My long term blogging pal, Charlie, sits there firmly in my top list of bloggers I would so love to meet in person. His humour is rich, his writing is wonderful and his heart is huge.
Unfortunately Charlie is not a well man and his illness is degenerative. Periodically he gets rushed off to hospital, but so long as the sirens are wailing he feels he's getting his money's worth.
Sometimes he's gone silent for a while and I've had to prod him with an email saying, "Are you dead yet?" which usually provokes some kind of muttered response.
However, this time his friend, Wandering Coyote, has posted a message on Charlie's blog to say not only is he in Hospital, but he didn't even get the wailing siren treatment.
I'm hoping that means it's not too serious, but the fact another blogger has been asked to post on his behalf, quite simply scares the shit out of me.
Now I'm not a religious man, and neither is Charlie. And neither of us would say, "I'm not religious but I am spiritual" either. We wouldn't expect prayers to make the slightest bit of difference.
But another thing we both share is a sense of the humanity in people - the need to connect, feel and care.
And I do so care about Charlie.
So if you've not come across Charlie and his blog of depth, passion and sublime humour, then do visit now, take a look around and leave a message.
Charlie's wife is Martha. And she's the one who really needs the support at the moment.
And if you do know Charlie, but didn't know he's in hospital, then hopefully you won't have read this far as you'll already have gone over to his site before you got halfway through this post.