I'm continuing to feel good and strong (of course, this is relative--strong for me means making it to the bathroom and back without feeling totally knocked out). I think it might be, in part, because of the ten day course of antibiotics I recently finished. As it's been explained to me, my lungs are a perfect breeding ground for infection, which I'm always carrying around some degree, and which occasionally get totally out of hand. But I'm not going to look too deeply into why I feel so good; I'm just going to enjoy it.
I was delighted this morning when I opened the Boston Globe and found that they'd published my letter at the very top of the Letters to the Editor column (http://www.boston.com/bostonglobe/editorial_opinion/letters/articles/2009/08/17/fear_mongering_stands_in_way_of_vital_counseling/). I'm really angry about the way the right wing has distorted a perfectly simple and reasonable provision to provide voluntary end of life counseling into the mythical "death panels." The whole subject of impending death is difficult enough for sick individuals and their families; often the subject remains the mythical elephant in the middle of the room that everyone ignores. But one result is that people end up getting treatments they don't want, which don't contribute to their quality of life, and they die in intensive care units surrounded by machines, instead of in the comfort of their homes (where, research shows, most people would choose to die).
We're down to the home stretch for Thursday. Marty, who has put unbelievable amounts of effort into every aspect of the event, is putting together a booklet of some of the amazing e-mails and letters I've received from people over the past few months. Sally Zinman and David Oaks are sending videos which we're going to screen at the event, and Tom Behrendt and Tina Minkowitz are going to speak in person. When I look over the list of people who will be coming, I see names of people whom I haven't seen in ten or more years! And the whole event will be videotaped.
I'm conserving my energy; I can't guarantee that I'll continue to feel like this, but I'm going to do everything I can to continue to feel good.