Health

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No Downside To Being An Optimist

At 10:00 on the night before Thanksgiving, two nurses walked into my room to say, without a trace of panic, that the ninth floor had to be evacuated to prepare for an influx of COVID patients. All seventeen of us were immediately to be transported to the fourth floor. Calmly and efficiently it took them ten minutes to maneuver my bed, my IV, and all my belongings thrown on top of the blanket, through silent hallways and down two elevators to my new room....
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Getting Toned in My 50’s

“You’re thin, but you’re flabby.” So spoke my 16 year-old daughter when we went on a beach vacation this summer. She was referring particularly to my arms. After years of running, my legs are decently toned. But even after I replaced running with swimming several years back, my arms still look like some sort of hastily improvised, white surrender flag: long sticks with loose marshmallow-like blobs of flesh swinging off them....
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Dementia: Writing the Story Now You May Never Hear

I’ll never forget the moment I found out my mother’s diagnosis. ‘Your mother has the classic symptoms of Alzheimer’s,’ the geriatric psychiatrist said. I wish I had encouraged Mum to tell me more about her life and recorded her stories. Robin Storey is a ghostwriter specializing in life stories and memoirs....

A BA50 She Did It Story: Deb Rusckowski Talks About How The Covid Testing Site Was Launched on Martha’s Vineyard

This is an amazing "can do" BA50 She Did It story of vision and action and pure grit. Thanks to Deb Rusckowski and an amazing team of launchers, the tension of getting tested for Covid, on island, has been eliminated. By the end of May we had testing on Martha's Vineyard and here's how it happened. ...