Quote: Just take it bird by bird, buddy!

“Thirty years ago my older brother, who was ten years old at the time, was trying to get a report on birds written that he’d had three months to write. It was due the next day. We were out at our  family cabin in Bolinas, and he was at the kitchen table close to tears, surrounded by binder paper and pencils and unopened books on birds, immobilized by the hugeness of the task ahead. Then my father sat down beside him, put his arm around my brother’s shoulder, and said, ‘Bird by bird, buddy. Just take it bird by bird.'” (Anne Lamott’s Bird by Bird: Some Instructions on Writing and Life)

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July: A month of living without white rice

(Part of A Year of Living Without)

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The Challenge: To abstain from white, overprocessed rice

Planned replacement habit: Brown/red rice (or no rice at all), camote and other rootcrops

Month-end Report: I spent most of my days and nights at the hospital doing daughter duties. And for lack of healthier choices, yes, I ate white rice — glorious, delicious, supercalorific, carbotastic rice. The sugar made me invent words.

Up next: A month of living without sleeping in on Sunday mornings

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Quote: An opportunity to do something as wondrous as writing

“You have to appreciate the spiritual component of having an opportunity to do something as wondrous as writing. You should be practical and smart and you should have a good agent and you should work really, really hard. But you should also be filled with awe and gratitude about this amazing way to be in the world.” (Journalist and New Yorker staff writer Susan Orlean’s advice to aspiring writers)

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Hospital Stuff

This will be another rambling post as I’m writing from the hospital yet again. I stayed here for a week before Typhoon Glenda hit and I came back just a few days after. Been here for another full week doing errands and stuff. “Stuff” includes buying meds and supplies, getting blood, and generally just…being here…for any instructions whatsoever from the doctors or the nurses or any papers that have to be signed before tests and procedures can proceed.

So, I’m just…here…now.  And it looks like I will be staying for another week or until he gets better. Thank God, he seems to be recovering.

Save for the lady pharmacist and a few guards, they have the nicest people around here — the doctors, nurses, nursing aides, rad techs, pulmo techs, cleaning ladies. They all look so friendly and familiar now. Even the shopkeepers at the 7-11 are familiar faces. I figured out the shifts so I actually have an idea who is manning the store right now. Meanwhile, the cashier at Isla Cafe was pirated and she is now dispensing medical supplies at the ground floor. I also know from experience that some medicines and supplies are much cheaper at a nearby hospital so I walk all the way there most of the time to get some of the meds. That’s how long I’ve been staying here; I practically live here.

And this much I’ve learned: The hospital is such a sad, lonely place. Sure, sick people go here to get better, but uncertainty hangs in the air. It is the uncertainty that is unsettling.

I don’t know if this painting has the power to calm nerves, quiet sobs, hear prayers, and assure people on the brink of hopelessness…

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…but it is located right outside this…

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… beside this ugly, passive-aggressive poster.

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The Smoker’s Body is prominently displayed on an easel stand, visible to the relatives of MICU patients. What an interesting piece of “art” it is.

Speaking of art, I found these at the main lobby:

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Lung and Jelly Beans (Kidding! This is "LCP 2001" by RS Cheng, M.D.)

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I Heart My Lungs (No, actually this is "Nature and Humanity" by RS Cheng, M.D.)

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My favorite: A giant doodle from "wewilldoodle". The banderitas are no match to the dreary lighting.

But wait, there’s more! For some strange reason, there’s a photo exhibit at the hospital lobby as well.

Presenting: The Royal Kingdom of Bhutan!

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So now, I’m thinking of going to Bhutan…

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…after he gets better, that is.

Told ya, rambling, meandering.

It’s the mid-day visiting hour. Have to go and do “hospital stuff” now! Bye!

*Edit: There’s a logical explanation to the photo exhibit after all, and it’s here: http://eddie-concepcion.blogspot.com/2014/06/the-land-of-thunder-dragon-dream-photo.html?m=1

Kudos to VISTA for the beautiful images of Bhutan! VISTA is composed of Garrie David, Ricci Jimenez, Connie Padilla, Tony Ramos, Keith Sundiang and Eddie Concepcion.

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