This Week's View

by Deanna Lee Birkholm
February 27th, 2005

This Week's Column

Every once in a while stuff (life) just happens. Good intentions go out the window and I'm sitting here at o'dark thirty trying to finish up this week's issue.

Yes, Virginia there is a new issue, (opps, should have said Virgil) but it is a little short. It is entirely my fault, so I'll do a mea culpa now.

I've mentioned I've had several surgeries on my face in the past year, and though I don't believe there is any blame for the problems I have now, the fact is there is a problem. It is called pain. We've tried several different approaches, and other than taking the pain meds, nothing else seems to help.

This past 14 days, I've gone through a 'test' of sorts to see if a particular drug could reduce the internal swelling in my face and thereby get rid of the pain. I won't go through the whole thing with you, but the result was I have been basically non-functional for the past two weeks. The side effects, insomnia, green lower GI, shakes, flop sweats, halo vision problems have been awful and ghastly. I take the last half pill tomorrow and go in for a CAT scan on my head Tuesday morning. The bad news is that if the darm stuff works they will be able to see a decrease in the swelling, and I get to go through this whole mess again in 6 or 7 months. Actually, probably not. I'm not impressed (well at least favorably) with the treatment. Prefer the pain meds.

So this issue doesn't have everything, there is a good book review which will show up next week, a neat article of a Wilderness Experience in Guyana, and I apologize to our Spanish speaking readers, there is no Spanish translation this week.

What is here in the new issue is as good as we usually have - and in fact, please take the time to read this week's Reader's Cast. This program, which one of our readers, John Colburn started for wounded soldiers in Washington DC., is becoming a national program. TU and FFF have gotten behind it, and very soon the VA Hospitals all over this country will be able to teach our wounded soldiers how to tie flies. This of course impacts what and how they are able to do as they recover in a very positive way.

You can be part of the program. Donations are welcome of course - but especially for those of you who are yourself vets - why not volunteer to help with the tying classes? I will post contact information on this on our Bulletin Board.

One more thing - how about your favorite Tying Tip? We're flat out - if you've got 'em, send 'em. Remember your ideas, suggestions and comments are always welcome.

Stay tuned, we are here for the long haul. ~ The LadyFisher

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