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Comment by Ian Mason on April 29, 2015 at 3:01am

Glad to hear that you're in action again, Carl. Keep it up.

I think there might be more "closet" atheists round and about in the health service than we think  although a lot of the people I work with in elderly care seem to be New Agers of various types. That might be because the profession is not a highly-educated one plus a portion of wishful thinking. "Is this all there is to life, rotting away at the end? There must be something else." You probably know what I mean.

Comment by sk8eycat on April 28, 2015 at 11:07pm

I am SO happy to see you again, Carl!  Been thinking about you a lot, especially when an anonymous aircraft flies over the house (we are near a glide path that is rarely used anymore).  Anyroad, I'm glad the dialysis is helping; just hang in there.  PLEASE.

Joan: I think I mentioned (about 10 times) that I wore my "IMAGINE NO RELIGION" T-shirt when I checked into St. Joseph Med Ctr for my laminectomy & fusion in '09.  The admitting clerks actually liked it. 

After the surgery I was not allowed out of bed AT ALL for 3 days, and I kept complaining (with a smile) about the "scarecrow" on the wall, but there is no way those things can be removed.  So when they finally decided it was okay for me to use a walker, etc., the first thing I did was drape my shirt over the silly thing.  When Dr. Falkenstein (my surgeon) saw it he nearly fell down laughing.  Said he's done most of his training in Catholic hospitals, and it was a real pain in the tush for him to see that "dead man on a stick" everywhere he looked.

The chaplain barged in when an LVN was giving me a bed bath; she said she'd be back, and I said, "Don't bother."  She didn't. I wasn't in good enough shape for any theological discussions. 

I dozed a lot, didn't even read much.  I was getting half-doses of non-opiate painkiller every half hour for 5 days.  Worked perfectly.  I am violently allergic to morphine and barbiturates (which nobody uses much anymore, thank whoever!)

So that's MY organ recital for tonight.

Comment by Joan Denoo on April 28, 2015 at 5:14pm

Ian, I told the admitting nurse that I am an atheist, and she didn't bat an eyelash. I seemed the hospital chaplain arrived in my room very shortly after my admittance. I was vomiting all over everyone at the time and he promptly left. I was happy to see him after I had the tube down my throat, although my nose and throat hurt when I talked. I wanted to try out my Boghossian technique on him. Frankly, I enjoyed the challenge he presented.

A woman volunteer came daily, and I found her far more tedious.

the staff members who were interested in what I had to say offered me a great distraction from my bodily woes.

Boghossian

Comment by The Flying Atheist on April 28, 2015 at 5:01pm
Good one, Bertold. Just the way I like 'em. The cornier the better!
Comment by The Flying Atheist on April 28, 2015 at 4:57pm
I forgot to mention that my kidney transplant has been delayed six months. The cardiologist wants me to fully recover before undergoing another major surgery. I guess that's for the best. It will give me additional time to build up my strength. My kidney disease has greatly weakened me. Now that I'm on dialysis and have a new heart valve, I'm finally healthy enough and have the energy to exercise.
Comment by k.h. ky on April 28, 2015 at 4:00pm
Bravo!
Comment by Idaho Spud on April 28, 2015 at 12:47pm

Heheheha!

Comment by Loren Miller on April 28, 2015 at 10:53am

Boo, Hiss!!!!! [grin!]

Comment by Bertold Brautigan on April 28, 2015 at 10:49am

Comment by Idaho Spud on April 28, 2015 at 7:59am

From my experience, the exercise of arthritis joints has to be just the right amount.  Not too little and not too much.  

After months of very little excercise, I first started working in my garden a few days ago, and my knees and hips were quite painful after only an hour per day.  I was quite concerned.

Yesterday, I worked 2 hours, and the joints don't have much pain.  Looks like they are recovering from being lazy all winter.

Of course my joints are not bad yet, so I don't know about bad arthritis.

 

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