Posts Tagged With: “I Should Have Known Better”

Day 1614: Attachments

My attachments include

  • this blog,
  • my readers,
  • my family,
  • my friends,
  • home,
  • the planet earth, and
  • my therapy groups.

Last night, my therapy group discussed the topic of “Attachments.”  I wrote this:


If you’re attached to easy reading, here’s what I wrote there:


What is your personal experience of attachment?

I get very attached to things. Lately, I’ve been working on being less attached. I am probably going to throw out a lot of things in the next few months.

My iPhone is a useful attachment for taking pictures.





I’m trying to lose my attachment to telling myself “I should have known better.”

I’m  very attached to music, including this:


What are your thoughts about attachments?  Please attach a comment to this post, below.

I do not want to lose my attachment to gratitude, so I am attaching this thank you note  to all who helped me attach this post to my blog today and to you — of course! — for attaching yourself here, now.

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Day 865: I should know

I should know, by now, that I’ll have plenty of blogging topics to choose from on a Friday, because I do two therapy groups on Thursdays.

In last night’s group, somebody said this:

If you read my blog regularly, you should know that I think “should” statements are not particularly helpful.

You should also know, if you read my blog, that I have a very thorough medical team.

Yesterday morning, I went for an appointment with some pulmonary specialists.

You may think you should know what “pulmonary” means, but you should know I think that’s just a fancy term for lungs and breathing.

You shouldn’t know  — because I haven’t told you yet — that in January a pulmonary test indicated I had two types of “abnormalities” in my lungs.  I should know the terms my Primary Care Physician used about that, but I’m not sure what they were. I think one was mild “restriction” and the other was mild “obstruction.”

You should know that, to be safe, my doctor made an appointment for me with a pulmonary specialist she liked, for last week.You should also know that I had to postpone that appointment to yesterday at 8 AM, because I had cardiac surgery last week.

I should know that if my doctor likes other doctors, I am going to like them, too.

Here’s Dr. Kari Roberts:

You should know that I thought her glasses were the coolest.

You should know I like to make goofy jokes, so when Dr. Roberts asked if it was okay that her medical fellow talk to me first, I replied

Is he a jolly good fellow?

I don’t know if I would call Dr. Manley

jolly, but he was definitely good. He explained the results of my pulmonary tests, very helpfully and clearly.

I should know, by now, that good doctors often draw things on whatever paper is around, when they’re explaining things to you.

You should know, if you read my blog, that I like to collaborate with medical people. So yesterday, Dr. Roberts, Dr. Manley, and I together came up with the conclusion that the slight abnormalities in my pulmonary tests were probably due to my heart becoming somewhat enlarged recently, allowing less room in the chest cavity for my lungs. I don’t assume  you should or shouldn’t know this, but nobody seems particularly worried about my lungs.

You should know that besides Dr. Manley and Dr. Roberts, Dr. Bains

was also there at my appointment yesterday, but I don’t know why.

You should know I like to include photos in every blog post, from the day before.


You should know  I love comments on this blog, so feel free to ask a question and/or make a statement below.

You should know I’m going to leave some music behind, right now. Did you know I’d think of this Beatle tune

… and this one, also?

(Although we all should know that “Dr. Robert” is not a perfect match.)

I should know I can’t create these posts on my own, so knowledgable thanks to my groups, my PCP Dr. Laura Snydman, Dr. Roberts, Dr. Manley, Dr. Bains, the Beatles, make-your-own Sundaes, flowers, Michael (for cleaning every Thursday), my co-workers for the Get Well card, Paul Nagano (for the rabbit fan) and you — of course! — because I should know I blog everyday for me and for you, too.

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