Some of you already know this, but I recently had a pretty intense bout with bacterial meningitis (2 weeks in the hospital, and 3 weeks recovering at home), and have been working to get my memory (and life) back. Things have been progressing steadily, but I’m still not 100 percent. I remember important events in my life -and what generally happens over the course of each day – but I often forget what pants or shirt I’m wearing. I suppose we never really pay close attention to these types of things, but since I always felt I had a very good memory, things like this really leave me feeling disconcerted. (Amy says I’m now like Dory from Finding Nemo) I’ve been told by family and friends that I am doing better by leaps and bounds each day, and I am working hard to get back in the saddle as soon as I can. I owe a huge debt of gratitude to the doctors, nurses, family, and friends that worked tirelessly to keep me alive. When I see the looks on their faces, I know the situation was intense, and when I hear about what happened, I’m really glad I can’t remember most of it.
Things like this, however, really brighten my day! We received the early proofs for the new printing of Daisy Kutter: The Last Train, the full-color 1st printing of Amulet 5: Prince of the Elves, and a catalog for the upcoming Scholastic Book Fair with my goofy face on the cover (I think I have eyeliner on). The packages all came at once, right when I was starting to come back to the office to work. A very nice surprise after a difficult couple of months.