Strings: The Miracle of Life

Robbins, John

Verlag: North Star Publications (MA), 1998
ISBN 10: 1880823179 / ISBN 13: 9781880823170
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Inhaltsangabe: John Robbins, 48, wandered the jungles of Southeast Asia for ten years, settled in Thailand, then learned that hepatitis was destroying his liver. An American, a former university professor, and a Buddhist monk fluent in the Thai language, he was told--after eleven hospitalizations and a major surgery for liver disease--that his life expectancy was now measured in months. His only hope: a transplant.

From the Publisher: Why the title Strings? The title for Strings comes from a Buddhist practice of tying strings, known in Thai as "sai sila", around the wrists. "Sa"I means line and "sila" means the teaching. So as a result, the words mean the line of the teaching. I first saw them used in this manner while I was a monk. As a monk, I was somewhat skeptical of this practice because I regarded it as just a superstition that had crept into the religion. I felt it had no place in my concept of spiritual life. However that all changed a night in Chulalongkorn Hospital in Bangkok when my Thai friend, having been told I was dying, desperately wanted me to feel close to someone because I was so far from home. He tied them on me, and I kept the strings tied around my wrists after the crisis in Bangkok passed. The strings were on my wrists when I returned to the United States and remained there through the long wait for the transplant and during the painful days afterward. They were with me until I became so absorbed in the 1988 presidential primary that suddenly somewhere on the campaign trail, I realized I had lost them. Then they took on a greater significance. They taught me a lesson in impermanence. They were there when I needed them and then disappeared. Only when I came to do the research for this book did I realize a greatly expanded importance of "the strings." As I struggled for just the right title for the book, I kept coming back to my "strings." I was going to entitle the book, "Strings on my Wrists" to stand for the transplant. But I wanted the book to have a greater meaning than just my story of a transplant. The more I read in my M.C.V. hospital records about the care the staff took with my strings, I realized that I had the perfect title to represent all the levels of the story. In a very real sense, the staff, particularly the nurses in the ICU and Transplant Unit, realized, perhaps more than I, how important the "strings" were to me. Before I went to surgery and each time I moved locations in the hospital, the ever present and caring nurses would be careful to send a note along to remind their colleagues to protect my "cotton strings." The references to "the strings" showed up constantly in the ten volumes of medical records at M.C.V.

But in a real sense, they are more symbolic than something I looked to and I realized they tied me to something more and bigger than myself. They came to stand for the love of friends and family, and for an extraordinarily dedicated group of doctors and nurses who care for patients far beyond performing surgery, prescribing medicine and tending to patients' needs. It seemed to me that the strings came to stand for the love which the health care professional brings to his or her work. So what started as something meaningful to my spiritual life to guide me to health, ultimately became endowed with an even nicer meaning after they were long gone. Research for this book revealed a dedicated group of people who believed that "cotton strings tied on the patient's wrists" were as important as medicine in affecting my cure. They were right of course. Then it seemed only natural to entitle the book Strings which could stand not only for my spiritual odyssey, but also for the dedication of those who cared for me and loved me back to health and the writing of this book.

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Titel: Strings: The Miracle of Life
Verlag: North Star Publications (MA)
Erscheinungsdatum: 1998
Einband: Hardcover
Zustand: Fine
Auflage: First Edition.

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