Monthly Archives: August 2011

The Desta Anthony’s of the World


The American medical industry is insane.  I know this because a psychiatrist just told me so. One day in early August, when I was safely embedded in one of St. Joseph’s Hospital’s brand new hospital beds, Liza Ebert, a very … Continue reading

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What’s wrong with the Medical System (Part 12,473)


It takes a physician’s prescription to get a shower chair on my insurance (Medicare/Medicaid).  That’s where the problem starts.  It ends with me having multiple contusions and aggravations, a black eye, and possibly a broken face bone, pending professional evaluation. … Continue reading

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Ruth Hope Woodlen


People are searching my blogs for Ruth Woodlen, so it is necessary that I make clear the relationship between Ruth and me.  She is my youngest sister, and the executive director of the Mental Health Association of the Capital Region … Continue reading

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Everything You Never Wanted to Know About Foley Catheters: A Personal Journey (Part I)


Frederic Foley was a Boston surgeon who invented the catheter around 1930.  It is a narrow piece of plastic tubing that is inserted through the urethra and into the bladder.  After it is positioned in the bladder then a balloon filled with … Continue reading

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Knowing


The night is soft and lovely as it settles over “The Hill”—Syracuse University.  The freshmen started moving in yesterday.  I wheel the Hill and wonder. These kids—our children—come to the university with long, tan legs and eager faces.  Their parents accompany … Continue reading

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St. Joe’s Discharges Me Without A Beating Heart


Last Monday I was discharged from St. Joseph’s Hospital to home.  Medical transportation was scheduled to pick me up at 11:30 a.m.  The admitting nurse from the Visiting Nurse Association was to see me at home at noon.  My home health aide, … Continue reading

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How a Day Goes to Hell, Hospital-style


At 6:50 a.m., I wake up, ring for a nurse to empty my catheter bag, go to the bathroom, and start the morning’s clean-up.  As I stand at the sink, I wonder why I don’t feel better.  After I got … Continue reading

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