I am sorry to not have tended to this blog over the last several days.
I had been feeling not too well over the last several weeks and it was getting worse for me to the point I finally decided to visit my doctor.
I was experiencing a fatigue that would come upon me at the slightest exertion with a corresponding loss of breath and a pounding of my heart to the point I really began to be alarmed.
Without going into much detail, I had a condition which caused a loss of blood over the last month and a half to two months.
In getting blood samples at Quest Diagnostics, my doctor, upon receiving the results the next day summoned me to his office and told me to head immediately to the Emergency Room and be admitted for an immediate blood transfusion.
I received the blood(I was measured at having 6.2 units in my body, the normal and necessary amount should be about 13 units- I had less than half the needed blood in my body and was informed by the doctor as to how fortunate I was to be there without experiencing the inevitable complications awaiting me if I should have waited longer to take action; heart failure, liver damage, etc.).
After receiving 4 units of blood I was then further examined to ascertain the ultimate cause of the blood loss and what could be done about it.
Sunday morning the 6th of July at approximately 7:15 a.m. I underwent surgery and later that evening I was discharged under my own power.
I am very grateful to all my loved ones and friends who visited and called me over these last few days.
I am also grateful to our Lord and the Holy Virgin with all the Saints for my healing and for the valuable lessons I learned during this ordeal.
I will resume posting the news tomorrow.
I also have been working on an essay responding to Dr. Scott Carson for his essay "Real" Catholics which he wrote after reading my post regarding Jay Dyer's decision to remain in the Roman Catholic Church. My stay in the hospital interrupted this work but now, through the circumstances generated by my ill health, I will be off work for the next couple of weeks to recover and heal. This will give me much time for wonderful reading and to work on my essay.
I will release my response in parts because it is longer than I expected it to be.
As well, I have been contemplating a change of direction for this blog in that I would like to post much more regarding Orthodox spirituality. If I indeed decide on this course, the posting of news will either cease or be limited.
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