I'm back. Well ..., sort of. This is mainly, for now at least, an update for those who don't already know. Bonnie was admitted to the hospital on April 19th, and while the manner of her going was chaotic and unpleasant in the extreme, the upshot is rather more desirable. Her treatment regimen has begun, and in approximately 2 months she will be approaching the end of her recovery period and almost ready to rejoin society. I am, you may imagine, eagerly awaiting the day.
I will not go into gruesome detail on the manner of her going, except to mention that it took 2 emts and 2 deputies to secure her to a gurney.
The precipitating circumstance was a completely unexpected event - my left leg ceased to work and, to add to the chaos, became painfully inflamed. After three days of agony and the realization that we were both now housebound and incapable of caring for ourselves, the only option was to have us both admitted to the hospital. I made a point of explaining to the emt that i was moderately depressed (a bit of forethought that fortuitously came in handy, even though it occasioned a comedy of errors and ran the risk of having me confined to the psych ward also.) I'll probably further detail my trip through the bowels of the medical system, but this is not the place for it.
My leg is still exceedingly weak and i cannot sit or walk for more than 10 minutes before a flareup of pain occurs, but it has for the most part been reduced to nagging discomfort. While there are many tests that remain to be done, the preliminary diagnosis is a condition known as osteopenia (wow! the things we learn!) It is a lesser form of osteoporosis and is characterized by a loss of bone density. It is at the moment unclear whether i will regain full use of the leg.
I once again wish to thank all you marvelous people who have been unstinting in your prayers and support, and a special mention must be made of those who have gone above and beyond the call of duty and provided willing ears when things became too much for this old gent (you, I trust, know very well who you are.)
I'm happy to be back and on the mend.