Day 478: Personal Medicine, Revisited

Waaaaay back on Day 29, I wrote a post called “Personal Medicine.”

I do think that post is worth visiting and checking out — even though I wrote it early in my blogging journey and have probably developed immeasurable blogging skills, wisdom, and other improvements since then.

Although, perhaps not.

Why don’t you see for yourself, people, and visit that old, old post, by clicking on that link, above?


You know what?  Sometimes, I have zero faith that people will do what I request.  Even when I express a need or request REALLY CLEARLY, like

  • Link to that post, please, or
  • Do whatever else for me, please, which involves a little bit of effort  …

…. there’s a part of me that thinks:

That’s not going to happen. People are (1) too busy and (2) my request doesn’t matter enough.

Whoa!  This is NOT what I expected to be writing about, this morning.

However, I can’t say I am surprised.

When I am ill and less able to do everything for myself, I need to ask for more assistance and help. And that is difficult for me to do.

Now, why would that be so difficult, for me?  I was ill, quite  a bit, when I was growing up with a congenital* heart condition, and did need some help and support, in many areas.

Hmmm. Maybe I have trouble asking for help because … I’ve been healthy a lot, too, in my life, and I’ve always liked THAT better.  And when I was healthy, I COULD do things for myself.

Also, I do live in a culture,  my dear readers,  that values independence and a “can-do” attitude. Even though I KNOW (and tell others) that human beings can NOT do things on their own, and that it’s actually a STRENGTH to ask for help …

… it’s still difficult for me to do that.

That would be Ye Olde Double Standard, which I’ve written about, many times, in this here blog (including yesterday, actually).

Yes, it’s difficult for me to ask for help, for a “favor” of any kind,  even though I realize that is Personal Medicine — healthy — for other people. It’s difficult for me to ask for help, even if it’s something that takes minimum effort for the other person, such as my request to you, earlier in this post.

Remember that request? It was “please go visit a post I wrote before, because I think it has something of value.”

Hmmm. I’m realizing, now, that there is something else “loaded” in that request of mine to you, this morning. That is, I am saying:

I wrote something of value.  My thoughts are valuable. They are worth that additional effort of yours, to click on my link.

Again, these thoughts are NOT what I expected to write about today.

But it all feels like personal medicine, to me, here and now.

So the question remains: what DID I expect to write about today?

I expected to report to my readers about some of my Personal Medicine from yesterday, as I continue to deal with and heal from pneumonia.

I am happy to report that those medicines did NOT include antibiotics, but rather:

  1. A visit from my friend, Barbara,
  2. Watching episodes of Seinfeld with my 16-year-old son (who is seeing them for the first time … what fun!),
  3. A delicious meal cooked by Michael (which I didn’t photograph, because I was too interested in eating it … I guess my appetite is returning!), and
  4. A brief visit to the Boston Public Garden, during my favorite season and at one of my favorite times of the day.

Here are some of my attempts to capture the magic and personal medicine of Springtime in Boston, yesterday evening:











Okay! As I was looking for those photos from last evening, I did some pictorial time-traveling, right then.

And to end this post, I would like to share two of those old(er) pictures I just encountered.

#1 – I took this photo, almost exactly a year ago:


(I first used that photo here)

#2 – Here’s a photo taken of me (and my older sister) many years ago, before I developed a lot of skills, wisdom, and other improvements:


I suspect I had a similar expression on my face, yesterday evening.

Thanks to beautiful Boston, to children of all ages, to those who are developing skills and wisdom as they age, to people who are doing their best in asking for (and providing) help, to those who clicked and did NOT click on that friggin’ link to my previous post, and to you — of course! — for being part of my personal medicine, today.

* “Congenital” means that I was born that way.


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38 thoughts on “Day 478: Personal Medicine, Revisited

  1. I think you captured spring time in Boston beautifully. 🙂 Hope you’re feeling much better now.

  2. You have captured the Boston garden at the perfect time of the day, Ann. Thank you so much for these striking photos of recovery.

  3. weight2lose2013

    Hi Ann, your photos bring back memories of visiting the Public Gardens for me. We used to go there every Easter. My mom would dress me up in glen plaid shorts, jacket and cap. lol I don’t get down to Boston proper much anymore, but your images provided a reminder that I really should.


