I am reinventing myself now. After my fourth pneumonia, oxygen continuously for a year and now my fifth pulmonologist since 2012. He did not have much to offer. An inhaler but “We can’t be sure that it will keep you from getting pneumonia.”
Well. So with ME-CFS, myalgic encephalopathy chronic fatigue syndrome, now what?
I am at a fork in the path. At least three forks.
- Try to do a micropractice, working with Long Covid people. Who either wear masks or I do not see them. I would have to convince the hospital district that it needs me.
- Write. I am doing that, but really focus on it and work on publishing. I have so much art from my mother. She did not really enjoy selling it though she loved having shows and would dress up.
- I could focus on publicizing and selling my mother’s art.
- There is a trunk from my grandfather. I could focus on that. He states that he wants it published. Grandfather, you were a piece of work.
- I could just lie around and travel and play with the cats and make music.
- Focus on music. I have written a number of songs. Apparently being hypoxic makes me write songs. I think they are peculiar and wonderful too. Flute, voice, guitar, piano, bass. Hmmmm.
- Something else. Who knows what will appear? I am doing art too, the two large sculptural pieces in my yard. A fellow doctor scolded me about one. It’s the one with a logging chain and an oxygen tank, attached to a tree. The title is “Tethered”. Now, why would a local doctor object to that? I have some small pieces too that involve found objects and especially feathers and small stemmed glassware.
Many forks! Now I just need more spoons of energy!
For the Ragtag Daily Prompt: reinvent.
The photograph was taken in September 2021. Where is the path? I got to hear Jonathan Doyle last night, with George Radabaugh on piano. FABULOUS!
My advice to artists is don’t listen to anybody.
My artist mother would like you.
Seven exciting pathways. Reinvention is not so much an issue as selection is, but you could pursue them all.
I can just give up sleep! No, actually I can’t. Well, I can do some of all!
I love the jazz video, thank you so much, and I hope you keep writing and still find a path that fulfills you!
Thank you! Me too!
This music is fabulous! Got a ‘big band’ sound to it that I love. Thank you!