Thursday, April 30, 2009

Trinidioms #41

"I'd like to raise a toast..."

Tuesday, April 28, 2009

Trinidioms #40

"I just don't think we should put all our eggs in one bank."

Sunday, April 26, 2009

Not quite an idiom

We are staying with some physician friends. The husband is an ear, nose, throat surgeon, and he happens to have just gotten a skull to do extra study on. The skull is real.

We were discussing costs and how you go about purchasing something (and I, being the only nonscientist in the room was questioning whether it is a little weird to have someone's head on your bookshelf).

Trina had an insightful question too, regarding its purchase.

"Is it used?"

Trinidioms #39

"Here's the problem; it's like it jumps on top of me."

Friday, April 24, 2009

Trinidioms #38

"She is dull as a doorknob."

Wednesday, April 22, 2009

Trinidioms #37

"You're really putting your nose to the headstone."

Sunday, April 19, 2009

Trinidiom #36

"What's on your head?" (instead of mind)

Friday, April 17, 2009

Trinidioms #35

"We're on the right direction."

Wednesday, April 15, 2009

Trinidioms #34

"That put him over the top of the moon."

Monday, April 13, 2009

Trinidioms #33

"Everyone has got bones in their closet."

Saturday, April 11, 2009

Trinidioms #32

"We're shooting at the wind."

Wednesday, April 08, 2009

Doctor's Visit

Turns out I have been hosting a very impressive bacteria.

Not only was it E. coli, which is dramatic, but it was "the most antibiotic resistant strain I have ever seen" says the doctor. And, it thoroughly chewed up my colon.

The good news is, it didn't get into my kidneys, it appears to be gone now and I can eat (most) foods without much pain. The bad news is it will take "3-6 months to get your full pep back". Wow, 3-6 months is a long time, and how did my doctor know to measure my recovery in pep?

For the medically interested (which is me!), I'll also be taking a therapeutic dose of Pepto Bismol for 8 weeks to keep my intestines nice and slippery for the bacterial pili (mutanty hands) that would dare to latch on. My poor colon has seen better days.k In an effort to rid itself of the E. coli it basically sacrificed itself by shedding the layers that had bacterial pili hanging on. So, I have a colon that's missing several layers and repairing it is apparently where all my sleep energy is going these days. (I'm averaging 11-12 hours a night + a nap).

All in all, a good prognosis...a little bummed about the 3-6 month figure, but better to expect it than continually be surprised that I'm "still tired."

Full speed ahead and doctor approved to head to Mexico April 30th!

Trinidioms #31

"We're on the right direction."

Sunday, April 05, 2009

Trinidioms #30

"We've pretty much ruled them off the map."

Thursday, April 02, 2009

I'm In!!!!!

It's official...I got accepted to my top choice...Boston University School of Medicine!!!

So, we are Boston-bound this fall! Ron's heading to Harvard Law and I to BU. I already bought a sweatshirt =).

We have purposely been silent about school progress on the blog until we heard final decisions since we've been told that admission professionals are known to check blogs and we didn't want to limit any options by stating preference for any specific school.

I am still very easily tired, so I'll sign off now...but I will write more later about the whole school process.

For now, YIPPEE!!!

Trindioms #29

"I'm losing my face."

(In many parts of East Asia, "face" is everything. But a person's face might be even more valuable).

Wednesday, April 01, 2009

What I learned (And I'm not April foolin)

I already knew the obvious stuff. Trina Joy is the apple of my eye, the joy of my life, my best friend, partner, lover, buddy, sidekick and processing outlet. She is selfless, cute as a button, beautiful, brilliant, full of life and fire and love and passion, and I love everything about her. Faults too. I knew all that. I’m not one of those people who forgets about the fact that he’s the luckiest guy in the world. I think about it almost every day. Sometimes my heart hurts with love. Really—I’m not exaggerating.

But, but, but…there’s a difference. My priorities are a bit out of whack. I’ve been way stressed about the school thing. Yeah I got in to Harvard, but I cannot go there if Boston doesn’t work out for Trina…why again was I worrying about that? Why was I caught up in all the celebrity and prestige associated with it? What really matters anyway? What is the place of travel, work, family, God, friends and all that in my life?

I don’t think my life is too screwed up, or that I don’t generally live with intention. But the life of my mind needed a butt-kicking, and it got one. I’m so sorry that the suffering of my dear Trina was the means, but it sure did work.

I tried really hard not to bargain with God that night. I think that’s really dumb. But somewhere in the middle of it all, between songs and tears and prayers, I remembered the age old lesson: don’t sweat the small stuff. And yes, the school I go to can shape the rest of my life—probably mostly in terms of material and prestige and yes, that is small stuff! That’s the part I kept forgetting, what constitutes the small stuff.

I came to Calcutta to get some perspective by helping those who desperately needed it. I didn’t expect that would involve helping my wife. My time at the Home for the Dying was fruitful and it engendered a great deal of compassion. But it was in my own sickness, and in my own deadly fear of my wife’s sickness, that I found what I believe I came here looking for. Perspective, yes. A bit of solidarity with the suffering of the poor (but I had better care) and their fear of losing a loved one to something as insignificant as food borne bacteria.

By the way, for those of you who are curious, Trina’s diagnosis was Escherichia coli. (E. coli). Yikes and yuk. She was sick four times during her time in India (stomach, head, vomit/stomach, E. coli). (I was only sick three times—all stomach, one high fever). Of 22 days in Kolkata, we were sick for 20.

There is much more to learn and much more to say, but this will have to suffice for now. The rest will be in the book!