As you know, I enjoy never missing the opportunity to write a morning column, seven days a week, going on eight years now. But every once in awhile real life decides to get in the way of that. On Friday I was having severe heart palpitations and believed I was having a heart attack, and ended up hospitalized as a result.
Fortunately, it turned out it was not a heart attack. Nothing of the sort. Instead I was having a severe allergic reaction to an over the counter hydrocortisone product that I’d been using to treat a fire ant attack I’d suffered on my foot earlier in the week. They gave me something to reverse the allergic reaction, I’m now home resting, my heart is fine, and I’ll be fine. I want to thank the paramedics, nurses, and doctors for all their help.
What’s interesting to me is that even though the doctors fully cleared me and I’m already back at my desk, I have no idea what happened in the news or in the world on Friday. I was fully cut off from all of that for the day. It’s perhaps something we should all try doing now and then. If you’re going to actively follow something as dirty and ugly and stressful as politics, a day away from it now and then can’t hurt. I recommend you take a day off from it and go to the beach, not the ER, but you know what I mean.
I’m now catching up on the news cycle that I missed (as I like to say, most of my job involves reading not writing), and I should be back to writing political articles by sometime later today. In the meantime what I’ve written here will have to suffice for today’s morning column. But perhaps that’s not a bad thing. It’s a Saturday morning. Go to the park. Taste fresh air. Hug your loved ones. The political world will always still be there waiting for you. That much is certain.
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Bill Palmer is the publisher of the political news outlet Palmer Report