Thursday, July 5, 2007

The day before

In the last hour, my sister and brother-in-law dropped by and Derek joined us. We all sat on the back porch (those of you who were at Derek's birthday party will know what it looks like) and we had some of my brother-in-law's delicious homemade beer. Derek could not have that, because his current "purging" does not allow alcohol, so he had something like Gatorade. Derek was surprisingly upbeat and we all shared some good laughs; a great attitude, considering his surgery tomorrow. My brother-in-law had surgery for colon cancer as well earlier this year - he's recovered totally and has a clean bill of health at this time. We look at this as a good omen.


  1. Thanks for joining us in the blogging world - I appreciate being able to keep tabs on Derek's recovery, and hopefully you'll gain something from writing to us!

    An introduction: In the early 90s, I was dating Richard Campbell, one of Derek's friends from the BBS community... and got to know Derek through dinners at Rich's mom's place, as well as some house parties.. then I started hanging out with Alistair Calder, and went to a number of Flu/Neurotics shows, to enjoy Derek's talent as a musician!

    More recently, I've been enjoying Derek's blog, and getting a bit of help and encouragement getting my podcast (about knitting) started. So, there's all the connections!

    My thoughts are with you and the rest of Derek's family... may tomorrow's surgery be an amazing success, and Derek's recovery speedy!

  2. loving this! thanks for joining the blog-o-sphere! i will look forward to checking you out! i have been listening to airdrie and KA's podcast since nearly the beginning and have gotten to know all through there! your son and daughter-in-law have been a great inspiration to me in terms of getting out there on that internet and hooking in! podcasting comes next! i'm out here in norfolk, virginia, USofA...

    how awesome to read your blog and thanks for sharing! my thoughts are with you and all your family! there is much love out there for your son!

  3. I hope you and the family have a nice meal tonight and get to bed early. You need to recharge the batteries for the battle ahead. We will be thinking of you.

  4. My thoughts are with you and your family. Please keep us updated!

  5. Hi Karl! Thank you for volunteering to keep us informed about Derek's progress. I really enjoyed the pictures you took of the Neurotics show on Canada Day.

  6. Hi Karl & Hillka,
    Guess we don't need an intro, but it's been a long time!
    We just want you both to know that we are sending our strongest vibes to Derek and to you all. We just know it will be OK. If there's anything we can do, anything at all, please tell us. Love to the both of you ...

    Terry & John

  7. Karl & Hillka,

    My thoughts are with you often these days. As a parent, this must be very difficult for you to go through.

    I think it is wonderful that you've started the blog, Karl, because it is a great way to keep up to date with what is happening with Derek, but I also think that you need support as parents, and that you will find that there are many, many people who are thinking of your family.