Monday, August 29, 2011

Quick Medical Update 8/29/2011

Well, we managed to keep ourselves and our stuff safe from Hurricane Irene. Right now, I'm thinking about the flooding hell going on in many towns and cities north and west of our region, and the friends who are stuck dealing with it. It hit so fast, there was never time to sandbag...

The cat-scan place here on Long Island has electrical power (post-Hurricane Irene), so in I go Tuesday morning 8/30/2011 for a fourth electronic check-up from the neck-up. Fingers are crossed that Thursday the neuro-surgeon will look at the brain images and find further healing, additional progress, and happy thoughts. MH

Cat Scan, Literally.

Saturday, August 27, 2011

New Music Video - Storyboard Detail

Because I'm healing from a serious head injury, performing, recording, even singing... is out of the question for now. No coffee or beer either. No internal variables. I think about a lot of things, from medical bills to the history of whaling to general life philosophy, to new song ideas, and I stay up quite late doing so. Asleep, I even dream more.

Tonight, it's truly hard to doze because of the approach of Hurricane Irene, and the preparations she necessitates. Vehicles, property, and boats might be saved, but you never know - they might not. People are helping me, and I'm helping people.

This week, I realized one bit of creativity can still happen while healing: Shooting footage for an upcoming music video. It's already begun, bolstered by the awesome eye of a very talented cinematographer. All will be revealed when the vid is complete. Here's a teaser doodle-sketch "storyboard" sketched at night, shot the following day.

Be safe out there. zzzzzzzzz MH

Monday, August 22, 2011

Where We're At - Monday Aug 22, 2011

Progress continues. A third cat scan (head only) and subsequent doctor's visit last week confirmed that advances have been made, with more expected. More rest is planned for the remainder of August (in advance of another cat-scan), monitoring of some very important symptoms, along with some "normal" activity (walks, low-impact swimming, reading, some fiddling about on guitar, getting life organized once again) folded into the routine. There's also immense amounts of paperwork to do, but that's a boring story for another day.

Officially, I feel it would be prudent to now announce that any performances by yours truly won't resume until approximately the third week of September, at the earliest.

While I calmly and slowly navigate the "recuperation road" back to health, I send endless hugs to you incredibly thoughtful, compassionate, and supportive folks out there (many from some pleasantly surprising corners of the world), who, through even the smallest of gestures, have continued to make a huge difference. I'm a very lucky man - Bless you all.

Monday, August 15, 2011

Monday Morning Update

Everyone's been asking, so...

Two weeks and a day now since the "Midsummer Night's Hurt".

Still considerable head pain, eye aches, dizziness. Some days, it's really been rugged. Accomplished a very abbreviated short walk several mornings ago. It's still mostly couch, eat, tub, couch. Keeping reading/typing to a minimum, in light of aforementioned pains and difficulties. Can't tax the eyes.

The good news: Exterior wounds, bruises, and raccoon eyes are healing. Finally picked up a guitar this morning, an electric, not plugged in, to keep volume low. Can't tax the ears, but gotta notate the ideas. Mom, dad, family, and really everyone out there... have been superstars.

The rest of the comeback could figure to be a slow, methodical slog. Dying to get back to being a productive member of society, but there's no way to put a timetable on that, and assumptions must be kept low when you're dealing with a fractured skull. Can't tax the fractured skull: I'd like to show up in good shape for scheduled cat-scan & neurosurgeon visits later this week.

So, a special message to everyone out there: When you sing, play, perform, surf, sail, write, create, shred, whatever... please push it up to 11 for me, and I will smile for you. 

I will now return to the simple pleasures of cinnamon raisin toast with butter. Really, really digging that. MH

Wednesday, August 10, 2011

News Direct From Mick Hargreaves

Hello everyone; this is really Mick, typing for the first time since July 30th 2011, a night that featured a great gig with a horrible aftermath. I need to keep this brief, as I am still dealing with weakness, dizziness and brain-pain.

Yesterday was a momentous one; an engaging doctor/surgeon removed staples that had been attached to my skull in the trauma unit as soon as I was wheeled into hospital early the morning of Sunday July 31st. Apparently there was no time to waste that fateful night - without any painkillers or anesthesia, the skillful experts went right to work bringing two several-inch long slices in my head back together. It was nasty, but necessary, and they did an incredible job. With staples now removed, those wounds can proceed to heal further.

What remains now is a waiting game. A skull fracture is a tricky thing that will only heal with time. I am feeling better, bit by bit, day by day. I've begun to sleep longer than an hour or two at a time. I also feel very lucky to be blessed with such caring people. Everyone from family, friends, fellow musicians, fans, right down to complete strangers have truly stepped up and made a real difference in my life. It is already impossible to ever forget any of you.

Please keep in mind that for now, although they still appear on my itinerary, all performances are on hold, pending an improvement in health. We'll get there, a day at a time, and when I know, you will, too.

In the meantime, I want to start what will be a long, pleasant journey of thanks by offering everyone some free music. Simply go to figure out what you'd like to download, enter a price of "$0.00" and your email address, and you can have what you like. If that means every song there, so be it - I want you to have them. This is just the start of ways that I will be offering thanks.

In closing, I'd like to relate some eastern-tinged philosophy that was related to me by the very doctor who was in the midst of removing my skull-staples. He said something about how life is just a road, we never know what turns are involved, but we can still get somewhere nonetheless. He unwittingly hewed very close to a favourite George Harrison song of mine, so I will simply include a link to that song here.

George Harrison "Any Road"


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