Well, this is awkward…

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So, I was supposed to be saying “goodbye” today.

My plan had been to be posting this blog entry, at the end of March, to give you all a final update as to my health issues, before going in for surgery (or having already gone in, if that had been the case). Alas, as with the end of 2019 when I was “just about” to have this surgery, as well, it simply didn’t pan out.

First of all, my surgery team wanted me to jump through yet more hoops, before they could get the surgery underway. Yay. This included getting an MRI on my brain, since I won’t be able to have an MRI ever again, once I have my heart surgery (metal wires will be holding my sternum together). Also, they wanted me to have Dental clear me for the surgery, since a tooth infection could go straight to the heart. Plus, I was given ‘homework’ in the shape of a large folder of information I need to read before we get down to the nitty-gritty, as they say.

So, that would all be fine, if they had actually been able to schedule my heart surgery, as planned. You see, what with this COVID-19 virus floating about, they can’t spare the hospital beds nor resources to do my surgery, until the pandemic calms down some. Okay, I get that, as I work for a healthcare provider (the same one doing my surgery, as it happens), but it’s still annoying as f**k!

What does this mean? Well, back when I met with the surgeon earlier this month, they said they might call me in April to schedule the surgery. That meant I might be getting the surgery as early as mid-May, after my scheduled dental work and MRI were all done.

… Except I doubt that will actually be the case. First of all, I don’t expect the pandemic to have calmed down by April. I’m writing this on the 20th of March, and things have gotten significantly worse over the last two weeks, so I expect by the time this post publishes, there will be no chance of surgery dates opening up for many months to come.

In short, I won’t be having my surgery anytime soon. Basically, I just have to suck it up, and hope I don’t catch the virus in the meantime. Turns out, with my cardiac issues, I’m in a high-risk group for this particular disease.

Anyway, what does this all mean for this site, and its associated properties? Well, quite a lot, actually.

First of all, if you watch my YouTube channels, the content output will continue, unabated. In fact, I currently have content through May on one of the channels, and through mid-June on the other. I have changed the content on my Scormey channel, though, having removed the individual Twitch Clips, and replacing them with weekly clip compilation videos, starting this coming Friday. The VODs of my Twitch livestreams have also gone Private, since no one was watching them, anyway.

I plan to keep pumping out Rants and Clip compilation videos as much as I can, so that when it does come time for my surgery, if you watch my YouTube content, you won’t even know I’m gone.

Now then, let’s talk about podcasts. As we speak, “Knights of the Tabletop” is done through June 2020. We will soon start recording our second season of the podcast, and I hope to have plenty of buffer-time recorded and uploaded to the servers, so again, you won’t even know I’m gone.

That said, then there is “Pixels & Dice”.

While Beoulus and I try to record a few weeks in advance on that podcast, that has been increasingly difficult to do, without causing issues. So we can’t really do more than a week in advance on that show, perhaps to cover a holiday or vacation, but not even close enough to cover my surgery. But we’ll blow up that bridge when we get to it.

As for blogs? Obviously I’m writing this in advance, and have a few ideas for new content herein, so I expect things will be fine on that front. Maybe I’ll miss a few posts, but I think I will have enough stuff tossed together to cover everything.

Anyway, assuming I don’t get my ass kicked by a tiny virus, I expect I’ll talk to you again in a couple of days.

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