There's been so much going on, I'm frankly too tired to be nervous about the fact that this weekend at WillyCon wildcat.wsc.edu/clubs/willycon…
marks my first appearance as Artist Guest of Honor! We have both been looking forward to this dose of normalcy all week, and it will be wonderful to see our con family in person for the first time since last season (not that they've been short on e-support!).
My beloved Nicholas is doing splendidly, so much so that no one is going to believe us if ever we say he had a stroke. His coordination is all but back, as is his speech. Indeed, speech therapy was the only therapy recommended by the doctors, and we have our first appointment next week, which is also when Nicholas expects to go back to work (part time to start with). Frankly, he looks more well-rested than I do!
Despite the myriad of tests and appointments--so much for staying at home and convalescing!--there still isn't an official answer aside from a one and a million combination of his smoking (which is officially banned) and hereditary high blood pressure (for which he was already on medication). Indeed, the Mystery of Nicholas seems to be every local specialist's favorite lunchtime topic. Everyone we've seen (several physicians, the neurologist) apparently started gabbing about him with each other while we were still in the hospital, before he was officially assigned to anyone. Three cheers for productive/professional curiosity!
I still need to bring rolls to the nurses in the stroke ward, which I'll do when we attend speech therapy next week (same facility). They were absolutely wonderful, and I cannot emphasize how important politeness is even when you're stressed out about a loved one in the hospital. That, and I just don't see the point in being a harpy to those in charge of sticking my husband with needles! The bathroom works just fine for screaming and crying--there's no need to subject the people who are trying to help to that.
To those of you who wrote me with thoughts of encouragement and affection: Thank you so very, very much. *HUGS* to all of you.
Now, on to WillyCon and "normal," such as it is and ever was!
Arden Ellen Nixon
My website and online portfolio:www.ardenellennixon.com/