Hi, all. I was supposed to be at Apollycon this weekend, but I have to cancel. Yes, this is very last minute and I want to apologize to the readers who’d been planning to see me, the great staff at Apollycon, its host Jennifer Armentrout, the book seller that ordered all my books, and anyone else I’m forgetting.
As some of you know, my father nearly died last week (I blogged about it here.) We thought it was a “fluke” because the doctors and hospital basically said that when discharging him over the weekend. However, I found out late last night that he had two similar episodes yesterday. Now, he’s in the hospital again and doctors are planning some kind of heart surgery. Heart surgery is never a casual thing, but it’s especially serious considering my father’s health (as I blogged about last week, in 2014, he was diagnosed with cancer and had to have half his renal system removed. He was then diagnosed with esophageal cancer in 2015, yet has been able to keep that at bay with periodic treatments. In 2016, he had a triple bypass after the doctors discovered massive arterial blockages. After that surgery, his lungs failed and he nearly died. He recovered from that to have a major internal bleeding incident a couple months later that almost killed him. He then recovered from that only to have a mild stroke, fall out of bed and break his neck a couple months after that. Then a tooth extraction turned septic a couple months ago and he nearly died from that. Then last week’s near-death incident, and now this.)
I hate to cancel an event last minute, but as hopefully all of you can understand, I don’t want to be several states away during this time. Any prayers and good vibes that you can spare for my dad would be appreciated, as they would for my sister Jeanne, who lives with him as his primary caregiver. Here they are below. Thank you.