Monthly Archives: October 2013

Notice to Lovers


I am considering writing about various affairs with various lovers, divine or otherwise: Aubrey, Bob, David, John, Ron . . . sixty-six years of memories. All payments received by me prior to December 18 will guarantee that your story will … Continue reading

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In the Bitter Darkness


Zero-dark-thirty. Awake, and I call for the nurse, ask for pain med. And I wait, and wait, and wait. Do they know how hard it is to stay awake? Am I going to wake myself up so far that I … Continue reading

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Dear Reader


In September my blogs were viewed 11,229 times. Each of the 2,334 times people signed in, they read an average of more than five blogs. (At least, I assume you are all people; maybe some of you are digitally over-achieving … Continue reading

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Hospitals, Computers and Drugs (Part II)


The other “patient privacy” issue was more complicated. My roommate had been admitted for drug withdrawal. This involved a lot of weeping, complaining and vomiting. When you listen to somebody puking their guts out several times a day, day after … Continue reading

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Hospitals, Computers and Drugs (Part I)


Yesterday my physician and I decided to change my drug schedule. At 10:00 p.m., instead of getting 7.5 mg. of the short-acting oxycodone, I would get a 10 mg. long-acting dose and then the 2:00 a.m. short-acting oxycodone would be … Continue reading

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Are You Listening?


For seventeen days, I have been subjected to a level of seclusion at Crouse Hospital that the NYS Office of Mental Health would not permit for more than two hours. Today I heard from Brenda, a nursing supervisor, that I … Continue reading

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Colleen and the Kool-Aid Gang


Last week I had an unexpected visitor from Crouse Hospital’s Spiritual Care Unit. Typically, people who volunteer to provide spiritual care in hospitals tend to be Catholic and retired, so what was unexpected was that this spiritually caring person was … Continue reading

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