June 16th, 2011

Writer's Block: Practically amazing

If you could have a power that helps you with day-to-day living, like the ability to always get a seat on the bus, what would choose, and why?

The super-Ordinary power i would choose, hands down, is the power not to put my foot in my mouth.  Lack of this power has cost me a great deal in terms of  "day-to-day living."  My super non-hero name would be Mr. Appropriate and i would cruise through life putting smiles on the faces of all people i interact with.  I might even find a second career as a political negotiator in Western Asia or Eastern Europe.   Master of the compassionate tone and the timely phrase  i would astound everyone with my wisdom and my ability to go directly to the core of any problem without offending people  in the process.

Replacing Parts

Three and one-half years ago my right hip had to be replaced because of a prenatal injury that finally caught up with me after 74 years.  It now appears that my left hip has the same condition and that i will need to have another hip replacement surgery soon.  The good news is that there is a problem that has a solution.  The bad news is we will have to go through the logistics involved in changing my role from caregiver to that of the one being cared for.  In her wheelchair and always needing more oxygen than her lungs can supply, she is still the more competent of the two of us and people tend to forget that i take care of her rather than the other way around.  She reassures me that we will make it through this and i need that reassurance;  among family, friends, and church we will be taken care of..

The increasing number of skeletal parts that can be replaced and organs that can be transplanted reminds my of the impermanence of the body and of the self.   Surely brain transplants are in the near future, and with an increasing number of neurologists saying that they cannot distinguish between the brain and the mind, questions of the continuity of the self will become more interesting.  Autistic, i  have many reasons already to question that continuity.

Well, hips are relatively non defining, at least for me,  But with two "good" hips i will be a different person.  I will walk better, get things done faster, tire less easily, take more risks, etc. etc..