Archive for the ‘Health’ category


My parents are only in their early 70s…not so old, right?  Two weeks of vacation with parent 1 and then parent 2 brought me face to face with the brutal reality of our immortality.  Actually, I don’t think it’s the immortality that worries me.  It’s the aging. Mother has always been a challenge.  Apparently, as […]

Are we forgetting art?

Obviously, some among us are getting that art made all the time, doing the painting and the playing and the poeming for the rest of us. Making art might be your job, your hobby, or something you end up doing because your kid needs a story, a song, or a drawing buddy. Some of us […]

Night owl

As I write these words, it’s 4:37 am. Again. Sure, 4:37 comes twice a day every day, but I’ve been making quite a chum out of this particular time of day lately. We’ve been having a lot of dates recently, going hot and heavy. Sometimes I think maybe I’m not going to see 4:37, but […]

A supposedly fun thing I’ll never do again

I’ve been playing this game a long time: Ever since I was little, I liked to play hard and get dirty on the field.     I still love it now.     Oh, don’t worry – I’m not going to stop playing softball. It’s too much fun. What I am going to stop doing […]

Million Dollar Baby

I never thought I’d be one of those women whose prime directive is the fruitless pursuit of a baby, but it’s happened. I was 38 when I met The Fella. We married in the summer of my 40th year, and began our life together in hot pursuit of creating another life. Fun, carefree sex morphed […]

Tuesday updates

For your reading pleasure, a few updates from previous posts. 1. The New Yorker caption contest. In March 0f 2009, I wrote of my frustration at never getting a cartoon caption in the final three in the New Yorker’s contest. The first of the rather astonishing 34 comments included  AWB’s link to a site (since […]

Menstruation memoir

If all goes to plan, I’m having my last period. That’s 29 years of menstruation.  Approximately 382 periods.  Thousands of tampons and pads. There’s nothing fun about menstruation and yet facing its end is bizarre.  It’s what one does.  It marks the months.  It’s the inconvenience around which one plans.  It’s the interrupter of hot […]

So you’ve decided to have surgery!

Congratulations, you’ve decided to go for it. Good for you! Having surgery is an important step in your life. Actually, it’s sort of like having a kid: although not as potentially cute, your surgery could be just as hobbling, so it’s not a decision you should take lightly. OK, so here are some recommendations for […]

Bye bye baby

I’ve moved through life assuming that giving birth was always a possibility.  And now, at nearly 43, I have to sever that option or cling on to it. Severing would mean better physical health, the resolution of medical issues, and a life liberated from menstruation.  Now that I spend more time menstruating than not, I […]

I Wish I Had A River

She wears diapers. She eats with her fingers, and wears a bib. When prompted she will use a fork or a spoon, but often the food ends up on her clothes or the floor. She’s mostly non-verbal. She can’t walk, although with assistance she can take a few steps. She spends most days sitting in […]