February 17, 2017 at 5:55 pm (Uncategorized)

I know I’ve been gone for well over a year. I thought a lot about blogging, but life in Chronic Town kept getting in the way.  To mark my return, I was going to write a long, apologetic explanation about why I’ve been absent.  Then I remembered that I’ve done that before (post link to past entries), and the gist of what I said before still holds true.  I’ve been sick, really sick, for long stretches of time.  In fact, I’ve spent roughly six months of the past year—that’s half of my life over the last 12 months—as an inpatient in the local hospital.  Two weeks ago, I was able to come home after 79 days in the hospital. But being chronically ill isn’t the full story of my life.  When I bounced back to health, I was able to paddle the Willamette River, wander around Portland, spend a few weeks being blown away by the beauty of Scotland, and make it to my son’s basketball games.  That’s life in Chronic Town.  There’s no denying that the lows are very low, but there’s also a lot of joy.  I’m glad to be back.

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