Week In Review – 9/24/11

This has been a very tough week.  I haven’t paid all that much attention to the blog or any other social media – oh once in a while I would pop my head in, but trying to write anything this week was a waste of time.  The focus just wasn’t there, there was too much going on in the real world with my father’s heart attack and complications that happened during the week to worry about the virtual world.

This was my first week back to “One Foot In Reality” since July and you know something it just feels right, even though I didn’t have the opportunity to write too many posts with everything that was going on with my father.  During some of the down time this week, I got to really work on the blog design and am about 80% happy with it, I have some minor tweaking left to do, but the majority of it is the way that I want it.

Below are my 5 most popular posts for the week

  1. Evernote as a Task Manager
  2. The Greatest Speech Ever Made – Charlie Chaplin
  3. What Plant Is This?
  4. Evernote Review
  5. Opus Domini – Electronic Organizer Review

Surprisingly, as soon as I made the change I described in An Apology to Google and Blogger
posts, I started getting hits here and have averaged very close to where I was before I screwed up by accidentally checking the wrong box in my preferences settings.  I guess I was meant to come back to Blogger 😉

Now I plan to be here for quite a while and hope that you enjoy the direction that I am taking “One Foot In Reality” and enjoy reading my posts as I go down this new road.

I do want to thank those of you who have stuck with me through the last couple of months as I have searched for my online identity and finally figured out what it is.  It took a while, but this week has forced me to reflect on who I am and what I want out of life.  This was a good thing, especially with Dad doing better.

A Quick Update on Dad

It has been almost a week since my father had his heart attack, a lot has happened during this week, but the most important thing is that my father is still alive and has the opportunity for the quality of life that he wants – no – demands for his life.  That is all we can ask for, but it sure as hell has been a roller-coaster ride to get to today.

Barb and Diana have been amazing, they have been there to support and advocate for what my father wants, which did not always coincide with what the medical experts wanted and to ensure that is what occurs 24/7 since last weekend. They like the rest of the family have been riding the emotional roller coaster as a result of father’s medical conditions, only they have been there for almost everything.  All the big and small crisis, the tears and laughs that have happened this week, the procedures that he has undergone, changes and the decisions that have been discussed or made with and on my father’s behalf and behest.

The cardiologists have done all they can, the pulmonologist still have a little more they want to look at and then it looks as though dad will be going home.  The staff and doctors at Eastern Maine Medical Center have been fantastic, once they figured out that we were advocating for what dad wanted, not always what we wanted and that there is a big difference sometimes, but in these circumstances, it is what he wants that matters.  Dad even gave them something to really chuckle about last night, but that adventure is his to tell, not mine.

I very relieved and happy to know that dad appears to be doing better and should be able to go home fairly soon, unless there is an unexpected setback.  Time will tell how it actually goes.