I sure missed everyone! I am back home now and can actually get on the internet!
My wife and I left on a road trip almost a month ago now. We drove to the Washington D.C. area, then back west to Kansas, then south - back to Texas. It was a trip with many mixed emotions.
Over a month ago, I was having one of my usual interesting conversations with my dad (I’m nearly 40 and still contend that he knows everything ). Just a few short days later, I was notified that he had a mild stroke. Being that my father is my hero, and the fact that he even delivered me at birth (another long story), we have a very special bond. I was crushed. Fearing my reaction, my family decided to keep it from me for two days – until it appeared he was going to be fine. The night I found out, I finally got a call from my stepmother in Washington who was with him at the hospital. I knew that the stroke had affected his right side, and the speech centers of the brain and would have to re-learn speech. In tears, I finally was able to say hello to him on the phone. He could only make sounds at that point – a far cry from the quantum mechanics he was describing just days earlier. The next day, he was making a few understandable statements. “Do music!” was the first, and he called me “laddy” (which he has called me since I can remember – it’s a Scottish thing). My family thought it best that I not go up there from Texas just yet, as there was nothing I could do, and he might need me later during the speech therapy. So, I did some work that I needed to finish, and wifey finished her semester at school (strait A’s by the way ). We were told to take our time and make an enjoyable trip out of it. Hmm… ok…
By the time we got to Virginia (near D.C. where he lives), he had just shampooed the rug for us (We are allergic to cats and they have a few) and ran out to give us a hug. We understood everything he said. The Neurologists said that they have never seen a quicker recovery and even cleared him to go to London for “Schum’s Challenge” – part of the world renowned scholar thing that he does that I don’t understand . He will be teaching –as usual, in the fall.
While there in D.C., our cell phones didn’t work, their home phone line was having problems, and his computer only has a modem. I was able to successfully pop off one message here and that was it. Then, since dad just hopped off to London, we went west to visit my father in law- 40 miles from K.C. and no phone service and no cell phone again!
It’s amazing that I can communicate with the world from this little island off Texas, but not in D.C. or K.C. – oh well, I’m back. I missed you all – although, I must confess I am a little disappointed that Northern Sounds has been able to function so well for more than a week without me – disproving my long held theory .
Good to be back!