitter-like design is meant to be used with the new iPhone. I got an e-mail yesterday telling me that the local Apple store in Nashville will be open at 8am Friday morning to begin selling the new iPhone.
Now I don’t know if I’m going to be standing in line Friday morning or not. As anxious as I am to get an iPhone, I’ve learned it can behoove one to wait a few days until the dust settles after a debut.
My old contract with Sprint has expired and I’m free to move about the cellphone world. But another day or week won’t hurt me. I still have a 662 area code and would like to get that changed as quickly as possible.
So, in the event a new iPhone is in my immediate future, I thought I’d go ahead and switch this interface.
Like anybody cares.
It can’t possibly be 9 years since our youngest, Delaney, came into this world. It was a busy week for her. Birthday on Monday, braces on Wednesday, piano recital on Thursday and party on Saturday.
It was a Hannah Montana Birthday party and since neither set of grandparents were able to be here for it: Here’s a little something from YouTube.
My 2-year commitment to Sprint has expired. I’ve been waiting and waiting, hoping to take advantage of the struggling tel-com companies. Surely they all want me.
I’ve been trying to find an iPhone. The folks at Sprint have tried to talk me into getting one of their new “Instinct” phones. But this afternoon, there’s this from the Associated Press:
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) – Apple Inc. has unveiled an upgraded iPhone
with a faster Internet connection and satellite navigation
capabilities – priced $200 lower than current models, but with more
Analysts have said Apple needed to slash the multimedia gadget’s
price and upgrade it to work over so-called 3G, or
third-generation, wireless networks to hit the company’s target of
selling 10 million iPhones by the end of 2008.
An 8 gigabyte model is to sell for $199 starting July 11. A 16
gigabyte model will cost $299. The devices are to roll out
initially in 22 countries.
Apple has inked deals for wireless carriers in a total of 70
countries to carry the new iPhone.
AT&T Inc., the exclusive U.S. carrier for the phone, said its
plans for the phone will start at $39.99 per month, plus $30 for
unlimited data. That works out to be a $10 increase from the
cheapest plan for the first-generation iPhone.
$299 is cheaper than I had hoped. Now, if only I can find one.
Workers on the Hannah Montana movie lost control of a lighting scrim which plunged into a ferris wheel loaded with movie extras.
My wife and little girl were there and saw the whole thing develop. My wife says the scrim, which resembles a projection screen, was being pulled by ropes and cables near the stage. The winds picked up and the scrim began flying out of control. The workers were unable to pull it in and it swooped down above the crowd, causing some of the extras to hit the ground.
The scrim, which is used to diffuse light, was about 40′ by 40′. After swooping over the crowd it flew up and hit one of the ferris wheel cars occupied by a woman and her son. The car rocked but did not flip over.
A Disney representative told me six people were taken to a hospital but none were thought to be seriously hurt.
Glad all of those people are okay and the production continues. By the way, my daughter came home all happy and excited after getting close enough to Miley to touch her hand.
I found it interesting that none of the extras I spoke to this morning seemed to be the least bit interested in actually being seen in the movie. They were only excited about seeing Miley.
Another composer of the soundtrack to my life has passed away. Paul Davis was 60 when he died Wednesday of a heart attack in Jackson, Mississippi.
His biggest song, “I Go Crazy” played on my 8-track and cassette players for a countless number of “car dates”.
You remember this one…”Hello girl it’s been a while. Guess you’ll be glad to know that I’ve learned how to laugh and smile”. In my teen years if you didn’t get to first or second base with Paul Davis or Dan Fogelburg on the radio, you should just take her bowling.
Rest in peace Paul Davis…and thanks for the music.