Health Update

Subject: Health Update

Date: Tuesday 7/18/06 1:38:00 AM

Mood: blech

Music: The Colbert Report

Location: Plainview, Long Island, New York

I’m just going to copy the E-mail I sent out to those I work with/have a need to know why I’m not available (I just think it’s sort of shitty to not be available for a while and not tell people why they can’t get in touch with you). Anyways:

Date: Mon, 17 Jul 2006 21:20:51 -0700 (PDT)

From: “Matthew L. Schwartz”

Subject: Health Update/Out of Office

To: “undisclosed recipients”

Dear Friends & Colleagues,

I don’t often share this level of personal information

with folks but I thought this might be important to

share so I can explain to you while I’ll be

unavailable over the next week or two.

I have been sick for around thirty days, and after two

doses of antibiotics (first Z-Pack, then Levaquin) I

still felt sick. The pinnacle of this came when I was

on a photo shoot this weekend in Boston and on Sunday

had to take an emergency train home to NYC because I

felt ill and more importantly, I was in pain.

Upon arriving in NYC I was scheduled for an

appointment with a specialist whom I saw today. After

being told that I was anemic, having two vials of

blood drawn, receiving some injections, having an EKG,

going through a series of X-Rays I was told that I

then had to get a Cat Scan of my Lungs with Contrast

and that they’ll know what’s going on with me when

they get the Cat Scan and the Blood Tests Back. This

means that the earliest I can return to Buffalo is

this coming Monday, but in all honesty it really

depends on what the doctors say.

That said, I won’t be in contact very much via

telephone, as it hurts to speak. I will however be

reachable via E-mail (please allow me some time to

respond) and I will keep you abreast of the situation

as it stands.

For those of you with whom I share a seat on a

committee or an organization, please forward me

meeting minutes and keep me informed of what’s going

on. I hate being out of the loop.

I hope to return to Buffalo very, very soon and I look

forward to seeing all of you again in short order. If

you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to ask.

All my best,


Matthew L. Schwartz, CPhT

Member: American Translators Association

Interpretation, Literary & Medical Divisions

Concentration in Arabic Translation & Interpretation at the

Department of Linguistics, State University of New York at Buffalo

So that’s the deal and where things stand. For some reason, despite being faxed proof that I’m a student about 7 or 8 times, my insurance company is still having issues, so the earliest I can make the Cat Scan appointment is Wednesday; which means I’m currently home, on Long Island, resting. Mostly sleeping, which as far as my dog is concerned is the best activity ever and I have to say, I’m inclined to agree.

So hopefully Thursday I’ll be able to get the Cat Scan, Friday see the Doctor and know what’s going on. I’ll keep everyone updated. Please, don’t be overly concerned. While it is incredibly shitty to not know what’s going on (and, overall, to feel like crap), I have awesome medical care here on The Island, with Doctors who know me (and who have worked with me) and once I know what’s going on I can tackle it head on…the trick is just to figure out what’s going on and I leave that to my Doctor.

Anyways, bed time.