Thursday, August 07, 2008

no to c.difficile, but yes to buckminster fuller

At my appointment this morning, I found out that the stool analysis came back negative. So, it wasn't C. difficile after all. Most likely, Alli told me, the diarrhea was in fact caused by the GVHD, which was likely aggravated by the over sun exposure.

Since yesterday, my stomach has felt much better and although my stool was still watery, it was more defined than what it had been just a few days earlier. I'm taking this to be a promising sign that my body is, after one week, succeeding finally to return to a comfortable state of homeostasis. I'll keep you posted. BTW, some of my toes remain numb from the neuropathy but I'm rolling with it.

I also received the third dosages of both the H. influenza conjugate (Hib TITER) and Pneumococcal conjugate (Prevnar) vaccines this morning.

Before leaving Sloan to meet Clare for lunch, I visited the transplant ward where I spent some time with Mindy and her fiancé, Derrick, who is scheduled to be discharged within the next few days. While on the ward, I ran into one of my nurses during transplantation. She seemed delighted to know that I was doing so well and close to my one year mark.



After lunch, Clare and I checked out the new Buckminster Fuller exhibition at the Whitney Museum of American Art. My goodness, it has been a couple of years since I was last at the Whitney. It's a pretty interesting museum, so I don't know why I hadn't paid it a visit before today. Anyway, I had no idea who Fuller was, even though I thought it was very possible that I may have passed by samples of his work or works that had been inspired by him and had no idea. After little of researching, I realized that in fact I had: the Spaceship Earth at Epcot Center in Disney World.

It's clear from the Whitney's exhibition that he was a very influential intellectual and architect during his life. Clearly, a futurist, Fuller raised some intriguing architectural designs for a changing planet. I would be curious though to learn about how his critics received his designs, some of which seem impractical. Overall, the exhibition was quite eye-opening. I also left the exhibition armed with some new, funky words and phrases: geodesic (dome), tetrahedron, dymaxion (car), and Spaceship Earth (which I think Arthur C. Clarke used). These are all words that Fuller himself invented to describe some of the many architectural concepts that he created as he worked diligently to find a harmonious balance between humanity, nature, and the needs of a changing planet. One can't help but see the similarity in Fuller's work with today's ongoing discussion about how to address the enormous challenges of global climate change, population growth, sustainability, and pollution.

2 Comments:

Comment Blogger laulausmamma said...

Hi Duane - glad to read you are starting to feel better. Your interest in photography has opened your eyes to many unusual/different things to photograph...I love the shot of low tide at the marsh. I never thought about what they may have planned for the "old" Yankee Stadium. I think I told you that I was at the first one many years ago...1971 maybe(at least I think it was the "1st" one).

Sometime you'll have to come to California and we'll go to the Getty Museum...and we'll rent the headsets to hear more details of the exhibits...the only way to see a museum.

Susan

11:38 PM  
Comment Blogger Duane said...

Hi Susan,

Yes, I heard the Getty is really a gem. I haven't been to L.A. before, but when I do the Getty is definitely on my to-do-list.

Thanks for commenting. :)

2:58 PM  

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