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Early Thanksgiving

Reasons to be thankful.


November 16, 2014

Bill continues to recover well from his surgery. He has returned to work, and though he is exhausted by the end of the day, he isn't in severe pain anymore.

Before all of this happened, we had planned to travel Thanksgiving week. Afterward, it wasn't clear that we would be able to go—first, because Bill might be too disabled, and then because he had taken off so many days from work that he might not be allowed to take vacation days.

We learned this week that we are clear on both counts — both his doctor and his employer have okayed our trip.

The second thing that happened is that new information has come out about a drug I have been taking for several years, that links it to a number of serious symptoms I have been suffering with, and complaining about, for about the same amount of time.

This may not sound like a blessing, but it is. I had come to believe that my symptoms were caused by an autoimmune disorder I was diagnosed with several years ago, and/or advancing age. Now it turns out that I may not have to live with them forever after all. The drug should be out of my system by March, and I hope to feel much better then.

So we are starting our Thanksgiving celebration early this year. I hope good things are happening in all of your homes as well.


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