Hey folks – just to let you know that I might be away for a few days, as my son was rushed to hospital today after collapsing at school and having 4 seizures. So far his CT scan and bloods look OK but we’re likely to have to visit a neurologist soon, just to check he’s alright. He’s had heart surgery and ear surgery previously, and we think there’s no issues associated with either. So I guess I’d like to imagine that this is due to a convergence of other stresses and not something neurological. I am half way through interviewing Dude. I’m not sure when I’ll be able to finish the remainder of the interview. I had planned on having it all done by Saturday but it might have to get pushed back. It all depends on how my son’s health pans out. He’s likely to be in hospital a few days. Turns out he’s in a room next to an older gentleman who was diagnosed with cancer a few years ago. We used to chat quite a bit when we discovered we have the same oncologist. Unfortunately my old friend Tom is now dying of his tumours and my son is sleeping next to him, as he lies there in agony after having yet another surgery. Apparently he has a catheter that is causing him a lot of pain. It’s really sad for me seeing someone this close to dying, when I remember talking to him and he was optimistic about his recovery. God knows, I’ve seen this happens o many times. While in the hospital today, my son’s mum also collapsed and I thought she was having a heart attack. But she was OK – just overwhelmed by everything. While she was on the floor my son had another seizure. It was pandemonium for a few minutes ! I take nothing for granted anymore. Not my own health, not the lives of my loved one’s or the people I know. Everything that matters to us can come to an end in an instant. That is the ultimate teaching of the Buddha – that everything is impermanent. I never forget it for an instant. And yet I make many mistakes – like losing my temper with my son when he defies me or gives me a mouthful. Sometimes we all need reminders of what really matters. My son wanted me to go home tonight – as I’m exhausted. So I’m home now. I’m going out for a few hours to watch the stars. May the next few days be beautiful and filled with wonder for all of you ! Bright. 😉
PS. 29/11/14 – Last night Dude informed me that he was involved in a critical situation somewhere on Earth and so I don’t think I’ll be able to talk to him for several days. He’s answered half the questions – about 14.5 pages worth. So I will wait until he’s ready. The issue is significant, so our interview will have to wait. Sorry for the delay in getting it completed !