I've got to thank my staff for giving me a week to heal. I pray it was enough.
I had been feeling odd leading up to last weekend, and Saturday and Sunday of last week it came to a head. Found myself in the ER after church Sunday morning, battling an intense cold sweat and swollen left leg that burned like it was on fire anytime I put weight on it.
After a couple of hours and an IV antibiotic drip, they cut me loose and sent me home with a severe leg infection with nothing but a week of bed rest to look forward to, lying on my back with my left leg elevated for the remainder of the week. I was able to get off the couch for bathroom breaks, but that was pretty much it. Friday, I did get up and sit at a high table for a couple of hours, using a walking stick to help me to get around, to crank out this column, do some proofreading, and put an article together on next week's Remembering Our Fallen exhibit coming to the Southpark Mall.
So I owe a huge amount of credit to my outstanding co-workers who really stepped up and allowed me to focus on a week of the Casey Anderson trial coverage, the College World Series, Wimbledon, some good old movies, the final week of Glenn Beck on Fox, and lots of 24/7 sports coverage.
To some of you, that probably sounds pretty good, but I also missed a great many things including helping out the Dream Center at Risefest, helping to coordinate the Fourth of July activities in Spencer, and my children participating in their final week of league baseball and softball.
So as I thank those who did such a fantastic job caring for the well being of the paper, they went over and above, I can't wait to get back into the office so I can rejoin them in doing what we all enjoy doing - bringing you the news, people and sports of the Spencer area.
Those of you who have taken time to send your well wishes and kept me in your prayers, it's meant a great deal. There are others out there however that are far more in need and deserving than myself. But the beauty of God's greatness, there are plenty of blessings for us all.