A death in the family

I would like to thank all of you who have notified me of the decision for the three test cases in the Autism Omnibus hearings before the Vaccine Court. Science actually won in the courts, something you just can’t count on with any reliability. It even won resoundingly. I also realize that, as much as it still shocks me, a lot of people look forward to what I have to say on this issue, as I’ve become one of the main “go-to” bloggers on all things vaccine. Normally, I’d be all over this, reading the decision in detail, culling choice quotes, and spreading my special brand of Respectful and not-so-Respectful Insolence far and wide over the issue.

But not this time.

This time, I’m afraid you’ll have to wait a while. I’m afraid the blogosphere will have to do without me on this story, even though it’s the biggest blow to the antivaccine movement I can recall in four years. I’m just not that interested in blogging right now about anything. However, I do feel an obligation to my readers to explain why.

Yesterday, February 12, 2009, my mother-in-law passed away after a battle with a particularly nasty and rare form of breast cancer. She had been in hospice for about three months, the last week and a half in residential hospice. (I had alluded to this before.) The last time I saw her was on Sunday, and I feared that that would be the last time I saw her alive.

I will not be blogging for a few days. I don’t know if it’ll be a couple of days or a couple of weeks before I come back. Because I’ve had three months to foresee this sad day, however, I did line up some “Classic Insolence” to post automatically at least once a day until until I feel up to producing new material again. I may post an occasional brief update as well.

In the meantime, perhaps you, my readers, could share your stories of loss. More importantly, how did you deal with it? I will see your responses.