An Open Letter to the Politicians who Represent Me

Our local newspaper recently published this letter http://www.ithacajournal.com/story/opinion/2015/08/27/guest-viewpoint-health-care/32480417/

We are a family of six, living in Tompkins County.

The Birth of Ivy Lyn

In the moments between the crazy, I am treasuring brief bits of total magic. We have a new baby human at our house! Who three days ago went from upside down, umbilically-attached to me...to lung-breathing-infant On The Outside. She's so new that even though her eyes are bright, you can't yet tell what color they will be. Times like these, you really notice the transitory nature of the universe. Our baby had a time Inside, and is now launched. And this is how the transition went.


I felt like I was in labor for two weeks before Ivy arrived.

It's a...

GIRL!! Our newest little one arrived at 11:11am yesterday morning, surrounded by her family, friends, and midwives.

She's our biggest yet: 7lbs 4oz, and at the moment she has lots of dark hair.

Am feeling rather dazed but exultant. She is adorable and sleepy. The proud papa is doing well, as is the rest of the family...

Please send us good thoughts concerning the baby developing excellent nursing skills!!!

Love, Sarabeth

Snow Days

Dear Family,

“People don’t want to be confused with facts that contradict their preconceived opinions.” --Geoff Metcalf

"Sometimes medical care (like politics) is the art of the possible." --William Walsh

"You can preach a better sermon with your life than with your lips." --Oliver Goldsmith


Eliza is incredibly adorable and completely cute, except when she is utterly and totally irrational and/or screaming her guts out.

Some Reading For A Snow Day - Measles, Brain Health, and Epigenetics

Dear Family,

Recently, I read the following excerpt from an "infectious disease specialist" at the UC Berkeley School of Public Health, John E. Swartzberg, M.D.:

Q. How effective is the [measles] vaccine?

A. Very.

Trajectory of a Year - or, Continuing my Personal Health Adventures

Dear Family,

I have a huge disinclination to draw conclusions about anything health-related. I don't want to be known as That Person who recommends a healing modality after testing it for A Very Short Time, Announces Tremendous Results, and then...experiences a "Relapse" and never discusses said Modality again.

But when is anything in health "conclusive?" Since that's up for debate, and because I have been trying a lot of different things this year, I am going to trepidatiously announce that my mental and physical health status feels a lot more stable and Good Overall.

Thinking About GAPS, Resistant Starch, and Beyond

Dear Family,

"No Disease That Can Be Treated By diet Should Be Treated With any Other Means.”

  • Maimonides

I've been thinking recently that there are two sorts of people in the world: those who are dealing with significant health concerns, to the point where these concerns pretty much take over their lives...and those who aren't.

Then I thought, there is actually a third group: those whose lives are ruled by their health problems, but they (the people) don't realize it.

Anyway, if you happen to be a member of either of the latter two groups, the following letter may be q

Thinking About Me, and OCD

Dear Family,

"Give a man a fish and feed him for a day. Teach a man to fish and feed him for a lifetime. Teach a man to cycle and he will realize fishing is stupid and boring."

--Desmond Tutu

"Why do you go away? So that you can come back. So that you can see the place you came from with new eyes and extra colors. And the people there see you differently, too. Coming back to where you started is not the same as never leaving."

-- Terry Pratchett, "A Hat Full of Sky"


It's hard to discuss my own mental health with both humor and compassion.

"What's Eating My Child?" - notes from a talk by Kelly Dorfman

The notes that follow are my (Sarabeth's) summary of a talk given by Kelly Dorfman.

Thinking About Family

Dear Family,

To my old brown earth And to my old blue sky I’ll now give these last few molecules of “I.” And you who sing, And you who stand nearby, I do charge you not to cry. Guard well our human chain,
 Watch well you keep it strong, 
As long as sun will shine. And this our home,
 Keep pure and sweet and green,
 For now I’m yours 
And you are also mine.

--Pete Seeger (1919-2014)


Jemmerisms:

Concerning eternal frustrations (Slippery Ice, Learning Something New, Life In General): "I HATE ice skating!

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