Wednesday, December 27, 2017

Christmas and the New Year Reflections

What a year it has been!  In some ways, I'm less of a person than I was; it's as if I lost part(s) of myself.  :-P  In other ways, it was one of the best years I've ever had.

Health issues dominated the last half of the year.  Being cut for the first time...  That was something that I probably could've lived without for a few more years, had it not been for the fact I might've died without it.  Still, parental health issues were even more frightening.

It was good to have a nice, relaxing Christmas with family this year.  Old times and memories were shared and relived.  Everyone seemed to be in good health and spirits.  That was the best gift.

The first half of the year was awesome.  The new job, pretty much the ideal one for me... making new friends... doing a little travelling, even if it was for work... all great things.  The old body even started getting back in shape.  Things seemed to be on a good track.

Then, an omen: my new boss quit, shortly after hiring me.  Within two weeks, I was in the ER being prepped for emergency surgery, suffering from sepsis from a bad gall bladder.  A month later, in a routine exam totally unrelated to any existing condition, I find out I have cancer.  Less than a month since the very first surgery I ever had, I was being cut again to remove part of my tongue.

Amazingly, I didn't really feel overwhelmed.  I was a little scared, but somehow made my peace.  I think I was better with the gall bladder thing than the cancer, though.  Cancer threatens to torture you to death, while the gall bladder thing is something they do and you go home.  I was back at work the next work day after the gall bladder but it took weeks to get the old mouth hole in shape to eat or talk after my partial glossectomy.

Anyway, it looks like I'm going to be able to slide quietly into the new year.  I feel lucky to even see 2018. Let's hope it's a little more uneventful.


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