josh: Hey everyone - things are getting better and better. I still have a way to go, but I can tell my left temporal lobe is starting to come out of the woods, getting briefly back on line from time to time as I get rest and eat enough good food (and keep taking the darn steroids, of course). I've even had short periods of time when it was completely functional - not just right now, though. Certainly I'll have to be careful about the other non-brain healing (skull, etc.) that has to take place without a hitch, and will likely need some more time, but that should be completely doable.
I have been so happy most of the time, and constantly showered with support from all the people I know. Of course there have been moments that were more challenging, but they have been completely manageable.
I have been listening to music. I remembered a nice song that my good friend Chris Lively wrote last year. He recorded it at my music studio (with an amazing drummer in the studio as well, and a fantastic player who sent us the gorgeous pedal guitar part). I worked on this song and the rest of his album as the recording engineer and mixer. Previously I was somewhat clinical in my evaluation because of my production duties. This time I simply played it when I was feeling down, and I can't tell you how uplifting it was. Have a listen:
Chris Lively - Distance - The River Song:
(if you like it, you should consider listening to the rest of his latest album "Distance" and his earlier work, which you can find at his website and some other places. I played some of these songs for my sister when she came down to visit. She asked me why he wasn't famous, and I didn't have a good answer)