Monthly Archives: December 2013

The Night After Christmas


So back in Upstate Medical Center’s emergency room, after the attending psychiatrist leaves, I lay around waiting for Godot or Santa Claus or heaven knows what. I get no insulin, which I’m expecting, and no antibiotics. When I was admitted … Continue reading

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Upstate Medical Center’s Zero Alternatives


So I’m in Upstate Medical Center’s emergency room, admitted at 5:00 p.m., requesting a glucometer check, insulin, and a psych consult. They put me on a stretcher in the hallway and leave me there for about five hours. My glucose … Continue reading

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Going Out AMA


So after months of being too sick to leave the isolation room at Crouse Hospital, I finally started getting out a little. After all, some of the management team—including the Chief Medical Office, Dr. Ronald Stahl—repeatedly told me that I … Continue reading

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Exit Screaming


I went out of Crouse Hospital against medical advice after 104 days in isolation. I went to the Upstate Medical Center ER. My glucose was through the roof and I have a UTI. They wouldn’t listen to me about what … Continue reading

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Christmas Eve


So after months of being too sick to leave the isolation room at Crouse Hospital, I finally started getting out a little. After all, some of the management team—including the Chief Medical Office, Dr. Ronald Stahl—repeatedly told me that I … Continue reading

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The Unsigned Letter


[A true facsimile of the original.] CROUSE HOSPITAL Your care. In our hands. Anne Woodlen 501 South Crouse Avenue #xxx Syracuse, NY 13210 NOTICE RE: INPATIENT – ALC STATUS AND LEAVING THE UNIT Dear Ms. Woodlen: Crouse Hospital and all … Continue reading

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December 23, 2013


I have been in punitive segregation at Crouse Hospital for 103 days. The hospital now plans to send me back to the apartment I left in May because I no longer could be maintained in independent living. And all that … Continue reading

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