To be thankful

How was your Thanksgiving? Hopefully it was full of food and drink and joyful time spent with family and friends.

Mine…well, mine was a bit different this year.

My last blog post (The dog ate my homework…) was only the start of a 10-day odyssey that saw me back in the hospital (in intensive care, no less) with a fever near 105 that had me out of my mind for more than two days. When I say out of my mind, I really mean it. Hallucinations included.

My body was hit with an infection called clostridium difficult colitis or c-diff for short. Google it. Nasty stuff. The doctors who treated me couldn’t put an actual cause as to why I came down with it, just that I did and they treated it.

I was discharged from the hospital on the night before Thanksgiving – our annual family gathering having already been postponed until a later date. After all, there is no law against roasting a turkey and making stuffing along with candied sweet potatoes, green bean casserole and pumpkin pie on any day of the year. So our family will have our Thanksgiving dinner at some future date.

I was sick when Jimmie Johnson scored his sixth championship, a marvelous feat that many have written about and I suppose I will too, at some point. I’ll have something to say about all the 2013 major motorsports championships, including ageless John Force’s 16th NHRA Fuel Coupe championship.

The 2013 professional racing season has come to a close. Now comes the time for the year-end reviews. Some of it is good stuff, most of it is boring. I’ll leave it up to you to decide.

During my time as a NASCAR beat writer, I always enjoyed writing the year-end reviews as well as the prognostications for the following season. It offered me a challenge to evaluate a season for my reader while also trying to keep them entertained so they didn’t wander off to either another page or heaven forbid — another website.

Some writers can keep you entertained, some can’t.

So, with that said (and before this gets too long) I want to make sure I continue to keep you entertained. It’s been a roller coaster year for me, starting with a diagnosis of a recurrence of cancer in April. There’s been some lengthy gaps between blog entries. That sucked. I know. I blame my lengthy cancer treatments and accompanying days of nausea, malaise and generally feeling like shit for that. I’m currently near the end of the 90-day recovery from my stem cell transplant, despite this most recent set back that had me back in the hospital.

I will survive. Keep on truckin’

Thanks for stopping by.

1 Response to “To be thankful”


  1. 1 Mike Harris November 29, 2013 at 11:39 am

    Bob – Can’t tell you how much I look forward to your blogs. When time goes by and I don’t see one, I get concerned for your health – as well I should. Just thankful that you’re back from the latest bout of illness and still working hard at life. Keep on truckin’ and keep on writin’.


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