This post has very little to do with wine, but it does concern things Blind Muscat may or may not be putting in his mouth, so it's close enough for blogging.
I've just been through a stint in the hospital, one of the reasons for this blog going near-derelict in the last few weeks. The condition is question is a flare-up of a fairly rare auto-immune weirdness known as Wegener's Granulomatosis, named for a combination of the guy who first systematically described it and for the fact that it ends up forming nasty little granules. It's a flavor of a family of auto-immune conditions known as vasculitis, and the Wegener's variant attacks small blood vessels in the kidneys and lungs. Since I only have one kidney anyway, having lost the other years ago for unrelated reasons, this can be a bad thing.