Starting of Book

Saturday, Feburary 7th 2015

I had the idea of turning this web site into a self-published book. I had no idea how to do this. I meet up with my friends Mike and Tambra at Franklin On Ice [See for photos and videos].

Tambra told me that she had helped several people make their book ideas a reality as she had learned to navigate the process while publishing Mike's book and her own.

Photo by Michael J. HendersonTambra can sell out of Ice Cream in a snow storm. I know she can help you, as she helped me put the book you are now reading in your hands. Contact Tambra Warner Sabatini at .

KDKA-TV Interview

Monday, Feburary 23rd 2015

Today I was interviewed by Dr. Maria Simbra Medical Reporter for KDKA-TV News about what Levaquin did to Karen.

The group that arranged the interview did not want me to talk about any other health conditions to not dilute their messages. I understood their logic so just referenced “other health conditions” when it was required.

I feel that the interview could have gone better. Dr. Simbra had not read any of Karen's web sites to understand what was going on. Also Karen would have been appalled at my closed off posture, very poor body language on my part.

I was also taken off guard by Dr. Sibra's first question on camera “Tell me about Karen”. All I could come up with in that agonizing moment was “She was Smart”. The factual questions I was well prepared for. This is what I should have said:

She was smart. Always studying, always learning. Always looking for a way to help others and herself. She'd put others needs before her own. She so wanted to get better so she could go to collage when she got better 'and do something that helps people'. She was always attentive to the finest details of everything. For example when we were planing our first trip to Durham she checked all the states that we could concivably drive through to see if studded snow tires were allowed in those states. How many people would think of that?

The interview is to air sometime in March, they did not have an exact time yet.

I'd like to thank those that set this up. They prefer to remain anonymous feeling they can help more people that way.

Book Weight

Sunday, March 8th 2015

The book goes to Tambra for final formating.

Tuesday, March 17th 2015

Karen's book came in at 403 pages! That is to many.

Tambra came up with a good idea on how to cut it down by about fifty pages by a change in formating.

I'm not worried about saving trees (always a good thing), I'm concerned about the weight of the book.

I saw Karen struggle with heavy medical books because of the Levaquin (Levofloxacin) damage to her wrists. She was usually wearing wrist braces. We were always trying to come up with some contraption made from string and PVC pipe to make holding the books easier for her, usually without a lot of successes.

If you are struggling with a health challenge, or the person that gave you the book has health challenges I want the book to be easy as possible to actually hold.

Then there is always the issue of keeping the wight of the eBook down… :-)

Now that you've read Karen's Journal, I'm sure you understand we need help training more doctors and doing research into better imaging techniques, there are a couple of tax deductible funds set up as a starting point. Better to give to help those still suffering rather an giving to the IRS!

Please help so others don't die the way Karen did!

You can make this be the start of Karen's story and not the end of it…

Karen I MISS YOU SO MUCH… Till we meet again at


Just this side of heaven is a place called Rainbow Bridge.

When an animal dies that has been especially close to someone here, that pet goes to Rainbow Bridge. There are meadows and hills for all of our special friends so they can run and play together. There is plenty of food, water and sunshine, and our friends are warm and comfortable. All the animals who had been ill and old are restored to health and vigor. Those who were hurt or maimed are made whole and strong again, just as we remember them in our dreams of days and times gone by. The animals are happy and content, except for one small thing; they each miss someone very special to them, who had to be left behind.

They all run and play together, but the day comes when one suddenly stops and looks into the distance. His bright eyes are intent. His eager body quivers. Suddenly he begins to run from the group, flying over the green grass, his legs carrying him faster and faster.

You have been spotted, and when you and your special friend finally meet, you cling together in joyous reunion, never to be parted again. The happy kisses rain upon your face; your hands again caress the beloved head, and you look once more into the trusting eyes of your pet, so long gone from your life but never absent from your heart.

Then you cross Rainbow Bridge together….

Author unknown…

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