I first discovered Vox at WND. We didn't have a name but there was a group of "regulars". It was kind of like an electronic coffee shop for people who didn't see the need to conform to the mainstream narrative. By 06 I started "blogging" myself. Along the way I've "met" dozens of "friends". Some of my online friends have become real life friends as well.
The Ilk became a respite from the world. Back when I had a contract with a major SJW group of environmentalists, the Ilk kept me grounded in sanity. We didn't call them SJW's back then, no one had come up with that terminology. Vox's greatest achievement with his blog isn't his impact on whatever issue has his panties in a bunch at the moment. His achievement has been providing a place for like minded people to share ideas and establish a vocabulary that describes the things that we observed but couldn't put a finger on it. The Dread Ilk are Vox's legacy.
In my earlier post I mentioned that I can't share the details of what has happened to me online. I still can't. What I can and want to share is what has happened since.
Numerous Ilk have called or emailed to check in on me.
I've been offered use of peoples homes, vacation properties, and other real-estate assets to move my family out of harms way.
Several people have shared information on new and better job possibilities.
I've been asked if I would want to join in on business opportunities and projects.
I've been offered legal help.
I've been offered security help.
Folks have been willing to loan me money.
Folks have been willing to give me money.
Folks have told me they'll take the time to physically come to my home to do whatever I need done.
Many have encouraged me by letting me know that they or their church group are praying for me.
All of them have done their personal best to cheer me up, and back me up.
God Bless The Dread Ilk.
If I've not seemed as on top of things, its because I'm still recovering from surgery and I still need the pain meds more than I'd like to admit. I've only ever met a handful of the Ilk in person but I can tell you that all the ones I know are good, solid folks.
I'll say it again, "God Bless The Dread Ilk!".
I came through the surgery fine. I'm at home. My wounds are healing nicely. The wound it's self wasn't bad, it was the infection that caused the problem. The physical therapist said I'm almost back to 100% functional range of motion but I still have a lot of pain and stiffness. They took another blood sample today and I see the Infectious Disease specialist latter this week. If everything goes ok they will take the sutures out latter in the week too. Still no word on what the pathogen was that caused the problem. In a way that may be a good thing, since it would mean that the first course of intensive I.V. antibiotics did the trick.
Right now I'm still off work medically. No word on if I'll have a job after I get released to return to work. I'm investing lots of time into finding other work, even if its stocking shelves at Wal Mart, considering the fact I can barely lift 8lbs with one hand, that might not be an option.
Other than that I don't have much I can share online. I really do appreciate the calls and emails. Ya'll have been great. You may never know this until it happens to you, but kind words of encouragement and taking the time to write or call is one of the best forms of medicine there is. My sincere prayer is that God will bless each and everyone of you 4 times over for the kindness you have shown and offered me.