Monthly Archives: May 2013

Not Sick, Just Gonna Die


The PRI screening is supposed to be done before applications are made to nursing homes.  What if the hospital is trying to get me into a nursing home for which I am not qualified?  What if I am only qualified for … Continue reading

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The Unknown Whatever


A day or two after I was admitted to Crouse Hospital, someone from Care Management brought me three papers to sign.  (What Crouse calls Care Management, St. Joseph’s Hospital called Discharge Planning.)  Thereafter, every day a different person from Care Management … Continue reading

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What’s So Fearful about That . . .


Four o’clock in the morning when I wake after 6½ hours of sound sleep.  My new roommate, recovering from back surgery, apparently has slept soundly, too.  It is silent here on wherever I am in Crouse Hospital.  The nurses’ station … Continue reading

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The “Nicely” Feedback Loop


The day you don’t want to be in the hospital is the day after a three-day weekend.  Over the Memorial Day weekend a skeletal staff will make sure that all your urgent needs are met—you will still get an MRI … Continue reading

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Standing in the Need of Prayer


Anne C Woodlen is a 66-year-old single female without family.  Dr. Stephen Wechsler, her “acting son,” is her Health Care Proxy, Trustee and Power of Attorney.  She is alert, intelligent and articulate, and maintains a blog that has been viewed about … Continue reading

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Seeing what you Say


And the sun rises on a new day at Crouse Hospital.  My view is the medical school on the left, the old Memorial Hospital unit on the right and, in between, Rt. 81, the steam plant on the Southside, and … Continue reading

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Crouse: The Kinder, Gentler Hospital


So, not being complete morons, Stevie and I came up with a plan:  we called an ambulance and took me to the hospital—not St. Joe’s!  We had had enough of their totally botched care, not to mention the absolute absence of … Continue reading

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