This morning I blogged about way the digital and face-to-face worlds are increasingly intertwining. The context was a major IT and education conference. Little did I know that I’d return to this theme in a far more personal sense.
I’m writing this post from the emergency room of Porter Hospital, about 40 minutes from my home. As you can see from the photo, I’m a patient. Porter staff are working like inspired, kind demons to fix me up.
Yesterday I was in another hospital for a couple of highly… intrusive procedures. Things seemed to go well until early this morning, when they didn’t. Things went very badly indeed. I’ll spare you all the amazing Cronenbergian medical details, except for saying man! that’s a lot of blood. As a Gothic lit person, I am professionally fascinated.
Porter has WiFi, and while it’s on I can get some work done. So between bouts of unmentionable things, I can reply to emails, work on presentations, write up that report, use social media, and conduct my morning research, as best I can.
So let me share three observations about this sudden, strange story.
First, about that intertwined physical and digital: enough with the “online world is destroying human interactions”. Enough with it, I say! I have received so much emotional support via these supposedly inhuman and inhumane devices. From Twitter, from Facebook, from email have come expressions of kindness, wisdom, welcome sick humor, offers of favors, and more than I can probably process all at once. This is an essential part of the online world, friends, and we’re nuts if we don’t not only acknowledge, but celebrate it.
Second, about this seemingly mad work ethic: reader, know that I love what I do very much, and work very hard at it. This means you’ll find me typing away on ferries crossing bays, or on planes crossing oceans, or in cars bumping on awful roads, at all hours of the day. Bryan energetically typing between intubations (oh yes) is what it means for me to be passionate about my work.
Third: my wife took the photo on this post. She’s an amazing person in general, and has been the soul of generosity and wisdom in keeping me going. I couldn’t do this without her, without her love. I love you very much, Ceredwyn.
…and that’s all for now. I’ll return to blogging depending on when and where various procedures occur.
All best, dear readers.