Be joyful even though you have considered all the facts...practice resurrection. -Wendell Berry

Wednesday, March 6, 2013


Today we were reminded of the power of love.
Batman, Gretta and I were lifted up 
by the thoughts, prayers and TLC showered upon us
by friends and family both near and far.
It was comforting, reassuring and wonderful.

For about 25 years Batman has been haunted by
Meneire's Disease, a degenerative disease that
eats away at the function of the inner ear.

Meneire's has flitted in and out of his life, often striking
just when we had been lulled into a false sense of security.
The last nine months have been especially difficult, 
with the symptoms of vertigo
literally stopping him in his tracks again and again.

This morning we went to Yale New Haven Hospital 
and he had an endolymphatic shunt implanted in his inner ear.
A fabulous surgeon, an amazing hospital 
and blessedly good health insurance
have given him a second chance
at a better quality of life.

Time will tell if that second chance will "take"
(it's a 2 out of 3 proposition).
In the meantime, Batman is resting.
We are all resting...
from the labor that we have so doggedly undertaken of late,
and from the worry that has distracted us.

Peace and quiet.
That's a prescription I like.


  1. Holding you all in the Light

  2. Thinking of you and your family and hoping the surgery proves successful and all is well...take good care

  3. I've been thinking of you and your family this week and am glad to hear the surgery went well. Peaceful recovery to Batman and to the rest of you!

  4. And you so deserve peace and quiet, Karen. Sending you support and good wishes for Peter. xo

  5. Sending love for Peter! Glad the procedure went well and everyone is resting. Hope he see some improvement in the coming weeks.
    Love, Dawn

  6. Sending love across the oceans for all of you and I hope your husband's life will be(come)of A-I Quality after this amazing surgery.


  7. I never heard of this surgery. I myself haven sometimes virtigo attacks, due to medecines i use. So I know how terrible this is, you absolutely are struck down, cannot do anything. I hope so that this fabulous surgery gives him a new chance to live without those terrible annoying vertigo's.
    Baukje xo

  8. Hope all is still going well. I'm thinking about you <3

  9. Love the tulips and shunt surgery has good success rates in Meneire's, prayers for u