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30 January 2009 @ 10:22 am
even strangers touch us...  
this morning when i went in for my daily dose of caffeine at the starbuck's (corner of mass ave and prospect in central sq) i noticed a sign for a memorial service to be held for a David Greenman. it suddenly occured to me that i hadnt seen said individual working at that starbucks for a month or so and i hadnt registered that it wasnt because he had gone to a different starbucks or something. back when i did see him all i recall was on occasion i would be waiting in line for my usual chai tea and saying hi to him as he worked. thats it... all the interaction i ever had with him. we didnt know each other nor did we interact beyond the casual nod or greeting. odd how a complete stranger but someone you saw occasionally can touch you because of their passing.
 
 
 
becsirendipity on January 30th, 2009 03:45 pm (UTC)
I didn't go into that Starbucks a lot but I remember him always walking around, cleaning up tables and whatnot.

I'm glad that he seemed to live a happy life but it saddens me to think it's already over.

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Lydia Jenlydiajen on January 30th, 2009 08:35 pm (UTC)
this freaks me out a bit
I haven't been to that starbucks for a very long time, so I didn't know him but he had familial dysautonomia. Most people never hear of any kind of "dysautonomia" but it's something I live with and complained about in a fairly recent post.

Dysautonomia is another word for Autonomic Nervous System (ANS) Dysfunction, meaning dysfunction of all bodily functions that we rely on to happen automatically, like blood pressure, heart rate, body temperature, breathing, digestion, etc. The things you normally don't have to think about...you end up thinking about them alot when you have dysautonomia.

He had a much more severe form of it than I do. I'm less likely to die from the forms I have, though not impossible.

http://www.familialdysautonomia.org/about-fd.php

I try to raise awareness that such a thing as dysautonomia exists, when I can, because a lot of people with it get treated poorly by doctors, often treated like they are mentally ill for a while before they find a doctor who has heard about it and knows how to treat it. I was lucky to have a good doctor and get a quick diagnosis.

I have Postural Orthostatic Tachycardia Syndrom (POTS)
and Neurocardiogenic Syncope.

no obligation to read this link, but just thought I'd put it if you're curious.
http://ndrf.org/autonomic_disorders.htm