Hello everyone, all of you who have left such kind notes since my last post. This is just to let you I have no intention of disappearing from the blogging community, nor of laying this particular blog to rest. We really have been slammed or I would have said this sooner.
We had a wonderful time with family in NC and now are back in NM. Naomi’s work also carries her far and wide so I’ve been Mr. Mom to a greater degree than usual (best job I’ve ever had).
Our son, Broadus, turned 9 years old on Halloween. Her is a picture of Broadus with his friend Morgan. B is on the right.
At this moment I can’t remember just what were the other things that took me out of my studio and kept me from writing but I can’t complain that life is not full enough for us here in NM.
Bad news here is that Whooping Cough seems to have appeared in our little town. A lot of kids, including Broadus, have developed wicked, deep, long-lasting coughs. Because of early vaccinations they don’t get the full, potentially dangerous illness, although they can carry and spread it until treated with antibiotics. The illness is especially bad for babies.
The bad news is Ada (almost 4 months) has not yet been vaccinated and she has just been diagnosed with it. Naomi spent a few hours in the emergency room at our local hospital (and was given great care and attention by the E.R. physician, Dr Mariann Lucini).
Her coughing is racking and sometimes she stops breathing between coughs. It’s frightening and weird because, except for being a little more subdued than usual, she’s fine when she’s not coughing. The coughing spells themselves are awful. When she starts to cough we hold her against a shoulder to help her. We expect she is going to be okay but they tell us the illness could grow more severe for the next two weeks before easing up over the following two. We treat the symptoms and feel grateful that she’s such a fundamentally healthy kid.
We watch her carefully, and don’t leave her alone. Broadus and the rest of us are now on antibiotics so we are no longer contagious. I don’t understand why the NM Dept. of Health hasn’t stepped in to educate and treat everyone in the schools. This county in Northern New Mexico happens to be one of the poorest, most neglected in the country. It is a shame some of the billions wasted on Iraq could not have been spent at home on health care and education.
Okay, we’ll get back to the art soon, and the writing. I do want to say meeting all of you through this blog has been a very enlightning, incredibly enlarging experience and I thank you from the bottom of my heart. I look forward to again circulating, visiting, reading, writing and painting. In the meantime of course feel free to use the images you find here for your work. Send me links to it and I will get back to posting them when I can.
Hold us in the Light, please, and we’ll do the same for you.