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Ronni Bennett
Portland, Maine
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Pretty much everyone works for a living. Some enjoy their jobs, others don't and a few lucky people consider their work a calling, even a mission to which they are fully dedicated. Undoubtedly the Oregon Health & Sciences University Hospital,... Continue reading
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It's really annoying. Since my surgery four weeks ago, I've lost focus. I can't concentrate long enough to get through an average news article or sift through a simple Google search results page and certainly not a book chapter. Sometimes,... Continue reading
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This Sunday Elder Music column was launched in December of 2008. By May of the following year, one commenter, Peter Tibbles, had added so much knowledge and value to my poor attempts at musical presentations that I asked him to... Continue reading
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JOURNAL ENTRY The doctor removed my 20-odd surgical staples on Wednesday. For those of you who asked, it was no big deal, feeling something like a minor pin prick for each one. Although I consider it a milestone, this, of... Continue reading
Posted 6 days ago at TIME GOES BY
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My 20-some staples come out today – three weeks and one day since the surgery and I'm glad for that. The incision looks nicely healed to me and it's time to move on. Still, overall recovery will take much longer.... Continue reading
Posted Jul 12, 2017 at TIME GOES BY
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...who was estranged from her only relative. A short, sad story. They had adored one another as children – big sister, little brother. Then, the parents' divorce separated the two resulting in their living in different states, visiting on holidays... Continue reading
Posted Jul 10, 2017 at TIME GOES BY
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This Sunday Elder Music column was launched in December of 2008. By May of the following year, one commenter, Peter Tibbles, had added so much knowledge and value to my poor attempts at musical presentations that I asked him to... Continue reading
Posted Jul 9, 2017 at TIME GOES BY
(NOTE: This is a report about my personal progress – no one else's. Maybe there are hints for others in a similar recovery, maybe not. Aside from the general path toward recovery, none of us can know another's needs or... Continue reading
Posted Jul 7, 2017 at TIME GOES BY
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There is a lot I want to write here about this frightful disease, treatment and recovery, the hospital, doctors, nurses, other care professionals, friends, helpers and more. But today, I want to give you a short take on how my... Continue reading
Posted Jul 5, 2017 at TIME GOES BY
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According to my surgeon, only 10 percent of pancreatic cancer patients are eligible for surgery. Had I not been one of them, there would have been, essentially, no useful treatment. Following surgery, it was a week before the pathology report... Continue reading
Posted Jul 3, 2017 at TIME GOES BY
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This Sunday Elder Music column was launched in December of 2008. By May of the following year, one commenter, Peter Tibbles, had added so much knowledge and value to my poor attempts at musical presentations that I asked him to... Continue reading
Posted Jul 2, 2017 at TIME GOES BY
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This post has been the Saturday Interesting Stuff for many years but not today. I'm writing on Friday morning because I am too tired now to think that I can do any better later. One day at a time. Up... Continue reading
Posted Jul 1, 2017 at TIME GOES BY
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Just a fast note to tell you I am on my way home today. I'm writing this on Wednesday with loads to do to be ready for the short but welcome journey and I am sooooo slow at everything these... Continue reading
Posted Jun 29, 2017 at TIME GOES BY
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Personal Note: I'll try to post regularly now, but it depends on how I feel each day. Also, I am still fuzzy in the head so I'll keep these relatively short so they don't veer off into the crazy, however... Continue reading
Posted Jun 28, 2017 at TIME GOES BY
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I am not JUST sitting up in bed, anymore, folks. I'm typing, putting words on paper so to speak and my brain is working fairly well. That wasn't always so here in Hospital-Land. The several days of hallucinations were odd... Continue reading
Posted Jun 26, 2017 at TIME GOES BY
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This Sunday Elder Music column was launched in December of 2008. By May of the following year, one commenter, Peter Tibbles, had added so much knowledge and value to my poor attempts at musical presentations that I asked him to... Continue reading
Posted Jun 25, 2017 at TIME GOES BY
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The good news keeps on coming! Ronni was moved out of The Unit and into a regular room this morning after her NG Tube was removed. She has been sitting in a chair and clearing her lungs out as the... Continue reading
Posted Jun 23, 2017 at TIME GOES BY
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Hello Friends, I hope there is beauty in your day today. I just returned from visiting Ronni in the ICU. She continues to make great gains in her recovery. When I arrived this morning, I must admit my heart skipped... Continue reading
Posted Jun 22, 2017 at TIME GOES BY
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Good evening to all on Team Ronni, I hope this finds you well. After yesterday's marathon of a day, it was nice to call Ronni's nurse this morning to find that Ronni was resting well as she had been all... Continue reading
Posted Jun 21, 2017 at TIME GOES BY
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Hello Team Ronni- this is Autumn writing with an update. First and foremost, Ronni is out of surgery and headed to recovery. It took a bit longer than expected- most likely because The Good Doctor had to dance around all... Continue reading
Posted Jun 20, 2017 at TIME GOES BY
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The day has finally arrived. After all this upending of my life, worry and fear, the surgery will be done tomorrow morning. You know how we old people often talk about how time speeds up as we grow older? It's... Continue reading
Posted Jun 19, 2017 at TIME GOES BY
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This Sunday Elder Music column was launched in December of 2008. By May of the following year, one commenter, Peter Tibbles, had added so much knowledge and value to my poor attempts at musical presentations that I asked him to... Continue reading
Posted Jun 18, 2017 at TIME GOES BY
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A PERSONAL NOTE My surgery is coming up fast and this will be the last Interesting Stuff for awhile. Like last week, it is shorter than usual - I've been kind of busy. On one item, you don't need to... Continue reading
Posted Jun 17, 2017 at TIME GOES BY
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Earlier this week, a surgical aide explained some of the things I will need to do when I get home from the hospital. It's a long list, some of them being relatively big changes in daily life. Without putting any... Continue reading
Posted Jun 16, 2017 at TIME GOES BY
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It was the 2007 movie starring Jack Nicholson and Morgan Freeman that gave us the phrase – and title of the film - The Bucket List. Since then, bucket lists are a common meme among most Americans - I don't... Continue reading
Posted Jun 14, 2017 at TIME GOES BY
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