My Writer Wife Peggy Payne’s Post About Our Initial Hospital Saga

This is pretty personal and poignant for me, and today I celebrate the birthday that nearly wasn’t.

Turning Point: First, The Heart Trouble

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3 Responses to My Writer Wife Peggy Payne’s Post About Our Initial Hospital Saga

  1. Joe Dalmasso says:

    Thanks very much for Peggy’s narrative and feelings. Her words brought back to me my 20 year ago hospital experience where I thought there was a chance of failure. It caused me to have to distill in a few moments the meaning of life as it related to my experiences, and the strong realization that I just wanted to continue to be. Sobering. As I look back, it is causing me to appreciate life, relationships, and feelings even more. Thanks you, Peggy.

  2. Dr. Bob says:

    Thanks Joe, for your thoughtful comment – if we gotta die, may as well use that fact fully to live and enjoy what we can while we can. Our recent brush with death has focused me again on the existential approach to healing/re-reading I. Yalom’s classic text Existential Psychotherapy, and preparing for being on a panel discussing client deaths during treatment.
    “I could not stop for death, so he kindly stopped for me…”. I’d rather have Death as an ally than an enemy, and whenever uncertain about how to live, looking’ over my left shoulder at my Death quickly simplifies and clarifies the choices. It’s been my experience that folks who haven’t haven’t made and maintained close friendships die with the most anxiety and pain, and those who live fully with strong intimate relationships are least troubled when the end approaches. bd

  3. Peggy Payne says:

    Thanks, Joe Dalmasso!

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