Tuesday, January 15, 2008

king kong ain't got shit on me!

This morning at about 10:30 I was at Sloan for my monthly aerosolized pentamidine treatment. While receiving the treatment, which is given to prevent Pneumocystis carinii pneumonia (PCP), I wished that I had asked the technician administering it to snap a few photographs of me (my camera was right there in my bag) inhaling and exhaling through the pulmonary apparatus. I don't know how many of you have actually seen what this apparatus looks like. So, next month I will try to remember to ask for a few photographs.

Afterwards, I relaxed in a chair on the first floor waiting area reading for about a little less than two-hours before my 1PM appointment with Dr. Levine, a psychiatrist specializing in bone marrow transplant patients, at the 54th Street satellite location. The last time I saw him was when I was an inpatient during the transplantation process back in September. It was good to catch up a bit.

We talked briefly about my Harlem River project, which has turned into a great outlet for me during these past few months. At Sloan, he said, there's an annual art show supported by The Society at which patients can display their work. He suggested I check it out. Consequently, soon after returning home from the appointment this afternoon, I called The Society for more information. I was told that at the end of April or at the beginning of May, the annual Patients' Art Show will take place and continue for one week approximately. The first day of the show will start off with a reception to which family and friends are invited. Thereafter, the patients' art is displayed. The Art Show provides Sloan's patients a venue where they not only can showcase their art (paintings, sketchings, photography, textiles, crafts, etc.) but also try to sell them if so desired. How cool is that!

I did a quick Google search on Sloan's Patients' Art Show and found the following NYT article from 1981: Sloan-Kettering Exhibit Displays Art of Survival Sorry, it's not the most recent review, but nevertheless it gives a good flavor of this annual event.

Finally, I forgot to mention something in my previous post. Months ago, Dr. Roberts acknowledging that I've persevered through so much during the past four years and despite that, have been able to push forward ahead hopeful and ambitiously quoted what I think is a great line from Denzel Washington's character in the film, Training Day, which Su and I watched for the first time this past weekend.

"King Kong ain't got shit on me!"


Comment Blogger Veronica said...

Love the quote and wholeheartedly agree - you're awesome, Duane - a strong, philosophical and positive guy - I'm proud to 'know' you!

Glad to read your progress is continuing so well - you're looking fit and healthy - onwards and upwards, Duane.......xx

3:17 PM  
Comment Blogger Duane said...

Great quote, isn't it?

Thanks Veronica.

10:13 AM  
Comment Anonymous Jim Anderson said...

good attitude duane. The quote is good food for thought about keeping a mental edge when confronting a seemingly unstoppable foe. Just Tuesday I watched the recent Jack Black version of King Kong in my hosp room and would like to add that you certainly would not want King Kong to shit on you. This corollary would look very similar: "king kong ain't got to shit on me!"

1:48 AM  

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