The Blog Formerly Known As Practical Paralegalism
“Faith, Hope & Love” is stenciled on the wall of The Teen’s hospital room, and I have to say it is a comfort to see it. Many of you know that The Teen suffers from a severe form of Sickle Cell Disease (SCD).
What some of you may not know, is SCD patients can be prone to suffer strokes. That’s what the doctors initially thought had happened when she was admitted to ICU at 2 a.m. on Monday, and what they hopefully ruled out with a number of diagnostic tests today.
I was glad to honor the Blogger Day of Silence for Sandy Hook yesterday. When I read the bios of the victims earlier this week, my tears started afresh. When I read the blog post “I Am Adam Lanza’s Mother“, my heart broke all over again, because I do know that all over the world there are families who both love and fear their own children suffering from mental illness, which sometimes expresses itself in violent outbursts at the least, and physical attacks at worst. Even worse is the difficulty getting appropriate – and beneficial – mental health care and support.
The Absent-Minded Professor, a cancer survivor, says none of us have lifetime contracts and we need to live everyday in the present. Those of us who are parents need to make sure we tell our children how great they are and how much we love them – and work hard to give them real childhoods. We can’t always protect them from random violence – or random health crises, but we can love them well.
I guess it was fortuitous that on Sunday afternoon I took pictures of several combinations of completely secondhand clothes, most from the GoodWill. Although I’ve been schlepping around in no make-up, bifocals, and sweaters because the hospital is so cold (at least to me), this is what I’ll likely wear to give an ethics presentation tomorrow, partly because I have a long round-trip drive to the seminar, and this is very comfortable and won’t wrinkle.