This is wonderful news, wishing you blue skies on this next short phase of the journey, to DC! Hope you are cozy and settled there soon. The super-full-moon is exact around 2 Eastern time, perfect for completing one phase and beginning the next. xoxo, your sister Lainie
Even after a short run (an your body has been through an ultra ironman) the body needs to recover and we are talking about heart surgery here.
Although we all think you are a super man, recovery doesn't happen like in the movies and superman doesn't exist. Kick back, send light and love to the damaged cells, love the tissues as they grow back together. They want to be healed, but need the rest to be allowed to work their magic.
I suggest we make you a list of kick back music.
Top of my list:
Ripple (Grateful Dead) Because your cup will be full again soon.
For a farm boy you sure look high tech in the last photo you posted. I love the Captain's message and I bet you are gathering up a lot more than his good luck as your body works to heal and strengthen. Kisses and VERY, VERY light hugs from Rebecca, Bob and Holly
Good evening Mark. It's about 5:45 on Friday and this is Kate. I am trying to attend to enough things that have been hanging all week to be able to stop for the day and not feel totally guilty.
So it's a good thing that you are lying low today. You look great in the pictures you posted yesterday but one must remember that your body has been through a big trauma. It's bound to take time and lots of it. I had a lump removed from my breast when I was only 20 and it completely knocked me on my butt for a week and I didn't feel normal for a month. And I was a healthy 20-year-old. Which is not to say you're old, you understand, but you're not 20 either.
Speaking of breasts -- and how did we get on this subject! -- I finally dragged myself to get a mammogram yesterday and was feeling very sorry for myself and thinking of you. I guess open heart surgery is worse, but mammograms have to come a close second. Well actually, colonoscopies (sp?) are pretty bad, too.
The funny thing about my breast lump was that I didn't want them to take it out because for the first time in my life my breasts were the same size! It was benign so they could have left it and I wouldn't have had to stuff my bra all these years.
I am so glad that Becca has been able to visit you. I hope she gave you the kiss I sent through her yesterday. She reports that you look a million times better than on Monday.
It seems to me that you are becoming a veritable pharmacopia. (I guess that's not a real word.) Can you image the street value of all this stuff you now have access to? What a scandal that could be: "USDA organic deep thinker selling pills from Whitten office".
That's enough silliness for now. I better get back to work but I send you a hug and sleep well tonight.
Hi Mark, don't get discouraged. My step-mom who had a very similar difficult procedure had lots of ups and downs through her recovery. Your body has been through a lot and will take awhile to be back up and running. The good days will make you impatient on the bad days, but soon it will all be behind you!!!
Yeah, it's like you had a shark attack from the inside. Lots to knit up. Energy used in output is not used in repair. Rest is good. Rest is good. Rest is good. Not your style, I know, but rest is good. Make it so.
Ah, gratitude for sunshine, sleep and whatever relieves pain while your body heals. I'm looking at raindrops on bay tree leaves, fluttering in the increasing wind. May you be held in your lovely cocoon until your wings are ready to stretch. No hurries.
I hope you are having a good one! I met up with friends yesterday who are former Pie Ranch barn dancers, who now live in Baltimore and are involved in the urban agricultural operation at Real Food Farm.We would all like to know more about growing dry farm tomatoes when you are feeling better. ;)
hi Mark! left you messages yesterday but I hope you were enjoying being out in the sun or resting or practicing with Jean-Luc. Thinking of you every day, sending all my love! Full moon tomorrow and spring equinox on Sunday--you're recovering in tune with the music of the spheres. xoxo Lainie
I can't wait to hear what marvels you accomplish today on your path to freedom and full recovery! This journal thing is so great for all of us who remain virtually involved in your health and well-being. Moving toward spring - Beth
It has been marvelous to travel this journey vicariously by your side. Your joyful chirping is yet another herald of spring and the growing season - your messages lift us all!.
Today is a gorgeous here and I see you and all of our friends as the earth warms and the daffodils begin to pop out of the earth and the Grecian wind flowers bloom.
I'm especially happy that you got to feel the sun on your face yesterday!
PS - I wasn't so quick to pick up on the "Guest Book" - So, I've probably been writing into the ether
Attended the USDA Organic Research Conference yesterday - would not have happened but for you and your work at OFRF and USDA - -
You look great in the pictures - FYI - my husband and I just started getting the Star Trek - Next Generation DVDs from Netflix - did not have time to watch them in order when they were televised - watching Jean-Luc in action and drinking cheap champagne is a great way to relax for awhile on a rainy Sunday afternoon (and my husband's ancestors hail from Picady). Martha
It's wonderful to hear of your healing progress, and to see the photos of you outdoors, in longed-for enjoyment of sun and moon and dusk. I'm enjoying working with the folks at PAN very much (and it's only been a week!). I'm working with Heather for the time being, on materials development for a nascent bees/pollinators program in conjunction with Beyond Pesticides. Thanks for all the informative, jovial, tender updates. Sending California love across the Rockies, Great Plains, and Mississippi to you!
