Wednesday, January 19, 2011

A DOCTOR'S NOTE FOR MY ABSENCE


I haven't posted anything here in a week, the longest hiatus on this blog. Fact is, I've been sick.

I know, I'm a doctor. I'm not supposed to get sick. But of course I do. I cave in, just like anyone else. Up till today my brain has been a sack of virus, unable to conjure a sentence. But since today I seem able to connect a verb with a noun here and there, I suppose I'm on my way back.

This isn't a real blog entry, though, only a place holder. The viruses that have moved out have left only empty space. On the one hand, poor me, no Fascinating Thoughts. On the other: wow! Emptiness. I can't wait to see what grows here.

4 comments:

  1. Patch Adams. He spoke at my nursing school...that is the name I have been trying to remember all month...and he is in my neighborhood!

    He is way "out there," putting every cherished belief of private ownership and payment on its head. Maybe we own our diseases like we own our houses? Maybe we inherit our diseases like our children inherit our mistakes? Maybe that is what he is saying?

    http://www.patchadams.org/hospital_paper

    I hope you are well soon...I found your blog only because I had a heinous cold...After being bed-ridden and sound asleep for many days, I hobbled downstairs to read the Well Blog of the NYTimes, and read your comment that lead to your blog...Emptiness usually leads to the best discoveries...those who are too constantly full often miss the more subtle treasures of life...

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  2. Thanks for your kind words, DreamsAmelia. I'm slowly coming back to myself, whoever that is.

    Funny you should mention Patch Adams. I was with him in Moscow 26 years ago, handing out rubber clown noses to Russkies in Red Square. He's a wonderful guy, and yes, practices close to you. Do yourself a favor, and visit him.

    Jeff Kane

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  3. Wishing you well, Jeff. So sorry you've been ill, and I'm not a bit surprised you're finding something positive and healing about the experience!

    Saw Marty Rossman yesterday at Book Passage in Corte Madera, where he was reading from his new book. I'm on retreat now, working on my book, and reading and loving his. I want to read YOUR book again, too (don't have it here at the cabin, though). Are you doing anything to keep it out there? It's such a valuable and important resource. Just nudging my talented friend and colleague...
    Lor

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  4. Hi, Lori,

    Ah, getting my brain back again. Woody Allen called it his "second favorite organ," and I can see why.

    Thanks for your kind words. I'll seek out Marty's book, too. I have a lot of faith in him. As for keeping my book out there, I'm just not much of a salesman. If I have the choice of promoting my book or planting radishes, I'll choose the latter every time.

    But here's a little promotion, since you mention it. The book is How To Heal, published 2003 by Helios Press, NY. There.

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