Monday, February 26, 2007


I'm back, and first thing I have to do is thank my pal Tom for standing in for me. I called him from the highway, asked him to do this on a very bad mobile connection and the man didn't even bat an eyelash. All the upgrade work he did around here while I was out of town looks beautiful. Tommy, you're a prince and a genius, but you know that. I owe you big time.

Now for you guys: your messages, e-mails, comments, prayers and good thoughts went with me every time I drove to the hospital and waited in ICU. I felt them surrounding my dad like invisible body guards. They kept me company, too; I never felt alone, not once, even when I was by myself. For my dad, my mom, and for me, thank you all.

Dad is better and stronger. We should know this week exactly what needs to be done next, and when that will happen. I'll also be heading back to be with him and my mom when he goes in for the next surgery. The parents come before the blog, but I know you understand, and I appreciate it.

Monday Ten will be posted later on today, or as soon as I figure out where all my drafts are on this thing and how to publish them without accidentally ordering nineteen anchovy pizzas, realigning the Hubble, launching an ICBM....


  1. Anonymous12:47 AM

    I am sorry I missed your posts about your father. My thoughts are with you. My dad has been in and out of the ICU for the last 3 weeks now, so I have been distracted.

  2. Welcome back! The love won't stop coming your way just because you're no longer at the hospital.

  3. Dear Heart, Bill said it.

  4. Anonymous7:09 AM

    Ditto. It's always good to see you but family comes first. Hugs! =)

  5. Welcome home. Our prayers will continue to be with you and your family as your dad goes through what he will be going though in the future.

  6. Anonymous7:20 AM

    man, a blog that orders pizza... can tom come take care of my blog?

    I'm glad your dad is holding strong and all the best for the upcoming surgery. Get some rest~I bet you need it.

  7. Anonymous7:23 AM

    Just reiterating the above: Glad you're back; still praying for your family -- and blogs with pizza? You'll be even more popular.

  8. I can't see how any of those things - Pizza, Hubble-view of something or ICBMs launched would be a bad thing? (Well, maybe the last one, but I'm sure your blog has an "undo"-feature somewhere, too). I say "fire away!"


    Sooo glad to hear the info about your dad. Will keep praying for you and your family.

  9. Welcome back, PBW! I'm so glad your dad is improving and will keep him in my prayers as he progresses.

  10. I'm glad your dad is better, but the thoughts and prayers are still with you as he recovers. We will of course miss you, but totally understand. Get some rest and take care of YOU, too. Also, I should say I'm dragging today because I stayed up well after midnight to finish Plague of Memory last night. It was definitely worth it!! :-)

  11. Anonymous9:24 AM

    Welcome home! I'm so pleased to hear your dad is doing better. I'll continue to hold you all in my thoughts and prayers.

    Now, listen to Ms. Walker. Get some rest. Easier said than done, I know, but try.

    Karen, the lurker

  12. Give yourself the time you need to recuperate from the emotional trauma of dealing with your Dad's illness. It does take time. And your family is the priority now.

    A year ago, my grandmother passed away and in the fall, my father had a medical crisis that will likely lead him to dialysis within the year. I tried to push on with my life as if it was all 'just fine', but only now understand the toll it took on me.

    I hope that you get the support you need in this difficult time.

    My best to you and your family.

  13. Welcome back, and I'm glad your father is getting better. Best wishes for the future.

  14. Anonymous2:27 PM

    Weclome back, Lynn. We missed you, and I'm very happy to hear that your dad is doing better and is sronger. I hope that continues! Thanks to Tom for keeping us updated while you were gone.

  15. Welcome home. :-) I'm glad to hear your dad is feeling stronger. I hope he continues to get better!

    PS. If you do manange to reallign the Hubble, please turn it toward Pluto. Let's settle this planet debate once and for all. ^_^

  16. Anonymous5:18 PM

    Glad to hear your dad is improving. Keep us updated. I'll keep you all in my prayers.
    Welcome back!

  17. I'm so glad your dad is doing better. Take care of yourself, too. We forget about ourselves when we're worried about a loved one. Sending more prayers your way!

  18. Welcome home. I hope your dad continues to do well.

    I'm confused. Did Tom upgrade to the pizza ordering, Hubble aligning, and ICBM launching, or is that something you've always been able to do?

    Watch those anchovy pizzas -- make sure they aren't cockroaches. I've heard the Hubble still needs realigning, so have at it. As for those ICBMs, I guess that means they left the launch codes with you for safekeeping? I missed that provision in the START treaty....

    Tom did a wonderful job while you were gone. Many thanks to him.

  19. Welcome Home! Glad your back and that everything is going well for your dad. Hope he continues to get better and that you have a chance to rest and take care of yourself.

  20. Anonymous1:45 AM

    I am so glad to hear about your dad -- he is fortunate to have a daughter like you and family in his life, too.

    I'm glad he's better and stronger, and I hope this continues.

    With best wishes,


  21. Anonymous1:47 AM

    I'm glad you're back and that your father is doing better.

  22. I'm glad to hear your father is improving. And thanks to both you and Tom for the friendship and help offered through this blog.

    But c'mon, PBW. You'd use the ICBM to deliver the pizzas to the ISS, then realign the Hubble on the way down to find intelligent life elsewhere in the universe. More readers!


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