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    April 11 Susan, Christine and I went to “The Tank” to see Celeste Cahn perform her work: “A lady does not scratch her crotch”, which she also wrote and directed. It was an intensely acted review of women’s historical and present day emotional and societal challenges. The title protests that a lady does not scratch her crotch, but this one did– and since her hand was covered in shaving cream at the time, the result was really messy!

    April 15 Peoples’ Concert at the Town hall. An all-Mozart concert given by the Peabody Chamber Orchestra. It was conducted with confident professionalism by Leon Fleisher in spite of his advancing years. He also played the solo piano in the A Major Concerto with his old sparkle still intact.

     

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Surgical Art at Mount Sinai

On wednesday, 13th July,2011, Dr. Jonathon Vapnek, surgeon exemplar, aided by his team at the Mount Sinia Medical Center, performed an exquisite work of art. A spinal anesthetic allowed me to observe the doctor’s intense concentration as he delicately carved away at the growth invading my innards.  As he worked, unphased by a barrage of involuntary muscle spasms, I imagined him akin to a Naval Commmander, resolutely calm and in control of his ship under heavy bombardment.

Although the prognosis for a 90-year-old facing such a procedure would normally be bleak, Dr. Vapnek’s  consummate skill and craftsmanship will probably allow me to be free of the invading growth for the remainder of my life

Daughter Susan and Grandson, Kiowa Crawford (my resolute Seconds in this encounter) and Ethel,  join me in heartfelt thanks to Dr. Vapnek for giving us this extra time to enjoy life and each other.

Thanks, too, to all those well-wishers who were rooting for me. Love to you all. Ben

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4 Responses

  1. Ben,
    We were unaware that you were to undergo surdery. Sounds as if all went well.
    Ann is in a therapy center after having knee replacement July 5th. She is having a hard time with the pain.
    John

    • John and Anne. All of this happened in the last three weeks following a medical ‘heads up’ on the Bahamas’ cruise in June. Anne, keep your eye on the end goal, when you will dashing round the shops and the pain is a memory. Love, Ben

  2. Love to you Ben!!

  3. Ben, so glad you did so well and had so much wonderful support from family, friends and Ethel. You are an inspiration. Cruises are better though. Let’s hear about your next one.

    Best wishes for good health.

    Sandy Troy

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