I awoke to interesting things this morning. Six inches of snow, and a temperature of 10 F, that’s -12C. Happy April 20. While colder than normal, snow is not uncommon around here in April, or even May.
And then, I checked my email. This morning’s Ragtag Daily Prompt is Encephalopathy. Yikes. I do know the word, like the prompter, I’m a family doc by training. But to write about it? Sounds like homework.
So, after half a mug of coffee, I bundled up and went outside to shovel. Clearing the driveway and walks, I marveled at the bright sun, which is a lovely feature to follow an April snowstorm. If I get things cleared fairly well, the sun will do the rest. Neighbors were also out and about, some shoveling, another walking her dog who was unamused by the cold. And a few doors south of mine, one of my neighbors, J, was tottering as he shoveled a bit and cleaned the snow from his wife’s car. He moved very slowly. And I realized that he does have encephalopathy. His primary illness is liver failure. And when the liver, one of the body’s main metabolic processing organs (the kidneys are the other big one) fails, toxins accumulate in the body, and can lead to encephalopathy, or a troubled brain.
The ambulance has come twice for J this year, both times following a seizure, the result of his encephalopathy. I’ve been surprised that he’s come home, and has partially rallied, and that he still gets outdoors at times. He’s clearly unwell, and yet he’s still participating in life. He can’t do much, and he does what he can. Good for him.
Its cold, its snowy and icy and the sun is out, too. Enjoy what you can. Good morning, all.
This was the view out my back door at 6:30 this morning: