Recently, someone asked if we had decided to abandon this blog, probably because it's been a little over a year since the last update. It's a fair question and it deserves an answer, even if that answer amounts to a long-winded "I really hope not."
Last year about this time, Dee started having some health issues due to some medication she was taking. The medication carried with it a risk of blood clots, and after a few weeks of what she thought was non-specific pain and nausea, she went to a doctor who confirmed that she had a blood clot on the portal vein leading from her liver. She went on blood thinners for an extended period of time to help diminish the clot.
Even after the clot got smaller, though, and she stopped taking the medication that caused it, she wasn't improving. It took us several months to narrow it down and get an official diagnosis, but the doctors confirmed that she has fibromyalgia and that the stresses on her system from the blood clot, the blood thinners (and attendant bruising and trauma from having blood that didn't clot well), and a few other shocks around the same time had left her entire nervous system hypersensitive to pain.
Basically, right now Dee is dealing with a chronic medical condition that leaves her susceptible to fatigue and discomfort, and she has very little energy. Under those circumstances, we're focusing on conserving her strength for things like work and family life, and letting other things go for a bit. We're hopeful that as she recovers from the shocks to her body, she will gradually see a diminishing of the symptoms of her fibro and be able to resume the blog, but it's not a priority (understandably) and we don't have a timeline. Thank you all for your patience and understanding.