"I am not an advocate for frequent changes in laws and constitutions. But laws and institutions must go hand in hand with the progress of the human mind. As that becomes more developed, more enlightened, as new discoveries are made, new truths discovered and manners and opinions change, with the change of circumstances, institutions must advance also to keep pace with the times. We might as well require a man to wear still the coat which fitted him when a boy as civilized society to remain ever under the regimen of their barbarous ancestors." - Thomas Jefferson (appears in the Jefferson Memorial)

Why We’ve Been Away

Since last Sunday, RP has been getting an up-close and personal experience with health care delivery in Oregon. Our conclusion: From the 911 call, to the EMTs, the ambulance service, emergency room staff, and the ICU personnel, we’ve experienced efficiency, courtesy, professionalism, and knowledge that goes way beyond just competence.

We’ve also learned a lot about the inner workings of our lungs as the doctors searched for the blood clots that caused a pulmonary embolism. So until the clots are dissolved and we’re back home — which we anticipate will be in a few days — they don’t have online connections in the hospital for patients (maybe not such a bad thing…) and posting will be a little bit slow.

Best wishes to all of our readers; we look forward to returning shortly.


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  1. slfisher said:

    Jesus, dude! Take care of yourself! and I’m glad you’re recovering.

    July 6, 2008
  2. Take care and get better soon. Miss the sensible writing.

    July 7, 2008
  3. Shawn Keough said:

    You are in my thoughts and prayers! Best wishes for a speedy recovery.

    July 7, 2008

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