Boozhoo niidwaymaaginidoog:

It’s been a few weeks since I have written in this space.  I apologize it you’ve been waiting for an update, but I’m sure you have other reading to do.

What’s been going on:

Where the heck is the snow?  Sure we’ve got a few centimetres on the ground.  (Most of it came this morning, and last week).  But it’s been unseasonable warm with strange precipitation patterns.  As an Anishinaabe, this weather really concerns me.  We all need to do more about global climate change, such as global warming.  Let’s all do more about this as individuals.  Using only CFC-free products, using public transportation, reduce-reuse-recycle.  I’m going to try to do something once a week.

Cuba…   I had an amazing time in Cuba over the New Year.  Spent a week at the Royal Hideaway-Ensanachos, near Cayo Santa Maria on the northern coast of Cuba.  The resort was amazing, the food was excellent and the weather was great.  I definitely recommend this resort, and will do everything humanly possible to return there soon.

Pancreatis…  My mom was in the hospital last week with an attach/inflammation of the pancreas.  She’s OK now and got out on Saturday morning.  She will need to see a specialist about surgery to remove her gallbladder.  Until then, she is reserved to only eat low-fat and no-fat foods, either baked, boiled or broiled.

My own health…  Seen the doctor twice in the past two weeks.  While in Cuba, I caught a virus that gave me a bad sore throat.  At one point I was having trouble breathing, eating and sleeping.  I had to see the Resort M.D.  Anti-biotics, anti-inflammatory and a losenge.  Today, I went for a check-up and some regular tests with my own Doctor.  Everything looks good and I’m feeling good

Community Tragedy…  My thoughts and prayers go out to the family of Davis Armstrong.  I am doing what I can to ensure a tragedy like this doesn’t repeat itself in our community.  I’m not going to write about it.  I’m not going to make it public.  But I am going to do something.  I didn’t know him well, but he was such a nice man.  He was hard working and personable.  I’m sorry if I failed you, Davis.  There is nothing to worry about anymore.

My Grandma…  It has been an inspiration to see my mom’s brothers and sisters continuing their vigil at the West Nipissing General Hospital, day after day and night after night.  My grandmother Leda McLeod has been in hospital for over 30 days now.  She has been in and out battling a wide range of system and organ failure.  As of now, she is in palliative care.  But she has been very strong.