Monthly Archives: November 2011

Medicaid and the Idiots


Indwelling catheters have to be changed every four weeks to prevent infection.  I have such a catheter and last week—only three weeks after insertion—it sprung a leak.  Neither the nurse nor I could figure out the source or cause of … Continue reading

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You Come First–Really (Part II)


What the hell does the Brownell Center for Behavioral Therapy think you want psychotherapy for?  For all this stuff—the yelling and hitting and fucking and drunkenness and drugging!  That’s what’s hurting you!  And they are ripping through the most painful, … Continue reading

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You Come First—Really


You are the most important element in the psychotherapeutic relationship.  You—not the money, not the agency and not the therapist.  They all exist to help you, and if they don’t know that then you shouldn’t go to that person or … Continue reading

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You Come First–Sort of


I was in terrible pain.  There was a darkness in my soul and I didn’t know where it was coming from so I finally decided to see a psychotherapist.  A friend suggested that maybe I was dealing with issues of … Continue reading

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What Gives You the Authority? (Part II)


Nine days later, I wake up to the realization that neither Greg Allen nor Notchaca has followed up, so I call Notchaca.  She tells me that she called Heidi at DOH and Heidi said she would take care of it; she … Continue reading

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What Gives You the Authority? (Part I)


One day, several years ago, I called Medical Answering Services (MAS), which has the contract to dispatch Medicaid transportation in a lot of NYS counties, and I asked for a ride to my doctor.  The MAS call-taker responded with “What … Continue reading

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