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Tuesday, May 5, 2020

THE PERSONAL TAKES PRIORITY OVER THE POLITICAL


Last Thursday, my wife, Susie, fell badly while we were taking a short walk.  She broke a bone in her wrist and now has a large, heavy, clumsy cast on her left arm.  Over the weekend we thought she had also broken a rib, but x-rays yesterday showed she had not, thank God.  For these five days, the larger meaning of the current crisis has faded into the background of my mind as I try to deal with our own small personal crisis.  There is no deep lesson from all of this, just a fact of life when you are in your middle eighties.

Thank  heavens for pain killers.

16 comments:

s. wallerstein said...

I hope for a swift recovery for your wife.



J. Fleming said...

Bless her heart and I echo s. wallerstein's encouragement.
On another note in today's San Francisco Chronicle one Tobias Wolff was mentioned, in conjunction with Eavan Boland the director of Stanford's creative writing program, as having been part of the faculty and the famed Stegner program. Might that be your son?

Jordan said...

So sorry to hear about Susie, Prof. Wolff. Best wishes for a speedy recovery.

BruceK said...

I am very sorry to hear about your wife's fall and broken wrist. I do hope she recovers swiftly but, as you note, it is fortunate no other bones were broken.

David Palmeter said...

I join the others in wishing Susie well. Here's something that might bring a little cheer, at least temporarily:

"A new Civiqs poll in North Carolina finds Joe Biden leading Donald Trump in the presidential race 49% to 46%.

"In the U.S Senate race, Cal Cunningham (D) is ahead of Sen. Thom Tillis (R) 50% to 41%.

"In the race for governor, Gov. Roy Cooper (D) is ahead of Dan Forrest (R) in his reelection race, 53% to 44%."

I don't know how reliable the Civiqs poll is, but assuming its legit, the question becomes: Is North Carolina joining Virginia as a blue state?

Unknown said...

All best to you and Susie, from Dick Moran. Your blog is a mainstay for me.

Robert Paul Wolff said...

Thank you all for your kind wishes. They mean a great deal to me.

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Paul Kern said...

I hope Susie recovers quickly and that she's able to resume her walks with you.

Anonymous said...

Professor Wolff, your story strangely mirrored my own recent experience. My wife and I were on a walk last Monday evening and she too had a fall. She also fractured her wrist and either bruised a rib or broke one (they did not x-ray as the remedy is the same either way).

I hope Susie makes a speedy recovery! I have made this comment before, but let me say it again. Your blog is a treasure.

CDB said...

I'm sorry to hear about Susie's fall. I wish her a prompt recovery. Stay safe and healthy.

Nat. P said...

Sorry to hear that and also wish her a speedy recovery!

Jim said...

Professor Wolff --

One of the (many) side-effects of this pandemic is that people are no longer going to the doctor for regular check-ups or other instances where they might normally seek out care. This hit home for me last week when I was making coffee and happened to scald my hand with boiling water in a pour over mishap. As that brief moment was happening, a number of things passed through my mind in rapid succession: This is bad; I hope it will not be as bad as it could potentially be; What will I do if I need medical attention; If I have to go to the ER will I be risking exposure to the virus. Luckily for me, this event happened adjacent to the kitchen sink and I ran my hand under cold water for 15 minutes (as the Boy Scouts taught me to do many years ago). Now, a week later, the only side effect I have is peeling skin as if I had spent too much time at the beach (save for the fact that the burn occurred over the course of 3 seconds rather than an entire day). The point remains that many people with health care coverage are deferring seeking out health care -- falling into line with the millions of Americans who have always done the same because the have no coverage. I would imagine that from a medical standpoint, the prognosis does not look good.

-- Jim

Jim said...

In other words, be vigilant. Err on the side of caution. Be aware as you walk up and down stairs. Don't lift something too heavy. Don't climb a ladder if you don't have to. Practice common sense. And take extra care when preparing meals. Chopping vegetables can be hazardous if not careful. And for chrissake be mindful of boiling water. Stay healthy everyone!

-- Jim

Ika said...

Really sorry about this. I hope she quickly recovers. If there's anything your followers could do to help out a little please tell us.

Christopher J. Mulvaney, Ph.D. said...

Please convey my best wishes to Suzie for a quick and painless recovery.

For Jim, and anyone else who may need to go to the ER, hospitals have created separate ER entrances for confirmed or suspected Covid-19 patients. If admitted, Covid patients are transported in separate elevators to respiratory wards that are separated from all other wards and have a special air handling systems.

If you need to go to the ER they will make everyone wear a mask to prevent transmission from asymptomatic patients.