A kind reader drops me a line to observe that more than a week has gone by without an article from me. The intermission is nothing to do with a lack of raw material – I still have the Carmel Valley eDiscovery Retreat to write up, there is at least one article left over from the Nuix Information Governance Forum in June, announcements keep pouring out of the providers, and there are pending conferences to plan and write about.
All this would normally have kept me in full flow during August, quite apart from my annual resolution to use the summer for all that defensible deletion which we urge on others and for dealing with the 1,000 plus photographs which I took in California. I had just finished clearing the decks for this when my 83-year-old mother fell over.
We dropped everything and rushed for Suffolk, me thankful that a life spent in airport lounges means that most of my apps and data are accessible from anywhere. Some anxious days have followed.
My tweets take up the story:
Hospital to Mother: There is good news and some not so good news – you did not break either your leg or your hip in your recent fall…
…however, you’ve had a heart attack, something on your lung and an operation to do on something else. No rush – tomorrow should be fine
Tough, the generation which lived through the Blitz. Response to the risk assessment: “Well why don’t you get on with it then?”
Result of op – Mother 1 : Reaper 0 Unqualified praise and thanks to Ipswich Hospital and the NHS
To their credit, whoever is in charge of social media at Ipswich Hospital picked up this reference notwithstanding that I did not give their twitter handle. They thought my last tweet was “unconventional” but were keen to pass on our thanks to the relevant department.
I will spare you the details, but after several days spent in the area in case we are sent for, we are no clearer as to the possible outcome beyond her survival of last week’s operation. A rally is followed by a relapse, good news on one front accompanied by less good news on another. It makes it difficult to plan for more than today – and the luxury of taking each day as it comes expires when I must set off for ILTA in Washington next saturday.
The articles which I published this week all existed as drafts before I set off. I am gradually picking my way through the telephone appointments, interviews, podcasts etc which I cancelled last week and generally trying to combine “business as usual” with the far from usual circumstances in which I find myself.
If I have failed to follow up something with or for you, please remind me.