Digital Delusions

Hi, my name is David and I’ve been Facebook free for almost a week now.  This is not as much a confession as it is a declaration.  The fact that I’ve been able to free myself from the “bondage” of a social media site for almost a week has been very liberating.  It’s the freeing up of much-needed time and the freeing up of mental and emotional efforts or foci.

I’ve also been wondering, are social media sites like Facebook, Twitter, Google, LinkedIn, MySpace, etc. just digital gossip portals?   I mean, we can say we’re only using these sites to “stay connected,” but in the end, is this technology really benefiting us or do we use them as a bully pulpit, or soapbox, to express ourselves in ways we wouldn’t even consider in a “real-life” confrontation?

How many of us would say face-to-face to someone what we post, or share, on these social media sites?  Are we expressing who we really are?  Could be scary if that’s what we’re doing because a lot of times what I’ve shared, or posted, can be pretty caustic or harmful.  I do not want to be either of those and I don’t think you, or anyone else, would want to be considered that way.

Are really as bold, selfish or opinionated as we come across to be through some of our interaction on social media sites?  Or are we delusional in that we’re really not the person we “create” through our posts or comments?

Food for thought or maybe better said, data to digest.

Need To Breathe

It has almost been a week since I returned from Duke following a 5-day infusion for this latest round of rejection. The doctor originally labeled it an A-1 rejection, which is fairly low-level, but rejection nonetheless.

Everything went extremely well with the infusion! No violent reaction, only a mild headache the first day. Which is a LOT to be thankful for considering I had severe flu-like symptoms with the previous round of this infusion in 2010. The docs chose a 5-day infusion instead of three this time since this was the second round in two years.

So, there will again have to be two clear bronchoscopies in a row, with a biopsy, before the docs will render a “no rejection” status.

I am thankful for the prayers, and grateful that all the rejection to this point has been the treatable type.

I’ll be back with another health update when there is new news. In the meantime, trying to gain strength, get blood work done each week and staying away from germs!