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Victory!

For the fourth week in a row, I remembered trash day. Medical leave is all about the baby steps.

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Greetings from 4:30 am: Day 42 of Medical Leave

My insomnia problem is almost cured, I swear! Ever since my body started adjusting to the acupuncture and I started taking melatonin, I’ve been falling asleep between 10 and 11 every night and waking up somewhere between 6 and 8, … Continue reading

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Is There Anything I Can Do For Extra Credit?

To say that I am a member of the Rite Aid Pharmacy’s Frequent Flyer Club is an understatement. A couple of times I have even gotten birthday cards from them. And since it has been a while since I have … Continue reading

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Still Swallowing the Spider: Day 28 of Medical Leave

At the risk of courting accusations of hypocrisy, I’ll tell you that I started a new medication today. Three weeks ago, one of my doctors suggested trying two new medications – I believe that was the day I went home … Continue reading

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‘Lying to the Computer’: Day 22 of Medical Leave

This month’s issue of Harper’s includes an article called “Starving Your Way to Vigor: The Benefits of an Empty Stomach.” In this article, journalist Steve Hendricks both reviews the history of medicinal fasting in the United States during the nineteenth … Continue reading

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Reality Check: Medical Leave, Day 20

Keeping this blog has been good for me. I’ve worked on it almost every day since I’ve been out on medical leave, and it’s given me a chance to write down some thoughts that have been on my mind for … Continue reading

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When the Student is Ready, the Teacher Appears (How I Got Here, Part 4)

In class, whenever we reach a moment in literature that asks readers to suspend their disbelief (the moment when the scarlet A glows in the sky in The Scarlet Letter, for example, or the description of Pilate’s missing navel in … Continue reading

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