Had a number of things going on in July that kept me from doing some of the things that I like to do. Two family members of mine were admitted to the hospital; one is actually a family friend but he is so close he is like an Uncle to me and the other is on of my Dad's cousins.
Dad's cousin passed out and had to be taken to the hospital because he fell down when he did and broke a bone. Uncle ( Family Friend ) passed out as well, but apparently he has been having trouble for a while now and not telling anyone or not remembering it. He was rushed to the hospital and then transported to Richmond where they discovered that he had a brain tumor. It caused him to become paralyzed and have memory lapses, including hindering his comprehension of things so that he didn't know what was going on. The surgery was last Monday for him and they were able to target the tumor and remove parts of it. He will be in recovery for a long while from this and it is something that no one expected to happen, especially to such a great guy as him. Even as I am writing this I got a call asking if I had any news about his condition.
The day after that got the news about family being taken to the hospital there was news of a tornado that tore through the Cherrystone Campgrounds. For those that don't know, my hometown and where some of my extended family lives is in Cheriton, which is very close to the Cherrystone Campgrounds. What wasn't reported on the news was the path that the tornado took, the main focus was on the Campgrounds and the 1,300+ people that were there at the time. The tornado's path went from the Chesapeake Bay into the Cherrystone Campgrounds, then it cut and hopped a path into Cheriton and continued on till it reached Oyster which is on the Atlantic Ocean side. Two people that were interviewed that live in Oyster and had their boat capsized by the tornado are actually two old friends of one of my cousins, and I knew as young kids when they were growing up.
Luckily none of the members of my extended family were hurt or injured in what happened, but the damage from the tornado did a number on the area. Ruined or destroyed a lot of crops, and sent some boats in Oyster ashore with the winds that it produced. For a community that is dependent on farming and fishing, it is not an easy thing to recover from. Had some family that actually rode out the storm in their cafe along with some of the campers at the Campgrounds since it was the most stable structure there aside from the showers. It has been a very emotional end of July.