BMT Day 45: Terrorism (Important). I Get Switched To Two Days A Week In The BIC (Less Important).  Dammit.
Monday June 29th 2015, 9:41 pm
Filed under: Leukemia, Sodapopcornculture

I’m tired of turning on the TV and hearing that there’s going to be a terrorist attack on America by the Islamic State on July 4th.  It seems to be in every news cycle, but not a big enough story to get its own block.  There’s some story about flooding, a story about how we’re going to be attacked on Independence  Day–that, at most, I’ve seen last a minute–then onto some other BS story.  I’ve seen it at home on a few local stations and I saw it on CNN today at the Outpatient Bone Marrow Infusion Center (BIC).

My biggest problems with this story, in no particular order, are:

1) What are we supposed to do about it?  If we keep being told there’s going to be a terrorist attack of a totally unspecified nature, we can’t really do anything about it. Other than get scared, which can lead people to do some pretty dumb or awful stuff.  Dammit. 

2) “It’s the month of Ramadan, so that gives the Islamic State more reason to act now.” I keep hearing some various version of this from people who clearly don’t know what they’re talking about.  Or how to use the World Wide Web, for that matter.  Ramadan is the holy month in the Muslim lunar calendar in which there are traditions such as fasting, studying the Qur’an, giving sadaqah (voluntary charity), and–most importantly–doing no bad deeds and remaining humble.  The fact that it falls at this time this year–over July 4–would seem to be a good thing.  Dammit. 

3) There are actual, real terror attacks already occurring in th US right now that are getting little to no screen time. In the past week, six different black churches in six different states have been burned down. If that and the recent gun massacre at Mother Emanuel AME Church are not saying, “If you don’t feel safe in church, you shouldn’t feel safe anywhere” to blacks, I don’t know what is.  That’s actual, real terrorism going on right now in America, which is largely going unreported on television news.  Dammit. 

Dammit.  I mean really.  I have Stevie Wonder’s “Pasttime Paradise” stuck in my head–especially the words “race relations” and “confirmation to the evils of the world.”


In other, far less important news, even though I felt worse today than I did yesterday, I’m switching to two days a week from three in the outpatient BIC starting this week. I feel that this is a show of confidence from my doctors in both the strength of Rachel’s cells and the hopefully lay-over-and-die spirit of my own.



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I am saddened by what the media freaks out about and in fact manufactures all while glossing over real acts of terrorism which are actually happening and sadly being outright ignored if not rationalized right now. I’be also heard a lot about these acts just being a result of mental health problems which just irks me to no end, knowing that hate is a completely separate issue and that people with mental illness are actually much more likely to be vicissitudes of crimes. I like to stay up to date both on what’s going on in the world and how it’s being reported but sometimes the fear factory gets to be too much.

Congratulations on now only having to go to the BIC twice a week. That’s great news and reading about this progress just brightened my day. Keep rocking the new cells!

Comment by Krista Harris 06.29.15 @ 10:52 pm

Time to change channels! It’s times like this that you realize how bad daytime television really is. And 17 years ago there were so many fewer channels. I never had the concentration to even thread together a thought. Needless to say I am very impressed with what you have written. Congratulations on being promoted to 2 days a week.Always went with the every other day rule-you feel good one day and do a lot and then pay for it the next day.
Dont know why I still think about one guy in the BMT group room who use to down chilli hot dogs! How is you appetite ?

Comment by Ellen Beller 06.30.15 @ 5:41 am

Reid: Love your perspective, thoughtfulness, and humor. Take the Norman Cousins approach- laughter, positive, watch more Marx Bros movies! Refuah Shlema, Rachmiel

Comment by William 06.30.15 @ 8:57 am

Brilliant post.

Comment by Steve S 06.30.15 @ 9:43 am

Amen! You hit thst nail on the head, Reid! I so hope that you’ll feel better today (best to turn off the TV though!)

Comment by Dani Newsum 06.30.15 @ 10:25 am

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