Monthly Archives: September 2013

Straightjacket vs. Cashmere Blanket


During the hearing last Thursday between Anne Woodlen and Iroquois Nursing Home there was a telling moment when Peter Sinatra was being cross-examined by the Iroquois lawyer. Peter, as he officially said for the record, is a nurse practitioner in … Continue reading

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With God as Our Defense


So the hearing was scheduled to begin at 10:30 a.m. At 9:00 a.m., I was informed that Dr. Stahl, the chief medical officer, had given the order that no Crouse staff members were to appear at the hearing. I was … Continue reading

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The Judge at the End of My Life


I wake around 4:00 a.m. and ring the call bell. (And how is Cora without me to ring the call bell for her?) A nursing assistant comes, drains the catheter and brings me more water. I drink almost a full … Continue reading

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Woodlen vs. Iroquois–Again


The next hearing is at Crouse Hospital on Thursday morning at 10:30 a.m. I am appealing the Iroquois’ decision that (a) I don’t need skilled nursing and (b) I can be returned to independent living.

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Checking Box 23 (Part I)


Several months ago, my Power of Attorney and I met Bob Heilig in a room at Crouse Hospital because a Crouse social worker had checked box 23 on the “NYS Dept. of Health, Office of Long Term Care—Division of Residential … Continue reading

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Lessons from the 14-Month Learning Curve


On July 12, 2012, Dr. James Tucker referred me to Hospice, thereby setting me on an intensive learning curve about services available in New York State for people who are sick and not going to get any better, so let’s … Continue reading

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Crouse and Anne, St. Joe’s and Cora


Madonna, singing “Don’t Cry for Me Argentina,” is on the player and I guess I kind of feel like that: don’t cry for me. I’m healing. A master psychotherapist once told me that hurting comes from bad human relationships, healing … Continue reading

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