First I want to apologize for dropping off of
the map without an explanation. Some of you may recall that a few years ago my
job was outsourced and I was laid off for a period of two years. I am a
diabetic among other things and for that period I was without treatment and
medication. My stubbornness and pride (mixed with a lot of ego) would not allow
me to go to the state for help. I thought I had done OK and when I got a new
job and insurance the worst was over. Funny how things tend to turn around and
bite you in the a$$. Late last year my vision started to go. I thought that I
was just getting old. Well come to find out that my diabetes had been attacking
my eyes. After several laser treatments in both eyes, and 4 surgeries in my
right eye things have stabilized for now. Vision in my right eye is completely
gone and my left eye is not far behind.
I am not allowed to drive, ride my motorcycle, and the last time I tried
to make a rocket for Phil I almost lost a few fingers in the lathe. And last
month I had a series of mini strokes to top everything off.
I am embarrassed to say that I did not handle
things very well and fell into a bit of a depression and self pity. I am adjusting a bit better to the reality of
things and just wanted to let anyone who cares know that I am still around and
I check the board every day. You folks have kept me going without even knowing
it. But I hope to try and contribute to the board again as things move forward.