Saturday, May 12, 2012

Plan B On Monday

Increased pain sent me to the hospital in the middle of the night on Wednesday. The process of adjusting the meds always takes longer than anticipated. The best advice at this point appears to be a celiac plexus block (look it up). This could be done on Monday or Tuesday and could provide a couple of months of a non-narcotic contribution to pain relief.   Participating in Monday's ceremony is simply not possible without more effective control of the pain. So Barack will have to make do without me. A substitute had already been worked into the preliminary plans. Happy Graduation, Seniors -- 2012. We'll be watching you.

13 comments:

Dorothy Flint said...

I was really hoping you would be able to enjoy graduation. Barack will be missing out. I hope you get some relief soon! Lots of love to you.

St. Andrew's UMC said...

Thinking of you, sending our love... And hoping pain is controlled soon! Hugs and love.

Giny said...

Barack's loss. Hope the procedure delivers. Sending our love your way.

Anne Jenkins said...

Sorry to learn you are in much pain. Pray the procedure really brings relief. Hugs !

Annette & Richard said...

Sorry to hear about your condition. Although Barack can accept for you, he can't come close to doing your job. Hope you get relief soon.

Maybe next time when we are in NYC
Annette (and Richard)

Anonymous said...

Dear Professor Chapman,
One of my fellow students told me about your blog yesterday, and I immediately researched it. I had no idea that you were ill and am so sorry to see that you are suffering from so much pain. As I prepare to graduate tomorrow I have been thinking about people who have helped me grow throughout the collegiate journey. Your name was the first to pop into my mind. From your fascinating lectures to your helpful office hours and challenging exams, you have really made such a big difference in me and my peers lives. Even though I achieved the worst grades from your classes than in any other, I left the courses with increased knowledge and appreciation of the sciences. Graduation will not be the same without you tomorrow, but I sincerely hope that your pain resides and thank you so much for everything.

Abigail Feder-Kane said...

Sally, I am sorrier than I can say that we won't have the privilege of seeing you received your much-deserved honor. You are seriously missed. -Abby

Moushumi Paul said...

I hope you know that there was a thunderous collective cheer today when former Barnard chemistry students heard your name during the commencement ceremony. You have inspired so many of us - it was so great to see your commitment and excellence celebrated and rewarded.

Jim Moran said...

Sally,

Hi, its Jim Moran - Charlie Biddle's Grandson. So sorry to hear about your struggle. Do you have an e-mail I can reach you at?

Best,

Jim

Jim Moran said...

My e-mail is jbmoran@aol.com or jmoran@voxmedica.com

Anonymous said...

I regret that I wasn't a better student when you were at Barnard. I will see if I can visit. Love you.

Branka said...

Dear Sally,
I am sorry that you were not well and had to miss commencement. I hope that you are feeling better.
Best wishes,

Bonnie Korman said...

Sally, just learned of your Medal of Distinction award at Barnard-- congratulations!

I am not on FB so come to some of this news a little more slowly, but the trusty Smith grapevine reached even me.

I did see some of Obama's speech there. Whatever you feel or think about the man-- he can deliver a speech! But nothing he said is tribute enough for your work and your life.
You are superlative.

Thinking of you w/ love and gladness and compassion. Blessings,
Bonnie