Monthly Archives: June 2014

What is Dr. Howard’s Problem?


On April 2 I saw Dr. Myles Howard at Syracuse Community Health Center (SCHC). (I had previously seen him once about three years ago.) He told me that SCHC did not do catheter changes and referred me to Upstate Medical … Continue reading

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Beginning the Weekend


So the woman who was to start next week as my aide called this afternoon to say she won’t be coming to work. Something about her grandson having to go to summer school, and her son bringing him to her … Continue reading

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To Dr. Eastwood, Interim President, Upstate (Part II)


This year I went to the Joslin Diabetes Center, a new patient presenting with a glucose level of 570. I was seen by a Fellow, then the attending, Dr. Kelly. I had googled “CFIDS + glucose” and found several recent … Continue reading

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To Dr. Eastwood, Interim President, Upstate


Dear Dr. Eastwood, I apologize for the fury with which I attacked you this afternoon. The top issue was that the sidewalks on Adams Street are blocked on both sides—one side because of Upstate’s building project and now, this week, … Continue reading

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No Veal on the Menu


Okay, I am now officially pissed off. Upstate Medical Center has just moved my nephrology new-patient appointment from July to August! I have an indwelling catheter that is the cause of my outrageously bad urinary tract infection. I went to … Continue reading

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Of Butterflies, Homeopathy and Physicians


So I wake up from my nap and lay here watching the butterflies in the window. There are five of them—yellow, blue, turquoise, variegated and something indefinable on the red/yellow spectrum. Four are stained glass and one is plastic; four … Continue reading

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Just SHUT UP, Awright?


Since when have we decided that it’s okay for our machine manufacturers to audibly harass us? I’m sick and I lay down to take a nap. I sleep eight minutes then the phone rings. I wake up but do not … Continue reading

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