This blog really serves two purposes. First, it lets me keep in touch with people that I like, even though in all probability I won't ever meet them in person. Now that "blogfests" are no longer in vogue, there's just about no chance I'll ever actually run into someone whose blog I read, or who reads mine.
The other is to be a sort of journal. I've often wondered what my great, great grandfather who fought in the Civil War was like. All we know of him is family oral history, and the only picture we have of him is the one they printed on his funeral notice, when he was in his late eighties.
Since people say that what goes on the internet stays there "forever", seems to me a blog is a good way to leave some record of yourself and the times you lived in for your descendants. You need to be fairly methodical about posting though, for either of these things to work. Sometimes, events just move so fast you have to do a "catch up" post and that's what this is.
First, my daughter, who is 32, apparently had a stroke Friday morning . She lost sight in her left eye. The first hospital she was taken to transferred to a medical center, and she's in the coronary care unit there right now. We don't know what the situation is. As of this morning, she had a CAT scan, and an MRI yesterday, and they are taking her back in for another MRI this morning. The doctor's don't agree on what has happened, but the neurologist is calling it "a minor stroke." We don't know what that terminology means, or what the treatment is yet. People with Ehlers Danlos often die from strokes because their blood vessels are weak, and that may be influencing his diagnosis.
She has asked us to stay here and not come roaring over to Nashville until we actually know what has happened and what needs to be done. So essentially, we are waiting by the phone for more news. E is being more pragmatic about it than we are.
Earlier in the week, we had a massive thunderstorm. Lighting hit the ground about 15 feet from where I was standing on the porch, and did a lot of damage. Despite a fairly sophisticated set of procedures and equipment I have to deal with that, I lost the TV set, satellite receiver, two large battery backup systems with high clamp speeds, a deep freeze, two dehumidifiers, an air conditioner, and the DVD player. The pump was knocked off line for two days, until I could get a tech out here to bring it back on line. The lightning arrestor saved the pump. Let me just say this about that. The arrestor is an old timey fuse they put in line between the breaker box and the pump mechanism. It's a last ditch defense against a power surge. In this case, the arrestor blew, caught on fire, and filled up the pump room with smoke. However, it did stop the surge from the strike, and saved my $1000 submersible pump. The reason I am mentioning this, is that the contractors putting in a well don't use them anymore. The theory is that the chances of lightning hitting your place are slim, and it's "just unnecessary hardware." The guy who came out to fix my pump didn't even have one on the truck , and had to go back to the shop to get one. But the truth is, you should always have backups, to backups, to primary systems. Always. If you don't have one on the line to your pump, it's worth considering. The one I got came from American Granby, 7652 Morgan Road, Liverpool, New York 13090, 1-800-776-2266. Given the dried out, withered up box mine came in when the tech brought it back, finding one at the Home Depot might or might not be practical.
So, this was a catch up entry. I'll try and do better when the dust settles around here. If I am off line, or don't post comments from the moderation folder for a while, you will know I am in Nashville. I will try to take the Kindle so I don't go completely dark if that happens.
Just got this in the mail, but haven't read it yet.
Also , I finally got a Sportsmans' Guide catalog. They tell me they are not doing the "Shooting" catalog anymore. I hope that' s not true, because it sounds like political correctness creeping in if it is.