I'm blogging this from my hospital room where I have been since Saturday night. I developed appendicitis late last week and had emergency surgery Saturday night. Surgery went well, although recovery is a bit slower than usual because a) it was not done laproscopically for some very good reasons, and b) docs are watching to make sure that it had not leaked before removal. Won't bore you with all of the details, but I will say that morphine is truly wonderful. The ability to end such pain makes a difference in the quality of life that cannot really be described.
On another note, an occurrence like this is a much bigger deal when you're on your own than if you are in a group or firm. From a business perspective, this will definitely lower income and having to change a previously set court calendar while lying in a drug-induced haze in a hospital bed is not fun.
I will say that so far, judges, opposing counsel and clients have been understanding and sympathetic. The lawyers with whom I share space have also been kind enough to help me re-arrange my schedule. And my secretary's assistance has been invaluable. Thank you so much for your support. In the meantime, I am doing what I can to improve and be back as quickly as possible.