I’d like to explain why I haven’t been posting here, and why I hope to be back soon.
On August 18, my daughter, Sophie, who was getting ready to start college, developed a sudden and severe autoimmune disorder. She was hospitalized in the Critical Care unit, and began an aggressive course of treatment, to which she gradually responded; she then began intensive physical therapy. After 40 days of hospitalization, she was able to return home. She’s now in outpatient rehab, and is steadily doing better. She still has a lot of healing and recovery ahead, but we’re optimistic. Throughout this ordeal her spirit has not wavered: She has displayed incredible strength, grace, courage and humor. I am in awe of her, and of her mom, my amazing wife, Michelle, who stayed with Sophie, night and day, the entire time in the hospital.
So that’s why I haven’t been posting. My focus will remain on Sophie’s recovery, but I’m hoping to be able to start getting back to some semblance of normal life soon. Meanwhile I want to thank everybody who expressed concern about my sudden disappearance. I also thank our family members and friends for their love and support, and all the skilled and caring medical folks for all they did for Sophie. This has been a difficult, at times brutal, experience, but the pain has been eased by the goodness and generosity we have seen in so many people.
Update: I didn’t mean to disable the comments. I fixed that.