Category Archives: Medical
Discussion of medical illnesses and treatments. Also a splash of my family’s health status.
PTSD (Post Traumatic Stress Disorder) is a disorder in which the person relives a traumatic event. Complex PTSD is a psychological disorder that is linked to repetitive, prolonged traumatic incidents. The trauma involves harm and/or abandonment by a caregiver, such as a parent or family member, or an interpersonal relationship that has an unbalanced power dynamic. People…
There is frequent mention of the importance of being an authentic person and being around be people who are authentic. But what does this mean and why is it so important?
The first thing to mention is that I feel like becoming authentic is a life time process of exploring and better understanding who we are. Being authentic isn’t something that you decide to be and “poof” you suddenly are. Being Read the rest of this entry
This post is really for my sister, Toadie. But there are things I have to say that I want other parents to read, so I’m posting it rather then just writing her privately. In some ways, this is also a letter to myself. So, here goes:
First, I love you. Stop beating yourself up. There is no such thing as perfect and as much as we want to be, there is no possible way any one can be a perfect parent. We are limited by are humanity. But that is also a strength. As we struggle, we can show our children that you can conquer and work through problems. We can be Read the rest of this entry
We arrived home in the wee hours of the morning today after a long day of travel. Something that has brought to my awareness is the immediacy that we have come to expect in our fast food culture. There are times that we have forgotten the amazing connection that we have with the world. In the days prior to cars and planes, it would be unlikely that I would even know about events in California let alone travel to them. Yet, my sense of this travel is still Read the rest of this entry
Here’s another item that has been sitting in my draft pile for an eon. Even though it’s kinda old news, I still find it interesting and wanted to share it with you. There are a few comments that I want to make about the article. Read the rest of this entry
I read this article a while ago and it has been sitting here in my draft pile forever. Since reading this, I have read numerous reports, articles and research papers on fecal transplants. Hell, I even watched a documentary about it on NetFlix. It’s kind of gross to think about it, but it is a promising area of research. And if we really stopped and thought about the many treatments out there that are already standard practice, we might realize that a lot of them are pretty gross too. Read the rest of this entry