Mick has been advised by doctors that he cannot go on tour at this time, as he needs medical treatment. The doctors have advised Mick that he is expected to make a complete recovery so that he can get back on stage as soon as possible.
On March 30, 2019, the Rolling Stones announced the postponement of their upcoming US/Canada tour. The above excerpt from the Stones’ website stated the reason for the delay. Jagger’s aortic heart valve needed replacement. The surgery was performed on April 3, 2019.
Coincidentally, I had the same surgery done on the same day (which is the only time ever that I’ll have something in common with Mick Jagger).
Here’s what happened to me: At the end of January during my annual physical, the doctor hesitated when listening to my heart. Something didn’t sound right. He sent me for some further tests. Because I was feeling fine, was in fairly good shape, was not overweight, had low cholesterol and low blood pressure, I wasn’t concerned. But despite all that, an echocardiogram in February disclosed that my aortic valve was leaking in a way that would cause lasting damage to my heart if not promptly corrected. The cardiologist referred me to Tufts Medical Center in Boston where I underwent valve replacement surgery in early April. I spent four days in the hospital and four weeks at home before returning to work in early May. Aside from some limits on how much I can lift, I’m now pretty much fully recovered.
I share this information now to explain my precipitous disappearance from blogging. Thanks to Mimi, Paul and Marie for keeping up the flow of blog posts. As for when I’ll be back posting regularly, I’m not sure. During my convalescence, I did a lot of reading of Lowell history and so my passion for that topic has been enhanced and I hope to soon begin a steady flow of history-related blog posts. As for local politics, I’m still paying attention but have yet to resume blogging about it. That may happen at some point; just not right now.
Lowell Walks was also a casualty of my medical situation: Unlike the past four years, there are no weekly Saturday morning Lowell Walks this summer – WITH TWO EXCEPTIONS:
This coming FRIDAY, JUNE 14 at 1 PM and SATURDAY, JUNE 15 at 10AM, I will lead LOWELL CEMETERY TOURS. Both of these will begin at the Lawrence Street gate and will last about 90 minutes. Much of this tour will be new, so even if you’ve been before, you may want to come back again. Parking is available within the cemetery.
Then on SATURDAY, JUNE 22, 2019, at 10AM, there will be a CONCORD RIVER GREENWAY WALK led by Jane Calvin of Lowell Parks and Conservation Trust. This walk will also begin within the Lawrence Street Gate of Lowell Cemetery were parking will be available.
All of these tours are free and require no advance registration.
I hope to see you next week!