It’s been a light blogging time for me for the past week or so. I wish I could say this was a consequence of taking some time off at the end of a busy year – actually, it’s been the consequence of a scary health situation my wife faced on Christmas day and immediately after.
Rachel had a small stroke which affected her vision. It took quite a while to figure out what was going on – it took an MRI before doctors understood that the problem was in her brain, not in her eyes. After two days at the (excellent, helpful, well-staffed and extraordinarily friendly) hospital, she was allowed to recouperate at home. And we had our traditional New Years’ party with dozens of friends arriving from around the world, though it was decidedly lower-key than in some years past.
Rachel and I are now working on getting back to life as usual, with some complications – she can’t drive, which is a major difficulty in our rural lifestyle, as the nearest business of any sort is three miles away. We hope she’lll be allowed behind the wheel again after an eye exam in a couple of weeks. And we still don’t know why she had these strokes (turns out there was an earlier one a few months back), though some very smart doctors are working on that question, and we should know a lot more later today, and even more after a few more tests come in.
I realize the standard operating practice after someone you love survives a traumatic experience is gratitude that she’s okay and thankfulness for all the goodness in your life. I’m having a little trouble reaching that stage right now. 2006 was a rough year for a whole lot of people in my life, and the main gratitude I’m feeling right now is that it’s over and we get to try again in 2007.