Texas vs. Oregon

I moved to Oregon last year from Texas and I just love it here. There are some differences!

I just had an amusing Texas vs. Oregon experience. I have this water sac/cyst around my thyroid. No big deal, I get it drained (aspirated) every eight months or so.

In Texas, my doctor pokes at my throat to feel for the cyst and then takes a needle and tosses it at my throat like he is throwing darts with the boys on a Friday night. He pulls the needle back, and if no water comes out he says, damn I hate it when that happens and tries again. He has success and sends me on my way with a “see you next time.”

Today I had the same procedure done and don’t get me wrong; everyone was wonderful. But I had to laugh because it was a team of 3 people. They used a sonogram so they could see where the cyst was to guide the needle to drain it properly versus the Friday night darts approach. I had a sonogram tech, the tech that drained the cyst and a person standing by to collect the fluid to run it to the lab.

In Texas, the doctor put the fluid in a coffee cup so I could get a visual of how much water he drained. We would both have a good laugh. Today the tech said, impressive. That’s a lot of water as they put it in the sterile bottle.

Before they used the needle, they cleaned the area to make it sterile. Then they gave me two shots to numb the area. Let me get this straight; you hit me with a needle twice to numb me for the one needle you are going to use to aspirate. Um? What?

In Texas, I just sat in a chair. It was very informal. Today I had to lie down. I got a nice warm blanket, and a sterile field was created around my throat. (I signed a waiver that inserting a needle could lead to all kinds of horrible infections). When they were done, I had to sit up slowly, then stay seated for a minute. Then I could stand. They gave me a nice bandage to cover the tiny hole and an ice pack to put on the area for twenty minutes. That’s not all, to keep the ice pack from making it to cold on my throat, they had a small cloth to place between the pack and my throat and another one to place between my hand and the ice pack so my fingers wouldn’t get cold. Such pampering.

In Texas, he never even wiped my throat with an alcohol swap and I certainly never got a bandage or ice pack. They laughed when I told them the Texas vs. Oregon procedure and said “we are making this an event aren’t we.” The Texas approach was the cost of an office visit a $25.00 copay. I’m curious to see what all this pampering has done to the fee.

Body Language and the Art of Power Posing

Communication in Professional Contexts

Discussions in COMM11003 Term 1, 2015

In week one we spoke about communication in relation to human interaction and the various ways we do it. I particularly found body language an interesting concept. It can be defined as ‘the physical behavior of our bodies – eye contact, posture, gesture, and orientation. (Eunsun 2012 p.256)

Different researches proved that just over half of what you communicate to someone is through the silent transaction that is body language. 55% to be exact. This prompted me to be conscious of the body language I was presenting. What I relay via my person: namely the way I was standing, my posture, my facial expression, and the way I moved my body is all a valid channel of communication.
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In a study conducted by social psychologist Amy Cuddy, people were instructed to alter their body language by posing in a high power stance (fig 1…

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Go Down the Rabbit Hole: A Writer’s Manifesto

Writing for Digital Media

1. You are the work. The work is you: both an articulation of the self and a possibility for self-reflection. Be honest in creation: allow yourself to bleed into the work, but also allow it to work on you. Your work can show you things: illuminate and clarify your own thoughts, motivations, actions. If you do it right, you will find the work changing you, too.

2. Thinking is process. Laying on the floor. Sitting on park benches. Getting lost on purpose. These are all working. Learn the difference between mindless distraction and mindful wandering.

3. Go down the rabbit hole. Sometimes the work isn’t about what you think it is. Allow yourself to get lost down alleyways, to follow a train of thought around a corner. Don’t feel you need to reign yourself in. Too much focus squeezes all the possibility for revelation out of the work.

4. Fear…

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Breath work can reduce stress!

I completed a Cranial Sacral Brain 3 class last weekend and was reminded how powerful breath work is.  We were asked to think about a stressful moment and then focus on the body to see where we felt the stress.  I worked with a difficult co-worker that was very moody.  You never knew how a meeting was going to turn out. Would the coworker scream at everyone or laugh?  It could go either way.

During the period I worked with this coworker I returned to meditation and breath work to deal with the stress.   After the coworker left the company, I stopped the practice.  

During the exercise I thought of my co-worker and was focusing on the stress I felt in my body when unconsciously out of habit during that stressful period, I took several deep breaths and immediately I felt all of my tension and stress leave.

I was shocked at how quickly I let go of the feelings that were being triggered by the exercise.   Taking a moment to focus on your breathing pulls you out of the emotional state and breaks you out of the cycle of stress.  More importantly it allows your brain to engage giving you time to choose how you will react versus being reactive.  Breathing is your friend.  There are several websites that an assist with technique as well as meet-up groups where you can practice with others.