Where, oh where has plainlyspoken gone?
Well, not as far as you think. I am still kicking, but things in my life have taken a couple of routes that have restructured my thinking and my time. I have been absent from blogging on politics simply because with all that is happening I haven’t got the energy for it. Though, since there are a few who got use to seeing me around it is time I spoke plainly as to why I no longer am.
First, and foremost, many of you know that littlespoken revealed to us last year of the sexual abuse she suffered when she was seven. The perpetrator is now, I am happy to report, sitting in the hoosegow awaiting his trial on multiple counts of sexual assault on a child by a person in a position of trust. He was arrested a couple of weeks ago after a seven month long investigation by the police department. The detective who was assigned to the case has accomplished more than I ever believed (in my ex-cop thinking) one could. He was so careful in construction of the case that he was able to obtain a full confession and a handwritten letter of apology to littlespoken! My daughter, wife and I are very pleased, even though we face the next long battle – a court trial. We hope he will plead out on the case, but we figure that would be more than we can expect at this point. The ADA handling the case has assured the investigating detective that if the accused gets a deal offered to him it will include a stretch in the state prison. Theoretically, at this point, the sob is facing multiple 4-to-life sentences for his crimes against our child. If he is smart he’ll go and stay in prison, it really is the best place for him. This whole case consumes a lot of my energy, especially in working to help littlespoken get her life back. We all work with her counselor (one who has specialty experience in counseling children who have suffered sexual abuse) to build a stronger littlespoken. It is slow going, but we will persevere.
The second reason for my absence is also a tough family issue my wife, daughter and I are dealing with. I started having some balance and trembling problems a couple months ago. Along with some other things my RN wife noticed it was enough for her to decide that I need to go see my physician. I did and his initial diagnosis was not something I wanted to ever hear. I have Parkinson’s Disease. Over the course of the past two months I have been undergoing other testing to insure all other possible conditions can be ruled out, but for my physician the picture is clear. Hell of a thing to hear from your doc, and I trust my doc, so here we are. It has been an emotional roller coaster ride for me. The disease causes many problems and the medications don’t control them all. One of the worse aspects of it is that at some point down the road it will rob me of the two things I fear losing most, control over my mind and my body. But for now I have good days, bad days, and occasionally even worse days where sitting up in bed is about all I can handle. My overall future is mapped out in a way, all that I have to do is trust the doc that we can make the quality of my life the best that we can possibly make it. It is definitely a “one day at a time” thought process for right now. I struggle still with the mental highs and lows of Parkinson’s Disease, but I am blessed with a wonderful wife and child who refuse to let me go it alone. They are the rock I hold on to now and will for whatever time I am granted to spend with them. We don’t know yet how the disease will progress, so all I can do is trust that the Lord has it all set properly for me.
There you have it, short and sweet. Well, maybe not so short. I want to say that I miss y’all here and at SUFA. I am afraid that I just don’t have the heart for it right now. I admit I am kind of self-absorbed at the moment. I have peeked in a couple of times and I may in the future, but no promises. I have started blogging a bit, at my wife’s insistence, to help clear my head on this disease. You’ll find it at plainlyparkinsons.wordpress.com. Stop over if you are of a mind to.
Gman, I apologize for adding an article before giving you a heads up. Hopefully you aren’t upset with me? 😉 To all the rest (and you too G) go my best wishes.