Monthly Archives: March 2012

The Old Man Revisited (Part IV)


When last we met, the Old Man—Dr. Michael Gregory, 73, who has had seven strokes as well as other major medical problems—had been dumped in a motel by Steven Armendarez, a social worker at the Syracuse Veterans Administration Hospital.  Dr. … Continue reading

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What’s up with the Syracuse Police?


The last time I went to the St. Patrick’s Day parade in my electric wheelchair, I couldn’t find a place to sit so I was quietly wheeling along the parade route.  A Syracuse cop challenged me.  He ordered me to … Continue reading

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We Need Your Help


Yesterday the Veterans Administration Hospital discharged Dr. Michael Gregory, who has no home.  Dr. Gregory, 73, has had seven strokes.  He has an ostomy, diabetes, high blood pressure, MRSA, and cancer on his ear.  He has reason to be concerned … Continue reading

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The Old Man on the Sidewalk (Part II)


When Onondaga County Adult Protective Services was asked what to do about the homeless old man on the sidewalk in front of my apartment building, they said, “Send him to the second floor of the Civic Center.”   That is the intake … Continue reading

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The Old Man on the Sidewalk


[All proper nouns relating to the man are fictitious equivalents.  The man and the story are real.] Mike grew up in Schenectady, graduated high school and joined the Navy.  After doing a four-year hitch, he spent a lot of time … Continue reading

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What Geography, Industry and Law have to do with Antidepressants (Part I)


Robert R. and I are having a disagreement about psychiatric medications, i.e., drugs.  He thinks they are pretty good and I think they are terrible.  We are having this discussion via the miracle of social networking via the Internet, which … Continue reading

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