DAVID ROSMAN: It's been an anxious holiday, but there's much to be thankful for

Wednesday, December 28, 2011 | 2:57 p.m. CST; updated 1:54 p.m. CST, Friday, December 30, 2011

I really wanted this to be a humor piece talking about New Year’s resolutions — or revolutions depending how you look at things.

Unfortunately we had a medical emergency over the weekend, and I am sitting in a room at Boone Medical Center waiting for a doctor to say “Go home.”

Good news, I am fine. Bad news, my other half is not.

My wife, Kathy, has epilepsy and had a series of seizures over the weekend which resulted in a free ride to BMC — twice. The second by ambulance. 

She is doing better as I write this Monday afternoon, sleeping it off, as we say in our house, like a drunk after a bender.

I do want to take a moment to thank those who worked on Christmas Day for coming to the rescue.

  • The volunteer firefighters of the Boone County Fire District who were very professional and very caring.
  • The ambulance driver and staff who arrived in a timely manner and decided not to use sirens and lights, easing my fears.
  • The doctors and nurses at the emergency room who took their time and did all they could do to make Kathy comfortable and ease my anxiety.
  • A special thanks to the neurologist, nurses, Lisa, Maria and the entire staff on 5-North who took care of both of us and made sure that we got anything we needed. Except they wouldn’t give me any drugs for anxiety. Oh well, it was the right thing not to do.
  • And my sister-in-law Mary, a nurse who took control.

I do want to apologize to the Boone County Joint Communications operator who was doing her job wonderfully. I became agitated and yelled at her. I think.

A friend wrote that the number of heart attacks, strokes and seizures increase this time of year. I believe my friend  — this time of year can be very stressful. Family reunions. Buying the “perfect” gift for a kid, loved one or spouse, especially if they are the same person.

Last week I wrote about not liking this time of year. It is unfortunate that our family situation only reinforced that deeply held aversion.

As far as New Year's resolutions are concerned, I do not make any, knowing full well I will not keep them. The regulars, such as lose weight, exercise more and the like, will last about as long as New Year's Day.

I will continue to write my columns on time and maybe increase the frequency of my commentaries on the blog site.

Making video commentaries is out for the time being — the camcorder I bought last month died sometime last night. I want a refund.

And the PC-tablet I bought Kathy has a really funky keyboard; no “@,” “%,” or “?” in any of its Android fields. That is also being returned.

I will continue to thank those around me — family, friends and strangers who give of themselves to help others in need — not just those who helped us out this weekend, but all volunteers from every corner who give time out of the goodness of their hearts.

That includes the Missourian’s own local commentators, people like Tyree Byndom, Mike Martin and Almeta Crayton, the entire KOPN crew, the members of Columbia City Council and others who are not paid for their community service.

Selling my book and starting the next are just givens. I will continue to write best I can when I can, not on a schedule. My clients are happy with me in the editing department, so that is not a worry. Finding second and third teaching gigs is a must, but that will come.

Finally, I want to thank all of you who take the time to read my trite remarks and tell me that I am doing a great job and to those who complain about my thoughts and ideas.

I really appreciate that someone other than relatives is reading my tirades, humor and views on life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.

Humor is my personal savior, and I highly recommend it to all.

Wishing you all a happy New Year and hoping this finds you all well, in good spirits and smiling.

David Rosman is an editor, writer, professional speaker and college instructor in communications, ethics, business and politics.


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