Thursday, January 14, 2010

Day 72

I am getting closer and closer to that 100 day milestone, and we have our fingers and toes crossed that all continues to go well for me and for our whole family. One of the most common topics discussed lately has been our battle with not just the physical side-effects, but also the psychological side-effects of this very long process. It is hard to explain, but the stakes are obviously so high for all of us, and the waiting has become an extreme challenge. Additionally, after the 100 day marker, there are still going to be a number of risks and dangers that we will need to deal with, so some days it just feels like this process will never end. But we push forward and take every day as a blessing, hoping that these days string along and eventually join together into 1 year, then 5 years, and then 20 years or more. But it is difficult, because Ha and I are generally not very patient about anything!

We had some scares last week, as there was some concern that I had more blood clots, which landed us an evening trip down to the MGH emergency room. But everything turned out to be clear and it was an apparent false alarm. The emergency room was quite an experience. Hundreds of people all looking for various forms of help. Some young, some old... the emergency room does not discriminate and it was fascinating to see people from all walks of life traveling through there. By the time we left at about 11pm, they were so crowded, there were stretchers lining the hallways with patients waiting, and there was simply no place to put them. It was quite a scene and we were glad to go home.

Mai and Tal are fully back into their school routine and really enjoying all of their activities. They especially love Tuesdays and Thursdays when they both go together and this past Thursday, they had "Animal Adventure" come to their school. They were able to meet and touch a number of animals, and they claim they touched a tarantula, which I was (and still am) in disbelief about. Brave kids... braver than their own Dad! Ha has taken a tiny bit of time to try some sewing projects, although she is still swamped managing our household, so the more serious sewing projects will probably come when I am feeling better and doing all that laundry, dishwashing and grocery shopping that I am going to owe her!

On a final note, my thoughts today are with the victims in Haiti. The earthquake was devastating and I hope they are able to receive aid quick enough to save the many hundreds of thousands who are affected.

Take care,



  1. Ron,

    I can only imagine that it is a very difficult process. You have done such an amazing job so far. I hope that you can find ways to think of other things during this tough time.

    We are all doing well. In trying to find winter activities we have gone sledding and even went to Nashoba Tube mountain which was amazing! Most 4 year olds can't go because you have to be 42 inches. Ainsley is an amazon girl! We all had a blast.

    The girls are doing well at school but are tired and on each others nerves after school. I have limited after school activities to once a week so mostly we come home so they can rest and decompress and we do lots of reading.

    Hello to Ha and the kids.

    The Hauts

  2. Hey Richmonds of Concord! Copels of Yorktown here.
    It's a gorgeous day with blue sky. Not really warm, but hey, it's January. Thinking of you and the psychological after effects you wrote about. Is life really just a series of battles to be fought? If so, I'd want you as my general to teach me how. But even THAT's putting pressure on you, to be my general. So, let's just do what we've been doing. Balance the blue sky with the emergency room and the kids at school and everything else.
    Today I'm not quite focus[s]ed, as you and all your friends can see, but just want you to know we're thinking of you. By the way, I just looked up the spelling of focussed. It can be either focused or focussed. So there!

  3. Ron
    These postings must take so much out of you I imagine. But we enjoy reading them so much..
    I miss every other day opening it up and hearing your comments....negitive as well as positive. Reach some have an "anxious to hear from you fan club" just waiting!!