Some of you will recognize the lines from the Beatles' WHEN I'M 64. The rest of you can listen to it here: https://vimeo.com/10898084
Well, Sunday was my 64th birthday. I managed t spend time with BH and my baby sister and her BH. The menu was limited (bagels) and the ambience left a little to be desired. I spent the beginning of my 64th year from a hospital room. So, there we all were, gowned and gloved and masked. Let me explain.
Several of you have commented that I have been missing from social media recently. The reason is that earlier in thee summer I was diagnosed with cancer. I am finally in treatment: many rounds of chemo and radiation are ahead. And the little bump in the journey so far was caused by an infection that sent me from outpatient to inpatient care. I am on the mend and hope to be mostly outpatient shortly. But regardless of where the treatment takes place, I will be not quite as online as I would like. The little energy I have is for maintaining my classes, grading assignments, working on projects with colleagues, etc. After that, the energy goes to getting better.
What I hate most about this?
1. Loss of control. Anyone who knows me understands that I am a control freak. Now, I have to let others dictate certain processes. Not that I do not question. I do. Just ask my doctors and nurses and health care workers. I ask lots of questions. I write things down. I explore.
2. Missing my colleagues. And in a way, this might be even tougher. I have not had the chance to make a video with Karin Perry for #pppd for weeks. We are going to try to remedy that, but for now, enjoy the guest stars.
3. Missing my conferences. This will be only the 2nd time I will miss NCTE, and I am so sad. I love having out and talking to friends and colleagues and meeting new folks. But travel for me will be restricted to going to and from different treatment centers.
I will post updates from time to time here and on Facebook as I have energy. For now, we are all positive that this can be cured, that I will get better, that 2017 will be a better year. I appreciate any good vibes, prayers, virtual hugs, etc. you care to send my way. I he you will pardon this less-than-personal message. I love my online community and wanted to let you all know why I might be MIA from time to time.