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Change of Venue

June 30, 2006

We’re very hopeful about changing facilities, but cautious, too. Doing so requires patience, as we need to slow down and let this system– with all of its specialists and protocols — envelope us and do its thing. Come in with too much of an agenda and you risk altering the good care they’re surely capable of delivering, or at the very least hindering the normal interrelationships of their teams. But demonstrate passivity and you’re being foolish (and disingenuous). It will take a couple of days for all of us to adjust to things here and get rolling again. Will lost about an ounce yesterday with all of the commotion of the discharge, transport, and set-up, and all five of us are pretty tired all of the time.

One of the highlights so far is the outside. Which is to say, its easy to get out into the outside. The neighborhood around The Hospital for Sick Children (I insist on calling it that) is residential and bucolic. There are houses and trees and fences and sidewalks. Heck, there’s even a park right across the street. And the facility itself has a nice courtyard with tables and chairs for our little lunches. We haven’t realized how sequestered we’ve been, between busyness, tinted glass, air conditioning, undergound parking, and windowless ICUs. So it feels mighty good to feel the sun and the humid breeze.

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4 Responses to “Change of Venue”

  1. Mrs. says:

    Summer has finally come- so glad you get to enjoy some Sunshine on your shoulders!

  2. timothy says:

    i rarely comment, and i might be the only ignorant one reading this, but, could i get a ruling on bucolic?

  3. Liz says:

    bu·col·ic Pronunciation Key (by-klk)

    Of or characteristic of the countryside or its people; rustic. See Synonyms at rural.
    Of or characteristic of shepherds or flocks; pastoral.

    A pastoral poem.
    A farmer or shepherd; a rustic.

    adj 1: used of idealized country life; “a country life of arcadian contentment”; “a pleasant bucolic scene”; “charming in its pastoral setting”; “rustic tranquility” [syn: arcadian, pastoral, rustic] 2: relating to shepherds or herdsmen or devoted to raising sheep or cattle; “pastoral seminomadic people”; “pastoral land”; “a pastoral economy” [syn: pastoral] n 1: a country person [syn: peasant, provincial] 2: a short descriptive poem of rural or pastoral life [syn: eclogue, idyll]

  4. Liz says:

    sorry, the little symbols on the Pronunciation Key didn’t show up…

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