Over the last two years, I haven’t had a lot of fun doing much of anything. Work has been painful and I found myself coming home many night and just collapsing into bed. I often needed a nap between coming home from work and when I wanted to go to bed.
It’s the infection in my leg. It just won’t leave and it takes a lot out of me. The worst parts are when the specialists go, “You are cured! Congratulations!”. The next thing you know I am back at Royal University Hospital being pumped with antibiotics to stop the spread of the infection and for weeks after that I am waiting for the medication to beat it back into my leg. I am losing entire months at a time doing this.
When I have been strong enough, I found myself writing some extra columns for The StarPhoenix because there were times when I was so weak that finding that pre-written column, editing it, attaching it to my email, and sending it seemed like a major accomplishment. Luckily even though I have bad days, I don’t have those kind of bad days any longer. It was horrible.
Basically for every four columns I write, I have three that I don’t write for a variety of reasons I will share below
- They are too long. Sometimes 650 words isn’t enough space to say what I want to say. I know that if I was a better writer, I would be able to say it in that but I am not.
- It’s about the ethics of sports and that isn’t what my column is about.
- It’s a about some aspect of my column that I want to expand on but it didn’t work or didn’t fit into the column I filed.
- It’s an idea that I think Murray Mandryk or Tammy Robert is going to do a way better job of writing about and I want to see what they have to say first. In other words, it is a provincial matter.
I was going to do something with them on a different website with some advertising and sponsorship and even some guest writers but that started to sound like competition, even if it was a niche idea. If only I had a place of my own where I could post my own writing….
Oh right. The perfect place for them is to post them right here. So Wednesday mornings, expect to see some long(er) form content here.
I get asked how the ankle is doing. The swelling is more manageable then ever but at night the pain from the damage to my nerves is intense. I still wear an ankle brace for compression on it but more or less it is doing better. I am on antibiotics for another full year and then we will see if things have improved. Yes, I know you are not supposed to be on antibiotics for a year. By the time I am off them, it will be close to three years of antibiotics.