Day 1289: Masks

At various points during the day yesterday, people coming into my hospital room  — where I’m being treated for pneumonia and some associated heart failure —  have had to wear masks, for their protection and mine.

Because I’ve been wearing various types of oxygen masks and because my face has sometimes been a mask of exhaustion, illness, worry, nausea, and anxiety, I haven’t taken a lot of photos of those masks.

Here’s the one photo I took yesterday.


Who is that masked  man?

That is my long-time and trusted cardiologist, Dr. Deeb Salem.  To me, the mask cannot hide his wonderfulness.  Both times he showed up in my room yesterday, he dispelled my masks of worry and fear.

What music am I about to unmask for this post about masks?

I cannot mask my delight and appreciation for your visit to my blog, here and now.

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45 thoughts on “Day 1289: Masks

  1. Prayer for your recovery from me.

  2. tmezpoetry

    My thoughts are with you Ann.

    • tmezpoetry

      Sometimes when I need a smile, I watch this two videos… hope you enjoy them 🙂

    • Thanks so much for all of this! ❤

      • tmezpoetry

        I’m glad you like it. It is no fun being in a hospital and going through that stuff so little things like this might help 🙂

  3. Warmest wishes to you. ♥

  4. When the smile reaches the eyes like that…

  5. His wonderfulness shows in his eyes. Hugs💙

  6. I’d know him anywhere. Be well soon

  7. Behind the mask is a hero to your health. 🙂 I like him too. Feel better please.

  8. I am thrilled to see the wonderful Dr. Deeb Salem smiling at you. I hope he can help you get to Edinburgh.

  9. I’m not really hiding behind the mask of this quote from Oscar Wilde:
    “Man is least himself when he talks in his own person. Give him a mask, and he will tell you the truth.”
    Instead I’m reflecting on how a mask can emphasize what we most want to share. And because a mask can be shared it’s the best way to express what we share in common.

  10. Hope your recovery is going well.

  11. OH, Ann, I hope you get well soon. PNeumonia is no picnic.

  12. I think your Dr. has smiling eyes! Must have a tincture of Irish in there somewhere. The Lone Ranger was my hero growing up along with Hop-a-long Cassidy and Lash Larue. Sending positive thoughts and prayers your way. Feel better soon.

  13. You are correct; no mask could mask his obvious compassion and sweetness. This song is quite Tell-ing. Continued good thoughts to you for recovery.

  14. Sending wishes for a quick recovery your way!

  15. He has the best smiling eyes Ann! May you continue on the road to recovery 💛

  16. It’s not easy to find something to laugh about in the hospital! I’m glad you’ve found something – get well soon!


    Dear Ann, I am wishing a speedy recovery for you. Your chicken soup is done and in the freezer. It is a little peppery so I might add some barley. Take care and I will bring you soup and whatever else you would like when you are home. Love, Karen

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  22. I am so happy to see Dr. Salem! And so glad that you made a spectacular recovery.

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