Monthly Archives: February 2014

Flying on the Weird Side


So I go to sleep, then wake up around midnight. I lay here and think about an ex-therapist who was a really good guy, and wonder about paying him a visit just to see—after the passage of years—who he is … Continue reading

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Post-Exertional Malaise


Persons with ME/CFS [myalgic encephalomyelitis/chronic fatigue syndrome], however, keep themselves at a balance point. They rest for two hours, do a half hour of activity, rest, then do more. [Actually, I figure 10 minutes out of bed followed by 50 … Continue reading

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Which Would You Choose?


So tell me, Ms Woodlen, how are you coming along with traditional medicine? !+@_#)$(%*^& feckin’ Goddamn American medical industry! And, no, I am not taking the name of God in vain. I am calling for God to damn all of … Continue reading

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30 Lab Tests in One Drop of Blood


This Woman Invented a Way to Run 30 Lab Tests on Only One Drop of Blood • By Caitlin Roper Phlebotomy. Even the word sounds archaic—and that’s nothing compared to the slow, expensive, and inefficient reality of drawing blood and … Continue reading

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To Shuffle Sideways or Not


This morning I feel stronger. There is no more medically-approved word for it: I just feel stronger. Let me tell you how the week has gone. Last Saturday I went to church and knew after I got there that it … Continue reading

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Those Rich White Guys Again


Last June I posted a blog about rich white guys. In my usual direct manner, it was called “Rich White Guys,” although it had a lot to do with the difference between the cultures of Afro-Americans and Euro-Americans. (https://annecwoodlen.wordpress.com/2013/06/26/rich-white-guys/) In … Continue reading

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Ms Rich Bitch and The Government


I’ve been thinking about being poor, and how that makes my life different from yours. How much do you weigh? How often do you have to answer that question for a complete stranger? I have to answer it about three … Continue reading

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The Next Questions (Part II)


Dr. Nancy Klimas: Back in the hospital, I was kept me in punitive segregation for 104 days because of some unidentified thing I wrote in my blog. I was on Alternate Level of Care, and the hospitalists refused to call … Continue reading

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The Next Questions (Part I)


Dear Dr. Klimas, I have chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS): Can you help me find a doctor who will work with me? I live in Syracuse, New York, where medical professionals are conservative and close-minded. The biggest employer is the State … Continue reading

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Senior Doctors Diss-ing Doctors in Training


I long have wondered whether insensitive, thoughtless people decide to become physicians, or whether nice people become dehumanized by the process of medical training. Here’s one source of information on the subject. ACW Respect is a medicine by vaughanbell Aeon … Continue reading

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