Long time followers of my Curmudgeonly Professor blog have likely given up on new postings by now. In early May, in the middle of the second night after returning to Salt Lake from Riverton, I woke up in the middle of the night with a severe attack of vertigo and landed in the emergency room. I stayed in the hospital for three days going through every heart, blood, MRI, and any other test they could come up with and ended up with a diagnosis of vertigo. I have learned since that several members of my family and some friends have had or now have regular bouts with vertigo. My problem was that my attack unwired my balance and it has taken weeks to at least partially recover where I was before the attack. Thanks to a wonderful physical therapist and an equally wonderful cardiologist, I am finally on the mend and, for the first time, actually feel up to sitting down at the computer and explaining my absence.
I passed every MRI test, every blood test, kidney function, echo cardiogram and EKG, and was left totally puzzled about why I felt so miserable for so long. I had to use a walker when I came home. Now, I finally think I am on the mend after about six weeks. I have whined and complained a lot but without much sympathy from my wife who has her own serious health problems. We have had a lot of help from family, friends, church members, neighbors, and health and medical professionals. We are grateful to everyone for kind thoughts, food, visits, phone calls, and for caring, help with shopping and doctor visits. planting 4 dozen petunias in our front flower garden, and so many other things. I keep hearing the words "it could have been worse" echoing through my mind as I think of friends and neighbors with far more serious and devastating health issues than I apparently have.
So please don't give up on the Curmudgeonly Professor. I have been worried that I would not recover balance enough to take photos as I have always done. Maybe, however, I might just recover enough to do that. I have a brand new fancy schmancy and expensive macro lens that I bought just before I got smashed and I am anxious to learn how to take pictures of bugs, spiders and other little bitty things. Plus I have taken hundreds of pictures 0f the beautiful mountain views just outside our windows to the east side of the south Salt Lake Valley. I hope to see you all back and will try to come up with more sarcastic wisdom to entertain and enlighten you. Thanks for enduring and for your patience.