Monthly Archives: September 2010

The Vacation Plan: A Way to Reduce Medicare/Medicaid Spending


            Physicians know the healing power of vacations because they take them every year.  My best favorite doctor takes one week with his whole family and another week with his wife alone.  And one day he smiled sadly at me … Continue reading

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The Body of Mental Illness, part II


            I was in the hospital and I needed to take a nap.  I have severe obstructive sleep apnea, so I needed my CPAP (no, dearies, not a Comprehensive Psychiatric Emergency Program, but a Continuous Positive Air Pressure machine—it blows air … Continue reading

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The Body of Mental Illness, part I


I have arrived at the certainty, in this dark winter of my old age, that all chronic mental illness is physical.             In 1946, when I was born, Negroes had miserable lives in American society.  They were restricted to menial … Continue reading

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Employment


Assistant needed to do computer work Sort and organize for publication approximately 4000 electronic documents Set up new laptop, including connecting it to existing desktop and printer Assist person with mild learning disability in blogging Coordinate purchase of new printer/copier/fax … Continue reading

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Balancing Act


In recent years the word “balance” has acquired great importance in my life.  You’re never going to have a straight-line, steady, every-day-the-same kind of life, but you can have a balanced life.  After a bad day, you intentionally set out … Continue reading

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Reading the Textbook


An acquaintance and I were talking about our Christian faith.  We agreed that it was all about humility before God and service to one another.             “And taking care of yourself first,” she added.             “Where does it say that … Continue reading

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What a Dept. of Justice Complaint Looks Like


U.S. Department of Justice Civil Rights Division Disability Rights Section OMB No. 1190-0009 Title II of the Americans with Disabilities Act Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 Discrimination Complaint Form Instructions: Please fill out this form completely, in … Continue reading

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City of Syracuse v. Disabled People


From: Anne Sent: Friday, September 25, 2009 10:38 AM To: O’Connor, Pete Subject: Curb-cuts and sidewalks  Pete–  It was a real pleasure taking that walk-around with you this morning.  As a result, I am optimistic about traveling in my wheelchair … Continue reading

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Union of Patients (Part II)


            As for the physician who poisoned me—no physician reported it to the Office of Professional Medical Conduct (OPMC).  Not only did they not report it, they covered it up.  It took me two years to figure out that my … Continue reading

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Pat Answers


            An old friend, who is a practicing physician, wrote to me last night.  I haven’t had a chance to ask her permission to post her letter, but here’s my response.  It might make some sense.             Tomorrow I’ll post … Continue reading

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