Medical and blog update

The gallbladder is out. My expert surgeon removed it last Wednesday at Ascension Providence in Novi, and it came out full of stones, but tested cancer-free, so that’s good. There were no surgical complications, I am being careful in terms of my diet, weight-bearing, etc. to recover as smoothly as possible, and my pain management was not too difficult.

I spent the first post-surgical week sleeping in our living room recliner to attempt to keep pressure off my laparoscopically-invaded belly, and that went all right, but I’ve returned to Moon Base Alpha (a.k.a. the basement) to sleep on my side, as I prefer, and it hurt too much to tolerate.

Long story short, I am still recovering from major surgery (as my surgeon told me, “There is no such thing as ‘routine surgery'”), and my long-haul COVID is still impacting my energy, but I already feel better in terms of my digestive system, and…

We’re gonna try to blog the draft here. I don’t know how reliable I’ll be for the first couple of weeks, but my goal is to attend the Red Wings’ prospect tournament and main training camp this fall as your representative, and to go from there.

I will also be attending a good chunk of the World Junior Summer Showcase in Plymouth this weekend and next week, albeit in a semi-casual sense (and masked, because this Team Pfizer-vaccinated person has an immune-compromised aunt).

There is a distinct possibility that the Red Wings are going to draft a couple of the prospects taking part for Team USA, Team Sweden and Team Finland over the course of Saturday’s second through seventh rounds…

So the long story short is that, over the next month, the goal is to slowly reboot TMR and to slowly get back to day-to-day hockey coverage, in anticipation of a fundraising effort to both pay the server bill and get my butt up to Traverse City to represent “us fans.”

TMR has been beset by health problems, first in the final two years of my mother’s life, then her death, then my own issues, but I’ve never given up on the hope and dream that is delivering Wings fan-centric coverage to you. I feel a calling to be a blogger, and a duty to work for you as you’ve given so many opportunities to me and so very much support over the years.

Let’s give ‘er another go.

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George Malik

My name is George Malik, and I'm the Malik Report's editor/blogger/poster. I have been blogging about the Red Wings since 2006, when MLive hired me to work their SlapShots blog, and I joined Kukla's Korner in 2011 as The Malik Report. I'm starting The Malik Report as a stand-alone site, hoping that having my readers fund the website is indeed the way to go to build a better community and create better content.

3 thoughts on “Medical and blog update”

  1. Glad you are healing up. I am pushing eight months in care so I sympathize.

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