Monthly Archives: August 2010

Peace and Prison: 2 Days in the Life of PTSD

Journal Entry 8/11/10 I felt a lot of gratefulness for my body last night. As I lay on my bed, my head resting comfortably on my pillow, I felt great thanks that I have come to a place in my life where I can experience my body as comfort, where I can feel peace being…

Check-ups

The other day, I saw these pictures in an old album, and I knew I had to show you. The first is a photo of my brother doctoring my Betsy Wetsy doll as I look on. I was always worried about her. When I lay Betsy Wetsy down in her crib, her eyelids actually closed–one…

f.o.i. (for our information) – painkillers and infant surgery

The passages I will be quoting come from an article entitled “Babies Remember Pain” by Dr. David B Chamberlain.  It was written in 1989 and gives us information about medical practices that is very important to know and understand. I believe that many people today who have been subject to infant surgery or traumatic medical…

One Year Old

I want to share a tiny piece of my memoir, The Autobiography of a Sea Creature, with you and the photos from which the memory was drawn. The excerpt is taken from chapter one in which I narrate the story of my surgery for pyloric stenosis and some memories of my early relationship with sea…

The Literature of Medical Humanities

My memoir, The Autobiography of a Sea Creature, is just about ready for sending out to agents!  I am thrilled. As I scroll through each chapter, I feel really happy and proud. Part of the first chapter will appear in a book soon to be published by University of California Press, The Healing Art of Writing….