Shots, and a little relief

(Why am I naming days?) 10/17/14, Day 14,045 (Mercena Day 63): Shots and a little relief A big medical day for daughter and father yesterday. Mercena had the first round of her 2-month vaccinations, and I felt the first glimmer of real recovery for my back injury. Heather reports that her 2-month appointment went well! Mercena breast-fed through the shots, […]

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Phone Meetings and Little Gains

(Why am I naming days?) 10/16/14, Day 14,044 (Mercena Day 62): Phone Meetings and Little Gains I really wanted to go to work yesterday. I had told myself that it was possible (it was never really possible). I needed it to be possible, both for my own sense of progress and because I had four meetings (not counting a CSA veggie pick-up and Lark event). But my healing progress is so slow, so on went the speaker phone. Thankfully, Mercena had a great day, and Lori rode to our rescue, accompanying Heather for the veggie pick-up. And I was able to participate somewhat effectively calling in from the phone. In spite of all that, I did make some small gains by staying as mobile as the pain would allow. And late last night, I even finished five more pages of my New Year play (a slippery time play written for the actors of the Ensemble). Technique never stands still: it only advances or retreats… Writing: 163 out of 212 days (New Year) Spanish: 134 out of 212 days Music: 63 out of 118 days Yoga: 2 out of 2 days What small things did I do yesterday to help build the Honeycomb? (And what does it mean to “Help build the honeycomb?”) Ate and cooked local, organic, vegetarian food, and used cloth diapers for Mercena; Signed a petition in support of stronger protections against illegal fishing; Asked EBay to cut ties with […]

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Two More Days With The Back Monster

(Why am I naming days?) 10/13/14, Day 14,041 (Mercena Day 59): Back Monster, Day Two; or, Soft Launch of Flux Forward Not to much to report from these past days. The back injury is not getting much better, even after a visit to the chiropractor. I’m heading back for a second visit today (a laborious and costly process of careful slow walking and green cabs), so hopefully we’ll make more progress. This second day of back pain wasn’t unproductive; Chinaza and I were able to get all of Flux’s ducks in a row to soft launch FluxForward with our Friends of Flux (more on that soon). A production meeting and visit from Emily gave me some faces to say hello to before retreating to my pain cave. Truly, the hardest part of this is not being able to help with Mercena, who had some serious witching hour action once we fell of the schedule in the afternoon. Heather has been amazing throughout all of this,  which is no surprise but I am filled with even more gratitude for my amazing partner in life. 10/14/14, Day 14,042 (Mercena Day 60): Back Monster, Day Three; or Chiropracting It was a comical, slow-motion journey, but I did make it to the chiropractor yesterday with Heather by my side, and Mercena in the care of an angel friend. As I wrote above, hopefully the second visit to the chiro today will make more of […]

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Into the Weeds

(Why am I naming days?) I’m writing these posts in bed after being incapacitated by the worst back injury of my life yesterday, so please be patient as my pain-addled mind moves through the last few days. 10/9/14, Day 14,037 (Mercena Day 55): Into the Weeds This was the day I began to feel truly in the weeds with the […]

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