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Thursday, January 13, 2011

Perspectives...

This has been the week from hell... for all of us.  I have tried to refrain from using this venue as a 'sounding board' for my complaints about life, but seriously, this week has been ridiculous.

First, Ben broke his arm (yes, another broken bone), and if you are wondering who Ben is, he one of my younger brothers who is attending law school in Victoria and oh, by the way, he is totally blind.  Not to mention the fact that this is the second time that he has broken his arm (which when you think about it, makes reading braille, typing, and heck, doing pretty much ANYTHING next to impossible for him!)  In order to make clear just how not cool this is, consider the fact that Ben is now in his first year of law school.  This (by defacto) means that he has successfully completed an undergraduate degree (which he did, with honors, at Carlton University in Ottawa), plus, he also did an 'extra' year on exchange in Scotland, as well as a Rotary exchange trip to Brazil right after high school.  So, take all of those years of schooling (remember: all away from home, and BY HIMSELF), and let's count the medical emergencies that he has now endured: 2 broken arms, 2 broken backs, 1 broken femur, 1 cracked skull, 1 hospital stay for seizures that they couldn't stop so they induced him into a coma (!) and then of course there was the time in Brazil where he required emergency transportation back to Canada for a liver bypass surgery.  Of course, these are only the 'major' medical issues that he has encountered along the way...
Ben this summer, during happier times
And second... wait, what was I complaining about again?  Never mind. 
More wine anyone?

Marebare

3 comments:

  1. Man! My heart goes out to all you guys, Ben in particular. Pushing all the good Karma I can muster eastward. Grab some as it goes by!

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  2. Wow.. Your brother is amazing!! I hope he heals quickly and you have a better week next week.

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  3. OMG. Prayers and well wishes to Ben. I think I'll stop bitching about my computer and stray cat problems now...

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