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Medical Adventure - 2022-2023

On Memorial Day, 2022, the world turned upside down for me!  I was discovered with a BENIGN tumor in my head called meningioma between my skull and my brain.  I won't go into much detail, but in the summer of 2022, I was successfully operated on to remove the tumor (yes, in my head) and recovered. 

My family and friends were absolutely wonderful helping me get back to normal.  I'm most grateful to Lisa, who stayed with me for two months, the always present Judy who was a godsend, Laura, Tommy, Mary and Henry and a score of others.  Between August and October, I was pretty much back to normal, hence the delightful time at Tommy and Nina's wedding!

In October a small residual part of the tumor was discovered in a follow-up MRI and I went into a very modern and extremely accurate radiological treatment to take care of the tumor with almost zero effect on the brain around it. The process is called Stereotactic Radiotherapy, which consisted a 6 minute dose of radiation each weekday for 6 weeks! Why were the doses so short and repeated so frequently? Because the residual tumor area was very close to the left optic nerve and this was the only way to protect it.  The process was very easy to endure and resulted in no typical reaction one could get from a normal higher dose treatment. No nausea, no inability to eat well, no pain, and most important - no fatigue!  I completed the treatment in February 2023 and have had no physical or emotional effects. Here is a picture of me on the machine.


Tommy and Nina Wedding - 2022

On August 19, 2022,  Tommy and Nina "tied the knot" in Plantation, Florida. Being of Pakistani heritage, the ceremony had many aspects of the bride's fascinating culture as well as traditional American. Nina, whose actual name is Nimra, is a fabulous family member and all of us just love her. 

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Covid - 2020 - Present

In March 2020, Covid came to the USA and the country and much of the world was pretty much shut down two days after Judy and I returned from Mexico City (see below).  It was quite a scary time and like many, we were concerned about getting it and infecting others.  Much time was spent at home, protecting our face and hands. Judy and I felt that since we were traveling together just before everything closed down, we were comfortable that we didn't have Covid to pass on to one another.  Both of us were quite diligent and we did not develop Covid early in the pandemic.  All of our friends and family were vaccinated. 
This is being written in November 2022 and many of our friends and family have developed Covid, but recovered well. Judy still has not developed Covid. Thank goodness for the good judgement of all the people I know. I made it until Memorial Day weekend 2022 and tested positive. The fascinating part is that I was totally asymptomatic!  

Foreign Trips - 2016 thru 2020

Mexico City - 2020

In March 2020, we made our third trip to Mexico. This time it was Mexico City! We went to the center of the city, called El Zocalo. In the massive square are the main Cathedral and the National Palace. Much of the trip consisted of the historical and cultural aspects, including Frida Kahlo's house where we ate in her patio converted to a delightful restaurant, the Hipodromo where there were delightful places to shop and eat. We then went to a fabulous pyramid complex on the outside of town called San Lorenzo Tenochtitlán. Mexico City was a true delight!




Ireland - 2019

In September-October 2019, Judy and I went to Ireland on a CIE Tour of the southern half of the island. From Dublin, we went down to the south coast through Kilkenny, Waterford, Cork and Kinsale, then up the west coast to Killarney, Limerick and out to the Dingle Peninsula. Then we visited the Cliffs of Moher, up to Galway and then east to return to Dublin. Dublin was an amazing historical city, where I was delighted to see the Book of Kells and the Guiness brewery.  All the Irish culture was delightful, including the people and pubs!



Lazio, Italia - 2019
In April-May 2019, Judy and I went to Lazio Province, just to the east of Rome. One of Judy's work colleagues lived in a delightful country house near Frascati and invited a number of fellow colleagues to come and spend a little over a week at Casale Sonnino . We went on a number of short drives to Castel Gondolfo, where the Pope vacations,  Ninfa, the great gardens at Tivoli, Frascati, Orvieto and a brief trip into Rome to see the Jewish Ghetto near the Tevere (Tiber) River.