Blogging On Percocet

1 Day Post Op

So I’m one day post op from my 2nd hip replacement.


They definitely gave me a little too much Percocet this morning and on an empty stomach too…so I’m still feeling a little nauseous and loopy. 


I had my first physical therapy this morning and there is another planned for this afternoon.


It was really hard to walk and every little step was in pain…I asked the nurse half jokingly whether it was okay to curse as we went down the hall with the walker.


While I realize that I still have quite a way to go, I am glad to be starting the process of getting back on my feet again.


I am grateful to G-d for all his mercy, for my family and friends,(especially Dossy here with me and my very understanding daughters who put up with my kvetching through all this), and the superior surgical and medical care that I realize not everyone in the world has so readily available. 


Thank you to everyone for keeping me in your thoughts and prayers. ;-)

The Chalkboard Car

Chalkboard Car
This is a photo of a chalkboard car. 



And on the hood is written “Happy Memorial Day!”



On the side was a design in chalk and on the back even a peace sign. 



Wouldn’t it be sort of funny if everyone had a car with handwritten messages on it (as long as they were kept clean and non-aggressive). 



A little entertainment, humor, how ya feeling today, and more. 



It’s also nice when we don’t take ourselves so seriously and can just have some kosher fun in life. ;-)



(Source Photo: Andy Blumenthal)

Appreciating G-d’s Gifts

Chassidim Dancing
Today, I heard a fascinating speech from Rabbi Haim Ovadia of Magen David Synagogue that put a beautiful new perspective on the Ten Commandments.



He explained how the commandments are not just commandments, but actually a covenant between G-d and mankind.  



G-d gave man gifts of:



1) FREEDOM and choice (He is the L-rd who brought you out of bondage)

2) DIVINITY, a direct spiritual connection (Thou shalt have no idols)

3) PRAYER, heartfelt (Thou shalt not take G-d’s name in vain)

4) SABBATH (On the seventh day thou shalt do no work)

5) FAMILY (Honor thy father and mother).



In turn, G-d asks that we appreciate His gifts to us, and not take from others what isn’t ours:



1) LIFE (Don’t murder)

2) Another Man’s WIFE (Don’t commit adultery)

3) THINGS (Don’t steal)

4) DUE PROCESS/JUSTICE (Don’t bear false witness)

5) Someone else’s BLESSINGS (Don’t covet, and essentially bring an “evil eye” on them)



This interpretation is sort of the ah-ha in the Ten Commandments, which otherwise some would say, “what’s so novel or special about G-d telling us not to do these bad things–wouldn’t we already know (many of) these ourselves?”



But what is novel here is that the Ten Commandments is a whole philosophy of thinking about life, one where we appreciate G-d’s many gifts to us, but where we control our animal instincts and in turn act spiritually.



Thank you G-d for the many wonderful gifts, and for giving us the opportunity to elevate ourselves and be satisfied with our lot in life. 



(Source Photo: Andy Blumenthal)

Feeling It All

Face

Feelings are one of those things that make us oh so human. 


We feel love and hate, joy and sadness, hopeful and anxious, peaceful and distraught, and countless more emotions. 


While some people come across as stoic, others seem to take it all in (maybe even right on the chin). 


Hence, the perennial stone-faced poker player verse the person who seems to show every emotion and just can’t hide it. 


According to the Wall Street Journal, about 20% of both men and women are what’s called highly sensitive people (HSPs).


HSPs simply feel everything more!


These are the people who are crying at the movies and so on. 


They can also be extremely empathetic and caring–because they just almost intuitively understand. 


I think they are also deep thinkers, they are watchers of people, taking in the stimuli and processing it in terms of their feelings. 


I remember as a kid sitting with my sister and her friends who were considerably older than me–8 years–and I would listen to their “mature” girl conversations go on and on, and then at the end, I would just sort of say my sensitive two cents, and I think more often then not, I got a lot of surprise looks at a young boy who seemed a lot older and wiser than his age. 


In retrospect, I think that I was always just very sensitive to people, their plights, their hurt, the injustices in the world, and sought to understand it and try to make it right. 


The flip side is that one schmuck of a manager years ago said to me, “You need to get a thicker skin!”


But you know what, I like feeling, being very human, and deeply experiencing the world.


I would imagine (having never tried drugs, true) that perhaps people who get high either are running away from some feelings or running to others–but as a HSP, you just feel it all straight up. 


Being very sensitive to the world can almost be like extrasensory perception…sometimes you can see what others don’t, but you also have to learn to cope with the firehose flood of feelings–sometimes even having to tune some of it out. 


Cut me and I bleed, caress me and I am comforted.  ;-)


(Source Photo: Andy Blumenthal)

Can You Just Stop And Think?

Think

So oddly, one thing that many people these days find really hard to do is STOP AND THINK.


What do I mean?


Be alone, do nothing, and just take the time to be with yourself and think.


–without your smartphone, television, music, game, or even a book. 


Just you, the four walls, and your brain…thinking, thinking, thinking.


Feeling a little jittery, scared yet. 


Why are people afraid to stop and think? 


Is it because within the thinking is some craziness, fear, anxiety, and even remorse?


Are there overwhelming feelings and thoughts about issues, events, people, and places that are unresolved and painful. 


Also, by ourselves and in our thoughts, we can realize how weak, vulnerable, and mortal we are. 


If we are here in our own heads, maybe no one will even notice we are gone or maybe no one will even miss us–maybe they’ll replace us?


We’re so easily ditched, replaceable, just another character in a long cast of characters.


When we stop and think, do we worry about all the other things we’re not doing or getting done…perhaps, we don’t have the time to think, because we need to be doing, doing, doing. 


And if we’re not moving forward doing something, then we are being left behind!


But doesn’t thinking lead to more purposeful doing?


A little upfront thinking and planning, maybe can save you some serious time wasted just acting out. 


Somehow, like a prisoner in isolation though too much alone time with your own thoughts is enough to drive anyone crazy, docile, and ready to behave just to get out, interact with other human beings, and doing something.


We need to stay active, not be bored, so we don’t think too much.


When I was in the hospital recently, one orderly named Kelvin, saw me sitting there by myself thinking, and he said to me, “Oh no, you don’t want to have too much time to think. Block those thoughts out of your mind. Why don’t you watch some TV?”  


Smart Kelvin. ;-)


(Source Photo: Andy Blumenthal)

Look At Me I’m Sandra Dee

NRC

This was a photo outside the Nuclear Regulatory Commission. 


These men in the HAZMAT-looking outfits may have absolutely nothing to do with NRC, but they sure did look the part.


Almost like playing dress-up as kids, but when adults do it–it can definitely look like a lot more forboding. 


Another day in the life of the D.C. Capital Region, but also making me think of Grease–Look At Me I’m Sandra Dee.  


(Source Photo: Andy Blumenthal)

The Flaming Bus

Flame Bus

I took this photo today in Washington, D.C.


This cool bus is painted with flames on the hood and has a guitar at the top. 


No, it’s not the bus from The Partridge Family although it has similar colors!


On this bus, the guitar has the name “Sailing Conductors Jack Mantis” on it. 


When I looked this up online, I found that these are some “music loving dudes” who travel (sail and bus) the world and record musicians across dozen of countries and 5 continents. 


They have music, videos, and a 4-part TV series from their global talent search–although there is only limited material at their site (so not sure where all the recordings from the “hundreds of local musicians” is available for consumption).


Anyway, this is a fascinating experiment in discovering diversity, music and the arts, and culture along their travels. 


As to the specific music–beauty is in the eye of the beholder. ;-)


(Source Photo: Andy Blumenthal)