Monthly Archives: November 2010

Do, Can’t Do, Won’t Do: People with Disabilities (Part I)


There are two vantage points from which to view disability.  One is public policy and the other is personal practice.             Public policy covers finances, transportation, housing, employment and health care.  Personal practice, in addition to those things, includes is … Continue reading

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Kathy Urschel Revisited


Of all the posts to my blog, the story about Kathy Urschel is the one that’s drawn the most readers.  https://annecwoodlen.wordpress.com/2010/11/08/kathy-urschel/ Kathy had contracted with Doug Childers, author, ghostwriter and book-doctor, to collaborate on her memoir.  The week before she … Continue reading

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Camel Hair Coat Meets Poor Sick Folk (Part III)


           County Legislator Tom Buckel continues to fire questions at the call-taker at Medical Answering Services and the woman continues to tell him he has to talk to Wayne Freeman, the co-owner, who will be in on Monday.  He asks her … Continue reading

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Camel Hair Coat Meets Poor Sick Folk (Part II)


            So I climb into my wheelchair—still without socks—and go downstairs where I meet Tom Buckel in the lobby.  He is tall, slender and obviously very fit—which is totally out of place in this building of 175 people who are all elderly … Continue reading

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Camel Hair Coat Meets Poor Sick Folk (Part I)


[See also “Behind the Locked Doors of Inpatient Psychiatry.”  Today at Hutchings Psychiatric Center we meet Dr. James Megna, currently director of inpatient psychiatry at Upstate Medical Center.  http://behindthelockeddoors.wordpress.com/2010/11/24/hutchings-psychiatric-center-notes-from-a-hospitalization-part-ii/]             Yesterday I finally met with Tom Buckel, the man, healthy, … Continue reading

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Happy [Disabled] Thanksgiving


            Before I was born, my grandmother’s sister had a stroke that left her substantially paralyzed and barely able to speak.  Great-grandfather had left parcels of land at the edge of the farm to his two daughters and their husbands, … Continue reading

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Celiac, Aides and Your Signature


See also “Behind the Locked Doors of Inpatient Psychiatry.”  Today at Hutchings Psychiatric Center we meet Dr. Jane Kou for the first time. http://behindthelockeddoors.wordpress.com/2010/11/24/hutchings-psychiatric-center-notes-from-a-hospitalization-part-i/ Celiac Disease First, to the person who found me while searching for “emergency food availability for … Continue reading

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