"...the thingness of something becomes apparent when it is no longer functioning as it did before or it becomes dysfunctional or if it appears in an unexpected place..."
this obituary has an interesting tidbit (in dutch).
the dude in the story gets a cancer diagnosis. the doctor gives him 17 months, which is oddly specific, but perhaps he was using a computer programme. the dude is not unhappy about it, he is the wrong side of 60 and has lived a very full life. his mother is dead already. at some point they tell him that the computer has changed its mind and in fact he has longer than 17 months, and now he is unhappy. he was reckoning on 17 months! so he applies for euthanasia and gets it, 19 months after the diagnosis.
o hij was een stier nu begrijp ik het 😅