Those of you who are regular readers of this blog may have noticed that I have not posted to it for almost two weeks.
I made my previous post to this blog on Thursday, January 9th. I was supposed to be flying that day to Las Vegas for the Western Regional Conference of the Collective Bargaining Congress. But the night before, as I was packing, I felt a sharp pain across my lower abdomen that made me stand upright and catch my breath. I had been experiencing such discomfort very intermittently for about four or five days, and I had self-diagnosed it as some sort of “stomach virus” or “upset.” (I am a “doctor,” but somehow I can very readily convince myself that I am a physician.)
I went downstairs and for about an hour mulled over whether I ought to travel to Las Vegas or cancel my plane ticket…
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