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Two weeks down the road

Posted by on Mar 18, 2015 in About me | 68 comments

Two weeks down the road

Hello all. It has been two weeks since my open-heart surgery, and the first day I can sort of read and type. Before now my brain was fairly scrambled with anesthesia and medications. The surgery went well, all in all, but I did wake up tied to my bed with the intubation tube still stuffed down my throat, which was one of my biggest fears. It was ghastly, very frightening an I am having a lot of trouble with that memory. So I came home a miracle: one in a million chances of having this condition and odds likely similar that it was diagnosed and fixed before it killed me. Not yet sure what to...

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Tomorrow is the Day

Posted by on Mar 1, 2015 in About me | 116 comments

Tomorrow is the Day

I have been in the cardiac ICU for five days now. The nurses are letting me be a bit mobile, thank goodness. Most people in this ICU are not healthy like I am, so at at the beginning I was treated like a geriatric sausage, someone to roll around and do for. It is hard to be treated that way when you are able bodied, so I got permission from the surgeon for more freedom. Now I can shower by myself, unhook all my wires from the Great Tree and go the the bathroom on my own steam. I come back and hook myself back up and all is well. The pulse device on my finger meant I could only type with one...

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My Detour from art to the ICU

Posted by on Feb 28, 2015 in About me | 301 comments

My Detour from art to the ICU

I am typing this from the ICU cardiac unit at St. Anthony hospital in Lakewood, Colorado. Last Wednesday I went to the allergy doctor to get a new inhaler to help with allergy and asthma symptoms that I had dealt with my whole life, but which since my flu in December seemed a little worse. The cough would not go away, the feeling in my chest was congested. Nothing  that a new inhaler would not take care of. When I got there, the doctor took my vitals, gave me a breathing treatment and a new inhaler, then sat down with a serious look on his face. I think there is more to this, he said. I had...

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“Unsubscribe” before you “Spam”

Posted by on Jan 8, 2015 in About me | 2 comments

“Unsubscribe” before you “Spam”

Use “unsubscribe” not “spam” when opting out

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Bombs Away!

Posted by on May 20, 2013 in About me, Creative Exercises | 4 comments

Bombs Away!

This morning my girl went to school, for the last week of finals. An hour later she sent a text that the school had  a bomb scare, and that she and the other kids were headed to the gym. We turn on the news. In fact, there is a bomb scare at her school in the headlines. While I know that this kind of thing most often ends up fine, I do not want my beautiful girl huddled with frightened masses of other children, even for one minute. We watched the news, and waited for updates. In the meantime I think, what can I do to balance out this ghastly fear that is creeping up my spine? In these...

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12/12/12 and my Facebook Friends

Posted by on Dec 12, 2012 in About me | 2 comments

12/12/12 and my Facebook Friends

What does this date mean in numerology? “It’s just a cute day,” said Underwood Dudley, a retired professor of mathematics at DePauw University in Greencastle, Ind., and author of “Numerology.” Today I celebrate having 2102 Friends on Facebook. I thought I would fly in the face of fate and manage to collect 2012 friends on 12/12/12. Why not? May even buy a lottery ticket today. Thank you friends, for hanging out for my stencil giveaway, my holiday tutorial hop, for checking out my teaching schedule for 2103, for reading the interview and entering the giveaway on...

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