My friend's father is having open heart surgery today. A week ago, he had a routine hip replacement. A good surgery, followed by lots of little heart attacks, followed by the diagnostics... Yeah, your valve replacement has to happen now, oh, and, you will also need a triple bypass. She is holding it in, holding on, holding up and not letting it out. Last year she was in the ER with cardiac stuff herselt. Anxiety, they said, or maybe GERD. I think it is worse than that. I think it is…Continue
Thursday was the last day I saw my "computer" as I knew her. My friend, travel companion, ally, workpartner, buddy and communication portal. We were sitting and talking earlier in the day, I wrote up a light handout for a patient, printed it off and a little clicking sound began. Almost like a stroke, she clicked and wirred and didn't move a muscle. I put her away for resting, and tried again later. No dice.
John removed the drive, put it in cryogenic storage (freezer) for a few…Continue
It's been an interesting week all around, but one that has me reflecting on the meaning of being a victim, a survivor, and just choosing away from that.
On one side, I have a friend who is an Aikido practitioner. We had a great chat about one of his projects, which is teaching conflict resolution and non-violent communication through implementing Aikido instruction in the school system. Like putting yoga in school, the philosophy of non-violence is bringing mindfulness to the…Continue