Friday Fragments, Family Edition | Confession of the Dean of Community College

My mom was in the middle for heart surgery on Wednesday. The good news is that she did well and was very alone on Thursday. I took both days to get her to and from the hospital and provide her with moral support.

The surgery was in the new building of the University of Pennsylvania Hospital in Philly. It’s impressive. It is connected by a pedestrian bridge to an older building, which led to an unintentional comedy of mistakes when I misinterpreted the sign in search of a cafe and ended the sky knows where. The kind staff took pity on me and directed me to where I needed to be. (When I finally found the coffee shop, it was much better than I expected from the hospital canteen. So, fame.)

Apparently they started providing text updates to support people during the operation. During my mother’s operation, I received two messages informing me that the procedure was ongoing and that everything seemed to be in order. When it was all over, my nurse called me on my cell phone to let me know my mom was okay. As innovation goes, I like you. I was represented to inform friends and family when I heard something, so people knew she had passed well before she was sent to the room.

The room in which she lived was mature. She had a massive television screen on the wall toward the bed, but the screen was divided into parts. One section was real TV. Another was the names and photographs of her “nursing team,” including a doctor, a physician’s assistant, and a registered nurse working on her case. The third was “who’s in the room now,” which was apparently activated by badges and a detection device at the door. It showed the names, pictures and titles of the people there and changed the way people came and went. The fourth had a program of the day, probably focused on both mom and her care team. When I arrived on Thursday morning, in addition to my mother’s doctor, my mother’s PA, my mother’s nurse, her agenda, and an empty section indicating that no staff were present at the time. It made quite a first impression.

If it was a little calmer, I would ask among the nurses who is a community college graduate. But under the circumstances, I decided it would probably be best not to distract from the task at hand.

We were originally told it would be an operation on the same day. It seemed alarming to me during heart surgery. Coincidentally, however, they had to stay the next day so that they could resolve any complications. I’m happy to announce that she looked and sounded a lot more like her on Thursday. When I got her home, her boyfriend was waiting for her.

The top of the cap to UPenn Hospital. It will be good to have that mom in the coming years.

Due to the pandemic, the holiday break was much less sociable than usual. We had the opportunity to catch up with some party tracking.

Sequence it was fun for a while, but it was tiring. At the end of the third series, I felt like I could write a screenplay for that. It would turn out like this: Kendall gets the idea to attack Logan. Kendall recruits several allies. Kendall confronts Logan. Logan squeezes Kendall like a beetle. Kendall grumbles and does something self-destructive. Meanwhile, Roman fights, Shiv humiliates Tom and Tom humiliates Greg. That should probably cover it up.

Yellowjackets, on the other hand, is an explosion. It’s much more violent than I prefer, but the characters and soundtrack have won me over. And that gives Christina Ricci a chance to re-shoot a black comedy, which is pretty much her helm. The comic chemistry between Ricci and Juliette Lewis is worth the whole show.

But the funniest came when TW and TG convinced me to catch a few episodes of the new season Strange eye. Each episode features “Fab Five” descending on someone who has been nominated by friends and / or family for help. Help usually involves returning to the social world after some loss. It is one of the most humane shows on television. Every member of Fab Five has a kind of portfolio: there is a clothing expert, builder, chef, hairdresser and therapist. (TG is in love with the chef.) The arc of each episode contains an introduction to the nominee and a brief description of why he was nominated. Most episodes state that one slowly comes to life when given help and moral support. In the end, they are “revealed” to friends and family. Even better, they usually follow a follow-up visit months later to see how their lives have changed.

I’ve already mentioned that I’m crazy about the storyline of the wrong character trying to be better. This is Laura Dern Enlightened, or Devi in I never amor even Bojack in Bojack rider. It’s also the plot of almost every episode Strange eye. It works every time.

TG was one of four high school students nominated for the superlative category of seniors “most likely to change the world.”

Yes it is.


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