Crystal Ball

There was a lot of valuable and artistic information in the health section of today’s Washington Post, go figure. This photo of Susana Soares, a Portuguese artist, blowing into a glass bubble/device that she designed with bees was a bit bizarre but a valuable thing. Her scientific experiment helps track diseases and monitor fertility cycles through pheromones. Who didn’t think artists were scientific and smart?

Susana Soares uses a Crystal \

Now coincidentally, this photo reminded me of this one….Don’t blow too hard!

Marepe. Courtesy Gallery Luisa Strina. Photo in Museum of Contemporary Art Tokyo

A little mid-week humor for a another stir crazy week…

The other article of interest to me was, Being Difficult — For Some Patients, It’s a Coping Mechanism, by Sandra G. Boodman. I can relate to this because I was a difficult patient just as I try to be a thorough artist. But being difficult or “assertive,” as the author explains, is a way to maintain some sense of control when there seems to be none — by being your own advocate — and asking a lot of questions. Many doctors don’t like this and don’t even have the time to answer, but it is the doctors who respect this assertiveness who, as the author puts it, are “the most supportive” and give the most compassionate care. I know from experience that it’s these type of assertive patients who tend to live longer than expected because they are not complacent. However, I have also learned that acceptance of the inevitable brings tremendous peace — even when you are healthy. Both acceptance and assertiveness can occur simultaneously. What is hard on the caregiver is when the patient denies this process. It’s hard on everyone.

Speaking of crystal balls, which started this post, there was another article regarding the everyday jitters and voter anxiety that Americans are feeling regarding the election. How nice it would be to have a crystal ball to peer into the future on election day, but then again, I might not want to know ahead of time. I’ll just be happy when the anxiety ends.

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