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Thursday, April 20, 2006

Tendon Surgery is Set for Next Tuesday; Check Out Examiner Editorial Series on Immigration Issues

Regular readers may be wondering why I've not posted this week. There are two reasons. First, it's only week two at The Washington Examiner and, while I am beginning to get into the daily rythmm of the place, I am still very much in the process of defining the parameters of my work.

Another way of putting it is that I've been busier than the proverbial one-arm wall paper hanger. Or running around like a chicken with its head chopped off. Or something along those lines. People who have never worked in a newsroom simply can't appreciate the adrenalin rush that is a regular feature of worklife there.

Second, while doing all of what is entailed in number one, I've also had to make some medical appointments in connection with the torn tendon in my right elbow. The surgery is scheduled for Tuesday afternoon next week at Sinai Hospital in Baltimore.

That's the same hospital where I had an emergency double bypass in 2000. My surgeon, Dr. Sequeira, literally saved my life that day, so that hospital has a special meaning for me. This time, though, they are just going to be screwing my tendon back to the bone. That's literally how they do it.

Anyway, the preparations for the elbow work have been, uh, challenging, thanks to Washington traffic and the usual medical bureaucracy, so that necessity has consumed time that would otherwise have been devoted to posting here.

All prayers will be appreciated. I get to wear a hinged cast for six weeks or so after the surgery and there will be physical therapy to follow. My goal is to be back to full use and riding that gorgeous dark blue metallic Kawasaki Concours with the lovely Claudia by mid-summer.

In the meantime, check out the five-part editorial series on immigration issues I wrote this week for the Examiner. Day one is here. Day two is here. Day three is here. Day four is here. Day five is .... you'll have to come back to the Examiner.com web site in the morning. It's a doozy of an editorial, I promise. Title is: "Mexico's Hidden Agenda."