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 . . . from the viruses he picks up on planes.

Dear Kim:

It is Sunday and I am sick.

I started getting sick on Thursday. Tried to rest that day in preparation for a two hour interview with a site evaluator from the NEA that evening.

Really nice guy. A long time artistic director of a company he founded 30 years ago. Very unhappy with the ravages of the Bush administration. He felt like a member of my tribe. But still, it was an important interview and I was spacey.

My (left)? brain went into hyper articulation mode and I spoke in perfectly formed complete sentences and paragraphs, Probably too much so. At the same time, I was spacey and left my scarf at the coffee house. Which he had to remind me.

Friday, we had a big performance at Robinson Elementary. Tough show. Great kids but we were performing for the entire school, with a wide and challenging age range between kindergarten and fifth grade.The NEA guy was there to see how we did it. I was both narrating and performing and I was sick. So I rallied.

I told Andrew, one of the DPers after the show that I was sick and asked if he could tell from my performance. He said, "No, Joan. I had no idea. But you're a performer. I wouldn't expect to."

Yesterday, I crashed. I ran a temperature off and on all day and night. Which I guess is the body's best way of fighting infection. Because if you run a temperature for too long, like my mother did a few weeks ago, the damage can be really serious.

I was talking to my sister a few minutes ago and told her I was sick. And that I wondered if the stress and complexity of the week had contributed `to it. I was in a lot of different geographic and psychological spaces the past week. Sunday, Venice Beach. Monday, I flew to Chicago and got in late. Stayed at Laurel's. Tuesday, I stayed with my folks and did a lot of work for them. Wednesday, I flew to St. Louis and got in late.

Thursday, I started to get sick.

My brother who flies all the time, and all over the world, gets sick a lot from flying. He says it is from the viruses he picks up in planes.

(Kim: I just ordered some longevity pills . . . enough to make it through for one month. I'm trying to play this incentive program that will give me a computer when I've done all the tasks. So far I've completed 3 of 8.

The pills promise to give me long life for a month, with increased energy, better sleep, and increased libido. I can't wait.

I don't know about getting sick. Why do we really get sick? Viruses fly around all the time. Why do they make friends with some and enemies with others?)

So I offered that as a possibility to my sister.

She said,"I know exactly why you got sick, Joanie, You got sick from being around Rod. His energy is very negative and it affected`your immune system."

I think there may be something to that. What I wonder is what I can do to be more centered so that even if I am around someone negative, I don't take that into my body and get sick. Having had cancer, I am aware that I already have a compromised immune system and I need to be careful.

Later,

Joan

Sunday, Feb 26, 2006

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