That's the best way I can describe it -- an ordeal.
A month ago I wrote that Lou Ann had ruptured a disc in Beijing. She had spent just over a week in the hospital in China. Finally we secured a first class, non-stop flight back to the states. I met her at the airport and spent the next two weeks caring for her (she couldn't walk, and was in excruciating pain) and carrying her to doctors and hospitals for consultations, x-rays, MRIs, and epidurals. About two weeks ago she had surgery (many thanks to her doctors, nurses, and other practitioners of modern medicine!), and is now pain free. She still has weakness and numbness in her left leg and foot, but she is recovering nicely.
I am back home (arrived on the island Sunday night), and Lou Ann is planning to be back on Ocracoke before the OcraFolk Festival in early June.
I am still catching up (mowing grass, cleaning debris from the demolition, paying bills, writing emails and letters, buying groceries, etc.). I plan to be on the beach this afternoon. Wave if you pass by.
This month's Ocracoke Newsletter is about "Ocracats" and was written by Pat Garber. You can read it here: http://www.villagecraftsmen.com/news031710.htm.