Monthly Archives: May 2014

Of Needles, Sweat and Gardening


The night is lovely, dark and deep. It is spring and all the windows are open. The university is closed so The Hill rests quietly at two o’clock in the morning. Occasional traffic on one of the city’s main streets … Continue reading

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First Anniversary (Part II)


When I was returned to the Iroquois Nursing Home I was put on the palliative care floor. In fact, they moved another woman out in order to put me in the last room at the back of the unit where … Continue reading

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First Anniversary (Part I)


A year ago Memorial Day weekend, I was admitted to Crouse Hospital in Syracuse with extremely high blood sugar. I have diabetes mellitus, type 2. Four times attempts had been made to treat it but I couldn’t tolerate the medicine. … Continue reading

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Not Until June 27


To: Mary Douglas, Case Manager, Long Term Care, Onondaga County (Mary.Douglas@dfa.state.ny.us) Fr: Anne C Woodlen, one of the cases you manage Dt: Friday 23 May 2014 Re: Your letter of May 16 Your letter states that I must “be seen … Continue reading

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“Knowledgeable and Qualified Attorneys”


In this morning’s Post-Standard on-line, reporter Sarah Moses has written “State Attorney General Seeks to Shut Down Watertown Law Firm” (http://www.syracuse.com/news/index.ssf/2014/05/state_attorney_general_seeks_to_shut_down_watertown_law_firm_that_has_plans_to_o.html#cmpid=nwsltrhead ) Here with my reply to Ms Moses. You should look at the other side of the story. “‘It … Continue reading

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The 1:4732 Solution (Part II)


The homeopath thought my cold was pretty cool. From his point of view, my body was doing a nice job of riding itself of accumulated bad gunk. From my point of view, the constant runny nose meant that I could … Continue reading

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The 1:4732 Potion


One of the things they don’t tell you about when you enter a hospital or nursing home, or start getting Meals on Wheels, is that you will never again enjoy the smell of food being cooked. It all will be … Continue reading

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