    • Thank you for that great picture of you, back then, and for your visit here today. And yes, return to Boston, when you can!

  4. Your beautiful pictures were personal medicine for me today, Ann. I am so amazed that you posted daily while in the hospital. Whew,that’s true dedication. How wonderful that you were feeling well enough to go out yesterday. You have an indomitable spirit–God bless you. Try not to overdo. 🙂 Love your blog.

    • Well, this comment is personal medicine for ME. So there! Thanks so much for your kind thoughts.

      I am doing my best to balance rest and other forms of healing. And, honestly, writing for this blog is at the top of my Personal Medicine list, every day.

  5. Good to hear about your yesterday’s antibiotic free personal medicine .These pictures are really beautiful . Reading your blog is a good personal medicine for your readers including me 🙂 .

  6. Oh, my goodness, I have the same problem! I, too, was raised to be very independent. I have a horrible time asking people to do things for me. I’m going to honor your request by reading your suggested post right now!
    PS–lovely pics! Glad you’re feeling a bit better!

  7. What a lovely time of year to visit the park in Boston. I’ve only been to Boston once. It was very early July last year and it was eyeball-meltingly hot (for a west coaster). I went to that park but all I remember was wishing that the sky had handles to hold onto. It looks so fresh now.

    • I just love the idea of the sky having handles. I will remember that when the weather here becomes eyeball-meltingly hot (for an east coaster, too).

  8. (a) the photos are great
    (b) glad you are feeling better
    (c) always good to use Personal Medicine
    (d) sometimes I click, sometimes not
    (e) this time I had time to click
    (f) especially like the “distortions” aspect
    (g) also appreciated the “kindness” aspect
    (h) validation, in any form, is a good thing
    (i) the words we write do have value

    and finally,

    (j) you sure were a cute baby 🙂

    • can’t believe I forgot:

      (k) asking for help is essential to survival

    • I love these comments for so many reasons, I don’t have time to list them all.

      P.S. I always forget something, too. I’m glad to see I’m not alone in that, either!

  9. What a lovely collection of photos, Ann. You’re fortunate to have such a nice public gardens.

  10. First and foremost, these are beautiful and stark photographic shots. I particularly love capturing scenes like those. Secondly, I visited your, ‘personal medicine,’ post (had read it a while back but it was nice re-visiting it) and have to say, all three of your prescriptions are good (medicine) and well thought-out, beautifully expressed and apt. Take a bow Anna. You’re heading into Spring (my favourite season) while we’re ‘falling’ into Autumn (my 2nd favourite season). 🙂

  11. Please accept my humble apologies for the typo in the name, Ann.

  12. robert87004

    OK, OK, you got me to click the link, something I rarely do. 🙂 I tend to believe the statement about Hemingway never requiring a reader to turn to a dictionary applies to blogging, with it’s own twist on linking. I do, however, enjoy your writing, linked or linkless, always.

  13. I love your style of wisdom!

  14. First off, all of your photos today were really good, I felt totally connected to your vision of what Boston is like.

    Secondly, I’m not gonna lie; I’m terrible at clicking on links that people ask me to go to, your first reason is the one that is it for me; I’m really busy.

    I can’t stand it when people tell me, “I’ve been busy” as though that is an adequate excuse or justification for something….. but, perhaps there are times when people “really’ are busy? So if you’ll forgive me or accept that I’m telling the truth; I really AM busy….. but I enjoy your articles though, immensely.

    • I forgive you; I accept that you are telling the truth; I am grateful that you are my reader; I appreciate all you wrote here. And, I’m too busy to write more in this reply.

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  16. Knockout photos, particularly the one of the young willow lit up. Yes, I did click the link, but not until I reached the end of the text before the photos. You may be interested to know that as a reader (and writer) I was sort of waiting to be given the reason for going back to it (e.g please click the link to this earlier post, it will make today’s post make sense and it is short).

    • Ah, yes. Thank you for that feedback, Hilary. I think was in a petulant mood where I wanted people to click on that link, NO MATTER WHAT. I very much appreciate all you wrote here.

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