Wednesday, February 19, 2014

I have not blogged much of late

...but that doesn’t mean nothing is going on. Life goes on, constantly, until it doesn't any more. Mine is still a work in progress.

Mrs. RWP and I went to see the movie Saving Mr. Banks.

Mrs. RWP and I went to see our granddaughter in a performance of Gilbert and Sullivan’s The Pirates of Penzance at her school.

Mrs. RWP and I made a trip by automobile to our daughter’s home in Alabamistan and stayed a few days.

Mrs. RWP and I attended the NCAA Signing Day brunch put on by the Cherokee County School District for graduating seniors (12th-year students) from the six high schools in the county who have committed to participating in a college athletics program for the fall. Our oldest grandson was one of 56 students recognized this year. His sport is baseball. About 250 parents, grandparents, and little brothers and sisters attended the brunch.

So we have been able to visit with all of our children and grandchildren in the past couple of weeks.

In between times we have been treated to endured two snow and ice storms that paralyzed the region. Perhaps you heard about them.

I have also been preparing myself mentally and physically for another (and, it is hoped, the last) “procedure” to be performed upon my person by the gastroenterology segment of the medical profession. Two days hence I shall be undergoing an enteroscopy (which my spies tell me is like a colonoscopy, only longer, the enteroscope going all the way into the small intestine). My old friend Wikipedia tells me that there are three types of enteroscopies -- single-balloon, double-balloon, and spiral (don’t ask).

In December I underwent a wireless capsule endoscopy in which one swallows a camera and waits for something interesting to develop, the main result of which, since it is a diagnostic tool only, was the scheduling of the forthcoming enteroscopy so that the aforementioned gastroenterologists can obtain a biopsy of something they thought they saw.

The fun and games continue apace.

I will spare you the details of the final preparation process except to say that I should emerge lighter, but wiser, on Friday.


  1. You and Mrs. RWP have been busy bees, flitting to and fro. I'm happy you survived the two snow storms. It won't be long until Spring is really here. I'm sending good vibes (and some prayers) your way. I hope your enteroscopy, after the fact, is a major non-event!

  2. I am glad you have resurfaced because I was intending performing a blogoscopy to determine the cause of your blogging blockage. Please don't worry, I was not thinking of a spiral corkscrew blogoscopy but of the more straightforward ramrod blogoscopy - or as my surgical team prefer to call it - the Bill Clinton blogoscopy. Maybe next time.

  3. All I can say is more power to you RWP. They've been after me for years to do these sorts of tests and I just don't have the heart.

  4. Glad to hear from you. You seem as cheeky as ever, which implies overall good health. Carry on!

  5. Busy, busy, busy. I am not surprised that blogging has taken second (or third) place.
    Good luck with the procedure.

  6. My very best wishes for your procedure tomorrow Sir Robert.

  7. See you when you emerge - balloon-like, and lighter...
    Granny had a 'procedure' last week and she's bounced back like ... well, a balloon. You will too!

  8. A busy bee indeed. My blog has been plagued (not by rhymes),by a bug that's shut down lots of blogs over the past few days. Mine comes and goes,it literally appears for a few minutes and then is gone, so I thought I'd pop over whilst here and say hello, and wish you all the best now I see you are having the extended colonoscopy you've mentioned. It will be over before you know it, though I am all too aware of how horrible the wait and unpleasant drink that you have to consume is beforehand. TTFN