Many PHB readers have seen me chronicle my health woes (with humor, of course) over the years — three kidney stone attacks, fibromyalgia, a hysterectomy, rheumatoid arthritis and living with chronic pain generally as well as navigating a health care system that illustrates just how screwed up things are, even if you are fortunate enough to have a job and medical insurance.
However, my health travails have become so troublesome — and less humorous — to deal with of late that I’ve moved newer posts of that nature over to a personal blog — pamspaulding.net — to keep it separate from the political blogging. I wasn’t sure if they belonged on PHB, or if anyone reading gives a crap one way or another — since you can simply skip reading the posts (they certainly won’t make the front page). Folks who follow me on Twitter and Facebook have known things were going downhill for a while. It’s a lot easier to update social nets than write a full-blown post.
You know I have to be in a bad way if watching and commenting at length on the convention — something I’d be doing from Charlotte if I was well — doesn’t interest me right now. Thinking about the prospect of getting your back split open kinda does that.
In any case, if you notice there’s not been a lot of writing being generated on my part, you can at least read why. Folks dealing with chronic illness have sent me lots of emails and messages about how they’ve been meaningful to read — and offered them a chance to comment on their own struggles, so I thought I’d point them to posts if they are interested in those discussions:
* 9/5/2012: MRI results in – not good news; my spine is f’d up
* 9/2/2012 RA Diary: Home and recuperating w/lots of Qs; no DNC 2012 for you, young lady
* 9/1/2012 Rheumatoid Arthritis Diary: the ER visit from hell + an update
* 8/30/2012 Rheumatoid Arthritis Diary: horrible side effect while on Humira
* Sorry, peeps: the Blend won’t be in Charlotte to cover the DNC
I highly recommend the post about the trip to the ER; it’s shows exactly why the system is in in epic freefall #FAIL.