Caught Up T%gether

This charcoal piece presents details from an original photograph of which were needed to complete my vision and poem, also based on Paul’s first epistle to the Thessalonians concerning Christ’s second coming, and thumbing through John’s rich with meaning visions in Revelation 15. How would you evaluate this illustration? How would you create a counterpart to the spiritual? How will we pen pictures and writings about the future?

What I see in the original photograph are a couple pair of feet transcending two realities: the physical and the spiritual. I have found nothing incompatible between the two. Did I want to concentrate on their heads in the clouds? According to John, as our heads break through the upper realm, we’ll be guaranteed to see a lot, great and marvelous, the King of Saints. Or, did I want to focus on their feet being lifted off the ground? Both areas are important to me. In the drawing I created equal contrast all over, disrupting the integrity of the overworked charcoal paper, and breaking the first of five visual weight rules in realism I learned while drawing, “Harnett,” after William Harnett (1848-1892), an Irish-American painter known for his trompe l’œil still lifes of ordinary objects.

Luzia, Cirque-Du-Soleil

This is no ordinary object, and I searched for a similar picture of being caught up together at Cirque Du Soleil,  Atlanta, that suited my ideal painting for the poem I have written. I will need to add a second figure from the rope on the right, aligned triangularly to live in fulfillment. The blue monochromatic color scheme, and the blown glass looking spheres overhead match my ideas perfectly! Then the thought came to me to introduce a prayer component to art, “God, what will the sea of glass look like infused in oil color? What will it look like to be caught up together? What spot in this painting should hold the greatest visual weight?” And I will look for that as I create.
*The poem reads from the bottom ^ up.

“Caught Up T%gether” 2017 18″x24″ charcoal

^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^ ~ §tacy §weeney ^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^

^ to the sea of glass
^ caught up together
^ feet as fine as brass
^ caught up together

^ walking with my master
^ caught up together
^ what else ever matters
^ caught up together

^ see you when we get there
^ caught up together
^ shapes of constellations
^ caught up together

^ changed into glorious
^ caught up together
^ in vast mysterious
^ caught up together

^ from here to forever
^ caught up together
^ seven days good weather
^ caught up together

^ safe for one another
^ caught up together
^ fit without a hammer
^ Caught up together

^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^ Caught Up T%gether ^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^


Physical Therapy

Foot X-ray image

Physical Therapy
My body controls the mind and my mind the body. I relate structure to function and function to structure. For example, I have been trying to fix my foot with a hammer, and though I am not the type to point out problems, until now that I know that a physical therapy (PT) evaluation and problem list is $108, and functional activities are $46, and therapeutic exercises are $39, I still like to bring a level of brevity and lightness to all situations. An easier, softer way exists. PT.
~ Stacy Sweeney

Our Human Frame and Our Stomach as Our Second Brain: The Mouse and Our Microbiome.

Our Human Frame and Our Stomach as Our Second Brain: The Mouse and Our Microbiome.

Resident Biota

“What the camera can not see – the brain will pick up. And it all began during my first hours of life on this planet.” ~ §tacy §weeney

I do not know when I decided that sexy was the new look for strict bedrest one week post hospitalization for my 11th MS flare, but I have been wearing nightgowns and headbands in my hair like I don’t even care. How is a girl supposed to rest on 60mg oral steroids every day for two weeks? It’s like a triple shot espresso for energy and whatever.

Yet, despite my prescribed medication, I still cling to a quote by the late and great inventor and businessman, Thomas Edison, as he summarizes my health vision

“The doctor (or nurse) of the future will give no medicine, but will interest his patients in the care of the human frame, in diet, and in the cause and prevention of disease.” ~ Thomas Edison

Today, Wednesday, September 13, 2017, National Public Radio’s, “All Things Considered,” threw a wrench in my current human framework theory I have devoted my whole body and work to for the past eight years. And I am not referring to chiropractic care, for twisting, popping, and cracking were never sanctioned as good. And as I amend my own nursing care plan to keep the delicate mechanism of my body upright and in order, I silently repeat Solomon’s wisdom,

“Lo, this only have I found, that God hath made man upright: but they have sought out many inventions.” – Ecc 7.

A 100 or more inventions for Multiple Sclerosis, to be sure, from IV steroids and Manotech® to stem cell transplant and Nanotech.

The wrench is this, ===€ Multiple Sclerosis was reproduced in a Mouse!, ===€ Multiple Sclerosis was reproduced in a Mouse!!, ===€ Multiple Sclerosis was reproduced in a Mouse!!! ===€.

