Steve Gilliard

I didn’t shoehorn into the Cathy Seipp eulogizing – her entertainment writing was beautiful, but I can’t say I enjoyed much of her political stuff, and I only met her once. However, I’ve argued with Steve Gilliard before, and I’m truly saddened by what’s happening to him.

–Biggest and worst news: Gilly still can’t move his right side. On the other hand, his doctors “still aren’t that concerned about it” as he is still VERY swollen–the right half of his body “is swollen up like a balloon.” They have even put some sort of elastic binding torniquents or wraps (I’m envisioning an industrial version of those neoprene knee and joint wraps) on his legs in order to keep the excessive swelling down.

–A stroke has NOT been ruled out; a full-body CAT was done a few days ago but his Mom has not yet been given results.–Gilly IS alert and can do stuff like open and close his left hand to show “yes or no,” blink his eyes X amount of times, etc. He still has pretty good mobility on the left side.

I know that this isn’t what people wanted to hear. The thought of him having MORE work done on him is just crazy-making. The thought of him getting MORE surgery is awful. The fact that he may be paralyzed is super bad news. Even if he eventually gets some use of his right arm back, he may never be strong enough to walk easily again, which means a wheelchair.

The problem is that Steve Gilliard is (maybe was, depending on how much this is shredding his body) extremely obese. His family medical history would have led to problems down the line anyway, but Gilliard made the problems worse by overindulging on food for years and years. Gilliard (and his nice friend Jen, who sometimes assumes readers care about her life more than I think we do) was given to posting recipies and reports of great barbeque feats, eventually launching a food blog to gather this stuff in one place. I would look at this stuff and think “But, dude… did you at least take a walk afterwards?” As much as I disagreed with Gilliard, after I’d read that he had kidney problems I would worry that he was ignoring his health and leading to some kind of collapse. That may have just happened.

Obviously I hate school-marming people about anything, especially healthy eating. (I eat like a hobo and gain or shed pounds in unequal amounts every few years.) But I really like the informal, ever-expanding salon we bloggers and journalists have built up over the past decade or so. Please, people. Take care of yourselves. I want us to be irritating each other for a long, long, time.

And get well, Steve.