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…as you had planned.

Which is, come to think of it, most of the time!  It’s actually a miracle when things go “right” and we tend to take it for granted.

We all think we can roll with the punches, but when the punches come, can we?

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Andrew Wyeth “Master Bedroom”

Is not for sissies

If you are getting tired of reading The Dengue Diaries, imagine how I feel living it. This painting captures, for me, the peace and yes, somewhat desultory nature of being sick alone.  Perhaps the dog is enjoying a cozy nap, but there is a moment of utter solitude in this picture which speaks to me right now. [Read more…]

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Andrew Wyeth “Wind from the Sea” 1947

Oh, are you still sick?

In the grand scheme of life, dengue and chinkungunya are nothing.  Pfft! There are truly horrible things that people suffer with and die from.  Bottom line:  it’s not cancer. I’ve lost count of the weeks.  It doesn’t matter anymore.  I really wish people would stop asking, “Are you still sick?” in an annoyed tone, meaning, haven’t you gotten over it yet?  Followed by a grudging,  “Well, you look good.” My reply?  “I hope you never get dengue or chinkungunya.” [Read more…]

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The hot topic

This is the view from my third week of dengue, still in the house, on the couch. Surrender is the hot button on the internet, the “new” cure for all that ails you.   But it’s an age old, traditional Zen concept.  Some people say surrender, others say acceptance.  Surrender seems more active, there is movement, a letting go.  Whilst acceptance seems like sitting back, chilling. [Read more…]

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Where I’ve been

It’s been a week since I have taken to my bed. I had a blood test yesterday to determine whether it’s dengue or chinkungunya. Whatever.  It all hurts.  It all means I’ll be having a tough time for weeks and when it’s over, I won’t be able to so much as sip a glass of wine for six months.  That brings me to May 2016.  Dengue compromises the liver. [Read more…]

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⟡ Another tropical fantasy reality check. ⟡

Greetings from Tropica, where we’re in the midst of an epidemic. My daughter got it.  My maid got it. My maid’s children have it. All of her friends have it. Some of my students have it. The garage door repairman has it.  Many of my friends have it.  Everyone knows many people who have it. [Read more…]