Bashana Haba’ah

19 Sep

Tomorrow night is the start of Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish New Year (literally Head of the Year). Between Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur (Day of Atonement), I use the time to reflect on my past actions, thoughts and circumstances from … Read More »

A war we still have not learned to fight

11 Sep

Today is the sixteenth anniversary of the 9/11 attacks.  Three thousand people died.  It was up close and personal for many of us, especially for those who live or who have family/ friends in New York, Pennsylvania and the DC … Read More »

August Road Trip, Heading Home

4 Sep

We had a relaxing time in Denver.  We stayed with a high school buddy of mine, John.  He had a terrific patio and the weather was beautiful.  I was interested in doing a bit of cooking the second night we … Read More »

August Road Trip, Heading West

30 Aug

Like our drive to Minneapolis, our journey to the Black Hills of South Dakota was around nine hours.  Susie alternated between the front seat and the back bed I assembled in the rear of our wagon.  As we left Minnesota, … Read More »

August Road Trip, Heading North

29 Aug

With Susie having a good neuro-oncology appointment, we set out on a two week road trip heading up to Minneapolis and over to the Black Hills of South Dakota, estimated at 3,500 miles.  Our first leg was a short drive to Dallas, … Read More »

Time for a Summer Vacation

17 Aug

Susie and I returned from her Neuro-Oncologist appointment today.  It has been quite a whirlwind last four months.  After three months of Hyperbaric Oxygen Treatment, Susie had a brainstem stroke in April.  She met with many doctors and has completed around three … Read More »

Disability Hearing

25 Jul

Susie and I had an Administrative Law Judge Hearing on the 19th of July.  She applied back in 2008 for Social Security Disability.  After chasing her claim for three years, we learned in 2011 that her claim was denied.  The … Read More »

June Graduation

6 Jun

It certainly feels like summer in Austin.  We’ve had a handful of days in the high 90s with spotty rain that has cooled days down into the 80s.  I think nights with 60 degree temperatures are gone for a few … Read More »

A Happy Mother’s Day

14 May

We’ve made it to the middle of May, which is no small feat considering Susie had a brain stem stroke two weeks ago.  This last week was a few steps forward.  Susie’s brother Doug was in town to help.  We … Read More »

My Experience w/ a Twitter Troll

19 Apr

Recently, I experienced a twitter shaming attack from an account whose description is “PROUD MUSLIM. LIVERPOOL! BOXING! @LFC #FreePalestine #FreeSyria #Humanity”.  His tweet was “@IBM this guy that represents you likes people starving to death, and thinks PALESTINE are terrorists“. … Read More »

The Season of Rebirth

2 Apr

Susie has completed four of eight weeks of Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy (HBOT).  Middle of last week was quite hard for her.  She did not want to continue.  The treatment is not painful, but she feels very different after it.  The … Read More »

Two weeks into HBO Therapy

19 Mar

Two weeks ago, Susie started Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy (HBOT) at St. David’s Wound Care and Hyperbaric Medicine Center.  Her treatments last two hours, are daily Monday through Friday and are scheduled for eight weeks.  The chamber’s pressure is increased to two atmospheres … Read More »