Mounting evidence suggests that when our biota is out of balance, they contribute to MS by inciting rogue immune activity that can spread throughout the body and brain (Scientific America.) Are Probiotics for MS next? (STAT.)

A raw probiotic available in 34 probiotic strains per capsule is used for our gut, our “second brain,” to restore gastrointestinal flora, and probiotics provide protein digesting enzymes for added digestive support. My first response to the news  is to overdose on 30 probiotic capsules in my refrigerator, but probiotic administration guidelines were previously self published on WordPress in December, 2015, as a Christmas gift and blessing to humanity as “Morning Meds.” My pitfall for this relapsing-remitting flare of MS – inconsistency. I have been inconsistent in swallowing an arsenal of vitamins, minerals, and supplements, that and a lack of appetite. Did you know that Jesus has food that we don’t even know about? I have been experimenting with Lion’s Mane Mushroom to improve my memory and mood.

“Then I cried unto the Lord in my trouble, and he saved me out of my distress. He sent his word and he did heal me. He delivered me from my destruction.” – Ps 107

I will forever make the human frame my study, Lord. You have a million ways to foster flavor. To correct my faulty form only takes a 1,000 reps, please make me what I am reading. I know you’re in the business of revealing. Can I just work along side you, Lord? For this breaking medical research has been too much for me today.

~ §tacy §weeney

Follow the Power Lines

    Lateral Spinal X-ray Image

Follow the Power Lines

I think I’m having an art attack here on the telemetry screen. So I decide to ambulate down the halls to take a look at children’s artwork hanging from the walls. I hear babies crying and crib mobiles playing. I look down at my arms covered with eight Garfield Band-Aids.

I turn to the nurses station and ask the crew,
“What floor have I been admitted to?”
The medical secretary looks up at me,
“You’re on the pediatric floor.”
I laugh.
“O my, really?”
And my nurse replies,
“Yes. On occasion, we admit patients like you.”
“Like me! You mean a self-care nurse, who is capable of shooting herself in the foot, and who is capable of making herself sick. Yes, I understand that’s childish. I reply.

Does God understand our heart’s good intentions even when they might be masked by incredibly stupid behaivor?

I miss hospital nursing. I love the pace and dynamics of hospital nursing, but I also believe the  physical healing follows the spiritual healing. as Jesus healed the lame man. So in my mind, public schools and hospitals practice backward, or do I dare say false doctrine. And so my thoughts have matured into a wholistic, preventative, community health model.

I also believe God designed us to be upright in perfect balance and symmetry. So, I stretch my spinal framework and alter her joints to stay in normal movement.

My bones also show a need for deep breathing from my lungs through to my pelvis. I have layer upon layer of injury and restriction that have not cleared deeper areas of bone memory, called the skeletal system. I must accept and understand that I can not keep up with others because of the ingrained patterns in my brain where I can’t move and circulate in the proper ways. Healing is serious. Recuperation is serious. My whole body. Whole appetite. Whole foods.

Too often patients in todays healthcare system find themselves passive intellectually, accepting almost anything they are taught or simply challenging a theory on the basis of how it feels instead of looking to see whether it has a logical foundation or nonetheless determine to seek out understanding through their own experience and observations so that they may personally verify it. I validate that my last flare of MS, which seems to involve double vision, blurred vision, fireflies in my visual fields, severe weakness and imbalance, happened in May, 2009 at Grady Hospital. That’s an eight year remission rate without the daily dose of immune modifying medications the neurologists are bent on prescribing.

Truly, wisdom and knowledge can not be found by a human being apart from the revelation from God. I need to detox from my old ways of thinking. Medicine will always be a practice and never a cure. Even so, how could the National MS Society honestly give us a cure when they are sponsored by big pharmaceutical companies? And why has the MS Society retracted the research findings of improved circulation with the placement of jugular vein stents by the Italian surgeon, Dr. Zamboni?

“And the same can be said of the American Cancer Society when you take a look at their sponsors.”(“What the Health” documentary film found on Netflix)

Now, I know some reasons why I’m on this pediatric floor, but only partly. These physical manifestations I experience, and these current manifestations in nature around America scare me! And if we are ever immediately evacuated into multi lane traffic jams, we will attempt to follow the power lines. Is there a GPS for that? Perhaps a paper map? Happy Sabbath!
~ §tacy §weeney