There Are Those Who Feel That Life is A Journey – And Then There Are Those That Believe Life Is Many Journeys – MY TEACHING WHICH WAS PART OF A WONDERFUL JOURNEY WAS TEMPORARILY CUT SHORT – AND BLUE RIDGE WORKSHOPS WAS TURNED OVER TO MY WONDERFUL FRIEND BRIAN ZWIT, AND IT IS NOW CALLED SCHOOL OF CREATIVE PHOTOGRAPHY. IF ALL GOES WELL…………..
Where Have I been?
For those who know me, you know how much I love photography, photographers, the art of photography, and passing on those things I have learned in my many years on earth about photography.
For those who have reached this blog for the first time then I want you to know how much I love photography, photographers, the art of photography, and passing on those things I have learned in my many years on earth about photography.
In my early journeys when was young and virtually immortal or at least never gave a thought to the later years of life vs. the early process of the journey of manhood. I was healthy, strong, and did most anything to get a photograph no matter who dangerous it might have been.
My parents were young and healthy people and rarely if ever were sick even after they were in their later years.. My dad passed away in his 90’s and for the majority of his life or until he was in his late eighties did he begin to feel the ravishes of age. But he did tell me, at least in his case, that if one lived long enough they would probably experience almost everything that very senior years bring with them and he did.
I schleped (carried) a lot of heavy camera gear over the years and eventually took its toll on various parts of my spine and in later years became very painful. It became so painful that I was unable to continue teaching photography and even beyond the teaching aspect my ability to do the photography I love became very difficult and painful as well.
The following information may be of help in case you have or may wind up with severe chronic pain or know someone who has tried almost everything to stop the hurting.
Fast forward, almost 4 years ago, I went for major spinal surgery, spent 13 hours on the operating table with both front and back incisions, suffered kidney failure, and was in the hospital for two weeks, which should have been no more than 3 or 4 days.
Today I suffer from greater pain than I ever had before back surgery and have been through lots of different methods to alleviate the pain and having exhausted all those methods, the one that is left will be neurostimulation with a Medtronics device that will be implanted in my body. The device is designed to mask the cause of chronic pain which in my case is burning, stabbing, crushing, shocking pains from my lower back to the tips of my toes and everything in between.
My hopes and desires are to get back at least in part to doing my personal photography as well once again teaching photography workshops and field trips.
I am scheduled to have this very minor surgical procedure of the spinal wire and implant done on June 22nd. It is an out patient procedure and hopefully in a about a month I can back to ALL the things I love.
I hope to see you at workshops, field trips, and classes.
TO BE CONTINUED