Category Archives: Essays
Joni Mitchell reminds us “the seasons, they go round and round.” March 21 marked the beginning of Spring 2013. Sitting in my wheelchair on the threshold of another season, I imagined myself as a 6 month old. More than half century ago, I crawled across a threshold into my first Spring.
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Okay, I admit it. I love to talk.
In fact, I have been told more than once that I use TMW (too many words) or that I ask TMQ (too many questions) and give TMI (too much information). They finally got to me so I decided it was TTT (time to tweet). Read more…
May 31, 2012 marked the end of a month filled with health “awareness” causes. This month, the public was told it was national hepatitis, arthritis, melanoma, osteoporosis, asthma and allergy, brain tumor, Parkinson’s disease, and celiac disease awareness month. Undoubtedly, I have left out a few.
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There may be something analogous to phantom limb pain…phantom function. Both represent consequences of losses experienced in adapting to disability. Read more… Read More
I took my stethoscope from around my neck, placed it in the desk drawer, took off my white coat and hung it on the hook behind my office door for the last time. Several months earlier, sitting at the same desk, struggling to pen a letter explaining to patients I could no longer be their doctor, I wept at the enormity of my loss. Read More
Rationally, we can recognize that the “perfect” or “ideal” body is nothing more than a myth. We understand that it is elusive, unattainable and impermanent. Yet we live in a society that perpetuates the myth and encourages us to strive for it.
Think of the many things we associate with flying & air travel. Now imagine being in a wheelchair, you cannot move your legs, you cannot fit down any narrow aisles, you have on diapers just in case because there is no bathroom you can enter. Read More