I can’t write anything today. My oldest nephew and my late brother’s first child, Jimmy, who was born five days after my sixteenth birthday, suffered a very, very severe stroke a couple of days ago. My sister told me that because of severe weather at the time, they could not airlift him to a hospital, and so he had to be driven down there by ambulance. When they were finally able to operate, they found that a large clot was blocking the major artery going to his brain, and that his brain had been deprived of oxygen for far too long. As of now, he is on a ventilator and a feeding tube and it appears that he can only blink his eyes. He can’t move anything else. His mother and her other sons are grappling with the most difficult of decisions a family can make, and that is whether or not to discontinue life support and let Nature take its course.
I thank you in advance all for your kinds words and support, and for your good wishes for my nephew and his family. As with all open threads, feel free to discuss what you wish. I don’t think I’ll be around much this weekend.
I really can’t think about anything else right now, so here’s a video (made famous by David Letterman’s frequent use) of a monkey washing a cat.