April 3, 2000

Just Call Me Cleopatra..

..Queen of Denial


Things aren't any worse (what a glowing report) and they might even be a bit better. Daddy seems more clear-headed and a bit stronger. He can almost sit up in bed by himself and walked (aided) around the entire corrider this morning.

That's why I went home early. The biopsy report was supposed to be ready last week and I don't want to hear it.

I just want to deal with what I can see - my father slowly regaining strength. My knowing the results of the tests on what they removed won't change anything. There's nothing I can do about it. I'd rather not be the one having to spread the latest news this time. I don't want to deal with it.

As it turned out my stepmom and sister were there until almost 6PM and the doctor hadn't made his afternoon rounds yet. Tomorrow looms..

I'm not sure how much Dad even knows about what they found. (Some tumor but they didn't know how extensive.) I asked Dr. Whirlwind if he told him what he told me right after surgery, and he thought about it and said, "I'm not sure what words I used." Great.

So I went home and took a long nap. Seems I can sleep much better in the afternoons than at night. Part of my perverse nature, probably.

However, today I was in good company. April 3 is "National Workplace Napping Day" according to The Napping Company Inc. of Reading, MA., USA. This day was chosen because it is the first working day after the "spring ahead" clock change to Daylight Saving Time, depriving us of yet another hour of sleep. (For any readers in the Southern Hemisphere: turn the monitor towards a mirror to see your version of the event.)

Of course there's a website (see below for link) with products for sale such as books, some of which just happen to be co-written by the President of the Napping Company; t-shirts; Nap-in-Progress door sign; and the Vocabulary-of-Napping bookmark. There's a section called the "Napthaneum" which lists articles about napping (unlinked, unfortunately), a survey, a quiz, and information on how to hire the authors for presentations and workshops on the benefits of allowing employees to nap.

I agree with the concept of course but the commercialization of it seems at first glance a bit tasteless. If you have to buy "nap gear" then it somehow detracts from the childlike innocence of the experience. Nothing is immune from the entrepreneurial instinct I guess and at least this cause is a good one.

Linque Du Jour: Napping-Dot-Com

Why not..

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