Monthly Archives: September 2011

Recovering from Mental Illness


There is currently a discussion going on at LinkedIn about recovering from mental illness.  One question is “What is recovery?” I went to a conference on recovery and somebody asked the conference leader why it was called “recovery.”  His reply was, … Continue reading

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The Parting Gift


My mom was a phenomenal woman and the most awesome thing about her was her continued willingness to learn and change.  She didn’t stop growing until she was about ninety (at which point, hey, she had a right).  Mom was … Continue reading

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Federally-approved Segregation


Dear President Obama, Please explain to me why the federal government is in the business of segregation.  I am referring to the Housing and Urban Development (HUD) policy of putting age restrictions on housing.  Most people who are both poor … Continue reading

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“The Problem is the System that Dispenses the Services” (Part II)


(Continued from 9/20) The Medicaid recipient has to apply for Medicaid transportation and be approved in general, then each specific ride has to be approved individually.  Why has the approval process been dumped from Medicaid and put in the hands … Continue reading

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“The Problem is the System that Dispenses the Services”


When last we met on “I Alone Am Left To Tell You” (https://annecwoodlen.wordpress.com/2011/09/17/i-alone-am-left-to-tell-you/) the problem was that I needed to go to the Emergency Dept. for what turned out to be an abscessed tooth but Medical Answering Services, the local … Continue reading

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The Myth of “White Coat” Hypertension


Here’s the scenario:  you arrive at your physician’s appointment five minutes ahead of schedule.  You check in with the receptionist then take a seat in the waiting room.  You catch your breath and sit quietly for a while.  Then you … Continue reading

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“I Alone Am Left to Tell You”


So my friend and I are eating fish sandwiches at Green Hill Market on Friday night when suddenly I experience a mind-blowing pain in one of my teeth.  I go home, remove my partial dentures, and rinse with warm salt … Continue reading

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Home from the Hospital: The Trauma of Hospitalization


I was discharged from the hospital a month ago, and folks have been asking me how I’m doing.  The answer is somewhere between better and really good. My discharge from St. Joseph’s Hospital was pretty well botched and the transition to … Continue reading

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From Australia: R U OK? Day


Who will you ask? It seems hard to believe that tomorrow is RUOK?Day after all the planning. You may have seen the very moving tribute to Gavin Larkin – the founder of RUOK?Day – on last Monday night’s Australian Story. … Continue reading

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Depression and Power


So there I was—the victim of depression and antidepressants.  I no longer physically could tolerate antidepressants but I was still depressed.  Then one day I was talking to Mary Lou Rubenstein and she told me that the trigger for depression … Continue reading

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