Back in business

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The blog is back after the longest absence in its history. But no sports. Not yet. Tomorrow.

For now, an update and a thank you that will fall far short of expressing the level of gratitude that my family and I feel.

Our 2-year-old daughter, Kailey, a former micro premie, wound up on life support for nine days due to human metapneumovirus. She was transported from Sioux Falls to Minneapolis in the event that she would need the last measure possible in these type of situations. Thankfully, she didn’t.

Still, she remains - with my wife - in MSP trying to clear her lungs, kick the narcotics and get strong enough to come home. We’re unsure of when that will be.

In the meantime, I’m back on the job this week previewing the Summit League basketball tournament while keeping three other kids in line at home. Not that you should care about my personal circumstances, which pale in comparison to many others … but so many of you seem to. And we can’t thank you enough for that.

Serious illness is a funny thing in the social media era. My wife and I found ourselves checking CaringBridge, Facebook and Twitter almost compulsively at times, feeding off of the support and encouragement shown by family, friends, readers, co-workers, classmates and total strangers. The whole thing was astounding and overwhelming and humbling. We are determined - and already working on - paying forward all of the kindness and generosity.

But first things first: I’ve got a bunch of writing to do and Kailey needs to get healthy enough to come home - we’ve seen too much to assume that’s going to happen. When it does, please know that you’ll have played a part in that.

Thank you. Thank you.

Terry Vandrovec also posts regular updates on his Twitter page.