I was in New Mexico for most of last week for the Drug Policy Alliance conference.

I wish I had a lot to report but unfortunately I contracted the flu, got sick on the plane ride out, and spent about 80% of the conference confined to my hotel room in an attempt not to make anyone else sick. I was able to get out on the last day and see my friends and co-reformers. To all of you who were looking for me and asking about me THANK YOU! I love you and am sorry I missed you in New Mexico.

Yesterday I returned home. I felt bad and did not want to fly but had no choice in the matter. I certainly didn’t feel like driving for three days either. So, I got on the plane. I usually have bad problems with my ears hurting when I land. They refuse to change in pressure. Had no problems landing in Denver, since Denver is at a very high altitude. Had no problems taking off from there or landing in St. Louis. However, when landing in St. Louis I noticed that my right ear was not changing in pressure like the left one. I thought that might be a problem…but I really had no idea how much of a problem it would be. As we were taking off from St. Louis my right eardrum ruptured completely. I mean there was blood and fluid and whatever else is inside an ear. It was slow torture. I could feel it swelling and when it popped I screamed and scared half the folks on the plane. Talk about painful! I just got back from the doctor who said it was really bad and that I might need surgery.


I feel like I’ve been eat by a bear and shit off a cliff.



  1. jodie on

    I’m so sorry, that sounds extremely painful and frightening! Marc and I send our love — take care of yourself, and be sure to get the surgery! Sending healing love your way…

  2. Janx on

    We really, really hate that for you. The more good we do the worse adversity seems to get, huh? I almost rolled my truck on the interstate today when a front bearing went out if it helps any….lol. Glad to know you’re home and being seen about, kiddo. See ya at the next one in B’ham.

  3. Anonymous on

    Aweful. Feel better soon so you can return to Denver on more comfortable terms!

    Thanks for your work despite being sick!