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To our dog, Buddy, on his passing- thank you

Torrey (my eldest stepson and a superlative gentleman) and I took Buddy for his final visit to the vet. I couldn’t have done it without him. Torrey is one of those exceptional people who knows how to be there in just the … Continue reading

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PEE-ills (or, The City of Metropillus)

Jason Ohler | real Being First, please indulge me by watching the 37-second video. I recommend you turn up your sound and go full screen. PEE-ills. That’s what I call them. It gives them more personality. It keeps me from … Continue reading

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The Gurney Float (or, Health as an Ecosystem)

July 4, 2015 | Jason Ohler I’m one of the reasons your health care costs so much. Sorry. I am four months post transplant. I felt fine until my doctors told me I wasn’t. Back into the hospital I go. … Continue reading

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Making the Rounds

Jason Ohler | June 16, 2015 My good friends want to see my scar. They feel comfortable not hiding their very understandable curiosity. They know it’s going to be huge, and it doesn’t disappoint. It stretches from arm pit to arm pit, riding … Continue reading

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My Three Chairs (or, From Where I sit)

For about a year, when I wasn’t in bed I was sitting in one of these. Let’s start with the one in the middle. That’s the dining room chair where I spent so many hours, typing, drilling inward, scanning the … Continue reading

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One billion toothbrushes infected with fecal matter? Seriously?

We should all be concerned about this, shouldn’t we? But it’s particularly important to transplantees because we take medication that causes us to be immuno-suppressed (vs. emotionally suppressed, though there may be some of that, too). Here’s how the post-transplant … Continue reading

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Writing your own obituary

Once I realized that no one survived the disease that had chosen me*, (unless they were fortunate enough to receive a lung transplant), I began reading the obituaries. I’m not sure why. I think I was looking for company. Senator … Continue reading

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