p2pnet view P2P:- The post-op complication I told you about over a week ago was actually a stroke brought on by the bypass operation itself.
Fear not however p2pnet readers, Jon is still himself. A couple of nights ago he was visited by yet another health care worker, this person wearing an iPhone hooked to his belt. One of the things affected by the stroke is Jon’s vision but he had no difficulty picking out the offending item. He may not have pursued his part of the debate with his usual vigour but that will come back.
So, the bypass was succesful. The stroke doesn’t seem to have been very debilitating – apart from his eyes, Jon has reduced mobility in his left arm and leg but things are already improving. Barring any other major developments, once he is strong enough, he is due to have neurological rehab to work on the effects of the stroke. As I said, we can already see significant improvement and Emma and I are hopeful.
As for the Accidental Tourist part, Jon wanted some music and audio books to listen to on his faithful Blackberry. I have never before attempted to download anything and I thought I would do it on my own, without consultation with our Emma. Well, I just entered my search term, “The Dharma Bums + free download”, and pulled up a bunch of links, all of them ending up at sites which require you to register and pay up a membership. It looked like they were all offering the same list of files and soon I had the impression of being in an Internet version of those fun houses at fairs, you know the ones where everything is refracted endlessly in garish colours. I was getting nowhere.
Fortunately, Emma put me straight and pointed me to her favourite torrent search page and soon I had found The Dharma Bums, Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance and the Tao te Ching. Once I got the hang of things, I even decided to look for some of my kind of entertainment and grabbed some Bach cello concertos, Beethoven symphonies and a few German lieder. In the process, I also learned how to rip and burn CDs – I know, pathetic, but I’m quite pleased.
The other thing I’ve been learning in the last week or so is blogging with WordPress. Not the stuff that needs to be done to p2pnet – and here, my thanks once again the Devil’s Advocate, Surfer and Catflap for coming to the rescue with writing stuff and coding it.
I am simply taking care of our hot sauce page. I’ve only had to ask WordPress three times for a new login information
So there we go. Jon had a little set-back on Thursday with an infection which required them to open him up again yesterday afternoon and I won’t know ’til later today how he is following that. By the way, he is intending to write an article about his operation and all that – he’ll have lots to tell.
Completely off topic, when we were returning home last night, we found the one highway leading out of Victoria to home, the Malahat drive, blocked by an overturned tanker trailer which had spilled oil. For those of you who live on this island, you know what that means: waiting it out or taking the long detour via Port Renfrew. The expected wait was 8 hours at least so we decide to take the hike.
The drive involves an often narrow road along the seafront with frequent tight turnings in the first 100 kilometres, then another 60 klicks on logging roads which climb into desolate mountains whose sides are dotted with millions on stumps. Yesterday we had a cool night with a full moon. The views over the sea were breathtaking, the moon silvering the edges of the clouds. Later, up in the mountains, we encountered low laying mists which blurred the edges of things, making the desolate landscape even eerier, and in the valleys we glimpsed heavier mists, or maybe clouds which looked like glimmering pools. I wouldn’t want to do it too many times but it was worth the hassle.
Over and out.
Liz – p2pnet
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