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Saturday, 8.21.04: Week in Review

Saturday. Brain dead, but restless.

Sunday. We went to a wake. The 39-year-old daughter of a woman who used to work with me. She was in a terrible collision with a tractor-trailer that left her in a coma for 12 days and finally brain-dead. What gave the family comfort was in donating all her organs. A woman was on her deathbed in New York City, the mother and a sister both told me, and Karen's liver saved her life. It meant an enormous amount to them.

Then we went to the museum, described on Monday.

Monday/Tuesday. Started a little housekeeping for the party on Friday.

Wednesday/Thursday. Preparation for and completion of sigmoidoscopy and barium enema. It was an ordeal I could have done without. I will spare my gentle readers a complete description, but it left me feeling like I had the shit kicked out of me. The findings: nothing, except that I have an "extra long" colon.

Friday. The big cast party for what is now called "Lightening the Load (How Working Caregivers Can Help Manage Anxiety Disorders in Their Older Loved Ones)." We showed the 18-minute movie and toasted with champagne. Everyone was thrilled. For me, it was the culmination of a great learning experience.

Now for a big sigh of relief.

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