Hi, Mark. Strange to be in D.C. I find myself wondering how you dealt with the jet lag on your multiple trips out here to do serious negotiations in the belly of the beast! The conference has been full-on in the building all day for 2 days now ... we really need to apply the OG standards and have access to pasture! A number of us ended up here @ One Washington Circle tonight at their very quiet Bistro with great drinks and really good food. Off the beaten track so we were actually able to hold conversations despite the "St. Patrick's Day" holiday. Not my doing but the "regional perspectives" session I moderated today was the best yet, presenting fresh voices from the grasstops including Poppy's offering whole new perspectives and real challenges to step up, desperately needed in this recitation of long-term systems findings. Delighted to hear of your continued progress! Keep us posted. May miss you Saturday AM after all if you're not back in D.C. by then yet--very happy to have this means of keeping in touch! Keep on truckin! I know I will see you soon. hugs, Jane
Hey Mark- So great to see your post replumbing pic, good to know you are getting stronger everyday!!! We are just recovering from our epic weekend in Colorado. We had soooo much fun and giggles. Thought of you much and sent good healing vibes your way. Read off all Chris's notes to our gang and we thought about you a lot. Miss you so much. Can't wait to have you back at work saving the planet. Love you...Meadow
dang, you're lookin good... a good tan is clearly next. so glad to hear you are also feeling good-- I bet that shower was heaven! And it's going to be a great boost to be out of the hospital environment and recuperating in a more homey environment.
we're thinking of you. Kirbs is home for spring break and hanging out, cooking dinners (yay!)
Hey, where can I find your address, so we can send little somethings?
much love, ayu
I am glad to hear they are working you hard and trying to get you out of the hospital ASAP. Those places are dangerous. We will be happiest when you are fully recovered but one stair at a time for now it sounds like.
I am just sitting around reading about Xanthomonas diversity. So, life is not so exciting on the outside today.
Lookin' good, Slip! Wow, re: the ICU pic, that was quite a tangle you were in. Well, not tangled, exactly...it looks like they had everything straight but you had a lot of machines standing by as your good buddies!! As for the other photos, I was VERY glad to see the wheelchair in the background of the one image to provide scale. At first, looking at you "meditating" next to the pot, I thought maybe, like Alice, you'd eaten the mushroom and gotten very small...I realize now that those pots are very LARGE... :)
Mark! Wow, I just read all the entries in your journal...and found myself holding my breath at several different moments. Made me stop and think just how precious life is...I'm so glad to read that you are on the road to recovery! I ran into Bryse the day of your surgery and we both sent warm thoughts your way. It's a sunny day in Santa Cruz after a few days of soft spring rain. I, like Julia, am thinking about gardening...first day of spring on Sunday (also my 45th birthday, how did that happen?!)
Sending you all good thoughts and wishes,
Wow-- 10 days without a shower. I hope some cute nurse gave you a sponge bath, at the very least... We're busy as usual here at Pinsky central. Emma and I are going to see a stage production of "Of Mice & Men" tonight with Chic. Stella is practicing her part as a 'main duckling' for the kids production of 'Honk!'. Todd now has weekends off (yeah!)-- but at a price: he's on the 'wait until 3pm the day before to get your hours' schedule. Kinda hard to plan anything... And I'm healing up nicely after my procedure, studying tons, getting better at churning out papers, doing some work up at McHenry, etc. And it feels like it's time to plant a garden!!
Hiya hiya! Seems to me you are so motivated, how could you not get out soon?! It is a treat to hear how you are plowing through the process there! And still enjoying the ride! Hope you are able to get back to full on activities soon. You are always welcome on Kauai if you need a period of recuperation!!
Hi Mark, KC Here!!!
I am in Silver Spring Maryland!!!
I would like to see you ASAP.
Can you call me, or tell me where you are? I don't have a car, but am very good at public transportation now and could easily figure out the Zip Car thing.
Ian told me you are close. Man, I could use a friend these days, it would really help me out to visit, no matter how long or short. I am SO lonely out here. I can tell you funny stories about being a 53 year old Fellow with a bunch of 25-30 year old peers/friends.
Much Love and Blessings to you,
Glad to hear you're doing so well and on the mend! Keep up the great work, and you'll be out of there in no time. I'm so relieved that everything has gone well, and glad your family has been there by your side the whole time. You have a great team behind you and lots of cheerleaders! Yay Mark!
So glad you are doing well. Lots of folks are back at work rooting for you. Hurry back so you don't miss any coexistence meetings - you know they aren't nearly as much fun if all of our varying voices are not represented!