I passed another milestone last weekend. What was probably just another cold winter weekend to most people marked one more year of life that I almost didn't have. Nine years ago right now, I was in the hospital, in intensive care, beginning my recovery from a near-fatal bout with bacterial meningitis (Neisseria meningitidis).
You'd think after this long, I would kind of forget when this all happened and that the dates would pass without me noticing. But anyone who's ever had a brush with death can tell you that you remember these things. And what I recall is not the illness so much as all the big and little things I would have missed had I not survived.
And I'm grateful. And I know that I'm blessed.
Yay me. :-)
*This picture was taken just two days before I became ill with meningitis. Romie carries it in his wallet.
Tuesday, January 22, 2008