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The Pandemic of Racism

This past week, I, like many of you, jumped in on #BlackoutTuesday. The injustice of George Floyd’s murder plagued me. I took the week to listen, think, pray, read, and ponder. Now, I have some thoughts. As I mentioned in my last post, my white voice is probably one of the last voices that should be listened to. After a week of study and prayer, I’m even more convinced of that. But, I feel compelled to speak anyway. I’m more and more convinced that, as with all important issues, ineloquently opening the door to conversation is better than silence.

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Is it just me? – Eye contact edition – Right eye or left eye? Duration?

On today’s edition of “Is it just me?”, I’m tackling a couple questions that literally no one has ever asked me regarding conversational eye contact.

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Is it just me? – quarantine edition

Today on the ol’ blog, I present to you my inaugural “Is it just me?” post: quarantine edition. I’m curious…am I the only person with the following struggles?

#1 Screen time shame.

Oh my goodness. Did anyone else do a double take when their quarantine screen time “weekly report” notification popped up on their phone? Ouch. This is what my report should have said:

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3 sources of hope and encouragement in the midst of the COVID-19 storm

It’s weird to know that we’re living in one of those moments that will be permanently etched into the pages of the history books, isn’t it? Even more, it’s weird that this event has escalated to the point that it won’t be relegated strictly to the history books. No, COVID-19 will find its way into virtually every other textbook as well: science and biology and finance and management and IT and economics and supply chain management and political science and psychology and journalism and education and nursing. It’s our kids’ “Back in my day…” story. It’s our “Remember when…”

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Top 10 ways to enhance your quarantine experience…brought to you by the Wood family

1. Create an Apocalypse List #Apocalist

Get to work on all that stuff you’ve been putting off for weeks months decades.

2. Absent a label-maker, use a sharpie to pointlessly label your food.

I don’t know why.

3. Play dress-up with your pet. Warning: your pet may loose all respect for you as seen below.

4. Play hide and see…without anyone else…with candy.

5. Send an Amazon care package to a friend or family member with young kids. For example, LEGOS! (Thank you, Nana!)

6. Dance party!

7. Read my book. I’ll send a free copy to a couple people at random who comment and/or share this post on Facebook.

Was that plug shameless enough? I think so.

8. Overreact to trick shots.

Now, on a more serious note…

9. Have your kids draw some pictures for or write some notes to local nursing home residents.

I saw someone else doing this and loved the idea. Of course, you’ll need to exercise caution delivering the pictures/notes.

10. Buy a gift card or two to a local business.

Local small businesses are making some of the most difficult decisions they’ve ever had to make. Why not buy a gift card or two to show some support during these challenging times?
Oh, and I’ll be sending out some of the gift cards below along with a copy of my book to a few people who comment on or share this post on Facebook. So, like, comment, and share away.

Enjoy my writing? Consider supporting my hobby by buying a copy of my book, Struggle Bus: The Van. The Myth. The Legend. Just click here. Thanks!

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We faced our biggest fear. Here’s what we learned about grief and suffering: our 5-step pathway through the darkness.

Background

For those of you who don’t know us, 2019 was the worst year of our lives. On May 4, a series of severe, uncontrollable seizures forced us to induce our son, Isaiah, into a coma. For two months, every attempt to bring him back was met with a return of persistent, relentless seizure activity. We spent every second on edge as we watched our son fight for his life. In the search for answers, we worked with doctors from Pediatric ICU, Neurology, Rheumatology, Nephrology, Infectious Disease, Immunology, Endocrinology, Pulmonology, Palliative Care, and Hematology. In addition to countless blood draws, IVs, tests, EKGs, x-rays, and constant EEG monitoring, Isaiah endured three spinal taps, two CT scans, four brain MRIs, two full-body MRIs, three days of hypothermia, two high-dose steroid treatments, three feeding tubes, a blood transfusion, four failed attempts at burst suppression, five rounds of plasmapheresis, 37 days on a ventilator, 41 days in ICU, and 89 days total in the hospital. We watched his vitals crash time and time again and came very, very close to losing him more times that I can count. It was by far the deepest, most prolonged, and most consuming suffering we’ve ever experienced.

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