Readers of this blog, and especially my newsletter, might have noticed unusual silence from me for the past few weeks -- indeed, this has been the first time since launching the blog that I did not publish a weekly post.
Alas, my health is the reason.
After several months of freaky high fevers, fatigue and other symptoms, a CT scan delivered this diagnosis: I had a massive infection in my sigmoid colon: inflamed diverticulitis and an abscess. My doctors ordered me into Cedars-Sinai Medical Center on an emergency basis the night of April 4th.
After a few days of trying to treat it externally with antibiotics, the surgeon operated on Easter Sunday, removing 6” of my colon. In three months, I'm told, another surgery will make me good as new.
On Friday the 13th the doctors sent me home, where I am recovering comfortably. I posted a bit of this information on Facebook, and have been overwhelmed by the outpouring of good wishes. More profound has been how my circle of friends showed up for me and made it possible for me to survive what could have been a much worse outcome.
I'm doing well, better each day in regaining strength and managing this. I continue to rely on friends and family, neighbors and unexpected voices from across the Internet that support me, along with my medical team. I can only tell you this: I am very, very grateful.
For a lighter view of a similar physical problem, you may want to check out comedian Andy Borowitz's Kindle Single called 'An Unexpected Twist.'
Meanwhile, I'm working on a longer post (tentatively titled: A Post About Health Care. Not Health Care Policy. My Health Care). One thing is for sure: writing is an exhausting activity when you only have so much energy to spare.
Feel free to leave comments at the end of this post or email me via the site. I look forward to moving back into my writing and analytic mode soon -- supporting the work of my clients, and sharing what I know and what I learn. Without a doubt, this recent experience will deepen everything I share.