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What becomes of the brokenhearted?

Just about at the time I was posting my most recent blog entry I was delivered a medical bombshell: I've got two severely leaky heart valves that need immediate attention. My life was turned upside-down. I had to cancel a number of school jobs and a number of band dates. I managed to limp through a few high-profile events relatively smoothly (one was to a middle school gym holding about 6oo students for a Black History Month presentation, and one was Radio London's annual Hawaiian Beach Party), but I've been losing steam steadily and alarmingly.

It's been two-and-a-half months of medical appointments, naps and quiet internal activity (old movies, crossword puzzles, guitar playing...).

The good news is that we live in these days of modern medicine  -  and that I'm relatively healthy, in the grand scheme. I'm scheduled to leave for the Cleveland Heart Clinic one week from today for open-heart surgery. I'm told that I have about 6-8 weeks before I can start to be active again.

In the interim, my wife has created a Caring Bridge page for anyone who'd like to be kept abreast of my progress. Here's the link: http://www.caringbridge.org/visit/johnsimon3

Thanks for stopping by. I'll be back with an update once the smoke clears  -  and then back to the music!

Be well.