Easter Sunday I had to go to the emergency room of the University of Rochester Medical Center because my health was deteriorating. They immediately put me in intensive care and 2 days later removed a massive tumor from the right front of my brain. I spent a total of 9 days in recovery and was then released. The surgery was very successful in that I can still think and talk normally and physically I am intact.
It is all very early in the process but I have been diagnosed with cancer in my brain and cancer in my lungs. What the future will bring, I do not know at this point. A series of treatments is being designed but it is still too early to tell what will happen next and subsequently.
I have been struggling lately to fill back orders and generally to keep up with everything. I fell behind in early fall when I accepted a huge order from an art school that was beginning a printing school and needed type to get going. That order took me a solid 6 to 8 weeks of work to make the type and ship all of it.
In the meantime orders continued to come in and I fell at least 6 weeks behind receiving an order and then making the type. At the same time I was starting to become less efficient at getting around and weaker when it came to the work involved in making type.
At the same time I started losing track of things such as orders and vast amounts of time. I didn’t realize it at the time but I think my mental condition was deteriorating. I have a bunch of orders to fill that have been paid for and people are waiting for. Until I am solid on making the back orders, I need to stop taking new orders for a couple of weeks.
I am in the midst of sorting everything out and I will try to contact everyone who I owe things to and will establish a realistic schedule to complete each order.
So, as much as I regret it, I must stop taking new orders all thoughts of new typefaces and other projects and try to get back on track. At this point, I am still able to work and I think I have enough raw wood to complete the orders that I have to make.
I anticipate losing time to medical treatments in the near future, but so far I am able to work. I may share additional health information as time moves on.